This homemade Chocolate spread recipe is so finger-licking delicious that you will never look at Nutella the same. It’s not only yummy but it’s also made with only three main ingredients! It’s hard not to eat it by the spoonful, spread on toast, or drizzled over pancakes; you will love it!
As a health advocate, I’m always looking for better ways to eat. After reading about Nutella’s ingredients, I was not very happy about it. Eating it by the spoonful didn’t feel right. So, I decided to make my own, homemade chocolate spread! Made with only simple ingredients, you probably have them in your pantry right now.
Benefits of homemade chocolate spread!
As we live in a pretty toxic world already, avoiding unnecessary ingredients is the least we can do for our well-being. That doesn’t mean we have to say no to Nutella. We just have to make it better!!
Now, why is store-bought Nutella not very good for us to eat? Well, a quick Google search will give you a lot of info on that. But here are a few reasons. It’s made with mostly sugar as the first ingredient on the list and fat (Palm oil) as the second. Oh, and then just a little bit of hazelnuts and cocoa, plus soy and artificial flavors. Whyyyyy?
I get it, it’s supposed to be sweet and indulgent. But how about making it better? How about having hazelnuts as the first ingredient on the list and excluding artificial flavors and soy?
I don’t like fake flavors, I like real food!
Hazelnuts have plenty of natural fat, so I don’t need to add any other fats or oils to make it smoother or last longer. I’ve had my homemade chocolate spread for months in the pantry and never goes bad.
Those are the things that I pay attention to and care about, avoiding ingredients that are just not necessary! Plus, homemade is so much better and more satisfying. I have made this recipe so many times, it’s super easy to make, and I know exactly what ingredients went into it. I always have a big jar in my pantry. It’s not only perfect on a slice of fresh sourdough, but I also use it in my baking. It’s simply delicious!
As I mentioned, it’s super easy to make. All you need is a food processor and:
- Cacao powder
I usually buy already roasted hazelnuts, but you can definitely use raw ones and just roast them yourself at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Roasting the nuts will give them an extra nutty flavor.
How to make this chocolate spread?
Some people prefer to take the skin off the hazelnuts as much as possible. I don’t stress about it. I do rub them between towels to remove some of the skin, but honestly, I don’t bother most of the time.
Once you add the hazelnuts to the food processor, blend them till they look like a coarse flour. Then you add the rest of the ingredients, and the blending begins.
It will take about 20 minutes to get to that creamy, smooth consistency. But make sure to stop every few minutes and scrape the sides so everything blends evenly.
Also, depending on the food processor you have, blending something for so long will heat up the motor, and you might want to stop midway and let it cool off.
You don’t want to overheat the machine and possibly break it!
What I usually do is every 5 to 10 minutes I put my hands around the food processor and if it’s too hot to the touch, I stop blending and let it rest for 5 min.
Once you get to that smooth, liquid consistency, your homemade Chocolate spread is ready! All you have to do is transfer it to a jar but make sure it’s cooled off before you put the lid on top. You don’t want to create condensation. I keep mine in the pantry, I never had it in the fridge, so I’m not sure if it will change texture when cold. But you can try it and see how it performs, although I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if you try.
Note! The longer you blend it, the more liquid-y it will get, so if you’d like, you can stop blending earlier and leave it a bit thicker.
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HOMEMADE NUTELLA RECIPE
- Food Processor
- 3 cups Roasted hazelnuts
- 1 cup cacao/cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar 125g
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- In a food processor add hazelnuts. Blend till it looks like a coarse flour. About a minute.
- Add cacao powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Blend for about 20 min. stopping every 5 min to scrape the sides, so everything gets incorporated. Depending on your machine, make sure to check if it's not overheating by touching around the motor of your processor. If it's hot to the touch, stop blending and let it cool off a bit.
- When it's ready, transfer to a jar but don't close it, till its completely cooled. Store in your pantry.