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Vegan gluten-free chocolate hazelnut milk!

on 24/02/2013
Home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!A stylish food gift !

Home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!
A stylish food gift !

Tasty & easy home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!

Tasty & easy home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!

I made this tasty home-made chocolate hazelnut milk with soaked hazelnuts. This chocolate version has a deeper, rich & tasty chocolate flavour but isn’t too sweet. I didn’t use medjool dates because I am not very fond of them. I used maple syrup, grade C to sweeten & also used coconut sugar sweetened raw cacao nibs. Yummmmm! 🙂

Why do you need to soak your raw nuts for 8 to 24 hours?

The nuts become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these nuts are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread. Or you can make your own vegan cheese or spread.

You can make nut milk from every nut or a mix of nuts that you like & love. You even can make milk out of seeds like sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. I am experimenting with them now. More recipes to come! Most recipes on the internet say that you use 1 cup of raw nuts & 3 to 4 cups pure water. In this recipe, I will use  3 cups of water. Why? because I like it this way & the nut milk is a bit thicker too.
You can make your own nut milk & add whatever ingredients you want, vanilla, sweeten it with dates, agave or maple syrup, add extra yummy things like chocolate, cacao nibs, coconut sugar sweetened cacao nibs, carob, cacao or add in spices: it is up to you! I will not strain my pulp because it is more healthy to drink up your pulp & my Vitamix mixes it all in really well. If you have a normal blender, it is better to strain your nut milk. See this post before on how you should do that!
Recipe: For 1250 ml = 5 cups


1 cup raw, unsalted hazelnuts, covered in 2 cups clean water, soaked in water for at least 8 to 24 hours, kept in the fridge, nuts well rinsed & drained/ I always soak them overnight in the fridge.

3 cups clean water

1 cup of coconut sugar sweetened cacao nibs

2/4 cup maple syrup, grade C + 1 tablespoon


Since I got my Vitamix TNC 5200, I have made my all of my nut milks in this fabulous machine. Because I use my Vitamix, I don’t have to strain my hazelnut pulp. It is all well & finely mixed into the liquid. It has more flavour, is thicker, has more power & is much healthier that way!! If you don’t have a power blender like I do, then you will have to strain your milk by using a nut milk bag. How to use it & step by step guide, you will find, on one of my previous post: Here!

1. Place your soaked, rinsed & well-drained hazelnuts in your Vitamix blender & add 3 cups of clean water. Add coconut sugar sweetened cacao nibs & 2/4 cup of maple syrup too. Place your fitting lid on with the tamper in it. Now, turn your machine gradually on from speed 1 to 10 & then, turn on high power. Mix your nut milk for 1 minute or 2 or until completely mixed. Do this, by pushing the tamper up & down to make the ingredients go into the running blades. Now, taste. It has to have a more deeper, rich chocolate flavour & it has to be sweet but not too sweet. I added that 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, like mentioned on the list. Mix again.

2. Now, pour the tasty home-made vegan chocolate hazelnut milk in a clean bottle & turn the lid on. Label it. Keep in the fridge for most 4 to 5 days. Everytime, you want to drink it, you must shake your bottle up & down because otherwise the heavily parts will sink to the bottom. You need a smooth drink all the way! You will be left with 1/2 glass of chocolate hazelnut milk. You can drink it straight away!

You can decorate this lovely bottle with a nice lint & give it away as a lovely home-made food gift. 🙂 MMM,…too! 🙂 Enjoy! The uses are endless! More recipes on how to use it, later on!!!

Pouring the home-made vegan chocolate hazelnut milk in the clean bottle!

Pouring the home-made vegan chocolate hazelnut milk in the clean bottle!


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71 responses to “Vegan gluten-free chocolate hazelnut milk!

  1. boeddhamum says:


  2. veggiereader says:

    I’m bookmarking this for my christmas gift this year. I wont even mention its vegan 😉

  3. Katarina says:

    What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  4. twbarritt says:

    Very interesting! I had no idea you could make nut milk at home!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Yes! I have been doing it now for five times already & love inventing new milks & new
      milk combinations for smoothies & desserts!

  5. hotlyspiced says:

    How delicious. I love hazelnuts. They give great flavour. I always start my day with an almond milk smoothie but I think now I need to try other nuts xx

  6. Ally says:

    Yum! I have never made hazelnut milk (only almond). You have inspired me!
    I also look forward to the additional recipes that you have hinted at!

  7. ooh! this sounds so yummy, i will definitely have to try this. thanks for the idea 🙂

    • Sophie33 says:

      It si a must! The milk will thicken when it is being chilled i the fridge! Shake your bottle well before using it!

