Homemade Nutella Recipe

The wife, being a chocoholic bar none, commented that I haven’t made any “real desserts” in a while, meaning of course that I haven’t done anything with chocolate. So, to entice you choco-fiends back into the fold, I think it’s time for an oldie but a goodie: crêpes with Nutella and bananas. But since I hate paying for things I can make for a whole lot cheaper, we’ll get the crêpe recipe from here, and we’ll make our Nutella from scratch. Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Nutella

4 ounces toasted, peeled hazelnuts
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces melted milk chocolate

Put hazelnuts and oil into the bowl of a food processor and grind to a smooth paste. Stop the machine and add the remaining ingredients. Start the machine let it run for 3-5 minutes until the spread is as smooth and uniform as possible. Keeps at least a month at room temperature.

The bananas we’ll leave to mother nature.

17 thoughts on “Homemade Nutella Recipe”

  1. Hello Joe!

    Thank YOU for this recipe! It turns out better than described! ^^

    Still, just for my own curiosity, how much does Nutella cost over there? Because here it is quite cheap… Actually, that amount of hazelnuts here is more expensive than a 400 g bottle of Nutella!


    1. Great news, Diogo!

      Nutella isn’t terribly expensive (about $4.50 US for a 400 g jar). The only trouble is it’s not available everywhere. Hence the need for a recipe over here! 😉

      – Joe

  2. Hi Joe,
    Because I have used your site for many baking ideas, and find it to be exceptional and written in both an informative and entertaining manner, i will let you in on a little secret. Use a “meat grinder”!!!
    First with large holes then moving to the smaller ones, mixing with powdered sugar after the first grind. By grinding you release the oils and develop a smooth paste.
    SECRET No. 2: This method is how to make no egg, no cook marzipan! grind the almonds with powdered sugar until it is an nice smooth putty and add a few drops of rose water at the end (if desired)
    Processors are good for flour but not marzipan (or nutella in my opinion) GREAT SITE KEEP IT UP!

    1. Wonderful, Manfred! Thanks so much for sharing your secret.

      I shall employ that this very week!

      In gratitude,

      – Joe

  3. Hi Joe! Hazlenut oil rather than vegetable oil if one has it? Or no? Also, can you sub the hazlenuts for another nut, say almonds? Thanks!

    1. Very interesting idea, Kenny! I’d say all hazelnut oil might make an overly-strong spread, but that’s just a guess. Functionally it will work just fine. I’d say try a 50-50 blend of hazelnut and vegetable oil and see what you think!

      Please get back to me with results!

      – Joe

  4. Granted, it wouldn’t be nutella, but I was curious if one can make it work for certain applications where you would want a different nut

  5. Well I followed this recipe with blanched toasted almonds instead of hazlenuts, and it was delicious. I used 2 tablespoons of canola oil and one of almond oil. I would guess a higher ratio of almond oil would have been too much, and this would probably apply to the original hazlenut version

    1. Fascinating…great experiment and thanks for checking back with me on it!


      – Joe

  6. Has anyone ever tried this with hazelnut meal rather than hazelnuts? I have the former, but not the latter right now.

    1. Hey Stephanie!

      I would think that would work very well. Get back to me on it!


      – Joe

  7. I tried the Nutella recipe last week because i am such a chocoholic. I stopped using Nutella a while ago and switched to a chocolate spread made by Lindt. And when i tried it the first time, i thought ‘ohhh my god. this cannot get any better’. buuuuut now that i tried your Nutella recipe, Joe, the Lindt Version does not taste that good anymore.My Family and I killed the entire spread on one Occasion 😀
    I was fantasizing about a White chocolate almond spread….i like it sweeeeet. do you think i could use your recipe and just replace the regular chocolate with White?
    thank you in advance.


    1. Hello Alessandra!

      I love a success! Thanks for writing in to tell me about it!

      And indeed you can use white chocolate for this if you’re so inclined. It should work very well.

      Let me know how it goes!

      – Joe

      1. Hey Joe,
        it worked out very well. I used solely whole almonds and toasted them in the oven a day before. Next, I used White Toblerone chocolate, because it is my absolute favourite. I am not sure if you are familiar with this brand. In case you are not, if you ever see Toblerone chocolate, you HAVE to purchase it! Your wife will looooove it, as she is such a chocoholic as I am.
        The ‘white’ Nutella turned out so great that my husband almost ate the entire jar the evening I made it. That is definitely a good sign.

        I wanted to thank you again for putting up such a great Website. You have put so much effort and love in it, I really admire that. It helped me in getting started trying out different pastries and even breads. I made your White sandwhich bread already twice and I tried the Baguette as well. Delicious!!!
        Also, I purchased ‘the bread bible’ and ‘the baking bible’, because of your recommendations.
        Further, YOU should definitely write a book or two. I am such a huge fan, I would be the first to purchase an exemplar.
        I will Keep you informed of my baking Progress concerning your recipes.
        Have a great week!


        1. Hey Alessandra!

          I’m so glad to hear that and all your comments are very kind indeed. I’m very happy for all the use you’ve gotten out of the site. I do love doing it (most of the time 😉 ) especially when I get a note like this!

          Regarding a cookbook I confess I’ve thought about it, however there’s no money in them these days. Plus I’d never be able to include all the photos that I’m able to put on the site. And that’s where most of the utility comes from on joepastry.com I think. Don’t worry…it’ll be here whenever you need it. And if you feel like taking recipes and/or photos off of it for your own reference, please feel free to do so. This is not a money making venture! 😉

          Cheers and I’ll buy Mrs. Pastry some Toblerone this week. She’s aware of it and loves it!


          – Joe

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