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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Vegan Nutella (Easy Healthy Chocolate Spread!)

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Dark, rich, creamy, easy Vegan Nutella is made with raw hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. It is a decadent chocolate hazelnut spread for dipping fruit, or slathering over pancakes, toast, and more!

vegan nutella with hazelnuts and dark chocolate, served on a wooden cutting board

When I first discovered the original Nutella as a child I thought I’d found the best-kept secret! This chocolate hazelnut spread tasted amazing on just about anything, and quickly became my new favorite treat.

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It wasn’t until I got older that I turned the jar over to look at the nutrition facts to see that my favorite chocolate treat was not so healthy! It also wasn’t suitable for a vegan diet.

Not only that, with processed ingredients and added cane sugar, a 2 tablespoon serving comes in at 200 calories and 21 grams of sugar! That’s more sugar than a full-sized Snickers bar!

And I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to only enjoy 2 tablespoons – so I always end up eating more.

I figured, there had to be a better way right? So I set out to make my own quality homemade vegan Nutella recipe. With healthy, dairy-free ingredients, this low sugar version can be enjoyed by all with a lot less guilt!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Healthier than traditional nutella
  • Vegan, dairy free hazelnut spread with deep hazelnut flavor
  • Will satisfy your chocolate cravings
  • Simple ingredients
  • No added sugar, no artificial flavor
  • Spreadable
  • Super easy recipe, only 7 ingredients!
  • Use as a dip
  • Best homemade vegan nutella ever!

🥘 Ingredients

ingredients for vegan nutella
  • Raw Hazelnuts: The main ingredient in this recipe is lots of hazelnuts! I like to use raw because it cuts down on prep time, but roasted hazelnuts would work fine too – just be sure to dry roast them to avoid extra oils. Raw hazelnuts include natural oils so there’s no need for extra.
  • Dark Chocolate and Coconut Oil: Use good quality dark chocolate, 70% or higher. You can use either a chocolate bar or dark chocolate chips. Coconut oil, which is a better option than palm oil, helps the chocolate melt and creates a creamy texture when combined with hazelnuts. Some recipes call for cocoa powder, or cacao powder, however, I find quality dark chocolate bars yield a richer more decadent flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: Instead of cane sugar, maple syrup creates a natural refined sugar-free subtle sweet flavor. Alternatively, you could use agave syrup or coconut sugar. If you want to keep this healthy vegan nutella recipe completely sugar free, you can use monk fruit sweetener instead of maple syrup.
  • Almond Milk: Regular Nutella uses dairy milk, this homemade Nutella recipe uses almond milk which is lower in fat and calories, and makes this recipe vegan-friendly. You can use any plant milk for this lactose free chocolate spread. For an extra decadent flavor use full fat coconut milk instead.
  • Vanilla Extract and Sea Salt: Vanilla and sea salt bring out the natural flavors in chocolate and hazelnuts, and a little bit of salt helps bring out the sweetness of this — vegan hazelnut chocolate spread.
  • Dates: Optional, add if you want more sweetness! Be sure to soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water, then use.

🔪 How To Make The Best Vegan Nutella

Step 1: Heat your oven to 350°F. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet, and roast for 15 minutes.

roasted hazelnuts on a baking sheet

Step 2: Remove from the oven, and place hazelnuts into a food processor or high speed blender. Blitz for a few minutes, until you have thick and creamy nut butter. (You’ll probably need to stop and scrape down the sides of the container a few times until you get a creamy consistency.)

hazelnuts in a blender

Step 3: While the nuts are processing, break the chocolate into small pieces and melt with the coconut oil. You can do this in the microwave in 30-second intervals, or over the stovetop on low heat.

melting chocolate in a pot

Step 4: Once the nut butter is ready, add the remaining ingredients including the melted chocolate and coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt. If adding dates, add them at this time. Blend for another couple of minutes, until you have a creamy hazelnut butter – everything should be completely mixed together and smooth.

chocolate added to mixture in blender

Step 5: When finished, your vegan chocolate spread will have a thick, almond butter or peanut butter-like consistency.

nutella in a blender

Step 6: Transfer your low calorie nutella to an airtight jar or serve immediately.

vegan nutella with hazelnuts and dark chocolate, served on a wooden cutting board

❓Recipe FAQs

Why Is Store Bought Nutella Not Vegan?

Any food that uses animal products is not considered vegan. Store-bought Nutella uses powdered milk (which you’ll also see on the label as skim milk powder). Because of this ingredient, it is not vegan. There are other store-bought chocolate spreads that are vegan that do not add milk, such as Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, but I’ve found that the homemade version tastes even better than store-bought!

Is European Nutella vegan?

