Homemade Nutella (no dairy or added sugar!)

Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com Okay, okay, I know that I’m certainly not the first person to ever say how good Nutella is. Everyone gets it—Nutella is amazing. But I have to say that the sight of my Nutella jar this past year has actually made me a bit sad. Since I’ve cut back on refined sugar and dairy (and it’s impossible to have just a little bit of it), Nutella is a big off-limits item for me, so I’ve been craving an alternative chocolate hazelnut spread that I can have. Here’s what I’ve come up with:Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.comHomemade Nutella (no dairy or added sugar), makes 1 cup 

2 cups raw hazelnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons date syrup 
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
8-10 drops of liquid stevia

First you’ll want to turn your hazelnuts into hazelnut butter (of course if you can find it already made, you can skip this step and just use about a cup of hazelnut butter). Preheat your oven to 400°F and lay your hazelnuts out on a dry baking sheet. Roast hazelnuts in the oven for ten minutes (give them a stir halfway through). The skins will darken and split, and the exposed hazelnut should look lightly toasted and golden brown. You don’t want to burn them, so keep an eye on them after eight minutes of roasting. These smell so good when you pull them out of the oven.

Allow the nuts to cool for five minutes, then transfer them to a thin dish/hand towel to remove the outer shell. It’s possible that this process will stain the towel a bit, so don’t use your favorite one. Wrap the warm hazelnuts in the middle of the towel, and while you hold the top closed with one hand, roll the nuts around on the countertop. The motion of the hazelnuts grinding against each other will cause the toasted skins to flake off easily, and you should be left with naked (gasp!) hazelnuts. There will be a few stubborn ones in the batch that refuse to lose their shells, so you can either peel those by hand, or just leave them in anyways (a little bit of shell won’t affect the taste).Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com Transfer your de-shelled hazelnuts to a food processor and blend together until they become smooth and creamy. Our food processor isn’t anything fancy, and it only took about two minutes for the hazelnuts to turn into butter, but you may have to blend longer depending on your machine.Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com Once your hazelnut butter is prepared, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. You can also experiment with other types of non-dairy milks (like coconut milk!). Keep your spread in an airtight container in the fridge. Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com Homemade Nutella (no Dairy or Added Sugar!) abeautifulmess.com My favorite way to eat Nutella is on bread with strawberries sliced on top, so that’s how I plan on using my mock Nutella as well. Or maybe I’ll dip pretzels in it. Or maybe I’ll dip everything in it. In addition to getting a delicious new option in my healthier snack arsenal, I also learned how to make hazelnut butter as well. And I bet there are plenty of ways I can use that new skill. Think you’ll give this version of Nutella a try for yourself? xo. Laura

Homemade Nutella (no dairy or added sugar)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons date syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8-10 drops of liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. First you'll want to turn your hazelnuts into hazelnut butter (of course if you can find it already made, you can skip this step and just use about a cup of hazelnut butter). Preheat your oven to 400°F and lay your hazelnuts out on a dry baking sheet. Roast hazelnuts in the oven for ten minutes (give them a stir halfway through). The skins will darken and split, and the exposed hazelnut should look lightly toasted and golden brown. You don't want to burn them, so keep an eye on them after eight minutes of roasting. These smell so good when you pull them out of the oven.
  2. Allow the nuts to cool for five minutes, then transfer them to a thin dish/hand towel to remove the outer shell. It's possible that this process will stain the towel a bit, so don't use your favorite one. Wrap the warm hazelnuts in the middle of the towel, and while you hold the top closed with one hand, roll the nuts around on the countertop. The motion of the hazelnuts grinding against each other will cause the toasted skins to flake off easily, and you should be left with naked (gasp!) hazelnuts. There will be a few stubborn ones in the batch that refuse to lose their shells, so you can either peel those by hand, or just leave them in anyways (a little bit of shell won't affect the taste).
  3. Transfer your de-shelled hazelnuts to a food processor and blend together until they become smooth and creamy. Our food processor isn't anything fancy, and it only took about two minutes for the hazelnuts to turn into butter, but you may have to blend longer depending on your machine.
  4. Once your hazelnut butter is prepared, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. You can also experiment with other types of non-dairy milks (like coconut milk!). Keep your spread in an airtight container in the fridge.

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photos: Laura Gummerman & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited using Stella and Summer from A Beautiful Mess Actions.

