Chocolate Hazelnut Spread aka Nutella
Unfortunate fact: I was well into my 20's before I ever tried Nutella for the first time. Thankfully, I've long-since made up for time and enjoy the chocolate hazelnut spread stuffed in everything from brownies to crepes, and even the occasional (or not so occasional) scoop eaten straight off a spoon - don't even try to tell me you've never done that!
This Nutella recipe is my preferred way to enjoy the chocolate hazelnut spread these days. I love that it satisfies my craving for the sweet spread, but allows me to better control the ingredients to fit my own dietary and sweetness preferences, avoiding the sugar-bomb that you'll find in the classic store-bought jar.
The early iterations of Nutella date back to the Napoleonic era of the late 1700s. Known then as Guanduja, it was created as a solution to the shortage of chocolate entering French-controlled European harbors. A chocolatier in Italy named Michele Prochet extended his chocolate supply with 30% hazelnuts, effectively creating a chocolate hazelnut spread that would eventually evolve into the Nutella we know today.
My Nutella recipe is closer to 70% hazelnuts, with the other 30% comprised of Valrhona cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, and just a bit of sweetener. This gives the Nutella a thicker, more spreadable consistency when stored in the refrigerator and a thinner drizzle-worthy consistency when brought to room temperature.
I'm lucky to live in Oregon, where 99% of the U.S.'s hazelnuts are grown, so sourcing good-quality hazelnuts is as easy as a trip to my local farmers market. If hazelnuts are not as plentiful at your market, my favorite ones can be ordered online too.
Let's talk about sweeteners
So long as you keep the base of this Nutella recipe as directed, you can adjust the sweetener to your own dietary preferences and sweet tooth.
For those following a low-carb or Keto diet, liquid Stevia drops work really well in this because they give you a lot of incremental control over the level of sweetness. For this recipe, I used about 30 drops to get the mixture to my own preferred level of sweetness.
If you prefer a granulated option, Stevia in the Raw or Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener are also great zero carb options, but you'll want to start small and build incrementally as they pack a sweet punch. I prefer to stay away from Xylitol completely because it is highly toxic to pets. When using a zero carb sweetener, I estimate that the net carb count for this recipe is 2g per 2 tablespoon serving.
If you are not adverse to a few carbs, but want to keep things refined sugar-free and Paleo-friendly, this Nutella is particularly delicious sweetened with a bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup. I estimate that using 2 tablespoon of raw honey brings the net carb count to 5g per 2 tablespoon serving. Alternatively, I estimate that using 2 tablespoon of pure maple syrup brings the net carb count to 4g per 2 tablespoon serving.
Do you need any special equipment to make this recipe?
This recipe is best executed using a food processor because it blends the ingredients into a smooth and even spread with little fuss. Though I have not tried this myself, I would imagine that a traditional blender "might" work in a pinch, though I cannot advocate for the efficacy of this method or the ease of clearing the spread out of the blender once mixed.
You'll also need a baking sheet and a towel. I prefer using a flour sack towel because they are a bit thinner and less fluffy so I feel like they do a better job at providing friction when removing the skin of the hazelnuts, but any kitchen towel should work.
My favorite way to store this Nutella recipe is in these glass Weck jars or these glass Snapware storage containers.
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5 gluten-free ideas for using this Nutella
- Swirl it into a batch of GF brownies (recipe coming soon!)
- Spread it on top of Paleo pancakes or Keto pancakes
- Dollop it on top of a hot bowl of oatmeal
- Layer it in a yogurt parfait - add this Grain-Free Granola for a little crunch!
- Drizzle it on top of fresh fruit - strawberries are a favorite!
Bonus idea: If all else fails (or your dietary preferences don't allow for the ideas above) eat this stuff straight off a spoon. No judgement here!
A note for special diets
This Nutella is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and can easily accommodate low-carb, Keto, Paleo, and Vegan diets depending on the sweetener you opt to use. See the "Let's talk about sweeteners" section for further info.Print
- Prep Time: 8 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 23 minutes
- Yield: 15 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Gluten Free
Avoid the sugar-bomb of store-bought Nutella and make this delicious refined sugar-free version thats adaptable for Paleo and Keto diets.
- 2 ½ cups dry roasted hazelnuts
- 7 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- sweetener of preference - remember to start small and add incrementally.
- liquid Stevia drops (start with 20 drops and build from there)
- granulated Stevia (start with 2 teaspoon and build from there)
- granulated Monkfruit (start with 2 teaspoon and build from there)
- coconut sugar: (start with 2 tablespoon and build from there)
- *raw honey (start with 1 tablespoon and build from there)
- *pure maple syrup (start with 1 tablespoon and build from there)
*I've found that using liquid sweeteners like maple syrup and honey have a tendancy to aggressively thicken the nutella very quickly, especially if they are added in cold compared to the warm nuts, so use them sparingly. If you find that your mixture is too thick, slowly add warm water to the mixture while it blends, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it's reached your desired consistency.
