Homemade Vegan Nutella

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I went a little crazy with the hazelnuts.  I just had some left over from my Vegan No Bake Nutella Bites and my Vegan Nutella Granola.  Store bought Nutella is loaded with unhealthy ingredients and it’s so easy to make it yourself.  Plus, now vegans can enjoy it too!  This makes me so happy because I grew up eating Nutella.  My mom is German and we always had it in our house.  This little spread opens my mind to all kinds of yummy recipes to create in the future.  Stay tuned!

Homemade Vegan Nutella

Homemade Vegan Nutella

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Homemade Vegan Nutella


  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2-3 T milk (Or more depending on how thick/thin you want it.  I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla bean


  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Toast the hazelnuts for about 10 minutes. 
  • Remove shells for a smoother texture. You can easily remove them by rubbing them in between your palms. 
  • In a food processor,pulse the nuts into a powder.
  • Then add all the remaining ingredients and mix until a paste forms.

Feel free to add a bit more milk if you think it’s too thick. Just add a bit at a time. This recipe makes a pretty small batch so feel free to double it. Store in the fridge. I would imagine it to keep for a couple of weeks. That is, if it lasts that long!


188 thoughts on “Homemade Vegan Nutella

  1. My daughter fell in love with Nutella while in Europe this summer singing with a chorale group. (I have been telling her it was heavenly for ages…but she had to go to Europe to “listen”.) But, you are right that the Nutella in the stores is full of stuff that’s not good, so I’ll be trying this.

    I imagine this can be food processed until really smooth if we tried. Correct? She’d prefer the smooth texture if I am to convert her from her European addiction.

          1. Melissa, Jill; I used about a teaspoon (no more than that) of vanilla extract and came out just pure perfection :) no hint of alcohol

    1. When I make it, I keep the food proccessor going until it makes the hazlenuts into a butter…then I slowly add the vanilla, almond milk, maple syrup, and coco…and it’s just like real nutella consistency. HEAVEN!! :)

          1. Bed Bath and Beyond now carries the Vitamix and you can use their 20% coupon. They sell it online but if you go to the store they will order it for you, give you the 20% off and free shipping.

        1. how long do you blend for in the vitamix and what level? i have one and a food processor but with the vitamix i don’t want to make it too runny.

          1. I have the Vitamix with the variable levels. I start out slow to grind the nuts first. Then I add the rest of the ingredients with a small amount of milk. Then I add a little more milk until I get a consistency I like.

        2. How do you get every drop back out of your Vitamix? I hate making thick things in mine as I always feel like I lose a tablespoon of the recipe!

  2. This looks delicious. I just might have to try it. We have a nut allergies but I do enjoy Nutella (when I used to eat it).

    1. Thanks! It really does taste similar to Nutella. Just a bit less sweet since I only used a small amount of sweetener. :)

    1. I would suggest using almond or even hazelnut milk. If you get the vanilla flavor that would work well too.

  3. And if we process the hazelnuts until they become a paste (like we do with peanut butter) the texture would be almos the same too! Cool! I’ll try this!

  4. I love your blog. I found you via Facebook. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

    I made this yesterday using organic 1% milk. I got it to the consistency of a think pudding. It turned out phenomenal! Not as sweet, but still very tasty.

  5. I love your blog. I found you via Facebook. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

    I made this yesterday using organic 1% milk. I got it to the consistency of a thick pudding. It turned out phenomenal! Not as sweet, but still very tasty.

      1. What about golden syrup? Would that work? By the way I recently found your blog and it’s so great, I loved your german chocolate bites, have made them so many time!!

      2. I’ve used honey and it turns out great! I usually add Stevia to this as well…we like our nutella sweeter…but we don’t need the extra sugar.

          1. what brand of stevia did you find that did not have the aftertaste? was there really no aftertaste?! I avoid stevia due to this reason :(

  6. My son is going to be so excited! Nutella was the hardest thing for him and all of us really to give up when we started eating no GMO’s! Thank you! I cannot wait to get the ingredients and try this out. :)

  7. I was thrown off by the vegan title when there is milk in there but glad the other options will work. So very excited and appreciate the recipe!

  8. This looks amazing! I missed Nutella while I was vegan, but I never did find a good substitute. I stuck with peanut butter on my toast instead, but this sounds like the perfect vegan version!

  9. My family has just started clean eating about a month ago. My seven and four yr old boys have missed Nutella something awful!! We are ALL thrilled that u shared this recipe so we can still enjoy this heavenly treat! Thank u so much for being so generous with your recipes:)

  10. Nutella is something my children love like if they could have it every day they would. I love your homemade recipe and can’t wait to make it. I’m super excited because I have all the ingredients! Will let you know how it goes :)

    1. I hope you like it! Remember you can add more milk if you want it a little runnier. I made mine kinda thick. :)

    1. I am not familiar with a Nutribullet. If you thin it out, it may work? I imagine a Nutribullet is kind of like a magic bullet? I used to have one of those, but it had a hard time with recipes like this.

