Did you know that there’s a National Nutella Day?! It’s on the 5th February and it may just have become my favourite day of the year – Nutella is one of those products that combines two of my favourite things – chocolate AND breakfast – although that being said… Nutella is so much more than just a breakfast product to be spread on warm toasted bread, there’s so much you can do with this incredible product – and it tastes even better when you make it yourself.
I love making my own version on Nutella because it’s super simple to make (there’s literally only 3 steps), tastes absolutely amazing and you know exactly what is going inside so you can be sure there are no hidden nasties inside, so you can feel good slathering an extra layer, drizzling another spoonful or just eating it straight from the jar (that’s my favourite way, there’s no judgements here)
If you only make one new thing this year – make it this! My home-made vegan and gluten-free Nut-Ella is a staple in our household, and I know you are going to love it just as much as we do.
How to make your own Nut-Ella
Ingredients (makes a 700g/ 1lb 9oz jar):
300g (10 ½ oz / 2 cups) hazelnuts
250ml (8fl oz / 1 cup) coconut oil
3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons cacao powder
½ vanilla pod (bean), scraped or ½ teaspoon ground vanilla pod
- Place the hazelnuts in a blender and blitz until fine.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to a smooth chocolate paste.
- Spoon into a clean glass jar or container.
Five Delicious Ways to Use Nut-Ella For Breakfast (or Anytime, Really!)
Now you can have your own unlimited supply of the best thing since sliced bread, here are my favourite things to do with it.
Stack It Up On – Pancakes
Start your morning the right way by drizzling your homemade Nut-Ella on top of fresh fluffy banana pancakes for the ultimate sweet-treat. Now that’s worth waking up for.
My Top Tip: Batch cook your pancakes and pop them in the fridge (they will last for 3 days) or in the freezer and then pop in the toaster to reheat when you need them before topping with your Nut-Ella and favourite pancake toppings.
Drizzle It On – Waffles:
Looking for something that just screams comfort? Then you have to go for crisp buckwheat waffles where the Nut-Ella pools in each perfectly made crevice for a molten lava moment of sweet goodness. The perfect recipe to appease that insatiable sweet tooth.
My Top Tip: Nut-Ella works amazing as a topping for waffles because it goes so well with other toppings – so you can really get creative and mix and match. Try pairing it with coconut yoghurt, fresh berries (strawberries work best) and some lemon juice or zest!
Stir It In – Porridge
Porridge is one of my ultimate feel-good recipes, it’s just like a big bowl of warm goodness giving you a hug right when you need it. Especially on these cold grey days. Add in a spoonful or two of your homemade Nut-Ella for a chocolatey twist on this traditional recipe.
My Top Tip: Batch cook your porridge and keep it in the fridge (lasts for 3 days) or freezer and just re-heat when required. Add an extra drizzle of Nut-Ella for an intense chocolatey hit and pair with extra chopped hazelnuts for some crunch and texture.
Let It Soak – Overnight Oats:
Never have time to make breakfast in the morning, or looking for a cold breakfast that’s more exciting than just grabbing a banana on the go? Then overnight oats are about to become your best friend. These are the cool twin of the porridge and make for the perfect alternative for a delicious breakfast when you are short on time – and by mixing in a spoon or two of your homemade Nut-Ella you have a delicious chocolate hit straight from the fridge – speaking of fridge and chocolate – do you keep yours in the fridge? I do, but my husband says that it’s weird! Let me know on social media (@bettinas_kitchen) if you are on Team Fridge or not!
My Top Tip: Layer your overnight oats in a mason jar with fresh fruit between the layers and some chopped nuts or nutty granola on top for some texture and crunch. Just before you are going to eat it, drizzle an extra spoon of Nut-Ella on top for some sticky sweetness.
The Classic Topper – Toast
I couldn’t not include the classic way of consuming Nut-Ella because if it’s not broken, why fix it, right? Topping and slathering on a fresh sourdough or on a warm toasted slice of your favourite bread. Sometimes it’s a simple basic necessity that we need to set us up for the day.
My Top Tip: Spread your toast with a layer of Nut-Ella then top with your favourite fruits. I like layering sliced banana or strawberries on top. Apples work amazing too – just see what you have laying around that needs using up. If they are looking a little sad and bruised, puree the soft fruits up and spread on your toast first, then drizzle the Nut-Ella on top, for the hard fruits, add some cinnamon and stew on your stove before topping on top of your pre-spread Nut-Ella toast.