Feb 20

Nutella Milk

This is some expensive milk.

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Like I had to sneak the hazelnuts into the grocery shopping cart and hope Andrew didn’t glance at the price sticker.  It didn’t work.  He saw.   I think the main reason he goes grocery shopping with me is to make sure I don’t go crazy.  It’s necessary.

I probably shouldn’t be trying to sneak things into the grocery cart…I’m sure there was something during our marriage counseling classes about how that’s not a good idea.  Plus, for Valentine’s Day he bought me this.  Actually we went to Target and I picked it out for myself, but still.  He did have champagne and strawberries (and more chocolate) when we got home Friday night though.  There wasn’t a puppy.  But we won’t talk about that.

Anddd I fed him sardines this week.  Which he really wasn’t thrilled about.  To which I’m all like, “hello, vitamin D, calcium, omega-3’s!”  He was less enthused.  My game plan was to pair the sardines with polenta because he’s a polenta fah-reak!  He ate it all…so I guess that was effective.

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Let’s switch topics.  So I ended up adding way too much chocolate to this here nutella milk.  Which I didn’t know was possible to do.  I mean, too much chocolate!? What is this you speak of? But I ended up adding so much melted chocolate that the milk became super thick and was more of a chocolate sauce than a chocolate milk.   I’ve adjusted the recipe for you though.  I didn’t realize the chocolate wasn’t completely melting into the milk, so it seemed like I needed to add more.  I didn’t need to. 

Oh the things you learn.

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Other things I’ve learned…since writing this blog, my photography has improved a wee-bit.  For instance, these are pancakes; not turkey burgers.  The sad thing is, those pancakes are like good (I tend to get all weak-at-the-knees over anything with a filling).  But you would never know how delicious they are because who would ever make them after seeing those pictures!? Ya know!? I made them this week

I REALLY need to retake those original pictures.  It’s just not fair for the pancakes.  The injustice.

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Okay back to this nutella milk…I have found that it’s not the brightest idea to keep a jar of nutella in the house.  Inevitably my spoon will keep finding it, especially late at night when calories don’t seem to count as much (<–that is what a bad dietitian would say.  good thing I’m not a dietitian…yet).  World Market has little nutella packets which seem like a less risky option.  Kind of like the same reason you would buy in-shell pistachios…portion control. 

But I love nutella.  I really do.  Which is why nutella milk sounded like quite a fun idea.

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This nutella milk has been great for sweet somethings throughout the week.  To keep me sane -and to keep me from eating an entire bag of chocolate chips in one sitting with a jar of peanut butter close by- I tend to eat something dessert-like everyday. 

It may be a chocolate chip mug cake after dinner, chocolate chips in my trail mix, wannabe froyo with nutella, some chobani, or a couple peanut butter cookies.  If I over-restrict the delicious sweets in my life and don’t allow for these happy daily indulgences…I will (always) overdo it on sweets later in the week.  I spent like 4+ years of my life in this cycle of being super restrictive with what I ate and then overeating to make up for the foods I had been missing.  Diet = deprivation.  Which is why diets don’t work.  Or that’s how I feel.

Food is to be enjoyed.  It’s wasted if it isn’t.

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Nutella Milk
  1. 2 1/4 cups raw hazelnuts
  2. 5 cups filtered water
  3. 1.5-2 cups chocolate, chopped (I used a mix of dark chocolate chips and a 4 oz Ghirardelli's 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate bar)
  1. Place hazelnuts and 4 to 5 cups filtered water into a container. Soak hazelnuts overnight. The next day, drain the water from the hazelnuts and place in a blender with 5 cups filtered water. Blend until as smooth as possible, only little bits of hazelnuts should be left. Strain hazelnut milk through a cheese cloth or thin dish towel. Keep hazelnut pulp for another recipe or discard.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds. Pour milk into the melted chocolate in 1 cup increments and after each addition stir until incorporated. Taste the milk and make sure the chocolate is completely melted. If it isn't melted, the milk will taste gritty. To get rid of any "grittiness," you may need to heat the milk + chocolate in a pot and then allow it to cool. Store in the fridge for 5 days.
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22 comments on “Nutella Milk”

  1. How indulgent! This sounds absolutely fabulous. I had no idea it was so easy to make your own nut milk!

    And your turkey bur…errrr…pancakes look totally delicious in both pictures :)

  2. Mmmm absolutely delicious! I love nutella as you can see from some of my past recipes!

  3. I have been wanting to make my own nut milk at home for a while – your recipe just might be my weekend project! :-)

    Isn’t it fun to look back on your blog and see how far your food photography has progressed? I know I have some pretty sad food pics from the earlier days on mine!!! Lol.

  4. Brilliant. I cannot wait to make this! Giggling over your husband’s comment and so glad you’ve shared your older photos – it gives inspiration to all of us that we can improve our food photography!

  5. Love this idea. I always laugh out loud at your posts. I completely agree about old posts just not being fair to my delicious recipes and have been thinking about retaking the photos for some of them!

  6. Nutella is delicous, and I love that you bought hazelnuts and your husband gawked. I am always buying things like that and saying it’s “for the blog.” But no, I really just want nutella milk!

  7. Oh wow. I love Nutella, this sounds great! And yeah, I can imagine sneaking something expensive through the checkout will catch you guy’s attention. I have tried that too.. Never works..

  8. It’s like my childhood in a glass. This is so amazing!
    You’ve also won me over with those pancakes despite the old photos. Sometimes I get too up-close and personal with my overnight oats in photos, just to realize that they will never ever look that pretty. And you’re right— anything with filling just gets me.

  9. Love that you made hazelnut milk from scratch – brilliant! Will definitely be making this. Also, LOVE the look & title of your blog!

  10. What a great idea and to actually incorporate REAL hazelnuts is great!

  11. Yum yum yum! You’ve just inspired me to try making my own hazelnut milk at home!

  12. Oh gosh I don’t even know what to say about this?!?!?!? It looks like a little bit of heaven in a glass. I would like to make this to use as a smoothie base and I would even freeze it to blend for a nice frosty treat! Looks like a lot of fun to make, too.

  13. OK, two things: 1) At first I thought you had just mixed Nutella with milk in the blender or something which is a fantastic idea, but I was like “boo too much sugar”. So then when I realized what you actually did here, I did a little happy dance. And 2) Yesyesyes a million times yes to your thoughts on dieting!

  14. My excitedness over the prospect of Nutella milk was slightly excessive but regardless, this sounds amazing. And I agree — Nutella in the house is a BAD idea.

  15. I’ve never made my own nutmilk before and am a little amazed at how easy it is! In my mind, it was a super long and complicated process. This sounds DELICIOUS! Must make for my nutella loving boyfriend.

  16. Can you explain why the nuts have to be drained first to put them back into water? Would like to try this recipe. It sounds sooo good! :)

    • The nuts tend to be dirty. Mine looked like they had some dirt or something on them. You can see in the third picture down how the water was cloudy and brown…that’s the water I drained off. They looked much cleaner after soaking. I hope you try out the recipe!!!:)

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  18. LOVE this recipe! I have a similar smoothie recipe on my blog, but I love how yours is a plant milk and made using three simple ingredients. I’m also a dietetic intern, it’s awesome to read other interns blogs! xo

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