Homemade Nutella

Nutella is a guilty pleasure, and one that does not make an appearance all that often at our house.  To be honest, I do not think I have ever bought a container of it.  Usually we enjoy it when we are wandering the streets of Paris.  It is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up while jaunting around town, in and out of museums or shops.

We have two very good friends who make Nutella.  Megan stuffs her homemade Nutella between sheets of buttery pastry dough to create pop tarts.  Danielle, surprises her friends with sweet little pots of Nutella during the holidays.  Ever since, we first tasted their versions, I have talked about making it at home;  but, never have.  Until now.   National Nutella Day, is today, and I could not think of a better recipe to make than homemade Nutella.  This sweet treat would also be perfect for your Valentine!  I know a few of ours will be getting it.

After doing some research, I found that this sticky but delicious journey would be easy to make as well as pleasurable.  Nutella was first created in the 1940s during a chocolate shortage.  A pastry maker by the name of Pietro Ferrero stretched chocolate by thinning out his recipes with the addition of ground hazelnuts.  It became Europe’s “peanut butter”.  If, Nutella did not have such a high sugar content, the nutritional value would be very similar to peanut butter.  The fat comes from the hazelnuts, which is healthier than that double cheese burger you have been eyeing.  And making it at home gives you more control over what will actually be in your recipe.  Think of this recipe as a healthy version of Nutella.

The problem I have with Nutella is not the nuts nor the chocolate, but rather, the extraordinary amount of sugar that most recipes call for.  Don’t get me wrong, I like sweets, just not over sugary sweets, which I find Nutella is.  When I started out developing our Nutella recipe, I knew this would be the first area I would cut.  Most recipes call for powdered sugar and large amounts of it.  I decided to use unrefined sugar in small amounts.  I didn’t want the chocolate to over power the roasted hazelnuts, so I used a minimal amount of cocoa powder.  The cocoa nibs were added for texture.  As well I wanted our recipe to be a bit different, so I added cherry-wood smoked sea salt, and a small amount of roasted hazelnut oil to give the Nutella more depth.  It shined!

Why haven’t I attempted this sooner?  This recipe is so easy and so sultry you will also be wondering why you haven’t made it at home.  Besides enjoying it with merely a spoon, we enjoy a dab of Nutella on slices of baguette with a small sprinkle of Maldon salt.  Or simply wrapped in eggy crepes;  just like street food in Paris.

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  1. Oh my goodness gracious!! I wish I had a pot of this to have made my macarons craquelés this weekend. Next year, I promise to make my own macarons. Gorgeous!!!

  2. Or even *my own Nutella!* Sorry am in a sugar coma after all my sweet treats right now!

  3. Oh I how I love Megan’s homemade nutella pop tarts…I dream about those things! I’ve never made nutella either…perhaps it’s time to start. Beautiful, Denise!

  4. Yum, that sounds both delicious and easy, we have stopped eating sugar in our house and my daughter really misses nutella. I am going to try this with glucose powder

  5. Sandra, please let me know how that works out. I am excited to know that we can make nutella with less sugar. Your daughter as a taste-tester is a great addition; kids love nutella!

  6. Love your adjustments, and even the texture looks lovely; some homemade Nutella recipes don’t appeal to me for that reason, but this one is right on ;) Thx for sharing!

  7. Thanks so much for mentioning my Nutella Chunk cookies!

  8. You nutella looks fantastic! I’ve made it several times before, but I love the idea of using smoked sea salt and hazelnut oil to accentuate the flavor. Completely agree though, the homemade stuff ruins you for the overly sweet store bought version!

  9. A 9yo girl has requested crepes this weekend, so I think I’ll be making this homemade nutella to go with them. Mmmm!!! (Confession: we are indeed out of nutella in the house. Very sad.)

  10. thank you for the mention… and wow! this really makes me say “spread the love!” love the natural wholesome aspect of the chocolate spread, something that really entices me in these days!

  11. I didn’t realize it was so easy to make. Your version sounds heavenly. Thanks for linking to my Chocolate Nutella Caramel Filled Cookies!

  12. wow, so easy! I love that your recipe doesn’t contain loads of sugar. Daughter loves Nutella and is getting into baking a little, we’ll have to make this into a little project for the kitchen.

  13. I made it! I had to do a few tweaks, because of ingredients that I didn’t have. I’m assuming that your recipe would have more depth of flavour than mine did. I put in too much cocoa powder (because I didn’t have cocoa nibs), this meant the flavour was too rich for my daughter. And I had to use double the amount of dextrose powder than sugar (probably to counter having too much cocoa powder). I have put a photo on my blog. I love it, for me this is a grown up treat. And so much better than the real thing. I think my daughter might like it tomorrow now she knows that it is not the kind of flavour she was expecting. Thanks for a great recipe!


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