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18 June, 2014

Homemade Nutella with activated hazelnuts

Comments : 26 Posted in : condiments, Gluten free baking on by : apsara Tags: , , , , ,


A few weeks ago, I got a bag of raw hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s. The first recipe that comes to mind is homemade Nutella. Interestingly, I have never bought Nutella from the store, but I do love Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Most people say that the flavor of the nuts is so much better in the homemade version of Nutella, and it can be made healthy! When Frankie’s feast posted her beautiful Nutella recipe, it motivated me to take out my hazelnuts from the fridge and work on it.

Ever since I learned about the benefits of soaking nuts, I have been doing it religiously, with all nuts that I have in my pantry. These are the reasons:

 Soaking makes nuts and seeds more easily digestible (removes enzyme inhibitors and phytates) and hence makes nutrients more available.

Recipe adapted from chocolate covered katie 

Method to activate and roast the nuts: Soak 6-8 hours or overnight in water, drain and let it dry in a colander for a few hours. During this time, discard bad hazelnuts. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 8-9 minutes, stirring a couple of times in between (I used a Pyrex glass dish). Cool on a dry cloth towel and rub to remove any remaining skin.


roasted hazelnuts- 1 3/4 cup

unsweetened cocoa powder- 1/4 cup

pure maple syrup- 1/2 cup

vanilla extract- 1 1/2 tbsp.

salt- 1/4 tsp.


1. Blend hazelnuts till it turns into nut meal. A Vitamix works best to get a smooth consistency

2. Add the other ingredients and blend as smooth as possible.

3. Store in the fridge! (Store-bought Nutella is so processed and loaded with sugar that it can be stored outside, but this will go bad in 3 days if stored outside).


26 thoughts on : Homemade Nutella with activated hazelnuts

  • June 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    This looks delicious! And great idea soaking the nuts!!

    • June 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      thank you, Frankie. Your post really inspired me. 🙂

  • June 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Soaking the nuts,….I totally need to start doing that! Love Nutella by the way! 🙂

    • June 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      I can notice the difference after soaking, and I hope you do too! 🙂

      • June 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        I will definitely try it!

    • June 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      It is, although I am not able to compare with the original, I have never tasted store-bought Nutella. 🙂

  • June 19, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Homemade that’s awesome…I have never thought soaking nuts and using it is much better, that’s a great piece of information 🙂

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

      thanks, Malar. 🙂

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

      I’m happy you like it! 🙂

  • June 19, 2014 at 3:39 am

    wow! I’m here after a very long time…. and am thoroughly enjoying it with your homemade nutella…. this is making me go nuts…

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

      ha ha, like your pun!

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  • June 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Apsara,this is simply awesome! My kids love nutella and now I can make it homemade for them. i am surely going to try this! thanks!

    • June 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      you’re welcome, Indu. Making this was easier than I thought. Except for removing the rancid nuts, I hope you find good hazelnuts to try this out.

  • June 20, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Yum yum yummm! I love soaking my nuts too for home-made nut & seeds milks! Ooh yes! Your home-made nutella is better then the real thing, so much healthier too! x

    • June 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

      thank you, Sophie. xx

  • June 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Love the recipe, Apsara! I am all in for home-made spreads.

    • June 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      me too. I need to try your recipe for peanut butter soon!

  • maarten
    April 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    in the left picture there are some more dark aura’s too… that is not rancidity?

    • apsara
      April 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      On the left are the ones that tasted good. They are distinctly different from the ones on the right

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