I found a nut-free Nutella recipe. Only it isn’t completely nut-free. When speaking produce, coconut is a fruit. When speaking allergies, coconut is in the tree nut family with a possibility of being an allergen just as much as another tree nut. I also noticed the use of maple syrup or agave or honey, and I realized it isn’t maple allergy-friendly, either. There are other options, but what about for the mom who sees it and uses coconut oil, thinking it’s just a fruit despite its suffix, for the batch going to her son’s first grade class for their end-of-the-year party where a little girl has a nut allergy and has a reaction to this “nut-free” Nutella? If I was that mom, I would be in shock and tearing apart my head trying to remember where I went wrong.
Before I was diagnosed with all my allergies, I had no idea how serious they could be or what was what in food and in ingredients. Without my research, I would probably still be thinking that maltodextrin is malt. Pft. (It’s not.)
- 2 c Sunbutter1
- 1½Tbs pure vanilla extract (1 Tbs if Mexican vanilla)
- ¼ c cocoa powder
- ¼ c + 3 Tbs honey2
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2-3 tsp vegetable oil — I should have used 3 tsp
- ½ c milk — as per your allergies’ needs
By having Sunbutter on hand (it needs to be used considering I’ve got three stocked up), it cuts down two steps, making it a super-easy (just how I like it!) and quick recipe. It makes a little over two cups.
- Blend ingredients together until well-blended into a smooth and creamy texture.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 30 days in the refrigerator. I stored mine in one of the Sunbutter containers leftover. 😀
It’s now listed on the Sunbutter website.
- You can also make your own sunflower seed butter by following the original recipe’s instructions.
Also: I had a little under 2 cups AND I mixed the rest of the creamy Sunbutter and crunchy Sunbutter I had. Now I can use the unopened jar and not worry about these others expiring (since I have other recipes to make now). ↩
- For the honey, try to use local honey if you have a pollen allergy. ↩