For unroasted hazelnuts, roast the hazelnuts at 350°F for 10 minutes. (Don't over roast them, as that will change the taste of the spread.)
Let the nuts cool to touch. Using a kitchen towel, gently rub the nuts to remove the skin.
Place the nuts in a Vitamix and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of blender jar occasionally. Be patient as it takes a few minutes, but you will soon see the butter.
Add coconut sugar, cacao, vanilla, and salt. Blend again until the ingredients are well-incorporated and smooth.
Enjoy the spread with your oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, toast or fresh fruit. The possibilities are endless!
Serving 16 tablespoons
Store in a covered jar in your refrigerator for up to six months.