Clean Eating Nutella Recipe (2024)

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This homemade Nutella recipe is homemade and so much richer and healthier than the store-bought stuff!

So yeah, I think I’m about to make a lot of new best friends with this homemade Nutella recipe.

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It’s been so long since I’ve had real Nutella that I completely forgot just how good it is. That is until I made my own. I mentioned it just once on Facebook, and the response was overwhelming. So, I think after today, I’ll be just a tad bit more popular with the healthy recipe crowd.

It’s funny, I was so sure that Mini Chef would go crazy for this stuff. Not so!! He won’t touch it! But that’s okay. That just means there’s more for the grownups around here. Although technically, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. This is definitely a once-in-a-while treat. Not something you can eat every day, particularly if you are trying to lose any weight. But once in a while, this stuff is incredible!

My theory is that if we can sometimes enjoy the things we love and still have them be clean eating healthy foods, not only will we benefit health-wise but also emotionally. Because let’s face it. Losing weight or working on general health is all one big mental head game.

P.S. – This would make a really yummy cake frosting!

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What Is Nutella?

Nutella is actually an Italian brand-name product sold in stores worldwide. It’s a hazelnut-chocolate spread typically used for spreading over toast, though it can be used in many different types of recipes. Particularly dessert recipes. It is a registered trademark. No claim is made to the name here. I use it only for reference.

What Is Nutella Made Of?

Their ingredient list states: Sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts, skim milk powder, fat-reduced cocoa powder, soy lecithin, and flavoring (vanillin).

The sugar is highly processed, as is the vegetable oil. The skim milk powder and reduced-fat cocoa powder are incredibly processed as well, which means they do not resemble anything close to their original states. Soy lecithin is most likely a processed GMO, and vanillin is a component of the vanilla bean, which is typically made and used as a synthetic. So, as you can probably guess, this stuff is nowhere near a truly natural hazelnut spread.

The recipe below uses real food ingredients. Actual chocolate, honey, real vanilla extract, ingredients you’ll recognize as actual food. And that’s what gets us back to good health. Choosing the right ingredients.

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Is Nutella Good Or Bad For You?

Let’s face it. Most processed, sugary treats are never good for you. Sugar, in general, is never actually good for you. That’s reality. But the occasional treat is nothing to be ashamed of, providing it’s actually occasional. I’m not a fan of labeling anything made with whole-food ingredients as bad. But you also have to use good, common sense here. While this recipe is certainly better health-wise than the store-bought stuff, it still has sugar in it, which should always be enjoyed in moderation.

Ways To Use Hazelnut Spread

  • Spread on toast.
  • Use as frosting for cake.
  • Put a spoonful in your morning coffee.
  • Use as an ice cream topper.
  • Use it to flavor baked goods.

What You’ll Need

Hazelnuts – These should be raw.

Unsweetened chocolate – This is unsweetened baking chocolate. Baker’s is a widely available brand, but there are others too.

Honey – You can use maple syrup as well, but you may need more of it to reach the level of sweetness you desire. If you opt for a dry sweetener, you’ll need to add more oil and milk (in equal amounts) to make up for the loss of liquid in the recipe.

Oil– This can be any oil you usually use. But make sure it’s lightly flavored so it doesn’t change the flavor of the finished recipe. I have used coconut oil and safflower oil. Grapeseed is another good choice.

Milk – This can be non-dairy or dairy. Whichever you prefer. But if you use non-dairy, make sure it’s unsweetened. I have used both unsweetened almond milk and cashew milk. Both worked well.

Pure vanilla extract – Make sure this is vanilla extract, not vanilla flavoring.

How To Make Homemade Nutella

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Place the hazelnuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 F. for about 15 minutes. The flesh should be a nice golden brown, and the skins should be closer to black in color. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

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Put the hazelnuts on a dish towel and rub until the skins come off. You may need to help some of them along with your hands, but most of the skins should come off with the towel.

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Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and blend until you have a nut butter consistency. It may not be perfectly smooth, but you’ll know it when you see it. It takes a few minutes in the processor, so just keep blending.

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While the hazelnuts are in the processor, put the chocolate squares in a bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes. Stir, and then continue to microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each one, until the chocolate is melted.

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Stop the processor and add the chocolate, honey, oil, milk and vanilla. If, after blending, it’s not as smooth as you’d like, add a little more milk and oil (in equal amounts), and blend again.

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Transfer the nutella to a jar and store in the fridge.

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Homemeade Nutella

You don’t have to give up your Nutella addiction to stick to your eating plan. Make your own!

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Course: Condiments, Dessert

Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes minutes

Servings: 28 oz.

Calories: 117kcal

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Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups hazelnuts
  • 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup oil (I used safflower)
  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened – or regular milk works too)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used Bourbon Vanilla from Trader Joe’s)

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Instructions

  • Place the hazelnuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 F. for about 15 minutes. The flesh should be a nice golden brown and the skins should be closer to black in color.

    Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

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  • Put the hazelnuts on a dish towel and rub until the skins come off. You may need to help some of them along with your hands, but most of the skins should come off with the towel.

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  • Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and blend until you have a nut butter consistency. It may not be perfectly smooth, but you’ll know it when you see it. It takes a few minutes in the processor, so just keep blending.

