All Natural Hazelnut Butter meets Dark Chocolate

Now that I’ve realized just how easy it is to make nut butter at home, I get the feeling that I will be experimenting with many flavors and combinations.

Already, my batch of Vanilla Almond Hazelnut is pretty much ancient history, so I thought I better get busy making a fresh batch before I completely run out.

‘Cuz seriously, no nut butter in the house? Now THAT would be a disaster!

This time I decided to leave the almonds out altogether and use exclusively hazelnuts. Toasted hazelnuts! Can you think of anything that tastes better than toasted hazelnuts?

Toasted hazelnuts AND chocolate, of course! Don’t worry, I’ve got that one covered… ;)

Now, to make your hazelnut butter really nice and creamy, you’ll want to remove the skins from the nuts, because they are kind of dry, tough and fibrous.

The best and easiest way to do that is to toast them in the oven on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a clean dish towel while they are still hot, wrap them up in a little bundle. Hold that package in one hand and, with the other hand, wiggle the nuts around so that they grind against each other.

Do that for a good minute or two, and when you open up your little bundle, all your nuts will be totally naked! Alright, a few of them might be more on the prude side and will desperately hang on to any piece of skin that they possibly can.

You can let them have their way… A little bit of skin has never killed anyone! ;)

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If you delicately push the nuts to the side and take a look at the bottom, you’ll see that there’s quite an impressive amount of skins that came loose.

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Now all that’s left to do is remove all the hazelnuts, being careful as to leave all the skins behind, and this is what you are left with…

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Imagine all that in your nut butter!!!

It would still be good, of course, but it wouldn’t be as creamy. The only thing that I am not too certain of is whether removing the skins also removes a lot of the nutrients from the nuts. If anyone has that information, please let me know!

Once the skins are gone, the hardest part is behind you. All that’s left to do now is process the nuts in your food processor until they turn into this beautiful, luscious, creamy and velvety Toasted Hazelnut Butter.

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And if, like me, you are a Nutella lover crazed fanatic, you have to take this one step further and make the dark chocolate version.

Trust me, you won’t regret it. I mean, that stuff is G.O.O.D., as in absolutely insane good. It’s not Nutella, because to recreate that evil treat, one would probably need to use TONS of fat and sugar, but I am telling you, it’s just AS good, if not better.

Do yourself a favor and buy a big bag of hazelnuts today!

Oh, and you might want to consider making a double batch… ;)

All Natural Hazelnut Butter

Yield: Yields 2 - 2½ cups

All Natural Hazelnut Butter

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spread hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and roast in a 375F oven for 10-15 minutes.
  2. While they are still warm, transfer the nuts to a clean dish towel. Wrap the towel around the nuts to form a little bundle. Hold that bundle in one hand and, with the other hand, wiggle the nuts around so that they grind against each other. The friction will cause the skins to fall off the nuts.
  3. Transfer the nuts to the bowl of your food processor. Be careful to leave all the skins behind.
  4. Process the nuts until they turn into a creamy and velvety butter, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Mason jars work beautifully!
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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Yield: yields 1¼ - 1½ cups

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add one cup of hazelnut butter to the bowl of your food processor.
  2. Add cacao powder, cane sugar, salt and vanilla and process until well incorporated, about 30 seconds. You might want to scrape the sides once in the process to make sure the mix is well combined.
  3. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Mason jars work beautifully!
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  1. says

    Hey there, I’ve been following your blog for A LONG time now and I absolutely love it. I recently attempted making “Nutella” at home using lots of toasted hazelnuts and melted milk chocolate, however, I found that I could never get the hazelnuts processed to be as creamy as you have it here. I used a blender for my first experiment but will be using a small food processor now. Are there any tips or tricks you can provide for making the hazelnuts turn out creamier as a butter?

