Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

I haven’t had Nutella since I was a student traveling in Europe decades ago with a EuroRail pass, sleeping in youth hostels. Back then we used to eat this incredible chocolate spread for breakfast. Because I now find the real thing way too sweet for my taste, I’ve created my own healthy homemade Nutella.

Like everything I create, this is another easy paleo recipe with only 6 ingredients. To make it you’ll need hazel nuts, cacao powder, hazelnut oil, honey, vanilla, and salt. Simply throw the ingredients in a food processor and you’ve got a healthy homemade version of Nutella that kids and adults love!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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Servings 1 cups



  • Roast hazelnuts at 350°F for 8-10 minutes until they turn golden and smell fragrant
  • Transfer hazelnuts to a towel and rub skins off
  • In a food processor, grind hazelnuts 5 minutes until a smooth butter, scrape sides as needed
  • Add cacao, honey, vanilla, oil, and salt and process until well blended, about a minute
  • Store in a one quart mason jar in refrigerator
  • Bring to room temperature prior to serving
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 18 mins
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I decided to make my own homemade Nutella, after seeing Amy Scattergood’s recipe in the Los Angeles Times. The consistency of my chocolate hazelnut spread is a bit thicker than peanut butter. If you want to thin out your spread, add more hazelnut oil. I think this treat has a very similar taste to Nutella, though find the consistency not as creamy.

Everyone in my house loved this homemade hazelnut chocolate spread and it vanished quickly. Even though it’s not exactly the same thing, I like having a decadent treat and at the same time knowing exactly what’s in it!

We’re off to baseball practice. It’s a gorgeous 70 degree day perfect for our first day of spring training in Boulder!


79 responses to “Chocolate Hazelnut Spread”

  1. Hi Elena,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I just made it today and it tastes absolutely delicious! I noticed that the consistency of my spread does not look as smooth as yours, it’s actually rather crumbly. The change in consistency happened, once I added all the other ingredients (cocoa powder, hazelnut oil, honey, vanilla extract). It’s almost as if the spread segregated a bit. Do you have any idea what I could have done wrong?



  2. This is your second nut butter recipe that i’ve come across. I really like your recipes especially stuff like this that’s easy to make and store for a while for quick snacks.

  3. You have the best recipes… Just about everyday I find something I like or need to share with friends. Thank you so much for sharing…

  4. Since my two years old son must eat gluten-free foods, your gluten-free recipes are valuable to me. He will be delighted with gluten-free Nutella. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

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