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Best Ever Vegan Nutella

20 min

Homemade staple

Spread

Breakfast

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Pantry-ready

Hazelnuts are the star of the show in this chocolatey recipe. The sweetness comes from the wholesomeness of dates, and the rich flavour from unprocessed cocoa powder. A perfect spread to enjoy on toast, on pancakes, or as a dip for fresh fruit.

Servings

(1 Tbsp per serving)

Total

20 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

10 min

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Spread the hazelnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 10 - 12 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring once halfway. Careful to not overcook, as the nuts continue to 'cook' even when taken out of the oven.
  3. When cooled enough to handle, pick up the hazelnuts a handful at a time and rub firmly between the palms of your hands so the skin falls off. Alternatively, the hazelnuts can be rubbed in a clean kitchen cloth.
  4. Toss the hazelnuts back and forth between both hands so the skin falls from between your fingers. Place the peeled hazelnuts in a high-speed food processor* (ideally 600W or higher).
  5. Blend on high for 4 - 5 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides, until a nut butter consistency is formed**. The longer they get blended, the smoother they become.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again for an additional 2 - 3 minutes until smooth and well incorporated.
  7. Taste test. If you prefer a thinner more "fluid" consistency, consider adding a combination of more coconut oil and a touch more maple syrup and blend again. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * Using a blender for this is not advised, as there is not enough liquid. A food processor is better suited for a dryer mixture, such as this.
  • ** The mixture will go from crumbly to smooth over this time. During this time, you may even notice the mixture form into a sticky ball hitting the sides of the food processor, and this is normal. If you continue for another few minutes you'll see it turn into smooth and creamy nut butter. The longer you can blend it, the smoother it'll get. If your food processor isn't very powerful, you may need to blend it for an extra 5 minutes to achieve the desired consistency or consider adding a bit of vegetable oil or coconut oil to help the process along. If you notice the mixture heat up too much, let it rest to cool slightly so as to not damage your food processor.

Storage

  • Store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition info

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Emily - Aug. 3, 2021, 7:17 p.m.

This is literally the best ever vegan Nutella! Since going vegan I have struggled to find a replacement for conventional Nutella. There are plenty of vegan chocolate-hazelnut spreads out there - both recipes and store bought jars - but none of them lived up to the original in terms of taste and texture until I came across this recipe. The taste and texture are perfect and this one is actually a lot more wholesome than the original which is full of palm oil, refined sugar and dairy. My favourite way to enjoy Nutella has always been on toasted cinnamon raisin bagels, so very happy to have this back in my life!


Jo - July 27, 2021, 4:50 p.m.

Truly is Best. Ever. I make this as a gift for people and they always report that the jar only lasted a day or two in their house! It almost tastes like brownie batter (and is nutritious)!


Andreea - July 24, 2021, 8:13 p.m.

Ok so this is the best vegan Nutella recipe that I have ever tried.
My BF is in love with it and he asks me to do it every time. We love to make crêpes 🥞 and I banned Nutella from my life a long time ago and I convinced my BF to do the same and we replaced Nutella with jams or confitures but now your vegan Nutella is all that we use
Thank you so much, amazing one!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:43 p.m.

Aw, Andreea, you're too kind! Thank you for the glowing review. It's so appreciated ✨


Ky - July 24, 2021, 1:22 a.m.

Soooo good! Well worth the effort. Never liked store bought nutella and I'm so glad I tried this recipe. Great with strawberries!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 9:08 p.m.

So glad you're enjoying the recipe, Ky, love it with strawberries 🍓


Abi - July 23, 2021, 1:50 a.m.

Hi

Can we use diced hazel nuts for this recipe? All your recipe's are too good:))

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 2:36 a.m.

Hey Abi, totally! They'll probably roast faster so we'd recommend watching them more closely 😊

Abinaya - July 28, 2021, 11:48 p.m.

Sure thank you 😊


Jella - July 19, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

Seriously the best Nutella ever! So good my food processor over heated and it started smoking (literally). Luckily my food processor recovered from it. I'll be more careful next time XD

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 3:28 p.m.

We're really glad your food processor recovered, Jella! Definitely worth it to stop the food processor if you experience any weird smells or sounds 🙂


Vanshika - July 14, 2021, 12:24 p.m.

Hi PUL team !
I don’t have access to hazelnuts so is their any other substitute for it.
I really want to try this recipe
It looks so good 😊

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:17 a.m.

Hi Vanshika, hazelnuts contribute a fair bit to this recipe. Feel free to experiment with another nut of choice if desired, such as almond or cashews, although the end result will likely be impacted 🙂


Nada Hindi - July 12, 2021, 4:36 a.m.

