This is a super-simple recipe to make, and you won’t buy another jar of nutella again after trying it! It’s fantastic on toast, of course. But don’t stop there, get creative and try this spread in your cooking. Museli bars, banana bread, mixed with creme fraiche as a desert, there’s even a nutella cheesecake recipe!

Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

This is delicious, easy to make, low sugar, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and very more-ish...


  • 400g hazelnuts
  • 150g Whittakers dark block chocolate
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • Light olive oil – probably ¼ cup or more


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast until they are fragrant and light brown in colour (probably 15 to 20 minutes).

  3. Allow to cool slightly then wrap in a tea towel, or paper towels, and rub to remove as many of the loose skins as you can (don’t fret about the bits that won’t come off).

  4. While the nuts are still warm, place them, along with the chopped chocolate and maple syrup in a food processor.

  5. Whizz until well chopped and reasonably fine – you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl down from time to time.

  6. Start adding the oil gradually in a slow steady stream until you produce a spreadable consistency. It will thicken somewhat once packed, and if necessary can be microwaved very briefly prior to use.


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Robert Glensor is the founder of the Paraoa Bakehouse- the home of Purebread organic breads and Gluten Free Goodies. With a love of good bread and a passion for all things organic and sustainable, Robert writes about all manner of issues to do with living green.

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