    • says

      Real happy to learn that you have been reading me for a while now! Thank you very much for that! :D

      Using a food processor as opposed to a blender if a very good idea. Blenders are better suited to deal with liquid foods. Like I said, removing the skins really helps in achieving a smoother, creamier butter. And I think that processing the nuts while they are still warm also helps. Give that a try, and let me know how it went! :)

  2. says

    Oh yes you did!!!!!! You’ve compelled me to want to lick the screen AGAIN! Wow what gorgeous butters– brilliant contrasting colors with the plain and chocolate versions :) I have 9 (mostly eaten) homemade butters in the fridge currently…once I finish up one or so of the jars this one is my list!

    • says

      Nora you are too kind! To have want to lick your screen is such an honor for me. :D

      You better stop that, though, else I will feel obligated to send you a box of screen wipes… ;)

      And did you say NINE butters? OMG, I would be in heaven! I think I need to stock up on Mason jars… and pay your site a little visit. ;)

      • says

        I haven’t come across one of your recipes that I didn’t drool over :) You are a master in the kitchen and behind the camera! Haha, love your comment ab the screen wipes – totally laughed out loud on that one!!
        I know, I’m a fanactic – two jars of almond-pumpkin seed, one plain almond, two plain PB (one creamy, one crunchy), one curried PB, one coconut butter, one sunflower seed butter and a jar of cacao artisana bliss…your hazelnut butter is next!

      • says

        The feeling is quite mutual Nora! I happen to really like your pictures and your recipes, too! Your pics always make me hungry and your recipes always inspire me. I think I could copy half of your blog to my Must Try List. INCLUDING your entire list of nut butters. :D

  3. says

    You seem to know all my weaknesses: Hazelnuts and chocolate, a combo that I cannot resist.
    What food processor are you using, that makes nut butter in 5 minutes? I once made almond butter, and my poor food processor was grinding away for some 20-30 minutes before it got really creamy.

    • says

      Anja, my food processor is a Kitchenaid, but one has to keep in mind that hazelnuts have a higher fat content than almonds, so they get to the creamy butter stage much quicker than almonds. It also takes my food processor a good 25-30 minutes to turn almonds into butter. ;)

  4. says

    I make homemade “nutella” all the time, but I’ve never thought of removing the skins. I’ll have to try that, and I’ll also have to try the Vanilla Almond Hazelnut spread because that sounds out of this world good.

  5. Silviu says

    Nice nut butters, there! Now why do you have all that weird bolding in your blog post? I keep thinking the bolded text is a link but sadly, it’s not.

  6. says

    I love homemade nutbutter and it’s easy to do too. We once had a daring cooks challenge to make nutbutter so that’s when I discovered it wasn’t so hard to do. This looks yum!

  7. says

    whoa…I need to make this! I do love Nutella but it is excessively sweet. I’d love to taste hazelnut butter in a more stripped-down form! Given that I just heard there’s a peanut shortage it would probably be a good idea to try making my own alternative nut butters.

    • says

      Once you start making your own, Rachel, you will never go back to store bought. They are incredibly easy to make, if you roast the nuts first, it just fills the entire house with the most delicious aroma, plus, there’s nothing like dipping your spoon in fresh made, warm nut butter. It’s just insanely good!

    • says

      Is it not amazing? It just fills up the entire house and makes you feel like it’s Christmas or something! Didn’t the addition of milk make the butter really runny? I find it’s already on the soft side, I’m trying to think of ways to make it creamier, smoother, richer. So you used honey instead of the cane sugar? And it worked great? Oh, I get the feeling I will be revisiting this recipe very, very soon!

  8. Jenny says

    What have you found to be the shelf life of the hazelnut butter? Also, what’s the best way to store it? I’m sure it won’t last long once opened, but I’m making it as a gift and don’t want to make it too early! :)

    • says

      Actually, that batch is still alive, I still have about a quarter of a cup of the plain hazelnut butter left, and it hasn’t gone rancid or anything. I stored it in a mason jar and kept it in the cupboard. I guess if one wanted to prolong that shelf life even more, they could always keep theirs in the fridge. So I say you can go ahead and make your gift whenever you’re ready! ;)

  9. Shannon says

    I just made this and WOW is it delicious. I used honey as sweetener. Only thing is that it’s not as creamy as I’d have liked, though still spreadable. The only hazelnuts I found already had the skins removed. I didn’t roast them because of this, but now wonder if that would’ve made a difference in the creaminess. I’ll try that next batch. Which there WILL be because holy cow this is incredible. I’m going to have to ration it.