I've made this recipe a couple of times and I absolutely love it. I keep coming back to it even after I try other methods of making Nutella and this is truly my favorite. I was wondering if it is possible to make a large amount and freeze it for later consumption?

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

So thrilled you're enjoying the recipe, Nada! I can't say for certain as we haven't tried it before, but I've frozen nut butter in ice cube trays successfully before so perhaps that may be an idea to test out! Let us know how it goes if you try freezing this one ✨


Katherine Broberg - July 9, 2021, 8:28 p.m.

So delicious and hands down healthier than the store bought version!


Andrea - July 8, 2021, 10:28 p.m.

Since I tried this recipe, it has become my go-to sweet treat. It just AMAZING! Thank you so so much PUL :)

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 3:14 p.m.

So happy you're enjoying it, Andrea! 🥰


Victoria - July 8, 2021, 9:56 p.m.

Absolutely amazing!!! I've made this and just eaten it out of the food processor. I've gifted it to friends, brought it to work. Everyone is always impressed. I'm never buying Nutella again. The hazelnuts are a bit annoying to peel, sometimes I just leave the skins on.


Gina Benson - July 2, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe! I haven’t bought store Nutella for over a year because I just refuse to do that to my family any more. We have been doing our best to eliminate processed sugar out of our diets and only use natural sweeteners. The best part? My kids ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS! My nine year old said, “Mom! This is better than what you buy in Costco! Please always make this for us!”

THANK YOUUUU! ♥️♥️♥️

PUL Team - July 2, 2021, 6:56 a.m.

We're so happy that you and your little ones are enjoying the spread, Gina!


Hannah - June 14, 2021, 12:59 a.m.

I made this and it doesn’t taste sweet at all, just kind of bitter :( does anyone have advice for what I could do? I used unsweetened cacao powder rather than cocoa powder, could that be the issue?

PUL Team - June 14, 2021, 6:38 a.m.

Hello Hannah, we're disappointed to see the recipe didn't turn out as planned! Thank you for sharing your experience and being open to suggestions. Cacao power shouldn't give an overly bitter flavour for this spread if the quantity used is equal.

Perhaps the hazelnuts used weren't fresh, or alternatively were overroasted! Leaving excess skin on the nuts after roasting can also give a more bitter taste. If you think any of these ideas may have been the culprit, we'd recommend keeping the nuts in the oven for less time while spending a bit longer peeling off the pesky skins next time 😃

Hannah - June 14, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

Thank you !


Ramona - June 6, 2021, 10:36 a.m.

Hello!
In the video: "5 meals I eat each week vegan & healthy ", is your Nutella much lighter and more fluid than on your HP. Like it's real Nutella.
How do I do that?
Sophia gave me the tip to warming up the Nutella in the microwave, But it just wasn't the same. :)

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 10 p.m.

Hi Ramona, thanks for the question! I have a couple of ideas that could help with the spread being more fluid:
1) Let the mixture run for longer in the food processor. Sometimes an extra 5 minutes can make all the difference with spreads like this one.
2) Add more coconut oil or soy milk to help the spread get more of a liquid consistency if desired. We filmed the video a few years ago so I can't recall exactly, but I think I added more coconut oil, and used it straight out of the food processor so it was still rather "liquid" because of the warmth from the turning blades.
3) Allow the nutella to sit out for a little. The mixture tends to thicken up when it's been sitting in the fridge and is cold.

I hope this helps for now, and that you enjoy the recipe! 🤗


Liudmila - June 5, 2021, 11:44 a.m.

Sadia, thank you for this recipe. My children like it very much. And I am happy - now my children can cook this Nutella themselves.
Have a nice day and new cooking ideas!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

Aww so wonderful that your little ones have been able to make the spread on their own! Thank you for the support, Liudmila 😃


Sacchi - May 30, 2021, 10:38 a.m.

Thank you so much for the recipe!
I have one question concerning the choice of dates. Why is it, that everybody is using only medjool dates? I grew up eating only other type of dates and there are, no matter where i go, way cheaper and I always have them on hand. Are medjool actually needed for specific results?
I never tried them, so I am thankful for any experiences made by others :)

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

Hi Sacchi, that's a super great question! Feel free to use whatever dates you have on hand. We prefer Medjool dates as they're generally a bit bigger and chewier than the more firm and smaller dates available to us. You may find it helpful to add a few more dates to the mixture if it's not as sticky as desired when using whatever dates are accessible to you ✨🤗

Sacchi - June 1, 2021, 5:36 a.m.

Thank you so much for your answer. I was suspecting something in that direction, but now I can be sure and will try it out with some other types.
Wish you all the best :D


Aggie - May 29, 2021, 2:26 p.m.

So addictive and delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe, I find it to be better than Nutella. It has wonderful depth and a homemade texture that makes me go nuts (pun intended 🤓).