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  • While the hazelnuts are in the processor, put the chocolate squares in a bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes. Stir, and then continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until the chocolate is melted.

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  • Stop the processor and add the chocolate, honey, oil, milk and vanilla. If, after blending, it's not as smooth as you'd like, add a little more milk and oil (in equal amounts), and blend again.

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  • Transfer the nutella to a jar and store in the fridge.

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Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1oz. | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 7/24/11.

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FAQs

Can I eat Nutella and still be healthy? ›

If you are actually looking for a healthy spread, Nutella is not it. You are better off running some hazelnut through your food processor and adding a little honey and pinch of salt. Toss in some cacao if you want the chocolate vibe. But check this comparison.

Is there a healthy version of Nutella? ›

Pyure Hazelnut Spread: The Leading Alternative to Nutella

In contrast, Pyure Hazelnut Spread emerges as a low-carb and low-sugar alternative. Its standout feature is its extraordinary 90% reduction in sugar compared to Nutella, with just two grams per serving.

What are the unhealthy ingredients in Nutella? ›

Although Nutella contains a small amount of calcium and iron, it's not very nutritious and high in sugar, calories and fat. Nutella contains sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, milk powder, lecithin and synthetic vanillin. It is high in calories, sugar and fat.

How do you eat Nutella on a diet? ›

  1. Focus on high quality bread underneath (whole grain, fewer additives etc.)
  2. thin layer of Nutella, not thick.
  3. toppings like fruit, or serve with yogurt/milk are good ideas.
  4. I agree with a prior suggestion here to use it to encourage eating other things too.
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Why do fighters eat Nutella? ›

For hard-training athletes seeking enhanced recovery post-strenuous exercise, Nutella can be beneficial. With 21 grams of sugar per serving, it assists in replenishing muscle glycogen stores.

Which is better peanut butter or Nutella? ›

Peanut butter has more protein, with 8 grams per 2 tablespoon serving compared to 3.5 grams in Nutella. It also has more fiber, with 2 grams versus 1 gram in Nutella. However, Nutella contains calcium, potassium and iron, while peanut butter has little to none of these minerals.

What is healthier Nutella or avocado? ›

Avocado has 20 important nutrients and provides antioxidants and health-protective fat, she said. Nutella contains more additives — including sugar — than it does hazelnuts, she said. "Comparing these two is like comparing 1 cup of fresh blueberries (85 calories) to 10 gummy bears (85 calories)," she said.

What's a good substitute for Nutella? ›

#1 Best Overall: Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond Butter. This one had me at first taste. Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond Butter offer a smooth, spreadable no-stir texture that's reminiscent of Nutella. But what sets it apart is its quality.

Is hazelnut spread healthier than Nutella? ›

Cocoa Haze! and Nutella both list sugar first, then palm oil, which means they're more of a sugar and fat spread than a hazelnut spread. (Plus, these days, palm oil is still considered a saturated fat, albeit one of the few from a plant source.

Why is Nutella banned in some countries? ›

Supermarkets in Italy, including the country's biggest supermarket chain, Coop, have removed popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, from their shelves. The reason? Recent studies have linked refined palm oil, which is used in Nutella and various other food and cosmetic products, with cancer.

What is the controversy with Nutella? ›

The company has been widely criticized for using palm oil in products, which continues to fuel the demand for palm oil plantations. In 2015, France's minister of the environment made a bold statement, declaring that consumers should stop eating Nutella if they want to help save the rainforest.

Is Nutella worse for you than peanut butter? ›

Peanut butter is generally considered healthier than Nutella as it contains more natural ingredients like peanuts and has higher protein content, while Nutella has higher levels of sugar and saturated fat due to its chocolate and palm oil content.

Is it OK to eat Nutella once a week? ›

Nutella is very high in sugar from the chocolate, and very high in fat from the nut-butter, so it should be eaten only infrequently and in very small amounts, if at all. It is the equivalent of a jar of gooey, partially-melted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (nut butter + chocolate) so it is a candy, really.

How do you eat Nutella in moderation? ›

For a healthier way to eat Nutella, eat it with fruit or use whole wheat bread. These are not the only ways to eat Nutella, so try it on anything you like! Nutella can be added to drinks as it can be added to food.

Can I eat Nutella while losing weight? ›

If you're looking to lose weight, Nutella may not seem like the best option due to its high calorie and sugar content. However, Nutella can still be included in your diet in moderation as part of a well-balanced meal plan. You can use it to sweeten up desserts or to add flavor to healthier food choices.

Is Nutella a healthy breakfast option? ›

However, in terms of healthiness, Nutella is not considered a particularly healthy breakfast option. Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread that contains a high amount of sugar and fat. While it does contain some hazelnuts, the overall nutritional profile of Nutella is not very balanced.

How long is Nutella safe to eat? ›

How long does Nutella® last after opening? Nutella® has a 12 month shelf life even after opening for the portion packs (15g), jars (25g) and the tubs (3kg). Nutella® piping bag (1kg) has a 6 month shelf life.

Is Nutella bad for your cholesterol? ›

Health teacher Mr. Jeffrey Raucci remarks “For others who eat it as a snack and are not very active, there are a lot of saturated and trans fats in the ingredients which can lead to high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.” Eating too much Nutella can cause many health problems.

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