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homemade paleo nutella

I went on a mission to create a healthier version of the fan-favorite chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella.

A little history on Nutella: due to chocolate rationing during World War II, Nutella was invented by an Italian man to extend the life of what chocolate was available by blending it with the highly plentiful hazelnut. Nutella became a relatively healthy food staple for children as it was disguised as a chocolate spread.

Our generation loves Nutella. It makes regular appearances on the dessert menu at restaurants and has become a pantry essential for spread on fruits or addition to dessert smoothies. Store-bought Nutella is packed with sugar and milk –not ideal for a food you regularly consume.

Hazelnuts, however, are packed full of great nutrients. They contain great poly and monounsaturated fats that can help protect against heart disease; they are a great source for doxorubicin, which some studies say can help prevent cataracts; and they contain phytochemicals that can improve circulation and promote brain health.

It’s very simple to make and keeps well in an airtight container.

The recipe below is NOT sweet. If you will miss the sweet Nutella flavor, you can add 1 or 2 tsp of Truvia.

Approximate Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1 Tbl

Makes 16 servings (1 cup total)

61 Calories; 6g Fat; 1.3g Saturated Fat; 1.3g Protein; 0.4g Sugar

homemade paleo nutella

Makes 16 Servings (1 Tbl each)


1 cup raw shelled hazelnuts

1 Tbl virgin coconut oil

1 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy. Store in an airtight container.


Time: 5 minutes

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. I made homemade nutella as a Christmas gift for my office this year and used this recipe:

    It was tasty and sweet. Do you have trouble shelling your hazelnuts? I roasted mine and then scrubbed them with towels until the towels were brown but some of the shells just wouldn’t budge, hence a grainy-ish spread.

    April 3, 2012
    • For added nutrients, I used them raw and did not take off the skin that was left. I bought them as you see in the pictures above. Though shelling does sound like an adventure!

      April 3, 2012
  2. Definitely trying this one. Just the other day, I was thinking a little nutella would be good on my apple.

    April 3, 2012
  3. looks amazing – gonna try cause my kids lov the spread!

    April 3, 2012
  4. Chikachef #

    I have never liked the flavor of roasted hazelnuts – and Nutella being one. Hazelnuts are extremely enjoyable raw. I have many recipes that call for Nutella that I will now attempt, because of this recipe. Thanks!

    April 3, 2012
  5. Love that there’s no added sugar!! gotta try this soon 🙂

    April 3, 2012

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