  • hello laura,

    my baby girl is allergic to dairy, so we have changed our food routines completely and, besides the fact that since we cut on dairy i’ve dropped a lot of weight (or maybe i am just not so bloated), i am happy to do these recipes for her. she’s only 15 months, and maybe this allergy will disappear, but i guess i won’t be going back to my old habits!

    thanks for this (even if not intentioned), and she liked it a lot. i will send a photo soon!

    bye!

  • Do you have any recommendations for a substitute for the liquid stevia?

  • WOW, I like so many,love Nutella but this looks like a good alternative. Going to make this weekend. Good job.

  • I’m a huge Nutella fan and this looks absolutely delicious !!! Thanks !!

    Julie

  • Try blending some dates and a bit of water in a food processor to make your own syrup. You can try maple syrup too (adjust the amount), but people have different thoughts on which is healthier so it’s up to you 🙂

    Laura

  • Good question Kat! I would think at least a week, maybe two, but I haven’t been able to keep it around long enough to find out for sure!

    Laura 🙂

  • Yes! My boyfriend has recently discovered he is lactose intolerant and has been moping around for a while now about how he can’t have chocolate – this is the perfect solution! Thankyou for this wonderful recipe, can’t wait to see his face 🙂

  • You realize there are 34 grams of sugar in those 2 tablespoons of date syrup. If you just used sugar, there would only be 16 grams of sugar! This is NOT a sugar-free or a no sugar added recipe. Date syrup is sugar, the same as corn syrup is sugar, the same as granulated sugar is sugar.

  • Nutella is crazy addictive (I can eat spoonfuls in one seating!) so this is a great alternative. Definitely trying this one day! Thank you ^^

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  • So I made this tonight. Not bad at all. I didn’t have exactly the same ingredients (I used cassis syrup-black current) and I made about 1/3 batch. I didn’t have enough butter to make a complete batch. It’s very tasty and totally bread worthy 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe. I can totally eat an entire jar of Nutella in one night if my mind to it 🙂 It’s so good to have a decent alternative! Thanks again!

  • This is such a great idea. + I love the images you took for this post ♥

  • you are officially my hero. I’ve cut out most processed foods and sadly, Nutella had to go. I’m so excited to try this!

  • Nutella has become a real guilty pleasure, after many of my friends posted about destruction of orangutan habitat and deforestation from palm oil. It looks like Ferrero has taken steps to improve that, but this palm oil-free version sounds even better.

  • Hello, good evening and enjoy spring:-)

    Lovely Nutella, thanks for sharing this.
    I love Nutella, sometimes just on a spoon:-)

    Keep going strong!

    Heidi from Denmark
    http://www.mariahoffbeck.blogspot.com

  • I can’t wait to try this out! I love Nutella, but it does have sooo much sugar in it. Just curious, what exactly prompted this diet change of yours, if you don’t mind me asking? No matter what it is, I am loving the new recipes you’re cranking out over there, Laura!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • This is a dream come true! I will have to try it. I love the things you girls come up with 🙂

  • It’s great that you show us such a natural recipe. The best is that you’re not using sugar! For quite some time now I’m baking without any refined sugar. I’m only using dates or mapel syrup to sweeten. I love that, because than I’m not feeling so gulity when indulging. So thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

    Love from Germany,
    Elisa

  • Mmmm looks good! I should try make it! 🙂

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  • Heck yes! It’s Paleo (other than maybe the Stevia), and I’m always looking for Paleo-friendly recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth =)

  • Great recipe – and it’s great that it doesn’t use any refined sugar.

    I was wondering if it would work if instead of date syrup, one would use dates ground up with a bit of water to form a sort of date paste?

  • Hey Guys!

    First of all I love your blog. Thanks for this. I’m Nutella-addicted, too. When I was a child, I detected the taste if was Nutella or something fake. I’ve heard Nutella in the US is very expensive. Is it true? A jar of Nutella costs in Germany 2,49 €/450 g ~ so a jar would may be 3,49 USD/15.87 oz. Is that correct?

  • Thank you! I for one don’t care for the American version of Nutella. And it’s too expensive to get it from Italy, so making at home is the only yummy option!!! And I have tried a similar version with toasted almonds and it was just as good!

  • Thank you so much for giving us this idea! Just like the rest of the world, I so love Nutella but have not bought it in forever because of some of the ingredients and just because I don’t have self control… ha ha. I will run this weekend to buy the hazelnuts to make it.

