1 cup raw hazelnuts (I roast mine when I get them home; see below)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup almond milk
I like to roast the hazelnuts at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, before adding to the food processor. The roasting helps the natural oils come out of the nuts and it makes your house smell delicious. Some people then rub the hazelnuts in a towel to remove the outer brown skin, but I leave it on.
Blend the roasted nuts in a food processor until a paste is formed. Then add in coconut oil and process until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until beautiful, creamy “Nutella” forms. You can store in an airtight container on your counter for up to a week, or in your fridge for several more.
As an avid outdoor runner, even though I’m very good about remembering to hydrate and drink plenty of water, I often forget another important step to insuring a good, safe run - sunscreen. I never realize it until I’m halfway through a run and my shoulders are on fire. This summer I’ve wised up and started carrying my sunscreen in my running bag. It sounds simple and most people probably do this already, but it never hurts to mention it for folks like me who always seem to forget. Before you do any outdoor activities this summer, whether it’s a little cloudy or super sunny, apply that sunscreen! You’ll thank me, and yourself, later.
I was talking with a co-worker earlier today about how awesome it is to have your own garden. There’s something so gratifying about growing your own food and bringing it fresh from outside right to your own table. It’s not just about having the food; it’s about seeing the whole process from seed to plant, from the ground to your plate. It’s so simple, but there’s something totally miraculous about it. I never think about food in that way when I just hop on over to my local grocer. When I go to Farmer’s Markets I think about the food very differently and I’m grateful to the farmer who grew it. Take this homegrown lettuce, for example, from our backyard. What a treat it is to go outside, pick a big bunch of it, and come back inside to make a delicious, healthy meal. For me, the home garden reminds me of patience, as well. I think that’s another reason why I’m so enamored with growing food at home. Having to wait for your harvest is so exciting, and when it comes in, you realize what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to see where your food comes from, to HAVE food, and to be able to enjoy it with the ones you love.