Again, it really does pay to make sure all the nuts, cacao and syrup are well mixed together before you add the water. And when you do add the water I wouldn’t throw the whole 1/2 cup in all at once. Depending on the size of mug you’re using, you may need to add more or less water. In this case, I only needed to add a fraction of the ½ cup to get that Nutella consistency.
And there you go. Since trying this I’ve stopped buying Nutella – which I used to buy every now and then as a treat. Yes, it’s pricey (see What I Spent) compared to a standard jar of Nutella (around £2 for the same amount). It’s also a bit fiddly and you wonder half way through making it why you’re bothering. But compared to the shop-bought version, it only has three ingredients (not counting the water) rather than 10.
But it is delicious – a kind of grown-up version that the kids do like (though if they had a choice they’d go with Nutella every time).
Ella’s recipe doesn’t say how long this will keep for, but I asked her and she recommends storing it in a cool, dry place for up to 5 days. If it lasts that long.
Assuming you don’t have raw cacao powder just lying around (I don’t!) your initial expense is going to be pricey. Once you know this recipe works for you, it’s worth going on Amazon.co.uk or another wholesaler to get a better deal.
*Creative Nature Organic Raw Cacao Powder: £7.00 for 200g. (I’ve seen organic raw cacao powder on Amazon.co.uk for around £7.50 for 500g). Three tablespoons in this recipe is about 45g.
*Buckwood Maple Syrup – £5.99 per bottle. This is something we have in our house already. The pure stuff is quite pricey but worth it. I used about 2/3 bottle for this recipe.
*Hazelnuts: £3.98 for 300g.
TOTAL: £16.97 initial outlay; Approx £7.97 for 380ml.