  8. Liz says:

    This is bizarre, but I love it. Thinking I need a vitamix! You always present things so nicely. Love how you “wrapped” the final milk bottle:-)

    • Sophie33 says:

      It isn’t bizarre it is nut milk making! 😉 Thanks! i love those wrappers too! 🙂 Glad you noticed, hey!

  9. Jacqueline says:

    Mmmmmmmm, sounds wonderful Sophie.

  10. Koko says:

    This looks so yummy, and you’re right- what a great gift!! I have been making my own raw almond milk sweetened with dates and flavoured with vanilla beans lately. Even my boyfriend LOVES it!! This chocolate hazelnut milk looks even better though. What a treat!!!!

    • Sophie33 says:

      It is very tasty & thicker too. after it has been i the fridge to chill for few hours, it will get thicker! So, shake your bottle up & down a lot to get that not too thick consistency & if it is too thick, add 1 cup of water & mix well!

  11. ellebakes says:

    Yummmmmmy- sounds like liquid nutella – only healthier 😉

  12. Never heard of chocolate hazelnut milk before Sophie! It sounds so delicious…it’s like a milk version of Nutella!! I bet it’s really sweet and chocolatey!! Yum!

    • Sophie33 says:

      No, it is Not too sweet. It is just right with a deeper chocolately flavour & you can really taste the hazelnuts too! 🙂

  13. My favourite non dairy milk is hazelnut milk! Thanks for the recipe Sophie! 😀

  14. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    You’re amazing! Well done.

  15. Carolyn Jung says:

    Oh my, I bet this is almost like making a drinkable Nutella. Swoon — big-time. 😉

    • Sophie33 says:

      Yes, it is thicker too, If you don’t like it to be that thick, thin it out with an extra cup of clear water! 🙂 Enjoy!

  16. scott2608 says:

    It looks and sounds delicious.

  17. Looks so delicious!

  18. gotasté says:

    I have never taste this made from real hazelnut. It is always from syrup which I have no idea what else was in there. I can drink this everyday because it is good and safe. Thank you for sharing this very unique recipe. Gorgeous color too!

  19. Oh it’s like you read my mind, Sophie! I was just thinking about making a Vegan Nutella Smoothie-type thing and then saw your gorgeous version! YUMMO!

  20. woodentaste says:

    You don’t have to live next door to Sophie to realise her fascination and thrill with cooking, you can detect it from a million miles; it irradiates knowledge, enjoyment and finesse.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Waw! A big thanks to you, my dear friend! 🙂 What a compliment! Now, I am blushing too! 🙂 xxx

      • woodentaste says:

        hahaha…now then, no blushing here please unless we’re touching the hot oven…the admirable thing is that you put so much detail and research in your site… I couldn’t do it ,I guess I’m toooo superficial

  21. Gourmantine says:

    I make almond milk every week, but hazelnuts usually go straight into granola, I think I’ll save some next time for a chocolaty treat!

  22. Chocolat and hazelnuts! Nutella in a bottle. We are all going to love this one. thanks Sophie– you are so inventive!

  23. Tandy says:

    I would love to taste this Sophie 🙂

    • Sophie33 says:

      It is so good, so tasty & thick & creamy with a deep chocolate flavour but not too sweet! 🙂
      Imagine that!

  24. uberdish says:

    I love the idea of making a hazelnut milk with cacao! Yummy! I can taste it now 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. I know that this will be a hit in our family.

  25. afracooking says:

    Wow! Making your own nut milk. Tja, guess I need to make the hard choice whether it is better to get a vitamix or a nut milk bag 😉 Ah, decision made: the vitamix I can use for other things (or is that thinking somehow flawed ;-> )

    • Sophie33 says:

      No, it is a powerful super blender! It is a must for crushed ice, smoothies, pancake batters, dips, etc!

  26. liveblissful says:

    that looks so good. i still haven’t had the courage to make my own nut milk yet.

  27. Bernice says:

    This looks awesome!!!!

  28. I’m intrigued by this. Does it taste like Nutella? 🙂 If it does then I’m sold! Thanks for posting.

    • Sophie33 says:

      It doesn’t really! I don’ like nutella! I made this a bit more healthier & tastier then nutella! It is darker, deeper chocolately flavour & you can really taste the hazelnuts too & it is a thicker homemade chocolately hazelnut milk, my way!

  29. Kiran says:

    I need this in my life!! Love that it’s healthier and tastier than nutella milkshake!

  30. narf77 says:

    Yummo! Now I know what I will be making in 10 years time when my hazelnut grove starts producing nuts 😉 Future deliciousness! Now all I need to do is grow cacao and I am right! 😉

  31. Jim Brennan says:

    Sophie, all of you stuff is so interesting, and mouth watering. I can’t stand it!

  32. Yummy! I would love some of that for breakfast this morning!!! Great recipe, Sophie.

  33. Victoria says:

    A very unique gift…definitely special and pretty as well! Very nice!

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