Remember how much fun we had with those Nutella & Banana Parisian Crêpes last year?

Loving Earth even joined the party and asked if they could share the delicious love.  Ooh la la, now that was a decadent brunch!

 

I got to thinking that healthy Nutella might be about ready to stage a comeback.  This time in the form of a delectable, healthy dessert that could pop up and sparkle at any time of the day.

A dessert full of Hazelnuts boasting high levels of Vitamins B1, B6 and E, manganese and antioxidants, and Raw Cacao Nibs bursting with glittering antioxidants, magnesium and bliss nutrients to help keep you looking and feeling young, healthy and happy.

 

If you prefer to keep it strictly raw, look for raw, skinless hazelnuts and you can skip the toasting part altogether.  The roast hazelnut flavour obviously won’t be as deep but you could always up the ante on the cacao and vanilla to compensate.

If you can get your paws on skinless hazelnuts and are happy to toast them, you’ll still save yourself some hard work in trying to remove the skins so it’s definitely worth the search!

The pie shells will crumble under the weight of the Nutella as they thaw, so these babies are best kept in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.  Plus it’s super exciting when you find a forgotten one hiding in the back of your freezer one day!  Score!

xx

 

Raw Nutella Cream Pies

 

Almost Raw, Vegan Nutella Cream Pies
 
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Goodies
Nutella
  • 200g raw hazelnuts
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (soy / almond, etc)
  • 1½ tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao nibs
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 – 3 tsp coconut oil (optional – for extra smoothness)
  • Pinch sea salt
Pie Shells
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • Pinch sea salt
Instructions
Nutella
  1. Roast hazelnuts in a baking tray at 180C/350F for about 10 minutes until toasted and aromatic and the skins turn a couple of shades darker.
  2. Remove from oven and while the hazelnuts are still warm, rub between a towel or paper towel or your fingers to remove the skins. Aim to remove at least 70% of the skins (which can be quite bitter). If there are some stubborn ones, you can pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes and try again.
  3. Let the hazelnuts cool completely – preferably overnight – or they will not blend as finely as they should (and will be hard work for your blender).
  4. The next day, in a high-speed blender or food processor, blend hazelnuts until fine/buttery, then add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pie Shells
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend on low speed until well combined and a sticky 'dough' forms. If the mixture doesn't feel sticky enough to stay together, add another date and process again.
  2. Take a spoonful at a time and press it into a muffin tray with your fingers. Be sure to make the shells thick enough on all sides so that they won't break when removed from the tray (just under half an inch thick is perfect).
  3. Pop tray into the freezer and allow to freeze solid - an hour or two if you can wait that long.
Cream Pies
  1. Remove tray from freezer and gently lift shells out, using a knife to nudge them out from one side if you need to.
  2. Use a piping bag to fill shells with Nutella.
  3. Eat immediately or place in an airtight container and return to the freezer, removing them just before serving.

 

Raw Nutella Cream Pies

Raw Nutella Cream Pies

 

14 Comments on Raw Vegan ‘Nutella’ Cream Pies

  1. Amanda Robertson
    July 20, 2013 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

    Can I make these in a normal blender?

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Yep you sure can, Manda, but you’ll probably need to soak the nuts after roasting to soften them.
      So after roasting (to bring out the flavour), instead of allowing them to cool at room temperature, pop them into a bowl of water in the fridge. Then drain and pop them straight into the blender and go from there. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    July 22, 2013 at 1:40 am (4 years ago)

    So funny, I made my first vegan nutella just a week ago and now here you are posting this recipe. Great minds 🙂

    Reply
  3. Gilly @ DoubleTroubleRunning
    July 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey! I downloaded your smoothie book – so impressed. Congarts! You must be very proud. 🙂 I’ll have to hunt down some Maca Powder….another “new to me” ingredient!

    Thanks,
    Gilly

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Gilly! 🙂 Yes, definitely get into the Maca Powder! I’d love to hear if you feel a difference from it. Some people feel better within just a couple of days of having a teaspoon a day. x

      Reply
  4. Food Listing
    July 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Super cute Vegan Nutella Cream Pies, I really love the idea.

    Reply
  5. veganmiam.com
    July 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm (4 years ago)

    I remembered snacking on Nutella during my early University years even as a meal! Food choices have changed differently when I became a vegan, but thanks to this, I shall make some vegan and also RAW nutella cream! Thank you, Bex xx

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm (4 years ago)

      My pleasure, Rika. I think the vegan version is much better than the original. 😉 Enjoy, bella! xx

      Reply
  6. Amber
    August 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

    OHHH, I see now. Your recipe includes your OWN Nutella. Okay, fantastic. Question answered! I can’t wait to try some of these. I’ll be getting a blender and will be making pretty much all of your recipes in your new book! Thanks so much for your time.

    Amber

    Reply
  7. Sunfood Junkies
    August 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm (4 years ago)

    They are so cute! Quirky cooking also has a recipe with similar ingredients to make Ferrero Rochers (thought you might be interested) which are absolutely delicious. Your pies look yummy too! 🙂

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