    Currently enjoying about 2 tbsp with pear slices. SO good!

    • says

      Glad to hear you like this, Shannon! Honey as a sweetener must be fantastic. I don’t think that roasting the hazelnuts would make much of a difference in the creaminess, if anything, not having the skin on would’ve made it creamier than my version. Of course, this version having a much higher nut content than Nutella’s (which is probably close to none in their case), you can’t expect it to be as creamy as the original… Besides, what makes Nutella really creamy is the emulsion of pure fat and sugar. Not something I’d call a healthy start to your day!

      Anyway, real happy you seem to like this one as much as I do… now you got me craving some, big time! I get the feeling that a new batch will get made in this household pretty soon!

      Thanks a bunch for your great feedback, Shannon. I truly appreciate that! :D

  10. says

    How do you think this would work as a substitute for Nutella in baking recipes? I want to make Nutella cheesecake squares tomorrow but don’t really feel like going and buying Nutella. Eh, I guess I’ll just make it and let you know how it works. Oh and these pictures are amazing! It looks sooo gooey. I just got some coconut sugar so I’m going to use that instead of honey because I want mine to be like yours. :)

  11. says

    AAAAH! This is so yummy. I’ve made the Smitten Kitchen and David Lebovitz versions of fake Nutella, but this is the best! I have to admit I added another tablespoon of coconut sugar but other than that I followed the directions. Oh and I roasted the hazelnuts for about 15 minutes at a higher temperature because I was in a hurry. And then I used it in Nutella cheesecake squares and it’s great! It’s not as smooth as Nutella would have been, but that’s okay. It still tastes amazing! And even Alex liked the cheesecake, although he was whining about how “dark chocolate” the spread was. I’m so excited! I’m going to make this and the cheesecake again in a few weeks, take pictures and make a post. :)

    • says

      YAYYY! Geez, I didn’t even have time to reply to your previous comment that already, you’ve tested it. You’re too quick for me! ;) Glad it worked out, though, and real glad you liked my version of home made Nutella. FYI, I’m mentally working on a new and improved version of that, so stay tuned.

      And seriously? How can someone ever find chocolate too dark? ;) I say, the darker, the better! :D

      • says

        But how can you possibly improve this? There’s not a lot of sugar, and it’s not powdered sugar which is already a huge improvement over all the over recipes. The cheesecake is already gone. I had a little of this nut butter leftover and that’s gone too. It’s all gone. In two days. :(

        I don’t like dark chocolate (65% is about as high as I can go) but this was not too dark. He’s just a bit stupid about his sweets. BUT! He’s eating healthy fake Nutella cheesecake and I thank you for that.

        Have you tried this with other nuts? I’m going to try with almonds. I have 7 types of nut butter in my fridge right now and I don’t even like nuts (other than peanuts). Haha.

      • says

        Oooooh, is there going to be a cheesecake post on Texanerin Baking soon? I LOOOOOOVE cheesecake. It would be my ultimate favorite dessert in the whole wide world. And cheesecake with healthy Nutella in it? I’m all for that.

        Glad to hear you liked this recipe. I want to improve it by making it lighter and creamier! Closer to the real thing, you know. Not that this one wasn’t good. I clearly remember its voice as it was calling my name from the cupboard, and believe me, it was LOUD!

        And what? 7 jars of nut butter and you don’t even like nuts? And I thought I was the nut freak? OMG! Can I come to your house now? ;)

  12. says

    I have to make the cheesecake recipe healthier, take pictures and then it’ll be on there! But now I want to wait for the lighter version of this spread. Hurry up with it so I can make my post! :)

    If you ever feel like coming to Germany, you and I will eat lots of nut butter and cheesecake. And you’ll be in shock when we go shopping and see only “million percent fat” (haha, sorry, I still think it’s funny!) yogurt. It’s really crazy, though. I keep going to huge organic food stores and not even they have lower fat yogurt. Or they do, but they have very very few options. The rest is 3.5%. And all Greek yogurt is 10%. Booo!

