Nutella seems to be everybody’s favorite spread. After all, what’s not to love – the mix of chocolate and hazelnuts is so perfect. And it goes perfectly with so many things – pancakes, crepes, bread, cake, and so on. Nutella has temptation written all over it! With our homemade Nutella recipe, you can make your own rendition at home. The process is so simple – toast the hazelnuts and blend all the ingredients together. Easy, right? But the best thing about homemade Nutella is that you can make it healthy, vegan, or with dark chocolate. Basically, your favorite chocolate spread can be turned into a very healthy treat if you want it too.
How Much Do Homemade Nutella Last?
You can enjoy the homemade Nutella for up to two weeks. But we’re pretty sure it will never last that long, as it’s so delicious.
Homemade Nutella Recipe
With this homemade Nutella recipe, you can make your favorite chocolate spread in less than half an hour. Moreover, you can try the recipe variations below to make Nutella healthier, vegan, or to turn it into a delicious frosting.
- 1 cup of hazelnuts;
- 12 ounces of milk chocolate;
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil;
- 3 tablespoons of confectioners' sugar;
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder;
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract;
- A pinch of salt.
- Baking sheet;
- Parchment paper;
- Kitchen towel;
- Saucepan/microwave-resistant bowl;
- Food processor.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the hazelnuts on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 12 minutes or until they have browned slightly and the skins are blistered.
Place the hazelnuts in the kitchen towel and rub them to remove the skins. Use vigorous motions to remove as much of the skin as possible.
Let the hazelnuts cool completely.
Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
Place the chocolate pieces in the saucepan over simmering water to melt. Alternatively, place the chocolate in a microwave-resistant bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave.
When the hazelnuts are completely cool, place them in the food processor and grind them until they form a paste.
Add coconut oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in the food processor and blend until well-combined and smooth.
Add the melted chocolate into the food processor and blend again.
Strain the mixture to remove hazelnut chunks.
Keep in mind that the mixture will thicken as it cools so don’t worry if it doesn’t have the desired consistency right after you stopped bending.
Transfer the homemade Nutella into a jar.
Let the jar cool at room temperature.
Nutella Recipe Variations
The basic Nutella recipe we highlighted above can be easily adjusted to suit your taste or dietary needs. For example, you can use mild vegetable oil instead of coconut oil. For more variations, read the sections below.
How To Make Vegan Nutella
The only non-vegan ingredient in the original recipe is milk chocolate so, to make vegan Nutella, all you have to do is to replace the milk chocolate with dark chocolate or chocolate made with vegan milk.
This is also a great idea for those who prefer dark chocolate.
How To Make Healthy Nutella
If you buy Nutella from the grocery store, you will notice that the only problematic ingredients are palm oil and sugar. Our recipe doesn’t use palm oil so you don’t have to worry about it. But what about the sugar? The recipe uses less sugar for sure but if you want to make it even healthier, you can replace the confectioners' sugar with coconut sugar or other healthy sugar alternatives of your liking, such as maple syrup or honey. It’s important to note that liquid sweeteners give Nutella a stiffer consistency so the more liquid sweetener you use, the thicker homemade Nutella will become. Coconut sugar doesn’t change the consistency so it’s a safer bet.
Milk chocolate oftentimes contains sugar and other unhealthy ingredients so you can opt for dark chocolate instead.
How To Make Nutella Using Only Cocoa Powder
If you don’t want to use melted chocolate at all or you crave Nutella right this moment and you don’t have chocolate in your pantry, you can make homemade Nutella only with cocoa powder. Granted, the melted chocolate Nutella version is creamier than the cocoa powder version but both are equally delicious.
Substitute seven tablespoons of cocoa powder for the 12 ounces of chocolate. Add the cocoa powder in the blender with the rest of the ingredients after you made the hazelnut paste.
How To Make Nutella Frosting
Now that you have your homemade Nutella, you can enjoy it on pancakes, bread, crepes… or on cake in frosting form.
To make Nutella frosting, place ½ cup of homemade Nutella, three tablespoons of butter, ¾ cup of confectioner’s sugar in a mixing bowl, and mix everything together with a mixer until creamy. Increase the speed of the mixer and slowly add two tablespoons of heavy cream. Continue to beat the mixture with the mixer until it’s smooth and fluffy. Spread the Nutella frosting on the cake.