Homemade Vegan "Nutella" Recipe

Homemade nutella
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

Why make a homemade vegan Nutella? Have you caught yourself reading labels endlessly on all the chocolate hazelnut and peanut butter spreads hoping one of them is dairy-free and vegan? Don't lie, I know you have; we all have dreams of a vegan Nutella. But it's super easy to make your own homemade chocolate hazelnut spread using just a few simple ingredients. If you can't find hazelnuts, walnuts or cashews will work, and your homemade vegan Nutella will still be quite delicious, but it won't taste quite like real Nutella.

Another tip: You'll need a very strong blender or food processor in this recipe in order to make the hazelnuts turn into butter. If your blender doesn't seem quite strong enough, give it a little bit of patience (it may take longer than you would think) and then just do the best you can. 

I love a little bit (ok, who am I kidding, a LOT) of vegan Nutella spread on a vegan crepe with some bananas or any kind of fruit really.

If you really want a treat, try swapping out a tablespoon or two of the regular vegetable oil and replacing it with a rich flavored oil, such as walnut oil or coconut oil for a bit of extra decadence in this recipe.

Now pardon me while I lick my spoons....

See also: More easy vegan recipes to try

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable or safflower oil
  • 2 tbsp soy milk

How to Make It

First, you need to pulverize the hazelnuts to make a hazelnut butter. Using a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until fine and powdery. Process for another minute or two. If your food processor is strong enough, the hazelnuts will eventually turn creamy and smooth. If you're using a less powerful food processor, this may not happen, so just get the mixture as fine as you can, then let it rest a minute, and process again for one more minute.

Be patient, though, before you give up! 

Once your hazelnuts are smooth and cream, or as good as they are going to get, add in the remaining ingredients and process again until the mixture is smooth and creamy, adding a little bit more or less liquid to get your desired consistency.

Enjoy your homemade chocolate hazelnut spread!

What to do with your homemade nutella? Besides spreading it on toast or sticking it inside a vegan crepe, you can add a bit to your hot breakfast cereal (a little something like this peanut butter chocolate quinoa bowl).