    • says

      So you’re saying if I ever go to Germany, I have to be ready to gain at least 10 pounds, is that it? ;) I still can’t get over the fact that your Greek yogurt is 10% fat. Wow that’s a lot! There should be a law against that! ;)

      And I’m working on it! (that lighter version of the spread, that is) I tried something today, but that’s not quite “it”. I couldn’t really make it exactly like I wanted to because I have too many perishable nut butters to go through now… so I don’t want to create another one just to create it and end up chucking it (although I am really itching to!) But don’t worry… it’s coming! It’s something I very much want to do… :D

  13. says

    I just want to say these are really really nice pictures. I’m trying to take pictures of this now and it’s impossible. It’s not very interesting looking and the glare from the jar… my goodness. So good job to you! :)

  14. Stacy says

    If you blend the hazelnut butter with the cocoa and other ingredients, will it start to separate? I did something wrong, the oil started to separate and the rest started to become thick like fudge. So I wondered if I blended either too long making the butter or if I blended too long after adding the other ingredients? Thank you.

    • says

      I’m not sure I undertand your question, Stacy. Do you mean you blended everything together the whole time? As in, you introduced both the cocoa powder and the whole nuts at the same time in your food processor? I’ve never tried it, but I could very well imagine this kind of separation happening if it was the case. When making “flavored” nut butters, you need to turn the nuts into a butter first, and then add the other ingredients and mix just to incorporate, no more.

      There has to be a way to save this, though… For startes, I think I’d try throwing it in my mixer and beat the heck out of it. I’d start slow, though, so as to not send oil flying all over the place! ;)

      Hope this helps, and real sorry to hear your nut butter misbehaved like that!

  15. Betsy says

    Hi Sonia and everyone! I am so unhappy with my hazelnut butter and nutella version I made but healthier. Mine doesn’t even look like yours so I am sure they don’t taste the same. I bought a brand new Cuisinart Food Processor, toasted and removed the skins, put in 7 cup food processor for nearly a half hour, maybe less, testing it every 5 to 10 min.

    Anyway, my hazelnut butter was too dry and crumbly. So I added no flavor olive oil (the kind with no flavor)a few times to my 1 pound of hazelnuts, added some agave to sweeten but not too much. But in the end the crumbly-ness remained, maybe a little less crumbly, but now greasy tasting too.

    My folks get their peanut butter from a machine at the grocery store that makes it out of peanuts right before your eyes. It come out grainy but creamy. Not sure if that makes sense, it is grainy as there is no added oil (no added sugar, no added salts, nothing at all). But it doesn’t come out crumbly. Maybe it’s the different machine? Perhaps food processors cant do that? Still yours seems to be good and I don’t see it saying anywhere that you added extra oil and that yours was crumbly.

    Any advice appreciated, I am about to give up already but would like to find a solution if possible. Thanks!

    • says

      Wow, Betsy, I have no idea what to tell you… I didn’t add any oil at all to mine. In fact, I never find it necessary to add extra oil to nut butters, as the nuts themselves usually provide enough of that for them to turn into butter. That holds especially true with hazelnuts, which I find tend to be oilier than that other ones, often resulting in a much more “liquidy” butter.

      I really can’t see what went wrong with yours. Nuts don’t usually dry out! And even when you do dry them, the oil does not evaporate! Of course, natural nut butter always has a bit of a grainy texture to it, unlike the commercially made “smooth” stuff, because no matter how long you process for, you will never be able to grind the nuts completely down, plus, you don’t add any of the emulsifiers. So yeah, the texture is a bit different, much like the peanut butter you describe. But crumbly? I’ve never had that happen to me.

      Maybe someone else has had a similar experience and could give you more insight?

      Sorry I can’t be of more help… hope that this experience won’t discourage you from giving it another try!

