One of my favorite treats growing up was Nutella. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate and hazelnut, especially in a thick and creamy spread. But regular Nutella contains animal products in the form of milk powder so it's a no-go for vegans.
Enter this homemade vegan nutella recipe. It tastes as good as the real deal, using natural ingredients and without dairy or palm oil.
This chocolate hazelnut spread is divine slathered on top of crusty sourdough bread (my favorite way), on top of dessert pizza, or as a ganache topping for vegan desserts. You can dollop it on dairy-free ice cream, or quite frankly eat it straight from the jar!
📖 Recipe Overview
- Easy to make.
- Uses just 7 simple ingredients.
- Eggless and dairy-free, and gluten-free.
- Can be adapted as refined sugar-free.
📝 Ingredients needed
As promised, you just need 7 ingredients to make the best homemade vegan Nutella recipe! Here's what to grab:
- Dark Chocolate: You'll want good quality dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips for this homemade Nutella recipe. I recommend chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. If want to make this vegan nutella refined sugar-free, go for sugar-free chocolate, or one sweetened with coconut sugar.
- Hazelnut Butter: You can either make this at home, or you can use store-bought hazelnut butter. Either way, use one that is 100% hazelnuts without added oil or sugar.
- Coconut Milk: Thick canned coconut milk gets super creamy and set when chilled. This makes it perfect for recreating that classic thick original nutella consistency.
- Cocoa Powder: For an intense chocolate flavor use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, or for a more natural chocolate flavor you can use raw cacao powder.
- Pure Maple Syrup: This not only sweetens this vegan hazelnut spread, but it also helps with consistency. So don't be tempted to swap it out with granulated sugar. You can use agave syrup in place of maple syrup if preferred.
- Vanilla extract: This adds another layer of flavor to the vegan chocolate spread, as well as enhances the sweetness of the recipe.
- Sea salt: Salt enhances the flavors of desserts and pairs particularly well with chocolate recipes.
🥣 How To Make Vegan Nutella
Find the complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.
(1) Blend The Ingredients
Simply add all of the ingredients apart from the dark chocolate to a high-speed blender or food processor. In this case, that's the hazelnut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Blend for a few minutes until the ingredients are completely smooth and creamy.
(2) Melt The Chocolate
I always add melted chocolate separately when blending ingredients as it has a tendency to make the mixture super thick which can put a bit of strain on your blender.
Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie (double boiler) and add it to the blender with the other ingredients.
(3) Combine & Blend All Of The Ingredients
Now blend again until the melted chocolate has completely mixed through with the other ingredients in the blender. To get an ultra-smooth vegan chocolate spread, this can take a few minutes, so be patient :).
This is an optional step, as you can enjoy this dairy-free Nutella straight from the blender at room temperature (with a big spoon!). I usually chill the chocolate spread in a jar for a few hours as it will set and become thick and super creamy.
🌰 How to Make Hazelnut Butter
If you've never made nut butter from scratch before you'll be surprised at how simply it comes together, and you probably won't want to stop at just this hazelnut butter.
You can easily make a homemade version of hazelnut butter in just a few steps:
- Roast 1 cup of regular raw hazelnuts at 180ºC for 10 minutes. If you bought skinless hazelnuts you can skip forward to step 3.
- Place the hazelnuts on a clean kitchen towel and rub them vigorously until the skins fall off.
- Add the skinless roasted hazelnuts to a food processor or high-speed blender until they form a smooth butter consistency. This will take anywhere between 10-15 minutes depending on your equipment. Frequently scrape down the edges of the jug using a spatula in between blends.
🥞 Ways to Use Dairy-Free Nutella
- Slathered on crusty bread, a bagel, or crackers.
- As a chocolate dip for fruit and berries.
- Frosting for vegan cupcakes, brownies, or cakes.
- Over vegan pancakes, crepes, or waffles.
- To flavor smoothies, overnight oats, and oatmeal.
- Straight from the jar with a spoon!
Store your homemade nutella in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator. It will keep well in the fridge for a week or so, and at room temperature for 3 days.
You can enjoy it straight from the fridge for a thick buttery consistency or at room temperature if you prefer a creamier softer spread. For the best consistency and to lengthen the shelf life of your vegan chocolate spread, I recommend storing it in the fridge and taking it out to sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
You can actually make a version of this vegan nutella without hazelnuts by swapping in peanut butter, almond butter, or another nut butter of your fancy.
To make a nut-free chocolate spread, use sunflower butter or tahini. You can make your own version of seed butter using sunflower seeds or sesame seeds.
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- 100 g (3.53 oz) vegan dark chocolate
- 240 g (1 cup) hazelnut butter
- 280 g (9.88 oz) full-fat canned coconut milk, or coconut cream, *see recipe notes
- 120 ml (0.5 cups) pure maple syrup
- 30 g (⅓ cup) unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder, or raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) sea salt
- Finely chop the chocolate and add it to a heat-resistant bowl. Place the bowl on top of a saucepan that is about ¼ ways filled with simmering water (bain-marie). Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula every so often to melt it evenly.
- Add the hazelnut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for a couple of minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Add the melted chocolate to the blender and blend again for a few minutes until you have a thick and creamy spread.
- Transfer the chocolate spread to airtight jars or a container and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving for a thick spread consistency. Alternatively, you can serve it immediately at room temperature for a creamy spread.
- Store your homemade nutella in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator. It will keep well in the fridge for a week or so, and at room temperature for 3 days. For the best consistency and to lengthen the shelf life of your vegan chocolate spread, I recommend storing it in the fridge and taking it out to sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
- Chilled coconut milk: Refrigerate the cans of coconut milk overnight, then use only the thick cream from the top of the can. This recipe will use between 1-2 x 400ml cans of coconut milk, depending on which brand you use as they all yield varying amounts of cream.
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