How to make Nutella

5 from 12 votes

Learn how to make Nutella at home with only four ingredients and a food processor. The result is dairy-free, oil-free creamy hazelnut spread!

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Why would you want to make homemade Nutella? Unlike store-bought, it is vegan and only calls four totally natural and completely pronounceable ingredients. I put it in baked goods like my Nutella Mug Cake or spread it on toast or dip it with new Lundberg Organic Rice Cake Minis.

And did I mention, this is such a fun activity to make with the kids?! They have chance to be part of transforming four simple ingredients into a magical final product. It really helps them understand more about the meaning of good-for-your ingredients and how our foods are made. Seeing the look on their face when nuts, cocoa and sugar turned into spreadable good-for-you Nutella was worth all the cocoa powder mess! 

Enjoying nutella with rice with kids

Did you know the first two ingredients in store-bought Nutella are sugar and palm oil? In my homemade version, the first two ingredients are hazelnuts and cocoa powder. I avoid palm oil altogether and only add five tablespoons of sugar.

And just as important as the Nutella ingredients are the Rice Cake Minis ingredients. Lundberg’s products are not only organic, made with high quality, sustainable ingredients, but they are also just very practical for families. They give me peace of mind in what my kids are eating!

And just as important as the Nutella ingredients are the Rice Cake Minis ingredients. Lundberg’s products are not only organic, made with high quality, sustainable ingredients, but they are also just very practical for families. They give me peace of mind in what my kids are eating!

Homemade nutella in a large white bowl with spoon inside

Ingredients to make homemade Nutella

  • Hazelnuts, skinned. Look for the naked nut. Buy the hazelnuts marked “blanched,” which means the skins have been boiled or blanched off. They are lighter in color than regular hazelnuts. Or de-skin your own. See FAQs for directions.
  • Cocoa powder: Cocoa powder comes in two types: Dutch-processed and regular. Either is fine.
  • Powdered Sugar: If you do not have any, you can make your own powdered sugar by running regular granulated sugar through the food processor until it is dry and powdery.
  • Salt: Use regular fine-grained table salt here.
4 ingredients to make the recipe

How to make nutella spread

Roast the hazelnuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
Sheet pan to roast the hazelnuts before blending

Blend the ingredients

  1. Transfer warm hazelnuts into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients – cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and salt.
  3. Blend until smooth paste forms, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  4. Keep in mind, it could take up to 5 minutes to achieve the correct consistency depending on your food processor.
4 photos in collage to show the steps for blending the ingredients to make the spread in a food processor

Tips for making homemade Nutella

  1. Adjust sweetness to your liking. When you stop the food processor to scrape down the sides, taste the mixture and adjust with more powdered sugar as necessary.
  2. Add cocoa butter to get a more solid spread at room temperature. You’ll need about 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter for 2 cups of hazelnuts.
  3. Up the cocoa powder. If you want a more chocolatey blend, add more cocoa powder to taste.
  4. Use chopped chocolate in the mixture for a richer taste. You can use about 2 ounces of milk or dark chocolate and blend it at the end after the mixture is combined.
  5. Introduce a hint of vanilla. Store-bought Nutella uses vanillin, an artificial vanilla flavoring. To replicate that taste, try a tiny splash of vanilla extract or vanilla paste. Start with ¼ teaspoon and increase to taste.
  6. Encourage your kids to help make it. This is a great one to share with kids since it includes tossing items into a food processor and watching the magic happen. Just be ready for some immediate dipping!
Dipping mini rice cake in nutella

The balance of the sweet and nutty homemade Nutella with the salty crispy Lundberg Organic Rice Cake Minis makes for the best after school or weekend snack!

Recipes to make with Nutella

Frequently asked questions

Why do you have to remove the skin from hazelnuts to make Nutella?

The skins can be bitter and create a rough texture. For a smooth and more nutty taste, I recommend removing the skin or buying them without the skin.

How do you skin your hazelnuts for homemade Nutella?

Here are two methods.
1) Blanch the nuts for a minute or two in boiling water with a tablespoon or two of baking soda. Then, immediately plunge the nuts into ice water to cool. Remove, pat with a paper towel, and allow to dry a bit. Proceed to rub off the skins with your fingers or a paper towel.
2) Roast the nuts as directed and then use a clean kitchen towel to rub off the skin before blending.

How long does homemade Nutella last in the refrigerator?

In a tightly lidded jar, mine is good for up to a month. You could also freeze for up to six months.

Yumna and kids dipping rice cake in nutella in food processor

Learn more about what makes Lundberg Family Farms stand out from other brands of grains by visiting their site. Their commitment to bringing families together in the kitchen with nourishing, healthful grains
and snacks is one that really resonates in my kitchen!

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How to Make “Nutella”

Learn how to make Nutella at home with only four ingredients and a food processor. The result is dairy-free, oil-free creamy hazelnut spread!
5 from 12 votes
Servings 8 servings
Course Tutorial
Calories 211
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups hazelnuts skinned
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer warm hazelnuts into a food processor fitted with the blade.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until a smooth paste forms, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. It could take up to 5 minutes depending on your food processor.

Notes

Storage: Store the homemade Nutella in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. It is considered for about ⅛ of the amount of the total hazelnut spread.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 223mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. Thank you for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out! In terms of storage, does it have to be refrigerated? I just worry it will harden up and become difficult to spread. Can I keep it in the pantry instead and if so, for how long?

    Thanks!

    1. You’re so welcome! I recommend storing the homemade Nutella in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month for food safety.

  2. I made this today and wow, the taste is amazing. And so easy to make. I used Sukrin powdered sugar. That is a healthier option with less calories. I also did a drop of vanilla extract in it. And like I said, the taste is amazing, like real nutella.

    1. If you do not have any powdered sugar, you can make your own by running regular granulated sugar through the food processor until it is dry and powdery. Sarah, from our community, said she tried date sugar instead of powdered sugar, and it came out excellent without any compromise on the taste, so you could also give that a try!

  3. I just made this and it turned out to be excellent! I switched the powdered sugar for date sugar which made it healthier and without any compromise on the taste. Thanks Yumna for the great recipe!