  16. Betsy says

    Thanks Sonia. Yeah mine isn’t really grainy at all actually, but even the day after it’s crumbly, in fact, the added oils only helped in the moment to make less crumbly. Putting it in the fridge may have added to that, but I want it to last a bit. May I ask what machine you use? I bought Cuisinart DLC-2007 Food Processor, 7-Cup Prep 7 this past weekend and used the recommended blade. Wonder if another is better?

  17. Betsy says

    Maybe another possibility is that I boiled them too long which maybe led to the crumblies? I did that only because when I boiled them for less time, the skins weren’t coming off. Perhaps next time I will boil for less and do the baking soda thing to help get the skins off. But if that changes the flavor too much, I will be back to removing what I can after toasting them and be satisfied even if some skins stay on.

    • says

      Boil? As in, in boiling water? And baking soda? What do you mean by the baking soda thing? Not sure I follow you here…

      The skins can very well stay on, you know… it only makes for a more “grainy” butter, so you don’t have to be overly zealous in trying to remove them. ;)

      As for your food processor, it should be able to handle the job just fine! Mine is in fact very similar to yours!

  18. Betsy says

    Hi Sonia,
    Now that I think about it, the first batch I put in was the hazelnuts I toasted and then removed the skin as best I could out of the oven, but it was still was cakey and crumbly. Then I combined the 2nd batch which was the ones I boiled. My mom said if I boiled them the skin would come off easier. I overboiled them because the skin was just not coming off. There is a method where you only boil them for 3 min along with baking soda and that is suppose to really remove the skins. But I didn’t add the baking soda till much longer after I began boiling because I wanted to try first without risking changing their flavor. But in any case, both batches before I combined them were cakey, I need to figure that out somehow. Also, I am trying to avoid grainyness as much as possible and I have completely! But at this point I would take grainy over this crumbly mess.

    • says

      Well, Betsy, there’s your answer right there! By boiling the nuts, you incorporated a whole bunch of water to them, and water and oil just don’t mix, you know. Boiling the nuts actually modifies their structure, so that would be a big no no for making nut butter. It’s probably a good technique if you’re planning on using the hazelnuts whole or chopped in a dessert, say. Still… I’m not sure that I would be too keen on the idea. I’d much rather roast them… it gives them such a nice flavor! ;) I think you need to try again, without boiling this time! :D

      Let me know how it turns out if you take another go at this!!!

  19. Betsy says

    Hi Sonia,
    I seemed to have the same crumbling problem even with the ones I didn’t boil, but I will try it again. I tried Brazil nuts, cashews and pistachios. The Brazil nuts were also very crumbly and I realized I actually don’t like their flavor and completely hate the taste and smell when made into butter (actually, crumbs). The pistachios and cashews, however, turned creamy just like your hazelnuts! I don’t get why the hazelnuts and Brazil nuts didn’t work, though I don’t care about the Brazil nuts since I don’t like their flavor, I wonder why some nuts are working for me and others are not. Hazelnuts are my favorite so I would have liked for them to work.

  20. Jas says

    Hi Sonia!
    I’m in highschool and I had to make hazelnut butter for a food class project. I tried making it today and at first, I completely burned my hazelnuts by accident. Fortunately, I still had some left so I lightly toasted them to remove the skins.

    I find that if I crumble them in a coffee grinder and then add some coconut oil to the mixture and place the batch in a actual food processor, it comes out very creamy. When I tried to make it without adding the coconut oil, it just turned into a fine oily crumble even after a good ten minutes.

    • says

      That’s very odd… I never had such a thing happen to me before! Did you make the entire batch in a coffee grinder? Guess I’ll have to try and make a batch of nut butter in a less powerful food processor, to see if I can replicate this crumbly mixture. It definitely got me all curious…

      I have to say that I really like your class project! If they were all like that, I’d want to be in school for the rest of my life! ;)

  21. Betsy says

    I like your class project too. I don’t know if my processor isn’t powerful enough or what. But even when I added oil (no taste olive oil), it only made it creamier for a short time. It ended up crumbly again only now with added oil, yuck. It’s tough to add oil to something that’s already 70% fat. But the worst is that it didn’t work for long, for me anyway. If I was wealthy I’d request Sonia to make a trip to my home to examine my machine and technique lol. I can’t get over your pics, I just want to reach out and take a few spoonfuls. :)

