Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree ♥
Today we will prepare this Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree, a dessert perfect for the holidays! I promise you will love it.
It looks cute, tastes delicious, and the homemade vegan nutella we will use for the filling, is just exquisite.
And like the homemade nutella, this puff pastry made from scratch can be used in many other recipes (apple pie, croissants, cookies, etc.). Now, come with me and let’s prepare this delicious Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree!
Watch it step by step 👀
Is margarine vegan?
A large percentage of the margarines on the market are vegan, just make sure that the list of ingredients that comes on the package doesn’t contain any dairy.
Can I substitute margarine in this Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree?
For sure! If you find any vegan butter that you like, substitute it without problem. Or if you want to use coconut oil, just use it solid (not melted). And if the place where you live is very hot, store it in the fridge so that when you need it, it’s solid.
How do I prepare the homemade nutella for this Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree?
It is super simple. You only need to blend roasted and peeled hazelnuts with some cocoa powder, melted chocolate, the sweetener of your choice and a pinch of salt. That's it.
Easy, fast, healthy and delicious.
Can I substitute hazelnuts for any other nut?
If you are looking to get the nutella flavor, definitely go for hazelnuts. But if that’s not a big deal for you, you can substitute hazelnuts for any other nut and add the same amount of cocoa. You can make chocolate peanut butter, chocolate cashew butter, chocolate walnut butter, etc.
What if my blender is not that potent? Do I need to add any liquid to make the process faster and/or easier?
If your blender is not that powerful, you just need to be very patient. Blend a little, turn it off and scrape down the sides of the blender so that everything is integrated, put the lid back on, and blend again until you get a creamy consistency.
Do not add any liquid, or water, or oil. The hazelnuts will release their own natural fats and that is how they’re gonna go from whole nuts to a cream or butter. Just be patient.
My nutella got hard after I put it in the fridge, what do I do?
This can happen depending on the cocoa content of the chocolate you used, but don't worry, just let it get to room temperature to make it more spreadable, or pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
Where can I find vegan chocolate?
Vegan chocolate is the one that does not contain dairy or honey. Most of the dark or semi-sweet chocolates on the market are dairy-free (without even saying it on the front label), you just have to check that the ingredient list doesn’t contáis n any type of dairy or derivatives, or honey. Even if it says "it may contain milk, dairy, etc.", you can use it, since this legend is only to prevent people who are allergic to the slightest trace of milk that could have been somewhere in the vicinity of an ingredient of the chocolate (cross-contamination).
Now, let's prepare this delicious Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree ♥
Vegan Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose (315 g)
- ¼ cup sugar (50 g)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 200 g vegan margarine or butter, cold and diced
- ½ - ¾ cup very cold water
- 150 g hazelnuts roasted and peeled
- 60 g dairy-free chocolate melted
- ½ tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon sugar or sweetener of your choice to taste
- Pinch of salt
- Mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add the margarine and mix with your hands trying to form a gritty mixture, but without breaking the margarine pieces completely (the margarine pieces should be about the size of an almond).
- Add the water little by little and mix with a silicone spatula until it forms a ball of dough. It should not be dry, crumbly or too wet (usually ½ cup of water is enough, but it can vary depending on the humidity of the place where you live).
- Divide the dough into 2 parts and put them inside a plastic bag. Freeze for 1 hour.
- While the doughs rest in the freezer, prepare the nutella by blending all its ingredients until you get a liquid consistency. Reserve.
- Remove the dough from the freezer and on a piece of parchment paper, stretch it out with a rolling pin, it should be around 3-4 mm thick (you can sprinkle a little flour on top so that it does not stick to the rolling pin). It is important that you keep the dough as cold as possible, so if you live in a warm place, be careful not to take too long on this step.
- Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
- Cut two large triangles from each piece of dough (you can include the trunk at the base of the triangle). Keep the leftover dough in the freezer to use later to make a pie crust, cookies, etc. or you can stretch it out again and make another tree.
- Spread the nutella on one of the triangles and cover it with the other triangle. Make some cuts on both sides of the tree forming several strips from base to top (as shown in the recipe video). Twist each of the strips on both sides.
- Bake for 30-33 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown.
- Once you have removed the tree from the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes and sprinkle a little icing sugar as decoration.