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 8:26 a.m.

Such a wonderful compliment, Aggie, and we love the pun too!! 😃🤗


Tabea - May 16, 2021, 4:08 p.m.

So delicious! Love it!
But since I am only one person, I won't finish it within one week. Do you think I could keep it for longer? Or do you have a recipe to use the Nutella for?
The new website is so so great!

PUL Team - May 17, 2021, 4:35 a.m.

Hey Tabea! You could likely keep it for longer but it may lose some freshness. A few recipes we enjoy the spread in include our ‘Nutella' overnight oats (pickuplimes.com/recipe/vegan-…), buckwheat pancakes (pickuplimes.com/recipe/fabulo…) and chocolate hazelnut smoothie (pickuplimes.com/recipe/chocol…)! Another option may be to use the scale feature to make a smaller batch✨☺️


Brana - May 15, 2021, 3:26 p.m.

I've been waiting so long to by a food processor and try this recipe, it turned out great only thing is I find it a little bit bitter doesn't bother me but is it possible that this is due to the hazelnuts I used or maybe the cocoa powder idk... also I loooove pick up limes it's amazing

PUL Team - May 16, 2021, 12:15 a.m.

Ooo so exciting to be getting a food processor, Brana! The cocoa powder may have been the culprit for the slight bitterness. Using a tad less cocoa or adding a bit of salt or sugar should help make the cocoa less sharp if you're finding it bitter 🙂


Jerome - April 26, 2021, 8:57 a.m.

Does it really go bad after a week?

PUL Team - April 27, 2021, 5:35 a.m.

Hey Jerome! We find it tastes the freshest within the first week. You could likely store it a bit longer - if it lasts that long at least 😉


Emily - April 24, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe. My boyfriend and I are excited to try this. Could we use peanut instead of hazelnuts? Thank you! :)

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:40 a.m.

Hi Emily, feel free to use peanuts! It will be more of a peanut dip as you may imagine but likely still delicious 🥜


Evi - April 20, 2021, 2:27 p.m.

Is it possible to make such a Nutella spread in Vitamix instead of food processor or is it going to overload it?

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 1:40 a.m.

Hey Evi, that’s a great question. It may depend on the model, but given Vitamix blenders are generally powerful enough for nuts, I imagine it would work! If you hear any weird sounds or smell anything unexpected, it likely would be best to stop blending though. Happy cooking 🙂

Evi - April 22, 2021, 10:49 a.m.

Many thanks! I just bought my Vitamix Ascent Series A3500i 1400W, i hope it works out! Thank you so much for all this motivation and inspiration you give me for healthy nutrition. I honestly believe your recipes really differ from other based-plant recipes I find around. Kisses from Greece!


Jenny - April 4, 2021, 5:01 a.m.

Delicious! I think it’s better than Nutella, nuttier, more intense chocolate taste and less sweet. Thanks, I love all of your recipes!

PUL Team - April 20, 2021, 6:40 a.m.

So incredible to hear, Jenny! Thank you for the lovely review 😁


Diana P. - April 1, 2021, 11:37 p.m.

I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do like to eat healthy so I love your healthy recipes! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this homemade nutella spread recipe! I'm trying to keep my kids limited (or away) from sugar and preservatives, but still want them to enjoy chocolate flavored snacks, and even myself to eat with Matzo gluten free crackers and tea. I did this recipe a few days ago, and where it didn't go well was when I rubbed the hazelnuts in my hands, many did NOT become skinless. I think it's because I forgot to stir it once while they were being roasted? (I put it on the middle rack of my oven, which I have to learn the difference between top, middle and lower rack). We'll see how it turns out the next time I do it. I couldn't taste it because I'm currently on a strict candida cleanse diet, but both my 3.5 yr old daughter and almost 2 son ate it with oatmeal coconut protein (eggs) pancakes I made from scratch, and my son ate the nutella on Matzo gluten free cracker. They both liked it! So I was happy because it's stressful trying to plan and be creative with healthy meals for my kids. Keep up the good work your doing with your blog and Youtube channel!

PUL Team - April 11, 2021, 11:12 a.m.

So glad the little ones enjoyed it, Diana! Having a bit of skin remaining on the hazelnuts is absolutely okay, and if anything offers a bit more fibre, so I wouldn't sweat it. If you ever plan to make it in the future as well, you can always buy pre-skinned hazelnuts 😊


Maya - March 22, 2021, 8:44 a.m.

Really good! Addicting really. Of course, it didn’t taste like actual Nutella, but I still loved it. Definitely a lot more nutty. The dates also added a good flavor. Wish I had more hazelnuts so I could make it again!

PUL Team - March 29, 2021, 5:48 p.m.

Hey Maya, so glad you enjoyed it! :)