  22. Betsy says

    OMG I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was ready to get rid of the new food processor yet the problem was ME! User error all the way! Sonia was 100% right. Boiling the nuts to blanch them was a huge mistake and that’s why it ended up crumbly. The only reason I didn’t think that was the reason initially (sorry Sonia for doubting!), is because the 1st batch I made was from the oven only and it was crumbly before I added the boiled nuts. But apparently I just didn’t process the baked ones long enough before adding the boiled. Once the boiled are added, you can process for an hour and it won’t matter, it’s crumb city from there. I only did that boiling method thinking I needed to do a better job of getting the outer layer off. I will never stray by reading other hazelnut butter blogs that messed me up. I am totally loyal to this blog only now :) My only complaint is how many nuts it takes to make so little butter, but still so worth it.

    • says

      Alright!!! Real happy to hear, Betsy! Finally, you got that hazelnut butter working for you! That’s awesome! And thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m flushed…

      Now as far as it taking a lot of nuts to make the butter, I totally hear you… but you will find that if you buy your nuts in bulk or in large bags, it will be A LOT less expensive and you will get good home made nut butter for a fraction of the price! :)

  23. Betsy says

    Hi Sonia you are 100% right. I am seeking a hazelnut farm so I may buy direct in bulk rather than the grocery store. Even at the lower cost grocery store in my area hazelnuts are not cheap and you don’t even want to know about the other nuts.

    This is a little off topic but still about hazelnut butter….

    I decided to put the hazelnut butter in biscotti and in madelines because I love this stuff so much, both recipes turned out great in the past. I should mention that I always use less sugar than the recipe says. When they came out, there were two issues. 1. there was NO hazelnut flavor…at all! It was a total waste of the nut butter and 2. there was no flavor to them period, whereas before when I made them there was flavor despite the lower sugar. So now I wonder if the fact that I used agave rather than regular sugar was the problem? In both cases I used the same amount of sweetner. Or was it that the nut butter just ruined everything? I just can’t believe how something so flavorful & delicious can turn tasteless once cooked. Too bad because I had all these ideas for hazelnut butter in this, hazelnut butter in that. Not that it’s not totally amazing on its own but I wanted to do something more cost effective for purposes of sharing with many and maybe even selling locally.

  24. aboleyn says

    I explored your blog two days ago & since then I nearly can’t stop studying recipe after recipe. They all sound so delicious & your pictures are so amazing. I left my parents home a couple of month ago & lived very student at the beginning (fast food), but I don’t feel good doing this anymore. I already picked many recipes from your blog, which I want to try out & the Hazelnut Butter will be the first. It looks so perfectly creamy & since it only consist of hazelnut I don’t have to feel bad about eating it. Keep up the good work! xo.

    • says

      Awww, thank you so much, I truly appreciate your kind comment! Glad you like the recipes and that they inspire you. Kudos to you on ditching the fast food thing. Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, and doesn’t have to be boring either! Make sure you let me know how the recipes turn out for you! :)

  25. Betsy says

    OK I don’t know what I am doing wrong again. I was making great butters, I even made them kinda liquidy at one point and I liked that. Then I went to make some again, and it was crumbly no matter how long I had it in the processor. I didn’t do anything different. Also, another day I tried adding milk to the recipe to see if it would taste a little more nutella like (but not like nutella exactly since I use very little sweetner and a whole lot more hazelnuts), but the milk changed the texture of the whole thing, it was awful, and it brought out the oils in the nuts like you won’t believe, very greasy mess. Anyway, it appears to be just me with the crumbling issue, but if anyone out there has an idea what I could be doing wrong, please let me know. Thank you!

    P.S. I tried some of your other recipes and they were delicious, thank you! I seem to only have troubles with the nut butters, but it’s what I need most often.

