It was a rare treat growing up if there was Nutella in the house - my Mom kept the household eating very healthy and Nutella very rarely made the cut much to my dismay. The few times it did make it in the house were the most exciting times ever - I remember sneaking down to the kitchen and using a little spoon to scoop some off the top of the jar and using a different spoon right after to try and mold the top of the remaining Nutella to make it look like no one had been taking any...I'm sure I fooled everyone ;)
After discovering a dairy allergy several years ago and moving to a completely plant-based diet, Nutella has been off my radar for a while. Until now! The Minimalist Baker's recipe for easy, 4-ingredient, vegan and gluten-free Nutella ticks all the boxes AND all four ingredients can easily be bought in bulk in downtown Toronto (p.s. the Minimalist Baker is amazing - I'm a huge fan! If you've never been to Dana's site before, go now!). The melted chocolate version of the Nutella is both decadent and fairly nutritious - the best kind of treat to indulge in while taking cover from a random Toronto snow storm. I love eating a spoonful of it just like when I was growing up - but it is fabulous in oatmeal and on toast as well!
Making it Zero Waste
Thanks to Dana's amazing recipe, it is super easy to make Nutella without tons of packaging and plastic. All you need is four ingredients (for instructions please see the original recipe linked above!):
- 3 cups (415 g) raw or roasted unsalted hazelnuts
- 2/3 cup (96 g / 3.4 ounces) dairy free dark chocolate, chopped
- OR 3 tbsp of cocoa powder and 2-3 tbsp of maple syrup, agave, or honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Shopping for the ingredients:
Hazelnuts, chocolate (I used vegan chocolate chips!), and sea salt are easily found in bulk around the city, but finding vanilla extract in bulk tends to be trickier (I found mine at the wonderful Karma Co-Op). If you need help figuring out where to find certain ingredients in bulk, be sure to check out my Grocery Resource page - I've listed out the different selection of bulk items available at many of the stores in downtown Toronto and will be updating it as I discover and inventory other stores around the city!
Preparing the recipe:
As Dana suggests in her recipe, the best way to get the skins off of the hazelnuts after roasting them is by rolling them in a towel - no paper towel or waste needed!
When roasting the hazelnuts, there is no need to line your baking sheet with foil or parchment - just place them directly on the baking sheet!
While this recipe is absolutely delicious, it is a bit pricey given that the hazelnuts that I bought in bulk were organic. I made this recipe for about $23 and it makes about 2 cups worth, which I find has lasted me a long time - up to 3 weeks. It also makes a great gift at just over $10 - I split my batch and put half in a small mason jar which I wrapped in fabric and gave away.
So what are you waiting for? Get started on your zero waste Nutella today! Be sure to tag #minimalistbaker and #trashlessintoronto in your pictures!