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Homemade Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)

An easy recipe for Homemade Nutella! You can whip this addictive chocolate hazelnut spread up in just a few minutes. The tiny bits of ground hazelnuts leaves you with a rustic feel and it’s delicious on fruit or in any baked good!

A jar of homemade nutella with a spoon getting some out.

Nutella! It’s only the best thing ever! I can go through a container of the store-bought stuff, it’s so good. I use it all the time in Nutella cheesecake, coffee Nutella ice cream with Nutella brownie bits, chocolate Nutella cookie bars, and Nutella brownies.  The list of Nutella filled baked goods is getting quite long.

If you’ve never had it before,… What are you doing with your life?! It’s perfect for filling crescent rolls, mixing into cookies, or eaten straight from the jar with a spoon or finger, whatever floats your boat.

The best thing about this recipe is how simple it is. I had no idea making Nutella at home could be so easy. All you need are four ingredients – hazelnuts, cocoa powder,  hazelnut oil, and confectioner’s sugar.

It’s so rich and creamy, with tiny bits of ground hazelnuts throughout. The intense chocolate flavor stays on the tongue, with subtle hints of hazelnut. I am now hooked on the homemade version.

Roasted hazelnuts on a baking sheet.

How do you make homemade Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)?

It’s actually quite simple to make Nutella at home. First, you need a strong food processor or blend. I like to use my Ninja* but Vitamix is also a great brand.

Roast raw hazelnuts for about 10 minutes in the oven to enhance the flavor then process them in a food processor.

You don’t need to wait for them to cool, just dump the hazelnuts straight from the pan into the food processor and grind them up until a loose paste forms.

Ground hazelnuts in the bowl of a food processor.

Then, add sugar, cocoa powder, and hazelnut oil. Process again until the mixture begins to loosen and turn glossy.

You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all those bit of hazelnuts are breaking down.

The Nutella will seem loose and soupy but once you transfer it to a jar and let it cool, it will thicken up.

A jar of hazelnut oil on a tabletop.
A jar of cocoa powder with a spoon getting some out.

Why I love homemade Nutella:

  • You know exactly what ingredients are in it.
  • It goes well with pretty much anything! Fruit, bread, desserts, you name it.
  • The coarse texture creates a deep rustic feel.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to make and can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • You will absolutely love knowing how to make your own Nutella. You can whip up a batch anytime the urge strikes. It’s also a great treat to give away as a gift!
Smooth homemade nutella in the bowl of a food processor with a spoon being dipped in.

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A jar of homemade nutella with a spoon getting some out.

Homemade Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)

Yield: 28 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An easy recipe for Homemade Nutella! You can whip this addictive chocolate hazelnut spread up in just a few minutes. The tiny bits of ground hazelnuts leaves you with a rustic feel and it’s delicious on fruit or in any baked good!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240 g) blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • ⅓ cup (28 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (120 g) confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread hazelnuts in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted and fragrant.
  2. Carefully transfer hazelnuts to a food processor and process until the oils are released and a smooth, loose paste forms, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often.
  3. Add the oil, cocoa powder, and sugar. Process until fully incorporated and mixture begins to loosen and turn glossy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 28 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Shravan

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

I have been trying this recipe. Just the problem is that - i am getting a gritty texture. Is it possible to get silky smooth nutella like texture? If you have any suggestions, I am all ears! :)

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

It's really hard to get a perfectly smooth texture with homemade Nutella. The best advice I can give is to buy a super powerful blender.

Athena

Monday 10th of December 2018

I love nutella!!! Can I use a different oil though? Just curious lol

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 11th of December 2018

If you want to use a different oil, go with something flavorless.

Rosie

Monday 12th of September 2016

This looks lush! I miss eating Nutella, might have to give this vegan one a shot

Jen

Monday 12th of September 2016

You'll have to let me know how it goes! Good luck.

Bev

Thursday 26th of May 2016

I can't wait to make this. Thank you for coming up with this recipe. I'm going to make this version but I would like to know if it also works with almonds instead of hazelnuts.

Jen

Monday 30th of May 2016

Sure! It would work with any nut!

sneha pa

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I never made homemade nutella.. I was really unaware of it. Thanks for the recipe secret.

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