    • says

      The only thing I can think of Betsy is water. Water and oil do not mix. So you can’t use anything that has water in it, or even let your nuts anywhere near anything that has water in it! ;) Of course, there’s water in milk, so in that case, milk would be the culprit. It would definitely cause the oil to separate. I’m guessing you can add it slowly to an already “established” nut butter, but until the process is really completed, I am guessing that no amount of water can ever be added to the nuts. I guess I would have to run a few tests on that one.

      As for the Nutella thing? I’ve got a little secret for you… I’ve got an AMAZING healthy “Nutella” recipe coming up! It’s so great, it really inspires me to try my hand at making home made, healthy Ferrero Rochers! Stay tuned!

  26. Betsy says

    Thanks Sonia.
    The sad part is the crumble issue happened outside of the milk adding issue. These were different batches. I guess I thought that adding milk would make it taste even better, though already it’s good. I saw that milk is an ingredient in the Nutella stuff. I guess milk is out then. But the crumbling issue is such a mystery because it’s not always an issue yet I always do the same things. I will make some again today using almonds this time. I have been avoiding making any butter because if it turns crumbly, I will still eat it but it’s not the same and then I am out the money for the nuts which as we all know is very $$$.

  27. nicoleg says

    Bake the nuts for 75 minutes? That right there is killing the nutrients! I am going to try this recipe though, I just don’t plan on baking the nuts

  28. Angelo says

    Hi Sonia,
    Well I saw your recipe and dived right in. Unfortunately, being a male, I wanted to do it my way. So I started by processing 2 cups of hazel nuts for 5 min and then once crushed, I added 3 tbsp of Carob powder. I then processed (in my 20 year old BRAUN) for about 45 min and still had only powder. I tried adding a little milk, but still nothing. I kept at it for another 45 min .Eventually I heated the oven to its max and put the powder on tin foil, in for about 5 min, to get rid of the moisture. Then I put it back in the Food processor and 5 min later, voila’ ! I t finally worked. Next time I follow your recipe, but the carob tastes great and no other sweetener is necessary. Thanks for a great site.

    • says

      Hey Angelo! Your comment about being a male really made me laugh… you see, the thing with nuts is you have to let them do their thing before you even think of adding anything else to them. So get to creamy butter consistency, then you can add whatever you want, although you need to avoid anything that’s got a high water content, for water and oil don’t mix well, and that also holds true in this case.

      Thanks for the kind words, real glad to hear you like my site. Feel free to visit anytime you want! :)

  29. Justine says

    Hello! Your nut butters look amazing. Tried to do de chocolate version to make it look less healthy to my boyfriend (more of the cookie type eheh)and i followed your instruction from a to z and it turned out great but at the end i added 3 tbs of liquid honey and pulse it for 30 seconds and the texture went to smooth to cookie dough!!! Do you think its the honey? Should i pulse more or it will just make it harder? Thanks in advance :)

    • says

      Hmmmm… hard to say! I think I would try giving it a good spin, let it run for a good minute and see what it says. Maybe add a tablespoon or so of coconut oil to help loosen it up?

      Soft cookie dough isn’t bad, though, if you ask me. Must be nice and agreeably spoonable! ;)

  30. jim says

    Thank you for your insights into nut butters and Hazelnut nut butter specifically! This helped me a lot! I came here because I was trying to salvage some “Million Dollar Fudge” that my son and wife tried to make before Christmas that was done in the wrong order and ended up not fit for gifts. In order to clear out the bottom of the fridge “left overs” I thought I would try to make a Nutella like spread with the disaster.

    I made a hazelnut and almond nut butter and it was just fine – nice and creamy. Then I dumped in the “deficit dollar fudge” and the oil separated big time! I like salvaging what ever I cook so next I put in flour and cream to go slightly toward a pudding and to emulsify the oil. Heated up the mixture in a double boiler added a couple of squares of Hageland premium dark chocolate [53% cacao]. Tastes yummy and it is fit to eat. Now to let it cool and see if it will spread with a knife or be eaten with a spoon.

    Oh and by the way if you have lots of nuts to crack it is a breeze with a #816 Reeds Rocket nut cracker. 2 cups of hazel nuts and almonds in about 20 minutes with out sore hands and mostly complete nut meats. Works well for pecans and walnuts too.

