Nocciolata Hazelnut Spread Review – Recipe & Giveaway!

IMG_3839For any of you that have followed my blog for more than a month or so can probably guess that I have a sweet tooth. Particularly for all things chocolate. Although I typically reach (or make) for chocolate almond butter cups, lately I have been craving chocolate hazelnut spread, aka Notella. I have made some myself in the past and recently have tried a few different brands that were pretty good. I was a little extremely excited when I was contacted by Rigoni di Asiago to try their new Nocciolata Dairy Free.

I have been enjoying it on toast and in my quinoa flake bowls. I simply followed the directions to cook the quinoa flakes and then added half of a mashed banana and 1 tsp of the spread after cooking and topped it with the rest of the banana, sliced with some raspberries and hemp seeds.

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Just look at that chocolatey goodness!

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I tried it in smoothies, overnight oats and even made ice cream with it. BUT I think my absolute favourite thing I made with it was Nocciolata Cups.

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Swoon.

Aside from the rich, creamy smooth texture and sweet, but not overly sweet, intense, dark chocolate taste, I like that this spread wasn’t super decadent. It didn’t leave me with a headache after eating it like I do with the other spreads I’ve tried that tend to be sweetened with refined sugar.

This spread is not only certified vegan, it’s made with organic ingredients, including free trade cocoa. It is completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colours, additives, hydrogenated fats and artificial sweeteners. My kinda sweet treat.

Nocciolata Cups
Cup Crust
1/4 cup of pecans
1/4 cup of almonds
1/2 cup of dates, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, pitted
a pinch each of sea salt & cinnamon

Place the nuts in a food processor and process until finely crumbled. Add the dates, a splash of the date-soaking water and the pinch of sea salt & cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Brush a bit of coconut oil on the outside of mini tart cups and gently fold the crust around the outside of the tart mold.

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Put them in the freezer for an hour or so. Gently peel the crust away from the mold. Add a generous teaspoon of Nocciolata Dairy Free spread. You can enjoy as is, or add some fruit and/or shredded coconut, or any topping you’d like to try.

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Are you looking to get your own hands on some of this delicious spread? You can find it at Whole Foods and it will be available on Amazon soon. In the meantime, one lucky US reader will receive a free jar of this delicious stuff so you can try your own magical creations. In order to enter this giveaway, follow Rigoni on Instagram & Facebook and comment below letting me know how you would enjoy this spread. Contest ends Wednesday, September 21st.

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**Disclaimer – Thank you to Rigoni di Asiago for providing a free sample of this new product to try and sponsoring this post. All opinions on this post are completely my own and by choice.

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21 thoughts on “Nocciolata Hazelnut Spread Review – Recipe & Giveaway!

  1. I would mess some of that Nocciolata up right now if I had it! I love all of the recipes you tried with it and I cannot wait to make your Nocciolata Cups (though that will probably have to wait till October 1st.

    PS- I need to make some quinoa flake bowls, do you just get the quinoa flakes at Whole Foods?

    1. Right? It’s healthier compared to any other brand I’ve seen, but not sure it is quite in spirit of the challenge. I did have a teeny bit yesterday that was leftover – but had finished most of it before I started the challenge. Come to think of it, the jar actually lasted surprisingly long… normally I eat that stuff super fast. So I guess I should pat myself on the back for that at least =)
      Yes!! You can buy quinoa flakes in the cereal aisle at Whole Foods. Or I’m sure you can buy them online. I get these ones: http://ancientharvest.com/product/100-whole-grain-hot-cereal-flakes/
      I like them because they cook up much faster than oats and if my morning is rushed, I usually still have time to make these.

  2. I am not entering on account of not being in the US, but I wish I could! I love the sound of it, a lot of those spreads are just way too sweet. This sounds much more up my alley.

  3. Oh, this looks so good! Hard to believe, but I’ve never tried Nutella before! Next time I’m at Whole Foods will have to pick up some Nocciolata. Those cups look great!

    1. You’ve never had Nutella? That’s actually pretty awesome of you – it’s not super healthy and now that my tastebuds have finally grown up, it doesn’t taste all that great.
      Thanks Vicki =)

  4. I’m yet to find a vegan chocolate spread in the UK that actually tastes worth eating! This looks and sounds delicious – guess I’ll make some of my own to make these yummy cups! I think I’d have to spread it on my morning pancakes… maybe with some fresh banana and coconut shreds :)

  5. Following on Instagram and Facebook. I would enjoy it in my morning oatmeal with some fresh raspberries. The fig spread also looks really good I will have to look for it next time I’m in Whole Foods.

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