    1. I used cocoa powder, but cacao may work as well. I used a brand from Sprout’s. The only ingredient in it is cocoa powder.

  11. Can you use a different kind of nut? I live in Tokyo and have a hard time coming by the hazelnuts, but we eat a lot of nutella so I need to get the healthy kind/home made kind in the family.

  12. I was wondering since you are grinding the hazelnuts into a powder if using leftover almond meal from making almond milk would “work”. I know it would not be that nutella flavor but do you think it would make a chocolate almond butter? When I get to the store I am going to pick up some hazelnuts to try this but I just don’t want to wait this looks awesome and I have some leftover almond meal :)

  13. I tried to make it and it came out a little grainy. Not smooth like Nutella. I have a small ninja food processor, would that matter? The taste was good but I couldnt convince my fam to make it a nutella substitute because it was not creamy. Any suggestions?

    1. It may have been the blender. I used a Vitamix and it came out very smooth. You could tell it was homemade, but it was not grainy at all. I’m sorry it came out that way for you.

      1. i have a vitamix and was going to ask if that would work. did you mix everything in the vitamix? how did you get it out at the bottom where the blades are? i will try the recipe this weekend. i’m from germany too :)

        1. I have made this in both the Vitamix and the food processor. I like making it in the Vitamix better. Much smoother. I just scraped the bottom every few minutes with a spoon to make sure it was all blended well.

  14. This truly does sound amazing and I’m especially interested in the recipe to make the ice cream but there’s one small problem… I don’t like hazelnuts:( Do you think almonds would work?

  15. I would love to try this recipe. However I don’t own a food processor. Can I use hazelnut meal/flour instead?

    1. You can try with hazelnut meal. If you do, please report the results so I can tell others. Do you have a high powered blender? I have made it in the Vitamix before, but I added more milk to thin it out.

      1. I do have a high powered blender. I will try it both ways then and let you know how it turns out with the hazelnut meal. Thanks so much!

  16. I just wanted to know if the T you have by each ingredient is a table spoon or teaspoon sorry wasn’t sure and want to make sure before I make this.. I’m excited to try..

  17. I am German and love my Nutella. I have bariatric surgery on Monday and looking at this there is something to look forward to a few months after surgery, thanks

  18. I subbed honey for maple syrup and rice milk (the only kind I had) for almond milk. I added a little more milk, because ny ninja blends better when it’s thinner. It turned out smooth and delicious! Thank you!

  19. Which jar did you use on your Vitamix to grind the Hazelnuts? The regular smoothie jar or the dry grains container? I’ve made it with store-bought hazelnut butter so far and it is absolutely delicious!

    1. Hi Brenda! I get my hazelnuts on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/kydhhw4 They are not in a shell, but they do have the outer skin on them. I have made this recipe with and without the skins. If you want to remove the skins, just roast the nuts for about 10 minutes in the oven at 375. When you pull them out, let them cool and the skins should come off easily if you rub the nuts between your hands.

  20. Thanks for the nutella receipe…..MMMMM good…
    Had to stop using the store bought kind a long time ago, because of the milk in the receipe…..

    If your Vitamix only came with one jar, it is the wet jar….You can purchase the dry type from Vitamix….They are expensive….I have a Vitamix and have both jars…..Unless you are going to grind your own grains I don’t think the dry jar is neccessary.

    Love all your receipes…..

  21. Oh yum! I LOVE Nutella. I will definitely try this as I’m always on the lookout for anything with hazelnuts + chocolate, because that’s the best. combo. ever. in my book :) Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will make it and it eat it guilt-free!

  22. Would love to try this, but I don’t own a food processor. I do have an Omega 8006 masticating juicer which has attachments to make nut butters… wonder if I could put the hazelnuts in the Omega and make a butter out of it, then add that to the rest????

  23. When you pulverize the hazelnuts, about how much meal does it make? I have almond meal so I’m going to use that first, but I wanted to know how much dry meal to use. I’m assuming one cup, but I wanted to be sure. Thanks!

  24. As an Italian/Canadian I was brought up with Nutella. It was a staple in our cupboard. Back then it was considered a healthier alternative to butter. However, with that said, we are way more aware of what is in Nutella today and now that I am a Mom I won’t feed it to my children. Thank you for this recipe because knowing what is in my food before I eat it or more importantly serve it to my children is one of my top priorities!

  25. Love your site and every recipe I have tried is wonderful, so look forward to this one too. :) You mentioned in a comment above you will be trying a brand of stevia that doesn’t have an aftertaste. If you do, will you please share with us? I have tried several brands of stevia and just can’t find one that doesn’t taste yucky to me. Thank you!

  26. I just tried this for the first time today – and then I read the comments for how to get a smoother consistency! I’ll give it another try as the texture of today’s batch is a little too “rustic” for us. Maybe part of the problem is my inexpensive Cuisinart food processor, too. Any recommendations in this area would be welcome!