    • says

      Thanks for the tip, Jim, I’ll keep that in mind if I ever need to crack a lot of nuts!

      Glad you managed to save the Million Dollar Fudge (although that really doesn’t sound healthy at all! ;) ) but tell me… how does the story end? Was it spreadable after all? Or did you have to eat it all by the spoonful?

      • jim says

        We had two pints of very nice smooth spread now only one and a third with two teenage boys around none of it will last long.

        You are right, defiantly on the decadent side. Feast days tend to be that way. I like the French way of looking at foodie things. Everything is okay — it is the moderation that counts. Butter spread thinly on one piece of toast is just as tasty and satisfying as a pat of butter on each of three pieces. Take your time and enjoy the taste; don’t rush through the eating.

        Thanks for your hints and the hints of the rest of the gang! And my idea of using flour to sop up the oil worked well.

  31. says

    Hi,

    I also like and do promote healthy and homemade recipes on my blog. I lardy did chocolate butter with coconut butter and almond butter, with roasted butter and skin, today, I would like to tray hazelnut butter, also with skin, it;s more nutritious. Do you know, if I should roast hazelnuts in order to blend them?
    Please, feel free to visit my blog, even thou the recipes are in my native language, the flag translator is right on page…

  32. Biljana says

    I came across your blog a couple of days ago and today I made this nut butter. OMG!!! So delicious and so EASY! I had tried making nut butter before, but it just wouldn’t turn creamy and I got so frustrated. So I had gived it up, but the fact that I had been defeated by a handful of almonds has bothered me ever since :P Then I saw your recipe, and it came with a twist (toasting them first and putting them in the food processor while still warm), and I decided to take revenge. I couldn’t be happier with the result! I’ve already made this one and the peanut butter, and it was super quick and not at all frustrating. As soon as I’m allowed to eat cocoa again (mild intolerance at the moment), I’m making your nutella!

    Thanks for a lovely blog, it’s going to be one of the tabs I never even bother to close ;)

    Cheers from Barcelona

    • says

      Oh, thank you so much for this, Biljana! You’re a real gem!:D

      I’m real happy that you were finally able to make some real good homemade nut butter. Now time to start experimenting and have fun with them!

      Be careful though… that stuff is highly addictive! ;)

  33. Christine says

    GREAT WEBSITE. YOU ROCK!

    GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY. COULD YOU PHOTOGRAPH MY DAUGHTERS GRADUATION?

    TALK TO YOU SOON.

    CHRISTINE

    • says

      Thanks for your vote of confidence, Christine, I really appreciate that. Unfortunately, I merely only ever take pictures of food, and, believe it or not, I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time… ;)

  34. says

    HI. I’ve been dying to make this and I’m going to finally try this weekend. I don’t have any cocoa powder on hand but I do have a bag of raw cocoa nibs. Do you think I could just process some of those in with the warm nuts to achieve the “chocolate hazelnut butter”??

    • says

      Oof… not sure, Steph. I think what I would do is grind the nibs in a coffee grinder and then pass that through a fine mesh sieve. Then I would add it to the nut butter.

      You know what? I think I want to give that a try myself, now. Whoever tries it first tells the other about it, how’s that? :D

  35. Mike Kilner says

    I just tried this. The skin-removing trick didn’t work so well for me (maybe I should have let the nuts roast a few minutes longer) but I went ahead anyway. 2 spoons of honey, dash of vanilla, and… oh no! No cocoa powder! Wait, I have a block of 100% cocoa instead. I shaved some off with a knife, and blended it all.

    Result is not quite as creamy as I might have wanted, but spreadable, and more to the point, absolutely delicious! I just wish hazelnuts were cheaper.

  36. Anat says

    Hi there! I tried this and it was so delicious. Only problem was getting the skins off; many wouldn’t come off! Is there an easier way? Should I roast longer? The hazelnut butter was creamy, but the chocolate hazelnut was more of a paste. How do I get it as creamy as your pictures?

  37. Chris says

    This recipe looks great … Just curious most of your recipes I have seen are printable why not this one?

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