Chocolate Hazelnut Panini

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READY IN: 35mins
YIELD: 6 panini
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 13
    cups chopped hazelnuts
  • 2
    ounces chocolate, coarsely chopped (bittersweet or semi-sweet)
  • 14
    cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 2
    tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 8
    slices whole-grain bread
  • 1
    pinch salt
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F Spread hazelnuts on a pie plate. Bake until golden brown (around 12 minutes). Transfer hot hazelnuts to a mini-food processor and pulse until mixture forms a paste. Add chocolate and pulse until melted.
  • Cook half-and-half, brown sugar, and salt in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, just until mixture comes to a boil and brown sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour into glass measure. With food processor running, add half-and-half mixture to chocolate-nut mixture through feed tube and puree. Transfer to bowl and let cool until spreadable.
  • Spray one side of bread slices with nonstick spray. Put 4 slices, sprayed side down, on sheet of wax paper and spread each with 2 Tbsp chocolate nut mixture. Top with remaining slices, sprayed side up.
  • Heat panini maker or waffle maker according to manufacturer's directions. Add panini, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown, around 2 minutes. Cut each panino into thirds.
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