Homemade Nutella

January 4, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Makes: approximately 2 cups


To roast and peel the hazelnuts:

  • 1 1/4 cups hazelnuts
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda

To make the nutella:

  • 1 1/4 cups hazelnuts, roasted and peeled
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons confectionery sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread the hazelnuts out on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5.
  2. When hazelnuts have finished roasting, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. (The water will fizz up when the baking soda is added to be sure to choose a large enough pot.) Prepare a separate bowl of cool water and set aside on the counter. Once the water on the stovetop is boiling, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, followed by the hazelnuts. Boil for 3 minutes, drain, then add the hazelnuts to the bowl of cool water. Peel hazelnuts and discard skins.
  3. Blend hazelnuts in a food processor or blender until they form a thick, smooth paste. This should take approximately 5 minutes. It will be crumbly at first but the crumbs will begin to come together to form a butter. Add the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and extract. Continue to blend until smooth (approximately 1 to 2 minutes).
  4. Melt together chocolates and heavy cream in a double boiler, until a smooth ganache forms. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Once ganache has cooled slightly, add it to the food processor or blender and blend until just combined (around 15 seconds). Transfer to jars and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. (The nutella will firm up slightly in the fridge, so let it sit out at room temp for approximately 30 minutes to soften the consistency.)

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Reviews (8) Questions (1)

8 Reviews

Lorrie December 14, 2017
Just made a double batch for christmas gifts without testing it first or reading comments. Mine separated too. Maybe it was oil from cream or butter. Bummer.
M W. July 28, 2014
Just made this and it tastes great but there is a lot of separation and oil (I presume from nuts as there is no oil in recipe). Is this normal?
Renee April 16, 2014
Came out as a chunky mess. Oil separated from the rest once I put it in the blender. Tried to see if blending it longer would help, and it killed my Vitamix. So not worth it.
CFrance July 27, 2014
There is no oil in this recipe.
Renee July 28, 2014
The oil separates from the nuts. It's the oil in the nuts-not any added oil-that I am talking about.
Marjani March 5, 2014
Do you have any other suggestions on how to blend the hazelnuts ? I don't have a food processor and my nutribullet isn't that powerful
Carlos January 26, 2014
I just made the recipe. Excellent taste not to sweet not to bitter, the only thing I had trouble with was during the hazelnut processing, they would not stick together to make a paste, I just continued on and had a happy ending ;) thanks a lot.
Liz January 12, 2014
I am living in Europe at the moment, absolutely love Nutella, but even here find it too sweet. Will be making this very soon.