Nutella sold in Europe lists its ingredients as follows (sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, milk, cocoa, lecithin (soya), and vanillin.) Therefore, it is not vegan because it contains milk. It is labeled as vegetarian, but not vegan.

Is there a vegan version of Nutella? Is Justin’s hazelnut spread vegan?

You can find a dairy-free version of Nutella, as mentioned above, Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is vegan-friendly. TBH Hazelnut Cocoa Spread, Nutiva Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Fine and Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Nocciolata Spread, and Vego Hazelnut Spread are also all lactose free Nutella brands, and are vegan.

How Do You Store Vegan Nutella?

Transfer this dairy free chocolate spread an airtight container, and store at room temperature or in the fridge for a thicker texture. It will keep for a month in the fridge, and for a week at room temperature.

🍽 How To Serve

  • Snacks: My favorite way to enjoy this healthy Nutella recipe is to spread it on whole-grain toast, or brown rice cakes, or crackers.
  • Dessert: Use this vegan chocolate hazelnut spread as a dip for fruit like strawberries, kiwi, or pear! Spread on top of cupcakes or brownies instead of frosting, mix into quick breads like banana bread, or make a dessert pizza with flatbread, topped with chopped nuts, fruit, and vegan marshmallows!
  • Breakfast: Spread in between crepes, on top of French toast, waffles, or pancakes. Swirl inside muffins!

💭 Expert Tips

  • Use raw unsalted hazelnuts for the best flavor and health benefits.
  • Use at least 70% dark chocolate to achieve a rich chocolatey flavor.
  • Be sure to allow the hazelnuts to process until they create a nut butter. This will ensure you have a creamy spread. You’ll want to use a high speed blender or a vitamix to get the right consistency.
  • For best results, don’t skip the coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to give this vegan hazelnut spread a luscious texture that isn’t grainy.
  • For a thinner consistency store at room temperature. For a thick consistency, refrigerate.
  • Try adding a dash of instant coffee to the recipe to enhance the chocolate flavor even more.
vegan nutella with hazelnuts and dark chocolate, served on a wooden cutting board

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vegan nutella with hazelnuts and dark chocolate, served on a wooden cutting board
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5 from 11 votes

Vegan Nutella

Dark, rich, creamy vegan nutella is made with raw hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. It is a decadent chocolate hazelnut spread for dipping fruit, or slathering over pancakes, toast, and more!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Condiment, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 16
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 2⅔ cups unsalted raw hazelnuts
  • cup 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil use up to 2 tbsp for even more richness
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup use up to 4 tbsp if you want it to be sweeter
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 date optional

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F.
  • Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet, and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and place into a food processor or high-speed blender. Blitz for a few minutes, until you have a thick and creamy nut butter. (You'll probably need to stop and scrape down the sides of the container a few times.)
  • While the nuts are processing, break the chocolate into small pieces and melt with the coconut oil (can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop).
  • Once the nut butter is ready, add the melted chocolate and coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt. If using a date (for more sweetness), add at this time. Blitz for another couple of minutes, until everything is completely mixed together and smooth.
  • Transfer to an airtight jar, and store at room temperature or in the fridge for a thicker texture. It will keep for a month.

Video

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Notes

Top Tips for Making Vegan Nutella
  • Use raw unsalted hazelnuts for the best flavor and health benefits.
  • Use at least 70% dark chocolate to achieve a rich chocolatey flavor.
  • Be sure to allow the hazelnuts to process until they create a nut butter. This will ensure you have a creamy texture.
  • Don’t skip the coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to give this healthy nutella a luscious texture that isn’t grainy.
  • For a thinner consistency store at room temperature. For a thick consistency, refrigerate.
  • Try adding a dash of instant coffee to the recipe to enhance the chocolate flavor even more.
Nutritional info calculated using 88% dark chocolate and 1 date.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3.5g

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20 responses to “Vegan Nutella (Easy Healthy Chocolate Spread!)”

  1. Love homemade Nutella as you can control how sweet you want to make it too and use natural sweeteners. Roasted hazelnuts for me all the way, love that extra toasted nutty flavor.5 stars

  2. I love that this is sweetened with dates and maple syrup – both healthier and great flavors too. Look forward to trying soon!5 stars

  3. This Nutella looks SO easy and so yummy! I love that it uses only natural ingredients. I can’t wait to make it and spread some on my morning toast!5 stars

  4. I admit that the texture is not as smooth as Nutella but it tastes way better and feels healthier thanks to the superfoods ingredients. No more Nutella now.5 stars

  5. This is so delicious and tempting. Love that it is Vegan and so easy to make. Creamy and Chocolaty. I am drooling.5 stars

  6. This turned out soooo good. We love Nutella in my house and I was excited to find a recipe that uses natural ingredients.5 stars

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