Make your own Nutella

26 February, 2021

It’s easier than you think with options for all dietary needs

Nutella. The sweet, creamy chocolate hazelnut spread that’s loved across the globe. So loved, in fact, that 5 February 2021 was World Nutella Day

Yes, that’s basically the universe giving you permission to grab a jar and a teaspoon and just start eating. Whoops, did we say that out loud? We’d never be so crass as to eat half a jar of Nutella. OK, moving on, nothing to see here…

Of course, Nutella lovers are well served around the Chatswood Interchange area. Krispy Kreme sells donuts with Nutella, Celsius Dessert Bar sells Nutella waffles and of course, you can grab a jar for all your own creations at Woolworths.

But as much as we love Nutella, it’s actually packed full of sugar and various processed oils, including palm oil. While Nutella does source sustainable palm oil, lots of people still choose to avoid it. It’s also made with milk, making it unsuitable for vegans, and of course, with hazelnuts being one of the key ingredients, Nutella can be a problem if you have a tree nut allergy.

The good news though? Making your own Nutella-like spread is easy. You might even end up creating a personal houseblend that you like better!

Blending up your own Nutella alternative

There’s a vast array of Nutella clone recipes out there for you to explore and experiment to find your own preferred recipe. But what it basically comes down to is hazelnuts, some form of chocolate (whether that’s melted chocolate or cocoa or cacao powder), an oil, a sweetener, salt and vanilla.

Most recipes recommend roasting the hazelnuts in the oven first. This helps to warm the oils and loosen the skins. Most recipes rub the hazelnuts in a tea towel to remove the skins

Some recipes to get you started:

Nut allergy? Nut a problem

Of course, being made with hazelnuts, traditional Nutella is off the menu for many people with tree nut allergies. But fortunately, they don’t need to miss out on chocolate spread goodness! Some clever people have experimented and successfully used sunflower seeds to create a nut-free version of Nutella. And even if you don’t have a nut allergy, a seed-based version is a great option for school lunch boxes and kids parties if you aren’t sure of everyone’s allergy status.

You can choose between nut-free Nutella recipes that use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, or keep it as a sweet treat with a recipe that uses regular sugar.

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