Chocolate Hazelnut "New-Tella"

Chocolate Hazelnut New-Tella

Serving Size = 1/4 cup

1/4 cup whole raw almonds
1 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1 1/4 cup almond milk (or soy milk, cashew milk, or hazelnut milk)
½ cup dates
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.  Spread nuts on a baking sheet and toast until hazelnuts are brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

To make chocolate sauce: While the nuts are roasting, combine the soy milk and dates in a microwave-safe container.  Microwave on "beverage" setting until milk is warm, just about 1-2 minutes.  Keep an eye so that the milk doesn't explode over!  Dates should be completely soft.  Pour mixture into a blender and puree until liquified.  Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract for a rich chocolate sauce.

To peel hazelnuts:  Once the nuts are toasted and brown, remove from the oven.  At this point, it's best to remove the skins from the hazelnuts.  Place them in a clean kitchen towel or sturdy paper towel.  Roll around and the skins should easily flake off.  You're doing awesome if you get about 80% of the skins off.  This step helps remove the bitterness in the hazelnut skins, creating a sweeter, richer sauce.

To make nut butter: Place almonds and hazelnuts in a food processor.  Grind until they are as fine as possible, scraping down the sides every few minutes.  This may take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the strength of your food processor.  This is your homemade nut butter.

To make New-Tella: Add the chocolate sauce to the nut butter (in the food processor) and continue to process the mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

This sauce is great when fresh and the warmth from the roasted nuts accentuates the rich chocolaty flavor.  It also freezes well and can be refrigerated for up to a week.  I love serving this simply with sliced apples or pears, but you can use it as a frosting on brownies and cupcakes or a sauce for any fruit or "I-Scream"

Servings: 12
Yield: Makes 3 cups

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/4 cup)

Calories 143.82

Total Fat 11.09g 17%
Saturated Fat 1.18g 6%
Monounsaturated Fat 7.59g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20.09mg <1%
Potassium 267.52mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 11.92g 4%
Fiber 4.21g 17%

Sugar 5.56g
Protein 4.07g 8%

Calcium 54.54mg 5%
Iron 1.63mg 9%
Vitamin E 3.95mg 40%
Thiamin 0.1mg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 5%
Folate 20.51mcg 5%
Phosphorus 103.44mg 10%
Magnesium 62.63mg 16%
Zinc 0.82mg 5%
Copper 0.49mg 25%
Manganese 1.16mg 58%