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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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Mocha Hazelnut Butter

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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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30 Comments

  1. Yes, I missed you – and I promise not just for the slugfests you and Arman have in the comments and on Twitter. Anyway, nice to see you back and hear how much you enjoyed your unplugged vacation.
    And also yes, I miss nut butter. Or more often almond butter. But on a recent trip to my parents there wasn’t even any of that wouldn’t-usually-eat-it nasty refined-palm-oil-and-sugar-peanut butter. It was a tough weekend. Kidding. Sort of.
    With all the nut butter recipes out there I’m honestly kicking myself a little for getting a Vitamix not food processor. I’ve yet to try more than coconut butter in the Vita because it’s a pain to clean and I’ve seen everybody recommending food processors for nut butter making.

  2. I love me some nut butter! And yes I missed you! Glad to hear that you had a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing some more gorgeous Davida-on-a-mountain pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Welcome back! I miss my own bed when I travel, too. And if I travel with the family, I miss that when we’re home, Squish sleeps in his own room. If we’re in hotels or houseguesting it, more oftern then not Squish is sleeping in the same room/bed as us. Which means no one sleeps, really.

  4. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip lady! And YES to the nut butter thing…I’m obsessed with peanut butter, but I love my 4-5 jar-at-any-given-moment collection. And I always end up missing my bed when I’m on vacation.

  5. I HAVE missed you! Glad that you had a blast, though and were able to totally disconnect and enjoy yourself. I’m totally going to try this. My daughter is addicted to Nutella and this is a much healthier version… we’ll see if she notices. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I usually miss my bed most while on vacation!!!!!! Only because I have a super comfy bedโ€ฆ. otherwise I LOVE vacation!!! I can’t wait to hear all about your vacation!
    That mocha hazelnut butter looks amazingโ€ฆ. I really need to start making my own!

  7. Glad to see you back, lady! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I definitely know what you mean about missing certain things about home. As much as I love to travel and see new places, my bed, kitchen, bathroom, and overall routine are things I start to miss after a while. Never nut butter, though, because I bring it with me when I travel ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Glad you had a great trip! I always miss my bed, my coffee machine and of course, my peanut butter and routine of breakfast and running first thing. But of course I ensure that I can have my peanut butter wherever I go so I bring it with me and buy extra when I can while away lol. I love seeing my variety and several jars in my pantry though. It’s my happy place.

  9. Wine that gets better with time? How would YOU know this? the wine you drink barely gets put into the bottle.

    I definitely didn’t notice your absence. Don’t let the posting schedule/my comment time fool you. Now as for this recipe….ironic after I told you today about the food processor.

    I am totally making this for Niki as she lives off Nutella (minus the coffee part).