not nutella


img_2945not nutella is a healthier version of the much loved nutella. it’s dairy-free, raw vegan, and one of my favorite healthy recipe hacks. it’s something i also enjoy packaging up in cute little jars with ribbons and sharing as gifts with family, friends, clients and students come holiday time.

it’s a simple recipe (because, in my opinion, simple is always best) requiring 4 ingredients. a food processor, a pinch of patience and a dash of mindfulness.

it takes patience because your machine will run for close to 20 minutes and a little awareness as you’ll need to ‘listen’ to your machine. i say listen because, if you pay attention, you’ll notice your motor slows down a touch and sounds like it is close to overworking itself. it’s here you’ll either scrape down the sides of your processor or add a bit more coconut oil.

i’ve made this close to one million times (small exaggeration but not by much) and only once or twice did i add an additional teaspoon of coconut oil to smooth it all out.

what you’ll need:

2 cups hazelnuts

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup cacao powder

1 TB + 3tsp coconut oil

what to do:

place hazelnuts, coconut sugar, cacao powder, and 1 TB coconut oil in food processor.

run 8-10 minutes scrapping down the sides of your machine as needed.

around 8-10 (or as your machine sounds bogged down) add 2tsp coconut oil and run again. continue to scrape down the sides as needed.

at 12-15 minutes (listen to your machine) add your last teaspoon of coconut oil. and run again. it’s from here on you’ll notice a more creamy consistency towards the bottom.

18-20 minutes–you are done!

if at 18-20 minutes my machine isn’t running smoothly, i’m not afraid to add an additional teaspoon of coconut oil. it has been a rare add–but i’ve done it.

again, listen to your machine. through the process you will see the consistency turn from powder to a rough and then smooth butter.

9 out of 10 times this was perfect. ONE time it didn’t sound or look right and i added ONE more teaspoon of coconut oil to get the job down.

store in a glass container. makes about 14oz.



25 Responses to “not nutella”
  1. Heidi says:

    Do you roast hazelnuts first or use them raw? Do you also keep the brown skins on while mixing together?

  2. Andrea Broom says:

    Nutella has my heart, homemade Nutella is even better! WHat a great recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Bobbi says:

    This looks like a nice alternative to Nutella! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Carlie says:

    I need to make this asap!! I am always looking for ways to make delicious recipes from scratch at home. Somehow it seems so much healthier to me!

  5. Michelle says:

    This is nice!! I am always looking for vegan options for some of my fave meals & snacks. Thanks so much for this post!

    • Jessica says:

      you’re welcome michelle, i love creating healthier versions of my favorites all the time. then we can feel great and still enjoy ourselves (:

  6. Allie says:

    This looks AMAZING! I used to love nutella until I learned how bad it is for you (well… I guess I always knew, but I was in denial). I always have everything in the house but the hazelnuts, so I’ll have to pick those up!

    • Jessica says:

      good or bad, nutella can be difficult to walk away from…but making it at home is sooooo much better for you and it’s quite simple to make. enjoy!

  7. Sheena says:

    Such a cool recipe, I’m going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Cristina says:

    I’ve seen this recipe around the web a while ago. I never tried it, but giving the recent scandal Nutella was involved in, I’m starting to think I should make my own.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Great timing with all the news about the rubbish in Nutella! 🙁

    • Jessica says:

      i mentioned to someone else that i’ve just heard of the scandal and it’s total rubbish. i’m shocked…time to make our own and spread the word!

  10. Mallory says:

    Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Monique says:

    This is a great alternative for Nutella it can be so expensive. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica says:

      you’re welcome monique, nutella does get expensive and i always tend to enjoy homemade things more. this takes a little time but it’s totally worth it (:

  12. FS Page says:

    That looks delicious and healthy. I wish everything that is tasty had such vegan healthy alternatives. Life would be so much easier without having to control what your taste buds crave for. And i am sure this is cheaper than Nutella too..

  13. Sharon Wu says:

    ahhh i need to share this with my bf because he freaking loves nutella! haha! thanks for sharing xo, sharon

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