How to make Homemade Nutella 

By Rena Awada | Updated On February 15, 2024

Making your own Homemade Nutella allows you to control the ingredients, avoiding additives and customizing sweetness. This version has wholesome ingredients like roasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and coconut oil, making it a delicious and preservative-free alternative to store-bought Nutella.

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Making your own Nutella provides a wholesome twist to the popular spread. The homemade version ensures a rich, creamy texture without artificial additives. Use it as a topping for Banana Protein Pancakes Chocolate Chip Protein Waffles, and Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Made with a handful of simple ingredients we will show you a step-by-step process on how to make your own Nutella right at home.

why you will love this recipe

  • Control Over Ingredients: By making your own homemade Nutella, you have control over the quality of each ingredient, ensuring a healthier and preservative-free spread.
  • Customizable Sweetness: The use of coconut sugar allows you to tailor the sweetness level to your liking.
  • Natural Nutrient Boost: Raw hazelnuts contribute essential nutrients, and the absence of processed sugars enhances the overall nutrition of the spread.
  • Versatility: This homemade Nutella can be used in various ways, from a classic spread on bread to a versatile ingredient in a wide range of recipes.
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ingredients needed

The best part of making this homemade Nutella recipe is that you have full control over what goes in it! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Hazelnuts (raw or roasted): The main ingredient providing a rich, nutty flavor and creamy texture. Roasted hazelnuts add depth to the taste.
  • Cocoa Powder: Gives the classic chocolate flavor to the Nutella, and using high-quality, unsweetened cocoa powder enhances the overall richness.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a sweet and aromatic touch to the homemade Nutella.
  • Coconut Sugar: Sweetens the spread. You can opt for alternatives like powdered monk fruit, erythritol, or even maple syrup for different sweetness levels and flavors.
  • Salt: Balances and enhances the other flavors.
  • Coconut Oil: Contributes to the creamy texture and adds a hint of coconut flavor.
ingredients laid out to make homemade nutella

How To Make This Homemade Nutella Recipe

Prepare Hazelnuts: If using raw hazelnuts, preheat the oven and toast them until they turn golden. Once cooled, remove the skin by rubbing them together, keeping some skin for added texture.

Blend Hazelnuts: Using a high-powered blender or food processor, blend the hazelnuts until they reach a smooth consistency, ensuring a creamy base for the homemade Nutella recipe.

Make The Healthy Nutella: Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coconut sugar (or preferred sweetener), salt, and coconut oil to the blended hazelnuts. Blend the mixture until it transforms into a smooth and creamy Nutella-like texture.

Expert Tips

  • When toasting hazelnuts, ensure they are evenly spread on the baking sheet for uniform roasting. Rotate the pan halfway through to avoid uneven browning
  • While rubbing hazelnuts to remove skins, don’t worry about getting every bit off. Leaving some skin adds a rustic texture to the Nutella.
  • Use short pulses when initially blending hazelnuts to prevent overheating. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed to achieve a smooth consistency.
  • Taste the Nutella during the blending process and adjust sweetness to your liking by adding more sweetener if needed.

frequently asked questions

Can I use pre-roasted hazelnuts instead of raw ones?

Yes, you can use pre-roasted hazelnuts to save time. Just ensure they are not overly salted or flavored. If they are salted, you may want to omit or cut back on the salt that you add.

How do I know when hazelnuts are properly roasted?

Roast hazelnuts until they turn golden brown and give off a nutty aroma. Keep an eye on them to prevent over-browning.

Can I make a larger batch?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe based on your needs. Jut make sure your blender or food processor can accommodate the increased quantity.

top view of a plate with a toast of bread with Nutella spread topped with toasted hazelnuts

Serving SUggestions

The ways to serve this healthy Nutella are really endless. You can use it as a topping or an added ingredient in any of these recipes:

top view of a small bowl with brown colored homemade nutella with spoon in jar

Storage Recommendations

This healthy Nutella recipe is one that you’re going to want to keep on hand for breakfast, snacks, and dessert.

  • Room Temperature: Store the homemade Nutella in an airtight jar at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Ensure the storage area is cool and away from direct sunlight.
  • Refrigerate: If you prefer a longer shelf life, refrigerate the Nutella. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving for a smoother consistency.
  • Freeze: While not necessary, you can freeze homemade Nutella for an extended period. Use an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator before use.

Note: It’s normal for Homemade Nutella to separate slightly, especially if refrigerated. Simply stir it well before use.

top view of homemade Nutella in a jar with spoon in jar

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How To Make Homemade Nutella

Making your own Homemade Nutella allows you to control the ingredients, avoiding additives and customizing sweetness. This version has wholesome ingredients like roasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and coconut oil, making it a delicious and preservative-free alternative to store-bought Nutella.
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Course: condiment
Cuisine: African
Diet: Low Salt
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts or roasted store-bought hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or any other powdered sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  • If using raw hazelnuts, preheat the oven to 400 F. Add the hazelnut over a sheet pan and bake for 6-8 minutes until they start to brown.
  • Once cooled, using your hands or cloth, rub the toasted hazelnuts together until most of the skin comes off. You do not need to peel completely.
  • Using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or food processor, blend the nuts until they are smooth.
  • Next, add all other ingredients and blend for 1-3 minutes until you get a creamy smooth Nutella-like texture!
  • Add in a lidded jar and store for up to 2 weeks on your shelf or 2 months in the fridge

Notes

This recipe makes 2 cups, which is 16 2-Tablespoons servings.
Storage Recommendations:
    • Room Temperature: Store the homemade Nutella in an airtight jar at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Ensure the storage area is cool and away from direct sunlight.
    • Refrigerate: If you prefer a longer shelf life, refrigerate the Nutella. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving for a smoother consistency.
    • Freeze: While not necessary, you can freeze homemade Nutella for an extended period. Use an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator before use.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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