You know, I was never even all that excited by Nutella before I went vegan.  Crazy, huh?

Now I’m all up in the kitchen flipping Nutella’ & Banana Parisian Crêpes, swirling Raw ‘Nutella’ Cream Pies and whizzing up this latest creation – the insanely tasty and healthy Choc Hazelnut ‘Nutella’ Smoothie!

You can blend the hazelnuts up straight from the packet, but the flavour is so much richer if you roast them first.  We’re talking liquid-Nutella/Ferrero-Rocher richer.  Ohhh now that is ten minutes you will not regret, my friend.

If you can find skinned/blanched hazelnuts, you’ll save yourself the trouble (and mess!) of having to remove the skins yourself.  Just pop them straight into the oven for 10 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.  If you can only find hazelnuts with skins intact, just follow the directions below and you’ll be sipping on this treat in no time.

xx

 

Healthy Choc Hazelnut 'Nutella' Smoothie
 
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Goodies
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup roasted, skinned hazelnuts (see instructions below)
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 handful Ice
To decorate
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Extra hazelnuts
Instructions
Roasted Hazelnuts
  1. Preferably the night before, roast hazelnuts in a single layer on 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 harder work for your blender).
Smoothie
  1. Place all ingredients into blender, liquids first.
  2. Blend on low speed, then high, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses, decorate, and enjoy! x

 

Healthy Vegan 'Nutella' Smoothie

 

11 Comments on Choc Hazelnut ‘Nutella’ Smoothie

  1. Emma
    September 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Whoah! So rich and creamy looking! Was thinking about making something “Nutella-y” just yesterday

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  2. vegeTARAian
    September 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks delicious! I am LOVING all your smoothies – so much inspiration for when my Vitamix arrives 😉

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      September 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Ohhhh, you are going to have SO much fun! I’m a little bit in love with my Vitamix, as you can see. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Annie
    September 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    This is the most decadent-looking smoothie I’ve ever seen! I must make immediately!!

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  4. Jackie
    September 19, 2013 at 12:04 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness. I cannot even deal with how amazing this looks and sounds.

    Reply
  5. Tiana Gustafson
    November 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this amazing looking recipe! I love healthy recipes and I will look forward to trying it out and sharing it with my followers at TianaGustafson.com. As Arnold says “I’ll be back” 🙂 Thanks again!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 20, 2013 at 8:29 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Tiana! So lovely to have you here and the recipe is my pleasure. I’d love to hear if you get as addicted to it as I do. 🙂

      Reply

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