Homemade Double Nutella. Aka Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread. My homemade version of Nutella.
World Nutella Day is celebrated on February 5 but there are some folks who always grab Nutella when grocery shopping so they can enjoy many Nutella days in their world! I’ve certainly eaten my share of Nutella (understatement) over the years although I confess that I was very late to even learn about the popular chocolate hazelnut spread.
With all that in mind, I thought it was time to update this post and remind you of the homemade version of Nutella that I created a few years back. The Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread that I call Double Nutella, because it’s made from hazelnuts and almonds versus hazelnuts alone.
Plus, I want to share some more homemade Nutella recipes, ones that will work for those who eat “beyond” gluten free. But I’ll get back to those in a minute.
Nutella is gluten free but it is not dairy free so I decided to make my version without dairy. It makes my Double Nutella better for me as I do better with less dairy and a great option for Son and all my gfe readers who eat dairy free.
Plus, Nutella is not exactly health food either. The specifications/ingredients per its manufacturer, Ferrero, are as follows:
Over 50 Hazelnuts per 13 oz. Jar
• Contains No Artificial Colors
• Contains No Artificial Preservatives
Ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.
And no matter how much I have thought that I would be wise and eat in moderation when I have opened a jar of Nutella in the past, that has simply never happened. Never ever. Are you with me on that?
Okay, maybe it has happened when I was using Nutella to make these Flourless Peanut Butter Nutella Sandwich Cookies for an event. That was forced self-control in that case, but otherwise, I have had no willpower once I’ve opened a jar of Nutella.
It is most likely because of that very first ingredient, the one that makes up 55% of Nutella … sugar. Ah, that addictive sugar. Clearly, the hazelnuts and cocoa—as in “chocolate hazelnut”—only come in by weight as the third and fourth ingredients. Note that Ferrero pointed out that there were “No Artificial Colors” and “No Artificial Preservatives,” but they didn’t say, “Oh, there are artificial flavors.”
Sure, one can read the label, but I just want to point out the marketing strategies used. And do your own research on vanillin and whether you want to consume it (especially if you suffer from migraines). Vanillin is at the least a semi-synthetic, which actually contains no vanilla extract, and at the worst, it contains other ingredients you may wish to avoid.
So you know where this is going. I wanted to make my very own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread—i.e., my own homemade version of Nutella—a healthier one that contains more of the real food ingredients that one would expect, and I did, but let me tell you how that happened.
The kind folks at Nuts.com sent me a sample of their flours—almond, chestnut, and hazelnut—quite some time ago. Life got busy and while I tested the flours out in a few of my usual recipes and even for this adoption post where I made Nut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, I didn’t get to the “playing around”/recipe creation that I wanted to do. Until this weekend.
Finally, yesterday I took an idea that had been planted in my head by a blogger friend, Jules (GF Jules). I brought that idea to life in the creation of this Double Nutella; i.e., Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread. Jules’ words were: “Be careful when grinding almonds or other nuts, as over-processing will quickly turn nut flour or nut meal into nut butter!”
Now I’ve seen many recipes for homemade “Nutella,” Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, over the years. All required starting with hazelnuts. Okay, that makes sense, right? But I didn’t have hazelnuts and I didn’t particularly want to order them online, roast them, rub the skins off, and process them into hazelnut butter.
That process seemed way too laborious to me. I know … I can be lazy and, admittedly, I might have felt differently if I could have easily picked up a pound of them at my local grocery store. (“Might” being the operative word there.)
But I did have hazelnut flour from Nuts.com … hazelnut flour + the idea planted from Jules’ word of caution = Eureka! Yes, I finally realized that I could start with the hazelnut flour versus hazelnuts. Oh my goodness, making homemade Nutella-style spread using hazelnut flour was sooo much easier than the alternative!
And it’s good! I added a small amount of ready-made almond butter to aid in the creaminess and make the hazelnut flavor a bit less pronounced. Now to be clear, my Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread does not have the processed creaminess or same “liquidity” of Nutella or even exactly the same flavor, but I really like the rich flavor that it does have. And I’m totally fine with the more primitive texture.
Plus, I love the real food ingredients in this version. And, hey, it’s lasted two days so far—that’s a new record! Without the sugar and with the rich and filling cacao combined with the nut butters, this spread is so filling. A little truly goes a long way!
Mr. GFE tried it and I asked for his assessment. While the loaded cracker (my go-to brand) was still in his mouth, I got the mumbled “Good.” A few seconds later, his assessment was “Very good.” Then he stated, “First, you get the crunchiness and saltiness of the cracker and then you get the rich hit of chocolate. Nice.”
