Homemade Nutella with Just 3 Ingredients

Today I get to share with you my healthy version of Nutella growing up.

If you’re not familiar with Nutella, it is a chocolate-hazelnut spread, and the store-bought versions tend to have a lot of refined sugars and vegetable oils.

I was addicted to Nutella. I used to eat it with a spoon right out of the jar, so of course, I had to figure out a way to recreate and also make it healthy so I can enjoy it.

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How to Make Nutella

The first ingredient you will need is hazelnuts, and you will also need cacao or cocoa powder and your choice of sweetener.

You can use a liquid sweetener. You can use maple syrup or dates or coconut sugar since the process is the same for all the recipes.

I will make the recipe using maple syrup we’re going to start by roasting hazelnuts pre-heat your oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place hazelnuts in the baking dish and single layer and roast for 15 minutes, stirring them every 5 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take them out and allow them to cool down for a few minutes. Roasted hazelnuts are optional. You can use soaked raw hazelnuts as well, but I prefer using roasted hazelnuts for this recipe.

When your hazelnuts have cooled down, place them in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes every minute or so I like to give my food processor a break, and scrape the sides.

I used to be afraid to process nuts for too long in my food processor because it’s not one of those fancy expensive ones, but it turns out it’s pretty powerful and gets the job done after 10 minutes you will end up with Haiti’s pretty epic nut butter but itself.

Then go ahead and add cacao and maple syrup process for a minute or so, then grab we add water to get the desired consistency blend for two more minutes, and your homemade Nutella is ready.

It’s such an easy recipe, and I guarantee you will be blown away by the results I usually store my Nutella in a jar; it will stay fresh in the fridge for up to five days.

You can use your homemade Nutella and a lot of different ways you can spread it on your toast edit two smoothies use it as a frosting dip strawberries in it just let your imagination run wild.


So if I was to compare all three recipes, I think that the one using maple syrup looks and the Nutella made with dates it tastes similar to the maple syrup one, but I find the texture lighter and fluffier.

If you want to use Nutella as frosting, I think that is the one you should make.

Finally, the Nutella made with coconut sugar the taste is pretty different from Nutella. I find that it’s richer and stronger.

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It’s also more liquid than the other two, but it’s delicious.

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Homemade Nutella with Just 3 Ingredients

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes


This 3-ingredient homemade Nutella is delicious spread and quick. after you try this recipe you'll never buy a jar of Nutella! It's a must-make recipe.



Nutella With Maple Syrup

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup ((agave or coconut nectar also work))
  • water ((I usually use about ¼ cup))

Nutella With Dates

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • 12 dates
  • water ((I usually use ⅔-1cup))

Nutella With Coconut Sugar

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla ((optional))
  • pinch of salt ((optional))


  1. Preheat oven to 360F/180C.
  2. Place hazelnuts in a baking dish in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  3. Remove hazelnuts from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place hazelnuts in the food processor and blend for 10 minutes until they turn into hazelnut butter. I usually stop my food processor every minute or so to give it a break and scrape the sides.
  5. *IF USING DATES* Soak dates in hot water for 5-15 minutes depending on how soft they are.
  6. Add cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup/soaked dates/coconut sugar) to the food processor. Blend for about a minute.
  7. While the food processor is still running, gradually add water to reach the desired consistency. Blend for 2 minutes or so until the mixture is smooth.
  8. *IMPORTANT* The amount of water you need will depend on what sweetener you're using. I usually add ¼ cup of water when I make Nutella with maple syrup, ⅔-1 cup if I'm using dates, and NO WATER if I'm using coconut sugar.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Homemade Nutella with Just 3 Ingredients

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