• 1 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsp honey (or more if you want sweeter)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water

I just bought a Vitamix last weekend. It has easily become a favorite appliance, and I wanted to test how to make one of my favorite things – nutella. You don’t need to have a Vitamix to make this. A good food processor or a Magic Bullet probably works great, however probably a bit less smooth. If you are a nutella lover, you will fall in love with this recipe. A fresh hazelnut-chocolate spread that is so delightful to adults and kids alike.

If you bought raw (and also unpeeled) hazelnuts, you will first need to roast them. Turn the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast them for 12-15 minutes or until you see that the peel is coming off.

Hazelnuts on a baking sheet

Take them out of the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes.

Hazelnuts after roasted

After they cool, you want to rub the hazelnuts gently, and the peel will come right off. My approach was to put a few hazelnuts in between my hands and rub one hand against the other. There were a few hazelnuts that kept a bit of the peel. That is OK.

Hazelnuts peeled

Place the hazelnuts in your blender (or food processor).

Hazelnuts in a blender

Blend for a minute or two.

Hazelnut blended

Add the remaining ingredients: water, honey, cocoa powder and vanilla and blend until it’s achieved the desired consistency. Depending on what blender or food processor you use, you might need to stop your blender/ food processor from time to time, scrape the sides and move it around to get the blade to penetrate the dough. I find that the wet ingredients (honey, but especially water) are helpful as well.

Nutella done

Your home-made nutella is now ready to be spread – on fruit or gluten-free bread of your choice! I would suggest you keep it in the fridge to keep its freshness. Enjoy!

Nutella-like spread