Every time Hayley and I go to Whole Foods (our “Happy Place”), there are a few treats I longingly gaze at while we walk up and down the aisles. My treat foods are SeaSnax, Figs, Kombucha, Jeni’s Salty Caramel Ice Cream, and Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. I’m certainly not saying the first three are bad (not by any stretch of the imagination), I love those foods, they’re good for you, and a nice treat. The Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter is my favorite treat by far, but it does carry a bit of guilt for me as it’s basically a cleaner version of Nutella. I really wanted to make my own version of the Justin’s because at $10 a jar, it is a pricey indulgence too!
This week, we have George (the Civilized Caveman) staying here with us before we drive up to Boston for AHS on Wednesday. We received a brand new Designer Series Blendtec Blender last week, and were just dying to try it out with some hazelnut buter recipe. With it, we also received a nut butter jar from Blendtec which is an amazing tool for making nut butters (go figure!) George and I tag teamed the hazelnut butter recipes in a sort of caveman / food lover cooking collaboration. We both took pics, shot video (coming soon), and consulted with one another for the recipes. They all turned out excellent! We are hosting the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Butter recipe, and the Spicy Chipotle Hazelnut Butter. You can find the third recipe for Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter on George’s site.