Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

by in Healthy Recipes, October 27, 2011
homemade nutella
Homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread. This will make you forget about the stuff in the plastic jars, forever.

Folks got real fired up over our recent post about chocolate hazelnut spreads, such as Nutella. Everyone agrees that this sweet spread is delicious, but some are surprised to learn that it’s not as healthy as it sounds. But the good news is, you can enjoy a healthier version of this treat by making your own.

Go Nuts!
Since it’s basically a nut butter, this recipe isn’t just for hazelnuts. Follow the method with your favorite nuts and flavorings.

chocolate-hazelnut spread
Serve it with fruit, or without.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
Makes about  2 ½ cups

½ pound raw hazelnuts (about 2 cups)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup honey
½ tsp kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8  to 10 minutes until warm and fragrant (keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn). Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer nuts to a clean dish towel; gently fold and roll towel over the nuts to remove some of the skins.

Place nuts in a food processor and process for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically. It will seem overly dry and chunky at first but continue to process until you have a smooth nut butter. Add cocoa, honey and salt and pulse to combine. With the machine running, gently stream in canola oil. Transfer to a resealable container and store in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition Info Per Tablespoon
Calories: 56
Total Fat:  4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams
Sugars: 4 grams
Protein:  1 gram
Sodium:  14 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

You Might Also Like:

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Why We’re Mad About Maitakes

Maitake mushrooms are showing up all over restaurant menus thanks to more than their meaty flavor!...

Comments (1,099)

  1. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter is going to love this. I would never let her have Nutella as a child because of the sugar. She now loves any nut butters. I will try this one out on her. Since it only lasts one week in the freezer, would it work at half the recipe in one of the small food processors? She definitely cannot eat 2 1/2 cups in one week and I couldn't eat that much because of the chocolate.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I made this spread and the flavor was fabulous! However, it was not smooth after processing it. It was like a big glob of cookie dough. I am wondering how long you have to process it after adding the cocoa and honey. Did anyone else have this problem?

    • LauriePat says:

      Did you use liquid or creamed honey? Liquid preferred. Maybe add a touch more oil? Some recipes I have seen show up to 1/4 cup of oil, which may overkill, but you can adjust to your tastes. Search this recipe on the web and see what you get.

  3. […] Friendly Like chocolate hazelnut spread? Turn it into cookies, each with only 11 grams of […]

  4. […] FriendlyLike chocolate hazelnut spread? Turn it into cookies, each with only 11 grams of […]

  5. […] Friendly Like chocolate hazelnut spread? Turn it into cookies, each with only 11 grams of […]

  6. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a number of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  7. Hello every buddy, it’s a wonderful enjoyment at here watching these funny YouTube video lessons at here, pleasant data, thanks to admin of this site

  8. Many thanks for making the effort to talk about this, I feel strongly about this and love learning a great deal more on this topic. If feasible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your website with a great deal more information? It’s extremely helpful for me.

  9. I definitely wanted to write down a simple remark in order to say thanks to you for these stunning points you are writing on this site. My time consuming internet lookup has now been recognized with high-quality details to go over with my close friends. I would declare that most of us readers are rather endowed to be in a great place with so many lovely professionals with beneficial ideas. I feel extremely blessed to have come across the website page and look forward to many more amazing minutes reading here. Thanks again for a lot of things.

  10. I really planned to compose a fast comment to be able to express gratitude for you for your pleasant tips and hints you happen to be showing for this website. My frustrating internet lookup has finally been honored with beneficial know-how to share with you with our two close friends. I would claim that we readers actually tend to be rather fortuitous to exist in a very great multilevel with lots of awesome those with beneficial methods. I feel a lot blessed to own encountered the web site and expect really a lot more brilliant moments reading the following. Thanks a good deal once once more for anything.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>