Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Folks got real fired up over our recent post about chocolate hazelnut spreads, such as Nutella. Everyone agrees that this sweet spread is delicious, but some are surprised to learn that it's not as healthy as it sounds. But the good news is, you can enjoy a healthier version of this treat by making your own.

Go Nuts!

Since it’s basically a nut butter, this recipe isn’t just for hazelnuts. Follow the method with your favorite nuts and flavorings.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Makes about  2 ½ cups
½ pound raw hazelnuts (about 2 cups)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup honey
½ tsp kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8  to 10 minutes until warm and fragrant (keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn). Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer nuts to a clean dish towel; gently fold and roll towel over the nuts to remove some of the skins.

Place nuts in a food processor and process for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically. It will seem overly dry and chunky at first but continue to process until you have a smooth nut butter. Add cocoa, honey and salt and pulse to combine. With the machine running, gently stream in canola oil. Transfer to a resealable container and store in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition Info Per Tablespoon
Calories: 56
Total Fat:  4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams
Sugars: 4 grams
Protein:  1 gram
Sodium:  14 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread: Is it Healthy?

Clever marketing has attempted to convince consumers that chocolate-hazelnut spreads, like Nutella, are healthy. But this chocolaty treat really good for you?

Make Your Own Chocolate-Covered Matzo

Make a fun Kosher-for-Passover treat: chocolate-covered matzo topped with almonds and sea salt.

Make Your Own: Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Make homemade dark chocolate frozen yogurt and customize it with your favorite mix-ins, like peanut butter and mint chocolate chip.

Make Your Own Chocolate Ganache Body Scrub

Indulge in a guilt-free chocolate treat this Valentine's Day: Oasis Day Spa's chocolate ganache body scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

Make Your Own Gravy

The pre-made gravy might be convenient, but it’s sure not the real thing. Making your own gravy is healthier, tastier and easier than you might think.

Make Your Own Twinkies

Twinkies' ingredient list includes highly-processed ingredients like trans fats, processed sweeteners and preservatives. Avoid all this stuff by making your own instead!

Make Your Own Hummus

Hummus may be an old favorite to some, but still foreign to others. Here is the skinny on this healthy spread and some recipes to try.

Make Your Own Jam

Many store-bought jams, jellies and preserves contain more sugar than fruit. While you do need some sugar, it’s really the fruit you want to taste! Simple ingredients and a little bit of simmering and you’ll have the best tasting fruit spread imaginable.

Make Your Own Applesauce

When you start seeing the apple bushels at the market, you know it's prime time for applesauce. Pass on the jarred stuff and whip up a batch of your own. It's easy (we promise), and you won’t believe the delicious difference.

Make Your Own Granola

Granola is the classic healthy food, right? Not exactly. Many packaged granola mixes are drowning in sugar, fat and calories, but don't worry -- there are ways to work it into a healthy diet, especially when you make your own.