Chocolate Hazelnut Spread From Hungry Healthy Happy By Dannii Martin

A healthier version of Nutella: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
There are certain words and terms that are quite simply irksome to my ears: “on a diet”; “detoxing”; and “clean eating” are at the top when it comes to eating behaviours. My philosophy has always been to eat in moderation without cutting out the food you love, to keep active and essentially you should be just fine.


It’s astounding the amount of recipe books that are thrust in our faces using these types of trendy marketing terms.“Souping” is the latest to target those trying to change their lifestyles. Just like these trends yo-yo in and out of fashion, you’ll find your weight also yo-yo’s as you try to find the right balance. Following a 7 day juicing course is one thing, but how do you maintain the weight loss once you start to eat normally again?

I don’t like these diet trends and never have; they aren’t healthy and they will leave you out of pocket and miserable. Denying yourself the food you love only sets you up for failure, as you will inevitably cave in and binge more than before you started. That is why I’m excited to share my thoughts on a refreshing recipe book called Hungry Healthy Happy: How to nourish your body without giving up the food you love.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

The author of this book is Dannii Martin, a young woman who is renowned for her very popular blog Hungry Healthy Happy. Dannii started her blog as a way to record her personal weight loss journey and share her recipes containing all the food we love, without the fad diets or gimmicks. Now that Dannii has reached a weight she is happy with, she continues to share recipes and tips on weight loss and how to maintain a healthy weight.

The book starts off broken down into the following categories:

The Principles of Losing Weight
The Importance of Exercise
Eating Well for Less
Store Cupboard Essentials
Two-week Meal Planner

Then there are over 100 recipes put into the following sections:

Snacks and Treats
Light Meals and Lunches
Hearty Main Meals
Side Dishes

What I love about this book is that the recipes detailed aren’t just vegan or vegetarian. There are so many of those around, it’s pleasing to see a healthy cookbook that doesn’t ignore the carnivores. I’m not so keen on using the fat-free yogurts and skimmed milk that a lot of the recipes call for, but that’s easy to substitute. It has all your favourites in a healthier incarnation: Shepherd’s Pie; Chicken Tikka Masala; and Mango and Raspberry Cheesecake, to name but a few.  You won’t even feel like you’re cutting calories. Dannii actually suggests that you may eat more than you did before! 

To prove the point that you can still enjoy food whilst maintaining a healthy diet, I’m sharing one of my favourites from the book; Hazelnut Chocolate Spread.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Serves 25
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 200g hazelnuts
  2. 8 pitted dates
  3. 130ml skimmed milk or any plant based milk (almond) (I used semi-skimmed).
  4. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  5. 80g cocoa powder
  6. 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  1. Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and process on the highest speed for 10–15 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl at regular intervals, until you have a smooth butter.
  2. Meanwhile, place the dates in a bowl with 50 ml boiling water and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the dates and water, along with the remaining ingredients, to the food processor with the hazelnut butter. Process the mixture on high until you have a smooth, glossy consistency. You can add more liquid at this point if you want, it all depends on what consistency you prefer. I added little bit more milk to thin it slightly.
  4. Transfer the spread to a jar or bowl and keep in the fridge, covered, until ready to use. The spread will keep for 1 week in the fridge.
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Other recipes we also tried and enjoyed: Banana pancakes (p26); Sausage and Egg Breakfast Muffin (p45); Quiche (p83); and Coconut Lime Chicken (p141).

This book is for anyone trying to lose weight or wanting to maintain a healthy weight. You don’t need to be an advanced cook, nor do you need to buy expensive hard-to-find ingredients. Many of the recipes serve 2-4 and are easy to increase, making them suitable for couples and families.  

Hungry Healthy Happy 
How to nourish your body without giving up the foods you love.
Author: Dannii Martin
Photography; Jacqui Melville
Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781910254370
Publisher: Jacqui Small

I was sent a copy of Hungry Healthy Happy for review. All opinions are my own.  Recipe and images extracted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin, photography by Jacqui Melville. Published by Jacqui Small (£20). 
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  1. Leave a Reply

    March 29, 2016

    Never tried Nutella, cause yeah, didn’t really feel like it. But I tried Finetti. XD I think my mother made something similar to this recipe shared up here, a couple of times too. It was so good!

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    chloe | boxwood avenue
    March 29, 2016

    I’m so happy you shared this recipe! Such a better alternative to Nutella – which I can’t stand because it uses palm oil!

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    February 27, 2016

    I love hazelnut and will have to try this! Dannii’s book is wonderful, I still need to write my review 🙂

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    Christine | Mid-Life Croissant
    February 26, 2016

    By pure coincidence I just pinned this earlier today. We are chocolate spread fiends in this house. Like you, I’m also a big believer in moderation.

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    February 25, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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    February 25, 2016

    I love hazelnut and this just made me wanna go in the kitchen to toast me some bread and make this with strawberries on top ! Yummmy !

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 27, 2016

      Hey Florentina! Omg – I must go get strawberries now that you’ve mentioned it! Hehe. Have a brilliant weekend!

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      Sarah Montgomery
      February 25, 2016

      Very good point, Gloria! I agree. I don’t understand people who go on gluten-free diets when they aren’t a coeliac, for example.

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    February 25, 2016

    Just reading the ingredients make me drool! Love anything with dates and this one is just too good to be true!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    February 25, 2016

    I am with you 100% when it comes to a diet, detox, liquid food instead of regular food. Moderation is the key and yes you can have treats every now and then. Meal size is more of a problem than the food itself. I hate going to a restaurant and having hugs amounts put on my plate. The healthy nutella sounds wonderful.. That certainly would satisfy the sweet tooth and the chocolate craving. Thank you.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    February 25, 2016

    Great review! I totally agree with you on your eating philosophy. This homemade choc-hazelnut spread looks fabulous and satisfying!

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    February 24, 2016

    I love Nutella but it isn’t healthy therefore this sounds great and it made me hungry now.


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    February 24, 2016

    I agree moderation is key.Life is short eat what makes you happy in moderation.

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    February 23, 2016

    hmmm chocolate!!! That spread looks great! I’ll have to check out the book as well.

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    February 23, 2016

    I completely agree with Sarah, Health eating is not a diet train that you go on and off when you need. It is a lifestyle. I absolutely love this recipe. You think I can substitute cocoa for cacao?

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    February 23, 2016

    I love hazelnut spread! It’s one of my favorite things to have for dessert!

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    February 23, 2016

    What a lovely review! Thank you for getting into the book and the recipes and letting us know what Dannii and her recipes are all about. I love the one you shared. I’m excited now to buy her book!

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    February 23, 2016

    Chocolate hazelnut spread….made healthy. I need a moment to process this.

    I’m processing it by eating chocolate, swooning, fainting, and eating more! I can’t wait to give this a go!


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    February 22, 2016

    Thank You for sharing this recipe – At the Dollhouse we are always looking for new delicious spreads for entertaining.

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    February 22, 2016

    Can you do this with all nuts? Would it work with almonds?

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    Emily C
    February 22, 2016

    Oh my this looks lovely! Waiting for my copy at the moment and can’t wait to experiment x

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    February 22, 2016

    Absolutely, ‘clean eating’ grates on me too. Like there are foods that are ‘dirty’. Diet culture is all about guilt. We’re all happier and healthier when we just enjoy things in life – and I’m looking forward to enjoying that chocolate delight!!

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