3 Ingredients Keto Nut.ella Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is a super simple copycat of Ferrero’s Nutella. And only 0.8g carbs per serving.
It’s so similar, in fact, that a blind taste amongst 3 Nutella lovers revealed they could not discern which was the original and which was my super healthy, low carb + LCHF + sugar free + grain free + gluten free + vegan version.
THAT, my dear low carb friends, is the ultimate accolade in the keto experimental kitchen. Making something that no-one can tell is keto is undoubtedly satisfying. But making something that cannot be discerned from the real, mass produced, ultra refined and uber famous article, is, well, orgasmic.
The Birth of THE BEST Hazelnut Chocolate Spread EVER
The love affair between me and Nutella during my previous, high carb, sugar loaded life, was ridiculous. It’s true, I often had a TV dinner of a full length French baguette filled with an entire jar of Nutella. Shameful, shocking, but true.
So with keto came the longing to replicate my old favourites, including the world’s best known, most delicious, yet most unhealthy hazelnut chocolate spread. Last year, when I created my first healthy Nutella recipe after many frustrating trials and errors, I was so excited and eager to publish it, that my tasters were probably reluctant to offend me with a less than glorious verdict.
At the time, I was happy to have created a good, healthy, hazelnut flavoured chocolate spread that reminded me of my beloved Nutella. And it remained my go-to recipe until recently. It still is a good recipe. However, the slight graininess, the intense chocolate flavour and the hardening over time during storage meant I knew I needed to improve that recipe. At some point. Still, with so many other things that a blogger has to do on a daily basis, revisiting a chocolate spread was not on my list of priorities.
Until now. Because something extraordinary happened by chance and I simply couldn’t ignore it.
Having received a can of Chocolate Brownie Mix for review, I wanted to add layers so as to create a more interesting brownie recipe and decided to use hazelnut paste. But my hazelnut paste was too liquid even with icing ‘sugar’ added. So I thought I’d add a bit of cocoa powder to thicken it. Not too much, mind you, because I was aiming for a strong hazelnut flavour. Then I tasted it. And it was a revelation. How did that happen? I had just savoured the best Nutella copycat ever. My 3 Ingredients Keto Nut.ella Hazelnut Chocolate Spread was born. Just like that. Un-be-lievable.
How to Make 3 Ingredients Keto NUT.ELLA Hazelnut Chocolate Spread
So simple it’s embarrassing to call this a recipe. Here is what you need:
1 HAZELNUT PASTE (BUTTER)
2 SUGAR FREE ICING ‘SUGAR’ (you can Make your Own)
3 UNSWEETENED DARK COCOA POWDER
You must use really good quality, smooth hazelnut paste that contains no added ingredients. The hazelnut paste I prefer is made by Porello, who use Piedmont nocciole. The most succulent, sweet, oil-rich hazelnuts come from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. They are called Nocciole del Piemonte and they have the prestigious Europen I.G.P. (Protected Geographical Indication) certification as a guarantee of their origin.
The Porello hazelnut paste is extremely smooth and pale, and presents a lot of natural oil deposit on top, so you must stir it well before scooping out what you need. Expensive, but oh, so worth the price! It creates the most luscious, intensely flavoured and creamy 3 Ingredient Keto Nut.ella Hazelnut Chocolate Spread. When it isn’t available, I cry. Literally. And then I (reluctantly) buy an alternative – see recipe for links. Sadly, none of the pastes I have tried have been anywhere near as good as the Porello brand.
The cocoa powder you use is less important. The one I prefer is very low in carbs (8.7g per 100g), so if you opt for a different brand you may have to recalculate your macros.
I also prefer to use my own icing ‘sugar’. Click HERE if you want to try and do it yourself. I promise it’s super easy and much cheaper than buying Sukrin or Swerve.
The method couldn’t be easier, or quicker. All you need to do is combine the 3 ingredients (the icing ‘sugar’ should be sifted to avoid clumps) and mix them really, really well. Transfer to a mason jar and store. That’s it. Your 3 Ingredients Keto Nut.ella Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is ready.
- Yield: 185g
- Serving: 15g
- Calories: 85
- Fat: 8g
- Net Carbs: 0.8g
- Protein: 2g
- pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl, stir really well and transfer to a Mason jar for storage.
I keep my Nut.ella refrigerated for a slightly denser consistency and for lasting freshness, but it's not necessary.
Metric kitchen scales are an inexpensive yet invaluable gadget to enable accurate measurement of ingredients. Store them upright in a cupboard or over your worktop and they'll only take up a tiny bit of space. Click HERE for the ones I use (UK Link). For U.S. option click HERE.
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