I used to love Nutella but it’s not vegan-friendly since it contains milk. I also don’t like that it has vanillin, is full of sugar and palm oil. But there are tons of vegan nutella redos, so I will spare you yet another. Even if nutella-making was out I still had it in my head to make a spread. One that would taste a great dissolved in a cup of coffee or spread on a graham cracker or a bagel. Something rich with no refined sweeteners and, after thinking too much about Nutella, it had to have hazelnuts in it too. I made a coconut hazelnut spread that only sweetened with dates. It has a slight caramel flavor from the dates in a creamy blend with a shading of hazelnut permeating throughout. [Read more...]
I love making oatmeal that remind me of favorite desserts. This tastes like a cake I had almost 20 years ago. (Or at least what it’s become in my mind.) The banana and chocolate go perfectly with the flavor of the hazelnuts. This is a really simple oatmeal to throw together before you go to bed. You can toast the nuts the night before or in the morning.
I wouldn’t skip toasting the hazelnuts though, because I did and it wasn’t nearly as good. You can put them on a sheet pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure not to forget about them, because nuts tend to burn quickly. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve spaced it, so I always set a timer. You can get fancy and rub the skins off the hazelnuts with a towel, but I say what’s a little more fiber in your diet?
If you really don’t want to deal with the nuts, leave out the chocolate and mix in about a tablespoon of Nutella instead. It’s not quite as healthy, but it will taste great!
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Slow Cooker Banana Hazelnut Torte Oatmeal
2 to 3 servings
**This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that’s 1 1/2 to 2 quarts
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 2 cups Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 – 2 tablespoons sweetener
(I used agave)
- For serving: chopped toasted hazelnuts and chopped vegan chocolate chips
The night before: Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later. Add oats, milk, and vanilla. Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).
In the morning: Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should become a more uniform consistency. Stir in sweetener and mashed banana.
Top each serving with hazelnuts, chopped chocolate chips and more sliced bananas if desired.
**(See Page Link on Menu Bar to get to Slow Cooker Oatmeal FAQS)