5 ingredient chocolate hazelnut spread made with healthy ingredients. You can't beat that! All the flavor none of the guilt. Right out of the Food Processor it tastes like an equal balance of hazelnut, chocolate and banana. After a day the banana is barely discernible. After 2-3 days I can't taste the banana at all. If you actively dislike banana flavor then add a pinch of cinnamon.
I am innately lazy and so I use skin on hazelnuts. There seems to be a negligible difference in texture. By all means go ahead and blanch them if you want to. The resulting spread will be that much more smooth for your efforts, and I willI admire your effort.
Turn your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and toast the hazelnuts in a pan on the top rack or alternately dry toast them in a skillet on the stove. Stop when they have goldened and you smell that amazing hazelnut perfume.
Place the peeled banana, hazelnuts and aquafaba in your vitamin or food processor. Now is the time for patience. Turn on your food processor and allow the hazelnuts to reach the texture of smooth nut butter. Mine takes about 5 minutes with pauses to scrape down the sides.
Now add the salt and cocoa and whiz for 3-5 more minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides when needed.
If you are someone who doesn't like the taste of bananas then place your hazelnut spread in a container in the fridge and let it sit for a day. The banana flavor disappears once the hazelnuts and cocoa powder have muscled them out of the way. If you really, really don't like banana flavor then add a pinch of cinnamon to mask it.
If you like banana flavor then dive right in!