This healthy Nutella or hazelnut and cocoa spread is a fridge staple that is easy to prepare at home. It’s ideal for your breakfast or a healthy snack. It’s gluten-free and can easily be adapted to a vegan version. It’s perfect to add it to your Healthy Meal Planning or Batch Cooking.

Healthy Nutella in a pot

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How to make a healthy Nutella

To prepare this recipe you will need a food processor, but the instructions are very simple.

  1. Blend the hazelnuts in the processor until they form a cream become creamy.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and turn on the processor again until all the ingredients are well mixed in evenly.
  3. Pour the cream into an airtight glass jar and store it in the fridge.

As you can see the process is very simple and only requires about 20 minutes of your time, from the moment you start measuring the ingredients until when you store the final product.

The result is a delicious healthy hazelnut cream prepared with natural ingredients.

This version consists of equal amounts of cocoa and carob because, personally, I like the sweet touch that the carob adds. If you don’t know what carob is, I have written about it in the Energy Balls recipe post.

Actually, it is not an essential ingredient for the recipe, and if you want, you can replace the carob with cocoa.

However, keep in mind that in that case, your hazelnut cream will have more cocoa flavor, and as a result, it will be more bitter.


Why is this Nutella Healthy

It’s a fruits that has been shown to have beneficial effects on human health (1) and in diseases like heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes (2). It’s rich in fiber and minerals (3)

Thanks to its high content in polyphenols, raw cacao has been shwon to have a beneficial impact on cardiovascular health. It helps to reduce blood pressure and improves vascular function (4) (5).

Its flavonoids content has been shown to be beneficial for the brain in many ways including changing neuron’s morphology, mainly in regions involved in learning and memory (6).

Additionally, their is data suggesting that its flavanol content can play an important role in treating cerebrovascular ischemic syndromes, including dementias and stroke (7).

According to a 2012 study, “the intake of honey as food and medicine resulted in high nutritional benefit and therapeutic promise” and its antioxidant activity has been shown to be present in honeys from seven floral sources (8).

Additionally, in this other study has been shown that “Honey reduces blood lipids, homocysteine, and CRP in normal and hyperlipidemic subjects. Honey compared with dextrose and sucrose caused lower elevation of PGL in diabetics” (9).

When to eat this homemade Nutella

I don’t know about you, but I was addicted to Nutella, literally! I always had a jar at my place, I used to start my day eating Nutella and I consumed it when I was stressed.

When I started to change my lifestyle to a healthier one, Nutella was one of the first foods that I decided to eliminate from my diet.

However, it is always useful to have something sweet in the fridge to be able to satisfy unexpected cravings, especially at snack time.

I often use it for breakfast too and add it to my bowl of oatmeal to add a sweet touch and some healthy fat from the nuts.

You can also serve it as a dessert, or even in a brunch buffet, in a cute mini cocotte accompanied with fruits.

Healthy Nutella for a healthy snack or breakfast

The best way to store this hazelnut spread

Ideally, you should use a glass jar, possibly hermetic, and if you keep it in the fridge it will last about two or three weeks if you don’t finish it before then.

If you prefer to make larger quantities, but don’t want to keep it in the fridge too long, you can also freeze it. I did the experiment once when I went on a trip.

Upon my return, I took it out of the freezer and left it in the fridge. When it finished thawing it was as if it had been in the fridge just for a couple of days.

I also tried the opposite experiment and I kept it in the pantry. It was fall and it lasted about a week. It is clear that the time will vary according to the temperature in your kitchen.

If you would like to take it to work or a picnic, simply store a small amount in a smaller container that fits in your bag.

I did this several times when I was working from a coworking space, I would take a couple of teaspoons in a small container so that, in the middle of the afternoon, I could eat it with some fruit.

Hazelnut and Cocoa Spred for a healthy snack or breakfast

A vegan version of this healthy Nutella

The non-vegan ingredients of this recipe are butter and honey. You can substitute butter with coconut oil, in equal amounts, and honey with agave or maple syrup, also using equal amounts.

Personally, I have tried both versions and both are delicious although you can tell the difference between the taste of coconut oil and butter.

Recipes with this hazelnut cream

Healthy Nutella Filled Donuts

Easy Banana Snack

Let me know if you decide to try this recipe.

And if you fall in love with this hazelnut and cocoa spread, as I did, don’t hesitate to share it with your loved ones to convince them that eating healthy does not mean renouncing the pleasures of the palate.

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Hazelnut and Cocoa Spred for a healthy snack or breakfast

Healthy Nutella

Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread for a healthy snack or breakfast

This healthy Nutella or hazelnut and cocoa spread is a fridge staple that is easy to prepare at home. It’s ideal for your breakfast or a healthy snack. It’s gluten-free and can easily be adapted to a vegan version. It’s perfect to add it to your Healthy Meal Planning or Batch Cooking.

  • Author: Claudia Canu
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 27 1x
  • Category: Brunch
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: Healthy


1 cup (130g) roasted hazelnuts

2 tablespoons (11g) of raw cacao powder

2 tablespoons (11g) carob powder

1 tablespoon (10g) melted, grass-fed butter

2 tablespoons of raw honey

¼ cup (80ml) of milk (any kind you prefer)

⅛ teaspoon of marine salt



1. Blend the hazelnuts with a food processor until they become creamy.

2. Add 1 tablespoon (10g) melted butter, 2 tablespoons (11g) of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons (11g) powdered carob, 2 tablespoons of honey, ¼ cup (80ml) of milk and ⅛ teaspoon of salt.

3. Blend it again until the ingredients come together to make a spread.

4. Keep the hazelnut spread in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating and also to store it.


If the hazelnuts still have their brown peel, you can remove it with a kitchen towel by putting the nuts in the middle of the towel, closing it up and shaking the hazelnuts around.

Most will quickly lose their peel, and if some don’t then it’s no big deal.

Keywords: gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy Nutella, hazelnut spread, chocolate spread, cocoa spread

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10 responses to “Healthy Nutella”

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m a big Nutella fan so this looks fantastic!

  2. Amanda Wren-Grimwood says:

    I absolutely love nutella but I think I adore your healthy version! Looks so easy to make too!

  3. Julie Running in a Skirt says:

    This looks so so so good! I love the hazelnut cocoa spread and your healthy twist on it – looks way better than your nutella adiction. 🙂

  4. Zahra says:

    I’m sure the kids will love this. I will try this tomorrow.

  5. Caroline says:

    This looks so rich, but love that it’s that bit healthier as well. Definitely a great option for the nutella-addicts 🙂

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