    Gladys
    http://sweetvintagelady.com/vintage-fashion-blog/

  • I am currently struggling though the 30-day Paleo challenge and have been thinking about what to have on my banana pancakes tomorrow! Paleo nutella it is! Thank you so much for this! x

  • Yum, yum, yum! I love making this stuff at home. lovely photos.

  • How many times did you guys have to make various types of peanut butter?? (I am miscounted, truly) It’s only the matter of NAME. I bet, next time this blog would make other recipes of peanut butter named “Homemade SKIPPY” or possibly even “DIY JIF Jam”

  • I can’t eat regular Nutella because I am slightly allergic to hazelnuts. Your recipe has made me think to try this with almond butter. It could be a failure, but if it works…….:)!

  • That looks good. I did not know there was dairy in Nutella. I will be trying this since me and my son have cut out dairy.

  • Homemade nutella!?! Honestly too good too be true!! 🙂

    -Ashley
    www.ashleykiraand.blogspot.com

  • I think this is the best post I have ever seen on any blog. Thank you!!!!!!
    xox Logan

    http://ourzeal.blogspot.com

  • This would be the end of me! It fully justifies eating a whole tub yes? Yummm, Looks great

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  • if you are trying to say that there is no REFINED sugar then you need to change your title; there is added sugars – what the heck do you think date syrup is? and if it is the calories you are trying to watch, you are again wrong: date syrup has 56 calories per tablespoon, sugar is 48. I know you won’t post this anyway, but just letting you know that you need to tweek your title.

  • Everyone is asking about your nail polish, and I’m not surprised, it is perfect for the beginning of spring! I LOVE Nutella and cannot wait to try this healthier recipe.

  • Thank you for posting this recipe for us! I have just been telling my friend that I want to try Nutella but I am refined sugar free. I will give this a try.

  • OMG! My husband would die if I made him this. He’s obsessed with Nutella!

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  • Good afternoon ladies! Thanks for the recipe.

    Some info you might like! ( Because I’m a nerd.) Technically what you’re making is gianduja paste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianduja_(chocolate) People have been digging on the the hazelnut + chocolate sensation for almost 200 years. Cool huh?

    Anyhow! the main reason to stay away from the trademarked stuff you can buy in a jar, is that it is loaded with hydrogenated palm oil… seriously that stuff is no bueno.

    I also highly suggest trying a variation made with peanuts instead of hazelnuts. It’s like spreading a peanut butter cup on your toast. BAM!

  • i just wanna eat that from the bowl, looks so delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  • This is much better for you than the nutella I eat on a daily basis! I’ll have to give it a try! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

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  • Fabulous idea! we’re making an effort to cut the crap from our diets and eat whole foods – this is ideal!

    Lemonade Lifestyle

  • As soon as I saw this I ran to the store for hazelnuts! I used a bit of homemade simple syrup instead of date syrup & stevia because I’m just not quite as worried about sugar right now.

    My food processor is tiny and not the best quality so it came out just a bit gritty…but so delicious. I want to eat the whole jar. Oh, and I love it with strawberries too. Thanks for sharing this!!

  • That’s not what this blog is about – it’s about trying new things! I think it looks fabulous

  • such good timing with this post! i literally JUST bought hazelnuts and cocoa powder for this exact purpose. i was going to wing it, but now i’ll be trying your recipe – thank you!

  • That nutella looks so delicious! I made choco spread once but that wasn’t much of a succes… Maybe I should try this one sometime 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lily

    http://www.twocraziesoneblog.tk/

  • Hi Emily!
    I haven’t had any issues with Stevia, so it may just be something that affects you particularly. We buy this stevia, but you could try getting a more naturally processed stevia (some have additives and others don’t) or try stevia powder instead. You could also try Lakanto-it’s expensive, but a good plant based sugar substitute.
    http://www.vitacost.com/nunaturals-pure-liquid-clear-stevia-plastic-bottle-2-fl-oz-3

    http://www.selinanaturally.com/lakanto-white-half-pound-bag/?gclid=CKi3xdP-ob0CFYsWMgod9jcA8A

    Hope that helps!

    Laura 🙂

  • Mmmmh that looks amazing!! Too bad im allergic to hazelnuts 🙁

  • Wow nutella with no added sugar? Count me in!

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  • Bleh. Looks gross. I never thought this was a blog for skinny girls who don’t eat sugar.

