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Mocha Hazelnut Butter

July 20, 2014

This Mocha Hazelnut Butter is an easy DIY nut butter recipe made with toasted hazelnuts, chocolate and coffee for a caffeine twist on nutella! If you’ve never tried hazelnut butter before, you are definitely missing out!

I’m baaaack! Did you miss me? Probably not. It’s only been 10 days but those 10 days have felt like a lifetime for me. Granted I did cover 4 states, climbed at least 6 mountains, almost die mountain biking and eat A LOT of amazing meals in that time, but I’m guessing you barely noticed I was gone.

I had actually planned to continue blogging while I was away and had enough content (i.e. cooked and photographed recipes before I left) to last me through the two weeks but the second I got out West and saw those beautiful mountains, I lost all motivation. It hit me then how badly I needed a vacation. So I completely disconnected and I have no regrets.

Mocha Hazelnut Butter // thehealthymaven.comRegardless, I missed you. My vacation was an absolute blast and I am definitely looking forward to recapping my trip with you, but I really did miss this space of mine. I’ve actually discovered that I miss quite a few things on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to change things up and experience the world but being away makes you really appreciate the comforts of home.

I missed my bed, my roomie, high-speed internet and my kitchen. By my 10th peanut butter and banana sammie, I started to miss vegetables too. You should have seen my face when we got to Jackson, WY and I ordered a HUGE veggie soup from the most amazing organic cafe. I think our waiter thought  I had been starved because I demolished that thing. It was heaven.

Mocha Hazelnut Butter // thehealthymaven.comDon’t get me wrong, I love me some peanut butter, but apparently there is such thing as overkill. By the time we reached Yellowstone, meals were slim-pickins. Breakfast was often instant oats (why do they make them SO sweet?!) with peanut butter, followed by a peanut butter sammie for lunch, post-hike treat of peanut m&ms and dinner aka my one peanut-less meal of the day.

By the last day of our trip I couldn’t even look at peanut butter. It made me realize how much I love having some nut butter variety. I suspect I am one of the few people who goes on vacation and misses their nut butter collection. You know you’re a foodie when…

And yes I did come home and dip a big ole spoon in a jar of this Mocha Hazelnut Butter and I swear it got better with time. Nut butter is like a fine wine…okay maybe that’s pushing it 😉


Mocha Hazelnut Butter

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • 2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp coffee grinds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 T maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. Once cool remove skins from hazelnuts.
  5. Add hazelnuts to a food processor or high-quality blender and process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Mine took 10 minutes.
  6. Add in cocoa powder, coffee grinds, sea salt and maple syrup.
  7. Continue processing until well combined.
  8. Store in a jar in cupboard for up to 1 month or longer in refrigerator (will harden in fridge)

Mocha Hazelnut Butter // thehealthymaven.comWhat do you miss most on vacation? Anyone else have nut butter withdrawal?


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  • Reply
    July 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Welcome back my friend. I did miss you, although I’m glad you took the time for yourself to recharge and attempt life-defying stunts on the side of a mountain. Only the best for you. 🙂

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    July 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I love experimenting with different nut butters! This needs to happen asap!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    July 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Sometimes we just need to disconnect from the social media. Glad you had an awesome time!!!! 🙂

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    Sarah Pie
    July 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I can do without my bed but I definitely miss my pillow when I’m away!! Can’t wait for a recap of your trip.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    July 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    So happy to hear you had a true VACATION vacation! I’m glad you’re alive too.
    I find it hard to believe there’s a peanut butter overkill, but all day every day does sound a little much. And I do not think it’s pushing it to say that nut butter is like fine wine.

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    July 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Welcome back! Sounds like a fab, fun, active vacation! And what a recipe to come back with – yum!

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    July 21, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Welcome back! I am so glad you disconnected and enjoyed your holiday! This nut butter looks divine 🙂

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    July 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Yum! I love hazelnut butter and I’m sure this is better than store bought stuff! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Polly 🙂

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    July 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I ALWAYS have nut butter withdrawal. Also sweet potato withdrawal and oats withdrawal. I am a creature of habit. Butttt I MISSED YOU (even though we talked most days!) so glad you’re back and can’t wait to read the full recap!! xoxoxo

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    July 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Welcome home girl! It always feels good to be home from a length vacation, no matter how much fun it was. I always miss my privacy and having quiet time when I’m on vacation. And home cooked food of course!

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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    July 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    So I was literally thinking yesterday that I must not have signed up for your email posts properly and then I saw your comment on Lee’s blog about getting back home and it all makes sense now. Glad you enjoyed your time away from blog world!! I am right wih you on missing my bed when on vacation..I may be an overly high maintenance sleeper haha.

    I’ve never worked with hazelnuts at all but adding cocoa and coffee sounds absolutely divine!!!!

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    July 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Welcome back!! I’m so glad you took some time off – it is nice not to feel tied to a computer while on vacation – especially when internet is sketchy and/or costly!!!!
    I love traveling and going places but I’m always happy to come home and sleep in my bed!!!

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