Healthier Homemade Nutella

This healthier homemade Nutella is both easy and delicious. You’ll be spreading it on absolutely everything!

Nutella is a brand of sweetened hazelnut cocoa spread, and it’s DELISH!! Now you can make your own healthier homemade Nutella version at home! Try spreading this liquid gold on Donut Muffins, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, or in Nutella Cheesecake Brownies.

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Nutella LOVE

Hi, my name is Natalie, and I’m addicted to Nutella.

Yes, it’s true… and I’m not ashamed to admit it. That probably doesn’t come to a surprise to those of you who have followed along for some time now. I love baking with it!

Ever since I made homemade peanut butter, I’ve been dying to try homemade Nutella, so a few months ago I finally took the plunge.

I mean you can spread it or use it as a dip for EVERYTHING!! Trust me, this stuff is good! If you love Nutella but want something slightly healthier, this recipe is for you! You have total control over the ingredients (if you want to use dairy-free chocolate that’s totally doable) and it tastes absolutely incredible. 

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How to Make Homemade Nutella

TOAST HAZLENUTS. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, place in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes or until the skins begin to darken (but not burn).

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing the skins.

DE-SKIN. To remove the skins, rub with a clean dry kitchen towel OR use two metal bowls (that are the same size) and shake the hazelnuts vigorously inside (this process can take several minutes).

GRIND. Place the hazelnuts into a large food processor or high speed blender (like a Vitamix, Ninja or Blendtec), and grind for 1 minute. Add oil and grind for an additional minute.

BLEND. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate until smooth. Pour into food processor along with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. Blend for 5 minutes or until smooth. Allow to cool completely before storing.

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Ways to USE THIS Nutella…

The options are endless….

  • Dip strawberries in it
  • Spread on toast
  • Drizzle over ice cream
  • Spread on waffles/pancakes
  • Use as a fruit dip
  • Fill a donut
  • Dip bananas in it
  • Spread on celery sticks
  • Swirl in french toast
  • Mix in rice krispies
  • Swirl in brownies
  • In a cake
  • With jelly on a sandwich
  • With marshmallow fluff
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Tips + Variations

We recommend using your favorite brand of chocolate, we personally love Ghirardelli chocolate. You can use either dark, milk, or semisweet. Maybe experiment to see what flavor you like the best!

Use orange oil to make it a chocolate orange flavored Nutella

Other ways to cook hazelnuts:

  • Put them in a small skillet on the stove on medium heat for about 10 minutes
  • Use a toaster oven instead of a normal oven to make it quicker
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Storage Tips

STORE this at room temperature in a container with a lid! Do not store this in the fridge, it will cause the spread to harden! Keep it on the counter for up to 2 weeks. Lots of people recommend using a lidded mason jar.

You can easily FREEZE homemade Nutella, but after defrosting the texture may change quite a bit!

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Healthier Homemade Nutella Recipe

This healthier homemade Nutella is both easy and delicious. You’ll be spreading it on absolutely everything!
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Course: Candy & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp. hazelnut oil - walnut or pecan oil
  • 12 oz. chocolate - chopped (I used 6 oz. milk, 6 oz. semisweet)
  • c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. kosher sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, place in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes or until the skins begin to darken (but not burn). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing the skins.
  • To remove the skins, rub with a clean dry kitchen towel OR use two metal bowls (that are the same size) and shake the hazelnuts vigorously inside (this process can take several minutes).
  • Place the hazelnuts into a large food processor or high speed blender (like a Vitamix, Ninja or Blendtec), and grind for 1 minute. Add oil and grind for an additional minute.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate until smooth. Pour into food processor along with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. Blend for 5 minutes or until smooth.
  • Allow to cool completely before storing.

Notes

  • If you prefer a sweeter spread, you can add ½ cup of powdered sugar instead of ⅓ cup.

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About the Author

Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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