    1. Yes, when I make it in the Cuisinart food processor, it does have a bit of a gritty texture. I now make it in my Vitamix and it comes out perfectly smooth! I grind the nuts by themselves first and then add in the rest of the ingredients. So if you have a high powdered blender, try that next time. :) Works great! I hope you enjoyed the taste. :)

      1. Yeah, mine came out kind of gritty and thick too in my food processor, but it still tastes good. I can roll it in balls and it sort of became a no-bake cookie type of thing.

        Actually, I think this stuff is just begging to be rolled into balls and soaked in dark rum for the holidays to make rum balls. Sure beats my family’s recipe that involves ground up Nilla wafers and corn syrup!

        1. Oh yum idea on the run balls! I have been making it in the blender ever since and no grit. If you have a blender, try it that way sometime.

  27. Mine turned out almost as if I were making a date paste? Any way I can fix it? I added a lot more milk and it just kept turning into a thicker paste.

    1. Really? I’m sorry it came out that way. Did you use a food processor or blender? I have used both and found that the blender works better. I have a Vitamix. IT comes out much more like actual Nutella that way.

      1. Okay I did use a processor. I’ll try a blender. Do you know what I can do to fix it? Add more cocoa and milk or would that ruin it? I made it to use in your overnight oats recipe.

  28. Melissa, this “Nutella” is extraordinaire!!! So, I decided to make it in order to make the coconut Nutella cups. That was 5 days ago and the spread seems to be going down at a rapid speed!!!:) I don’t know that I will have enough to use for the cups, but it is just soooo delicious on it’s own! Thank you for your sharing your recipes :) I have family members that will find jars with this yummy spread in their Christmas stockings!

    1. Awesome Claudita! I am so happy you like it! The cups are good too. You may just have to make a second batch for those. ;)

  29. What a delicious and versatile recipe. I’ve made this twice in my sm 4 C Fd processor and I varied the method each time. The first time came out chunkier because I misread the instructions and mixed everything at once, but it was surprisingly delicious! The second time I added more homemade almond milk (your recipe of course) and more cocoa powder. This time it was more viscous and I thought I ruined it but OMG! It reminded me of chocolate ganache..delicious on apples and bananas. Thanks for the recipe

  30. I just got done making this and OMG! I cannot believe how good it turned out.. I just purchased a vitamix 6000 and it blended mixture into more of a chocolate mousse/pudding consistency. This is not a bad thing…It is fantastic.
    Actually, in my fridge I have your overnight oats, PB rice crispy treats and blueberry chia jam..All made with Vitamix–definitely worth the investment.
    So thankful for your not-overly complicated, delicious & healthy recipes. Great work!

    1. Lately I have been using Nativas Naturals Cacao powder, but it is slightly bitter. If you use cocoa powder, just look for a brand that only has cocoa powder as an ingredient. Some brands mix it with processed sugar.

  31. I’m wondering if I made a hazelnut butter and added it that way? Nutella is so smooth, my girls might freak out on the texture..

  32. Made this today. Sooooo YUMMY! Both by boys and hubby loved it on cut up bananas. I made a double batch so I can use it in your nutragrain bars too. Your recipes are amazing. Keep up the awesome job!

  33. Do you think I could use walnuts instead? I may be coming a sin by saying this but I really do not like the taste of hazelnut…. :)

    1. Sounds like you may have. Did you use cacao or cocoa powder? Cacao will have a slightly more bitter taste. If you don’t like the taste, you can always add more sweetener and blend again.

  34. Oh My Yum!!! Made this today and it is soooo good! Gave my nutella loving husband a taste and he wasn’t sold that it tasted like his jar nutella, made him taste the jar nutella after this one and it tastes wrong in comparison! Now he’s converted

  35. Will you give me some good advice on where to purchase hazelnuts please? They only time I can find them in stores in my area is at Christmas and then it’s a mixed bag of unshelled nuts. Thank you so much!

    1. I get them at Sprouts, Natural Grocers and Whole Foods year round. I also link the nuts in the post to Amazon if you can’t find them anywhere near you.

  36. Can’t believe it took me this long to make this…. So yummy! Didn’t win the kiddos over with it…. Yet! May have to add in some coconut sugar to help them transition… Thank you! I have the baking bug again. Making the blondes and salted caramel cookies later today…

  37. Hiya Melissa, I made this yesterday and it tastes lovely! But the texture isn’t quite like yours looks! It is very grainy and very crunchy.
    I blended the hazelnuts while they were still warm until they were powdery, like your recipe said. Should I have carried on blending them until they were more like a paste? Do you think it would have been better to let them cool down first? Also – I used 1% regular milk rather than a nut milk. Like I said, the taste is wonderful! It’s just the texture was a little unexpected! Any advice?

      1. No need to apologise! It’s obviously something I did! :)
        You mean toast the hazelnuts for longer? I was so scared of over-doing them that they may have been underdone!! Do you think that is where I went wrong?

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