Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

by Holly on October 7, 2009

As promised, here is the recipe for the homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread I used in the Split Level Pudding from the other day. The texture of the homemade spread is rougher than Nutella, but, as much as this may come as sacrilege to the legions of Nutella lovers out there, I think the flavor is worlds better. After tasting the homemade stuff, and then tasting the Nutella again, honestly, I couldn’t taste the chocolate or the hazelnut as much as the additives in it. Plus, there is the added benefit of using really good chocolate that you love. If you want a smoother texture, just be less impatient than me and process the mixture for a bit longer. The mixture was also fairly runny when it was warm and took a while to set up into the thicker texture. (You can see the thinner texture below).

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and peeled
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 ounces good quality milk chocolate, chopped and melted
To toast and peel the hazelnuts, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toast the hazelnuts in one layer on a baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes, until browned and the skins are slightly blistered. Wrap them in a clean tea towel and rub continuously for a few minutes to remove the loose skin. Not all the skin will loosen enough to come off, just do your best and that’s fine. Let the hazelnuts cool before grinding.
To melt the chocolate, chop it into small pieces. Place a heat proof bowl over barely simmering water (not deep enough to touch the bottom of the bowl) in a medium saucepan – about 1 inch should do it. Stir the chocolate a few times and let it melt slowly. Once it is mostly melted, remove it from the heat and let the residual heat finish melting the rest of the chocolate.
Grind the hazelnuts well in a food processor to make a paste. Add the oil, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla and continue processing. Add the melted chocolate and blend well. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, to remove any large nut pieces. The mixture will be thin and a little warm. Pour it into a jar and let it cool and thicken slightly. The spread keeps for a month in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Delicious in crepes with some bananas!
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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Beryl October 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

Nutella is my crack. I always justify buying it to bake with but usually end up just eating it out of the jar. Now I'm in serious trouble.

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Maria October 8, 2009 at 12:39 am

I have to make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I am going to become addicted!

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Jess October 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

I've never thought about making my own nutella – this looks way better than the jarred stuff! I must try this.

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Jessie October 8, 2009 at 1:33 am

this is seriously far better than nutella itself!

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Pamela October 8, 2009 at 1:47 am

Oh, my!! This looks incredible.

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Erin October 8, 2009 at 1:49 am

Oh yum! I am definitely going to have to try this!

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Sue Sparks October 8, 2009 at 1:51 am

Isn't the homemade version SO good! More hazelnutty tasting:) I got a recipe from the L.A. times a few months ago and loved it! Yours looks awesome!

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Aparna October 8, 2009 at 2:02 am

Looks lovely. Home made spreads are always better.
Its funny I can find Nutella here (its expensive) but not hazelnuts so I'm doomed to store bought stuff! 🙂
I shall try this with other nuts.

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Manggy October 8, 2009 at 2:34 am

Oh, with respect to the flavor I have no doubt! Nutella is waxy cos of the hydrogenated vegetable oil, ew! This looks worlds better 🙂 And you have two jars, awesome! 😉

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Katrina October 8, 2009 at 3:04 am

Oh my goodness, some how your blog stopped coming to my reader and I'm SOOO behind on reading all I want to. But I LOVEEEEE Nutella and actually tried making it once with a totally different recipe and it was kinda horrible. Now I can't WAITTTT to go get me some more hazelnuts because I will make this. 😉

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doughmesstic October 8, 2009 at 3:45 am

Holy CRAP! I was going to post this tomorrow. Different recipe, but still Homemade Nutella. Great minds think alike, they REALLY do! What are the chances??
Now I will wait a few days. 🙂

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kamailesfood October 8, 2009 at 4:32 am

Oooh…Nutella is so good! I might have to make this for Christmas gifts.

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truestarr October 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

just a simple and very much to the point "Yu-ummm".

thank you…

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Engineer Baker October 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Um, I'd like that crepe. NOW. I've made homemade Nutella before, and you're right on – it's sooo much better than the storebought stuff.

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vibi October 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I'm so glad to have found your recipe. I tried some homa made Nutella not long ago… and it turned out to be a disaster, I lost all those great hazelnuts. I hope this one works well… for I'm still beaten up by the other one.

Thanks for sharing!

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Dolce October 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

OMG! My own "Nutella"… I am definitely trying this this week-end!

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Deanna October 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Ohhh, this looks so good. There are so many different things racing through my mind right now that I would LOVE to top with this spread!

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Dolce October 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

(there is no way this will last for a month though… I will have eaten it well before…)

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Snooky doodle October 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

oh I love nutella. I m eager to know the taste of this Hazelnut spread. Yummy much more healtier 🙂

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Danielle Mahoney October 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm

This looks amazing I can't wait to try it

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Barbara Bakes October 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Your banana hazelnut crepe sounds fabulous!

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Michelle October 9, 2009 at 3:11 am

Scrumptious…absolutely scrumptious!

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Dolce October 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I made it, I made it!!! I could not wait any longer. OMG this is so GOOD!!!! Thank you so much… I have to blog it now… And will have a link to your post when I do so 🙂

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culinography October 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Ohhhhh…. how did I miss this? Nutella may well be my favorite thing on earth. This one's getting bookmarked!

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Katrina October 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I made it, I made it, too! Fantastic! Love it. It has more hazelnut flavor and is perfect! Thank you, Holly! As I mentioned, I, like others, made a different recipe and wasted 3 cups of hazelnuts! And the only chocolate was cocoa. Not good.
THIS is good! I'm enjoying a little drizzle over some yogurt with bananas and granola right now! Mmm.

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Peabody October 11, 2009 at 9:31 am

Oh have mercy…homemade Nutella. Very dangerous.

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pinkstripes October 12, 2009 at 12:39 am

OH my, that crepe is outrageous.

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Carrian October 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm

oh sweet mercy, you would have something incredible on here. I can't wait to make this and gift it to our neighbors and keep 50 jars for ourselves!

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Sophie October 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

Your home made nutella looks so good!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful even!! Lovely to give as a gift too,…

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Erin October 28, 2009 at 3:06 am

That looks amazing!

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