Faux Nutella Recipe

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’m addicted to Nutella.  Just leave me alone with my own jar of that creamy, dreamy, chocolatey deliciousness and a great, big spoon, and I’m happy.  But, let’s face it. Nutella isn’t exactly considered a health food.  It contains gobs of sugar and smaller amounts of some yucky stuff like palm oil and artificial vanilla flavoring, whatever that is.  In light of my obsession, I can live with that.  But, considering how much Nutella actually consume, I thought I should maybe look into some other options.  

When I was visiting Portland last month, I picked up a few bags of hazelnuts at the farmers market.  Did you know that Oregon is the number one producer of hazelnuts in the United States?  I had no idea!   Anyway, I decided to use some of them to make my own chocolate-hazelnut spread, aka faux Nutella.   There are a slew of different recipes floating around the web, but the one I liked best came from the Encyclopédie du Chocolat via David Lebovitz’s site.  The reason that I chose it was because it didn’t call for any processed sugar, oils or additional fats, which was what I was trying to avoid.

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I did change some things around, though.  Instead of a mix of hazelnuts and almonds, I used only hazelnuts.  I cut the amount of honey in the original recipe down by one tablespoon, and used nonfat dry milk because I couldn’t find the whole milk kind.  I altered the proportion of milk and dark chocolate, and also added a few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  It was fantastic -  rich and creamy, with an intense, but not bitter, chocolate flavor.   I am officially in love!

Although there are several steps involved in making this faux Nutella, they are all pretty quick and easy to do.    First, you have to toast the hazelnuts and rub off their skins.  Then you have to grind them as finely as you can.  After that, you add ribbons of melted chocolate, followed by the rest of the ingredients.

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The mixture that you end up with is very thin.  David warns about this in his post.  But, he also says that the spread thickens up nicely after being chilled for a few hours – which it does.  You also may find it to be a little bit grainy.  The original recipe does say to strain the mixture, but I didn’t – and I thought it was fine.  If you are bugged by it, by all means, strain away.

We’ve been enjoying this spread in lots of different ways, but I’ve become infatuated with it sandwiched in between two vanilla wafers.  It’s the perfect little bite!

So, go ahead and indulge in this guilty pleasure, with a little less guilt, by making your own faux Nutella.  I am!

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20 responses to Faux Nutella Recipe

  1. On October 06, 2011 at 1:44pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Looks good to me. I would likely eat more Nutella if it werent’ so full of hydrogenated fats and the like. I have read in Italy they sell a less processed version that is a bit grainier than what we eat in the US. At my local farmer’s market there is a booth that sells homemade nut butters and they do a pretty decent chocolate-hazelnut butter, but it’s not quite Nutella.

    This sounds like a really good compromise. I would be almost afraid to make it though because I would eat the whole thing in one sitting.

    • On October 07, 2011 at 8:55am, Susan said...

      Yes. It is definitely too easy to just eat the whole jar. I really had to restrain myself! :)

  2. On October 06, 2011 at 3:36pm, Yolanda said...

    I am so glad I found this post while researching for work on your Full on Oregon experience. Here is what I just posted yesterday about Nutella and it’s current ad campaign…
    I am sick of Nutella commercials….Nutella is a tasty hazelnut spread that contains quality ingredients such as skim milk and a hint of cocoa. Nutella® spread on whole wheat bread, or any multigrain product, with orange juice or skim milk is a good combination for a balanced breakfast that the entire family will enjoy. Nutella contains no artificial colors or preservatives. EXCEPT look at what the first two ingredient are…ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.

    THANKS FOR A HEALTHIER VERSION!

    • On October 07, 2011 at 8:58am, Susan said...

      While I will always love the original, this is a good alternative if you’re looking to avoid the processed sugars. Using organic ingredients, if you can, makes it even better.

  3. On October 06, 2011 at 3:39pm, tia said...

    looks great!
    i have always wanted to try making my own nutella.

  4. On October 06, 2011 at 4:25pm, Lighty said...

    Any guesses on how this will work with oj instead of milk, and with no milk powder? Need a nondairy version…

    • On October 07, 2011 at 9:01am, Susan said...

      Hmmm. I really don’t think that OJ would work at all. You could try using soy or almond milk instead. I don’t know if there is a powdered milk alternative, but I have seen recipes without it. You could just leave it out and see what happens.

  5. On October 06, 2011 at 5:40pm, LizAndrsn said...

    My first thought was shame on you for making all that deliciousness and being 3000 miles to the southeast of me.

    But I really couldn’t say and type that with a straight face!

    Cheers to your creation!

    • On October 07, 2011 at 9:01am, Susan said...

      :D

  6. On October 07, 2011 at 6:27am, Katrina said...

    Everything about this is lovely. I heart Nutella.

  7. On October 07, 2011 at 6:43am, bellini said...

    My favourite way with Nutella is straight off the spoon, and the homemade kind would be no exception..although it is really good as a topping for brownies:D

    • On October 07, 2011 at 9:02am, Susan said...

      Wow! What a great idea! :)

  8. On October 07, 2011 at 11:59am, The Food Hunter said...

    I’ve got the same addiction! I’ve never had it between vanilla wafers..but I must try soon….it sounds like it would be a great combo.

  9. On October 08, 2011 at 7:39pm, ciaochowlinda said...

    I love nutella, but I have a friend who is a real nutella addict. I would love to make this for her as a gift.

  10. On October 09, 2011 at 11:48am, Erin @ The Speckled Palate said...

    Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot tell you HOW LONG it has been since I had Nutella or anything like this. And now? I’m definitely going to be making this homemade version because it sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing!

  11. On October 09, 2011 at 7:34pm, MaryBeth said...

    Oh how yummy is this..I will have to make this one for sure!

  12. On October 10, 2011 at 11:06am, Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

    Yum! I’ve always wanted to know how to make this from scratch. It looks yummy!

  13. On October 11, 2011 at 10:24am, Women clothing fashion said...

    That looks so delicious! Yum!

  14. On October 14, 2011 at 4:12pm, Jan said...

    I love Nutella too! I like to add salted nuts into the jar and eat with a spoon and I also like to dip biscotti cookies into it as well. Yum!!! Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely try it.

  15. On October 23, 2011 at 3:19am, Women tops said...

    That looks really good.

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