Then he proceeded to give me a little explanation on how we experience different tastes via different areas of our tongue and added that there is a tongue map. Uh, that sounded very impressive, but, sorry, Mr. GFE, it turns out that is a myth.
A longstanding myth and one perpetuated in school textbooks, but a myth nonetheless. I looked it up. And thank goodness it is a myth and I can taste this Double Nutella—Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread—on every part of my tongue!
Last, I wanted to let you know that this post is part of this year’s Home for the Holidays event. This year’s event will be quite a bit different from last year’s “over-the-top” and oh, so wonderful event. That one included over 20 amazing gluten-free bloggers and you will definitely want to check out the recipes that mean “home” and “holidays” for them, just re-created to be gluten free.
This year it will just be me sharing recipes and recipe roundups, reviews and giveaways of fantastic cookbooks and resource books, and even a very few giveaways of trusted products. Oh, and anything else that I decide to throw in the mix!
In addition to my recipe, to give you lots of choices on how you make your Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, I’m sharing links to six more fabulous dairy-free recipes for “Nutella” from some of my favorite bloggers below. (There’s even one that is nut-free!) Any of these would make a wonderful addition to your holiday table. (Photos—as always—are shared with permission of the originators.)
My quick review of Nuts.com’s flours: I found their flours to be very finely ground and top quality, as good as any others that I have purchased. I really like their packaging as you can use the super-grip, zipper-seal feature on these bags of flour and know without a doubt that your flour is 100% sealed! Their products arrive very promptly. Note that all their products are “Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.” Finally, Nuts.com was founded in 1929 and is still owned and operated by the same family; that’s unusual and pretty cool in this age.
More Amazing Homemade Nutella Recipes
~ Megan’s (Detoxinista) Healthy Nutella (4 Ingredients!) ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Alea’s (Premeditated Leftovers) Nut-Free Nutella ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Carolyn’s (All Day I Dream About Food) Keto Nutella ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb, keto
~ Elana’s (Elana’s Pantry) Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, aka Homemade Nutella ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, primal, with vegan option
~ Kelly’s (The Spunky Coconut) Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella) ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal
~ Tessa’s (Tessa, The Domestic Diva) Homemade Keto Nutella (Paleo) ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, with keto option~ Winnie’s (Healthy Green Kitchen) Homemade Nutella ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
~ Katie’s (Chocolate-Covered Katie) Homemade Nutella, the Best Nutella ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, refined sugar-free, sugar-free, paleo, primal, keto, vegan options
~ Audrey’s (Unconventional Baker) Nutella-Style Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (or Frosting) ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo
My Homemade Double Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Almond) Spread Recipe
My Homemade Double Nutella is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo, and primal. It’s similar to—but more rustic than—Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond Butter (which I use in this recipe for Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies).
I have an ancient food processor and I’m not sure that that my instructions on speeds and times will work the same for your own food processor, but I don’t think you can mess this recipe up too much. Because one starts with hazelnut flour versus hazelnuts, I suspect that even a mini-food processor or perhaps even a blender will work, but I haven’t tried those methods yet. I did not add any dairy-free milk when I made this recipe, but after sitting in the refrigerator overnight, some additional liquid was needed. I added some full-fat coconut milk, just stirring it in by hand. But you’re free to add dairy-free milk (or dairy milk) when you make this recipe, omit it, or add it later, if needed. Similarly, you might decide you need less or different oil. The oil does settle a bit in the spread after time and the mixture needs to be stirred, but I didn’t find that to be a problem for me. I’d like to try using extra virgin olive oil next time as I usually love that in combination with chocolate.
I have an ancient food processor and I’m not sure that that my instructions on speeds and times will work the same for your own food processor, but I don’t think you can mess this recipe up too much. Because one starts with hazelnut flour versus hazelnuts, I suspect that even a mini-food processor or perhaps even a blender will work, but I haven’t tried those methods yet.
I did not add any dairy-free milk when I made this recipe, but after sitting in the refrigerator overnight, some additional liquid was needed. I added some full-fat coconut milk, just stirring it in by hand. But you’re free to add dairy-free milk (or dairy milk) when you make this recipe, omit it, or add it later, if needed.
Similarly, you might decide you need less or different oil. The oil does settle a bit in the spread after time and the mixture needs to be stirred, but I didn’t find that to be a problem for me. I’d like to try using extra virgin olive oil next time as I usually love that in combination with chocolate.
Originally published December 2, 2012; updated February 5, 2023.