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner.
- Although the hazelnuts are pre-roasted, I like to roast them a 2nd time to deepen the flavor and help them break down better when processed into nut butter. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until they are beginning to turn golden and fragrant.
- Remove the hazelnuts from oven and transfer to a thin towel while they're still warm. Rub the towel-wrapped hazelnuts firmly by hand to remove any excess skin the hazelnuts may have. Don't worry about getting every last bit, a few pieces here and there won't matter.
- Transfer the skinned hazelnuts to your food processor. Pulse until the nuts begin to break down into a nut butter.
- Add cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, sea salt, and cinnamon. Pulse until well-combined.
- Sweeten to taste using your preferred sweetener. I've included several Keto-friendly and Paleo-friendly options above as well as suggested amounts to start with. I suggest you start small and incrementally add more, pulsing as each increment is added until it's reached your desired sweetness level.
- Continue pulsing until smooth.
- I prefer to store mine in a glass Weck jar or glass Snapware container in the refrigerator so that the mixture stays thick and spreadable. I've had good success keeping this Nutella recipe for up to one month if stored this way. The spread will thin and become drizzle-worthy at room temperature, but I do not suggest you store it at room temperature as it will significantly shorten the shelf life.
Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
For the nutrition count below, I used 30 drops of liquid Stevia as my sweetener of choice.
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoon (sweetened with liquid stevia)
- Calories: 151
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 117 mg
- Fat: 13 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 4 g
Keywords: hazelnuts, chocolate, nutella, spread
SO MUCH cleaner than the store bought version, and tastes even better!
Irena Macri says
Yum! I love the addition of cinnamon. This would be great to dip apple slices in (or just eat with a spoon or spread over crepes).
Yum! Can't wait to spread it on all the things! Finally, a Nutella that's healthy and not overly sweet!
Nutella is one of my all-time faves so this is like a life-changing recipe for me!
This is a veggie, right? I mean, it's made from nuts...so it HAS to qualify somehow. Maybe a fruit? Oh, who cares...it looks soo good!
That looks soooo delicious. And so much healthier than the store-bought stuff!
Megan Stevens says
Your photos are inspiring!! I love that little bit of nub that speaks about this being real food and not being as smooth and not-real as the original processed product. Gorgeous! Can't wait to make and treat our family. I'm thinking on top of waffles this weekend!
How lovely to make our own Nutella. I don't prefer store bought ones considering the preservatives they add. This is a keeper.
Ah, Nutella, the love of my life lol There are so many wonderful recipes with it, and I am on a mission to try them all. But making your own Nutella is just another level - can't wait!
I love Nutella but have never made it myself! I'll have to try this, can't wait!
I have a serious love for Nutella but have never tried making my own. That's clearly a mistake because this looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!
I love hazelnuts and this is definitely for me. My kids will be over the moon with this delish spread. Wow, I cannot wait to make it.
Jacqueline Debono says
I'm not a big fan of Nutella but I do like artisan Italian hazelnut chocolate spread. Nutella is made by Ferrero and they are based in the beautiful Langhe region in Piedmont. I've been there and it's full of hazelnut trees. A lot of the hazelnut farmers make their own 'nutella' and that stuff is delicious! I love your recipe so I'm going to give it a whirl. Your homemade nutella sounds divine!
Kelly Anthony says
What a great alternative to everyone's favorite spread. I like that I can make this at home and save some money too.
I would've never thought that making Nutella from scratch would be so easy. I love how simple the ingredients are, too. This probably tastes SO much better than the actual jarred stuff. I can't wait to give this a go and slather it all over my toast!
Trish Bozeman says
YES! We love Nutella, but don't buy it because of the palm oil. So I'm so excited to try out this homemade version. Love the dash of cinnamon in there!
Jere Cassidy says
I have to admit I don't love Nutella, but knowing it can be made at home may change my mind. Your tutorial is amazing.
Marisa F. Stewart says
I didn't realize making homemade Nutella was this easy. I'm totally addicted to the chocolatey hazelnut spread. In fact, I have to hide it from myself so I'm not tempted to take a spoon and just dig in. I LOVE the idea of making it paleo and keto friendly. What a fantastic idea. I didn't think it was possible. This recipe is certainly a keeper.
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So I wasn't in my 20s when I first tried nutella, but I definitely didn't get my hands on it often when I was a kid. There was a girl in my elementary school who would bring nutella sandwiches for lunch, and I remember telling my mom (somewhat jealously). She was adamant that nutella was a dessert masquerading as an all-purpose thing - and as such it never made any appearances in my household. The funny thing is, we all LOVE chocolate and hazelnut together, but my mom's admonishments left me with an aversion to the store-bought stuff. I'm overjoyed to see this wonderful DIY recipe, and I love that you've included so many variations for different diets. I'm still not going to make a sandwich though; my mom would kill me.
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
I am obsessed with Nutella. But now that I know that I can make it at home? This is getting dangerous!!