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Healthy Nutella

This smooth and dreamy homemade & healthy Nutella is my newest obsession!

Vegan Nutella Recipe

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Soon to be your newest obsession.

Once you try this healthy Nutella chocolate spread, you’ll never want to put your spoon down. Never ever.

Unless, of course, you don’t like Nutella… Is that even possible? Is there a person in this world who can resist that velvety chocolate butter? If it’s true, please send me your spoon. I’ll happily eat your portion of this healthy homemade nutella.

I’m nice like that.

Healthy Nutella Recipe
Homemade Nutella

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Super Healthy Vegan Nutella

On Friday, I posted my blog’s top 10 most popular healthy desserts. The following recipe is so incredibly delicious it might just make the list for next year! Super rich and creamy, my homemade Nutella rivals the decadence of that famous spread you find at grocery stores.

Have you ever tried Nutella? I’m imagining all the possible ways I can use this healthy Nutella recipe. Homemade Nutella ice cream, pancakes, cupcakes… or if you are brave you could try it on top of my Black Bean Brownies!

This version is much lower in sugar (or it can even be sugar free!), is suitable for vegans or those with dairy allergies, and it’s high in Vitamin E, B vitamins, and healthy fats! My homemade healthy Nutella also has just half the calories of store-bought Nutella, although I didn’t specifically set out to make a low-calorie homemade Nutella recipe.

It just turned out that way.

Chocolate Covered Katie Frosting

(Above, it makes a delicious frosting for this Vegan Chocolate Cake!)

My first love.

Long before I discovered boys (or at least before I stopped believing they had cooties), I gave my heart to Nutella.

Back then, the spread wasn’t popular like it is now. All the kids in my class thought I was so weird for bringing Nutella sandwiches to school.

Day after day, they nibbled their boring pb&js, while I blissfully devoured a chocolate sandwich.

(In just a few months, I’d hooked all my friends onto this miracle spread, and soon everyone was bringing Nutella for lunch!)

I gave up eating Nutella when I went vegan, over ten years ago. They do now sell such a thing as vegan Nutella (Justin’s chocolate-hazelnut spread), and it is delicious.

However it’s not silky-smooth like the Nutella I so loved as a child. Tired of feeling left out, I took matters into my own chocolate-covered hands one day, throwing more and more ingredients into my Cuisinart until I achieved exactly what I was looking for:

Healthy Nutella, with HALF the calories, and it has no refined sugar! Homemade vegan nutella recipe

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Healthy Nutella

You will fall in love with this smooth and dreamy homemade and vegan healthy Nutella recipe.
4.89/5 (79)
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

Healthy Nutella

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts (240g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, xylitol, or unrefined sugar
  • pinch stevia, or 1 tbsp additional sugar
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • optional: 2 tsp oil for extra smoothness
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Instructions

  • Homemade Nutella Recipe: Roast hazelnuts for 6-8 minutes at 400 F. Rub them together in a paper towel to get the skins off. (It’s ok if a few stubborn skins won’t come off.) In a Vita-mix or food processor, blend the nuts until they’ve turned to butter, then add all other ingredients and blend a long time until it’s smooth like Nutella! (I think I blended off-and-on for a full two minutes. It's extra-creamy in a Vita-mix, but a Cuisinart food processor works as well.)
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Notes

The nutritional info includes the sugar/agave. For a sugar-free healthy Nutella, you can replace all of the sugar with an equal amount of xylitol.  Or, you can sweeten with stevia instead. (I haven't personally tried this recipe using just stevia, so I can't vouch for the resulting taste if you go that route.)

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Published on January 9, 2012

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  1. Alexa says

    Made this with less sugar (used monk fruit / erythritol) and no almond milk so it’s shelf stable. Worked great! Wish I had used a mix of xylitol though – you get a bit of the cooling effect of the erythritol. But still tasty!

  2. Claudia says

    I don’t have the greatest food processor and I’m not sure it can handle the nuts, so I wondered if I could use hazelnut butter in place of the nuts. It seems like that’s the end product anyway, right? What quantity should I use? I could just weigh it out based on the 240 g I suppose?

  3. Denggurl says

    I love this recipe — I used monk fruit sugar and probably only added about 2 TBSP. Next time I will leave it out completely because I like the natural taste of hazelnut and chocolate. Also going to try to leave the milk out… although I suspect that will make it difficult to blend. I want it to last longer and it feels like it won’t last as long with the milk in there. That being said, I’ve had it in the fridge for a month now and it still tastes great so maybe I’ll always run through it before it goes bad haha

  4. Grace Taylor says

    I’ve made this recipe many times now and it’s AMAZING! Never been a huge Nutella fan, but a BIG nut butter and dark chocolate fan! At first making this, I wouldn’t process the hazelnuts enough (too impatient🙃) but after making the hazelnuts I to actual hazelnut butter the texture is amazing! I typically omit the extra sweetener and stick with just 1/4 cup maple syrup but that’s just my taste buds! Thanks for this amazing low cal dessert option!

  5. Janet says

    My son is allergic to nuts, I would love to have a Nutella substitute to use in recipes. I have tried soy nut butter but it is too stiff and didn’t taste so good. I tried mixing half soy nut butter and coconut cream butter. Wondering if you have any other suggestions?

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