  • Scrummy!

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  • This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

    Krystal | www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

  • Thanks for this recipe! I’m always looking for healthy (or at least, natural) versions of delicious treats. I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  • Great recipe! I can’t wait to try this, it looks absolutely divine!

  • Hi Daniela!
    You can try normal dates if you don’t have the syrup. As long as you think you can get them blended enough into the spread, it should be fine. You just don’t want giant chunks of date throughout. You can also try maple syrup or agave syrup, but I don’t feel those options are quite as healthy as the dates as far as the sugar goes (but it would still be non-dairy).

    Laura 🙂

  • Hi Daphne!
    You can certainly try normal dates. As long as you think you can get them blended enough into the spread, it should be fine. You just don’t want giant chunks of date throughout. You can also try maple syrup or agave syrup, but I don’t feel those options are quite as healthy as the dates as far as the sugar goes (but it would still be non-dairy).

    Laura 🙂

  • Love this idea! Nutella is so good but SO SUGARY. Question for you, do you ever have issues with stevia? I got some liquid stevia at Whole Foods, but I stopped using it when I realized I was having painful stomach cramps every time I used it (like within 15 minutes of consuming it). What brand is your liquid stevia? I have thought about trying a different brand but it’s a little pricey, so I don’t want to go buying it willy-nilly.

  • Oh no. You have just started something bad. I am addicted to nutella so I only buy it when I want to treat myself. This is very bad lols 🙂 xx

    http://ellenorsworld.blogspot.co.uk/

  • yummy, this looks delicious! thanks for sharing.
    xo,
    Dana Kay
    http://danakay16.blogspot.com/

  • Do you know if there is anything I could substitute for date syrup?

  • Super yummy,
    i really want to taste some!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

  • This looks so yummie and what a great idea! xx

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  • I’ve given up cocoa in any forms for Lent…but next month…I’m on the case!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love it! Can I use normal dates instead of the paste? Or anything else?

  • Oh that looks so good!
    Have an amazing day 🙂
    http://sheseeksvictoria.wordpress.com

  • Oh wow! Healthier Nutella version… If only we have food processor. 🙂 You are so creative!!

    auie
    www.purevowels.com

  • I made my own Nutella for pancake day using a different recipe and all the ingredients kept getting caught under my food processer blades, tricksy! Will give this one a try instead, big Nutella fans in this house! Good tip: I made brownies using the leftovers from my last lot, sooooo good!

  • I’m also a HUGE Nutella and have been heartbroken about cutting it out of my life…love this recipe!

    Xx Milly

    www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

  • Loving this DIY recipe! I’m always searching for non-dairy variations on things I love.

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  • Great idea. The sight of a Nutella bottle makes me sad for the same reason.

    Can you just bottle this and sell it for me?

  • Great post, but it would be so much better made with a vitamix. You need a powerful machine to make the nut butter smooth. This one looks a bit to grainy.

  • Hallelujah for vegan nutella! Thank you for sharing this- I can’t wait to make it and slather it on EVERYTHING for optimal deliciousness.

  • Thanks for sharing this! I love Nutella, but it’s so sweet and sugary that I don’t often eat it. This is the perfect compromise 🙂

  • i’m a huge nutella lover, but like you, i’ve had to just stop buying it or i would eat it with every meal! i’m so excited to try out this recipe 🙂
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

  • I saw a commercial for that last night and believe it or not, I have never tried it. It’s one of those things I have been afraid to try in case I like it too much! LOL But this is a “less guilt” way to try it! Thanks for the rescue!

  • Yum, this looks delicious! I have been thinking about making Nutella for a while since the only vegan option at my grocery store is $14 for a tiny jar, so I will definitely have to try this.

  • ooooh! looks amazing! we go through a LOT of nutella in our house, i never thought to make my own!

  • Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I had nutella the first time when I was visiting Australia about 11 years ago and I had never heard of it before. Now it’s everywhere! I love being able to find homemade alternatives to the processed foods we all know and love (whether we want to admit it or not!). I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m still amazed by your ability to make such simple things so beautiful, btw. Another beautiful post!

    -Emily St. John
    msmelange.com

  • Oh my. This looks absolutely heavenly! I know what my next kitchen project will be!

  • YUM. Yes, I will be trying this. Also, love the colour of your nail polish! :o) Van I ask what it is?

    Laura: a Lifestyle Blog

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