Nutritious Nutella

Nutritious Nutella

I have to admit that Nutella used to be my favourite food. I could sit and eat an entire jar with a spoon no problem. My love of this chocolatey, hazelnutty blend of awesomeness meant I had to explore a new health giving version, which I’ve been doing over the past few months. Some of you may have seen another recipe for this on my blog a while back, but that one wasn’t quite right so it’s been tweaked and revamped to make this one, which to be honest is unbelievable. Just so perfectly thick, smooth, sweet and creamy. It melts perfectly on hot toast over a layer of crunchy almond butter, tastes delicious drizzled across a bowl of sliced banana & juicy berries and works a treat eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon!

I never realised it could be so easy to turn this classic spread into something so healthy. I really think you’ll be so surprised about just how similar it tastes to the real thing but how much better it makes you feel. It’s so awesome as each bite really is packed full of delicious health-giving goodness. All of its ingredients have their own amazing properties. Hazelnuts, which are the main ingredient, are filled with numerous vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and heart-healthy fats, all of which are vital for supporting your body and digestion. Even better, they’re particularly rich in vitamin E which is the most important vitamin for maintaining beautifully clean and shiny skin, hair and nails. Cacao, the bean which all chocolate is made from, also has numerous beneficial nutrients in this raw, unprocessed state as it is packed with iron, fibre, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, unfortunately these benefits disappear when it is processed and refined to make conventional chocolate though, which is why this Nutella trumps the supermarket version any day.

 Makes 1 jar

– 2 cups of hazelnuts

– 1/2 a cup of water

– 1/2 a cup of maple syrup

– 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

Bake the hazelnuts at 180C for about ten minutes, then take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.

Once cool place them in a food processor and blend for about ten minutes, until they totally break down. Then add the maple syrup and cacao and blend again, before gradually pouring in the water – it’s important that the first three are properly mixed before you add the water though as you may not need it all.


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  • Eagle touch

    Hi there. Since I discovered your blog, I trust your opinion because you “go natural” as much as possible. Have you heard about Spirulina? Do you use it or would you? I’ve read about it and heard from people that it’s very nutritious, useful, having plenty of goodness. Would u advice to get it since this plant is in powder form ? Thanks 😉

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi. Yes I love spirulina and I use it a lot in my smoothies, I would absolutely advice using it! I’m actually planning to do my next blog post on a spiurlina smoothie! :)

  • kkes422

    Ella – I just recently started following your blog and I am so excited about this post as I too was a nutella junkie and thought I would never get to enjoy that taste again – Can’t wait to try your recipe – thanks!

    • Ella Woodward

      That’s awesome! I hope you love it :)

      • Kim

        How long can I keep the nutella spread in the fridge? Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog!

        • ellawoodward

          Hi. You can keep it there for a few weeks as long as its in an air tight container :)

      • Christiane

        How long can you keep the spread before it goes off

        • ellawoodward

          It should last a few days to a week, particularly if you keep it in the fridge.

  • veedine10

    Hi Ella!

    This looks great! I just have a question – do you use roasted or raw hazelnuts? I ask because I have made a chocolate hazelnut mousse using roasted hazelnuts and it tasted very much like Nutella, so I am wondering if the raw nuts will have the same rich flavour?

    • gabriele

      Hello my kids love nutella but i stopped giving it to them but they would love your mousse can you please give me your recipe. Thank you

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi! I used raw nuts and it seemed to work really well, I love the flavour and preferred it to the time that I tried roasting them – I also found that the texture wasn’t as smooth with roasted nuts, but everyone is different! :)

  • vegan4lent

    This looks wonderful! Do you know how long it will keep in the fridge? Thanks for all of your great recipes!!!

    • Ella Woodward

      Mine has always been eaten within the week! So I haven’t managed to test it longer than seven days yet, but it was still delicious then and I’m hoping to try longer with this batch! :)

  • yvettadimitova

    can I substitute the marple syrup with honey ?

    • Ella Woodward

      Yes absolutely, the flavour may be ever so slightly different but I think it will still be really delicious!

    • Beth

      A friend just told me about your site and I can’t wait to try a bunch of these recipes this weekend . I love figs and I was wondering if they can be used instead of dates ? I have dried figs so I was thinking that might not work? Thanks Beth

      • ellawoodward

        Sadly figs don’t work in the same way as the dates are there for sweetness and the dried figs don’t have quite the same caramel effect – sorry! Hope you love all the recipes though!

  • yvettadimitova

    Thanks for the awesome recipe ! I have a question, though. Can I substitute marple syrup with honey ?

  • Ilane @cultiv8health

    I have recently discovered your blog and loved this post. Nutella is so delicious! I will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

    • Ella Woodward

      That’s great! I hope you love it :)

  • Impo

    This tastes absolutely great!

    I’ve made plenty of healthier nutellas before, but this one certainly trumps it! Especially since the others always called for sugar, and this one doesn’t!

    Unfortunately my food processor had a hissy fit (and in the end so did I), so it’s slightly lumpy, but not lacking in taste! My sister also loves it, which isn’t really a good thing because I made it half an hour ago and it’s already half gone. Thanks for this great recipe!

    • Ella Woodward

      I’m so happy to hear that you and your sister loved it so much!:)

  • Esther

    Hey, I would love to try this recipe out! Do you think dried dates without added sugar would work instead of the fresh ones?

    • Ella Woodward

      That’s great that you want to make it! Sadly dried dates don’t work properly most of the time as they’re just not soft enough, the texture is pretty different so the effect just isn’t the same – sorry!

  • adashofsimpleandsweet

    Cannot wait to try this, if it is anything like your vegan almond, cashew date yogurt then I know I will be in heaven! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Seppy’s Montreal

    I love nutella but haven’t had any in so long because I know it’s full of junk and am SO excited to have found this recipe !! I am going to try it this weekend if I have time !!! An alternative that my mom use to make was to buy organic hazelnut spread and melt dark chocolate in it and it was really good too! So that’s a good lazier alternative haha

  • Georgia Fish

    Hey Ella, just came across your blog the other day. Absolutely amazed at your creative recipes and the set up of the website being so easy and simplistic to use. Keep up your amazing cooking, I’m forever inspired by your creations!

    Georgia xo

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Georgia! I’m so glad that you love the recipes and website so much, it’s really amazing to hear that it inspires you! Have a lovely weekend. Ella x

  • Tess

    Hi Ella, I have recently started following your blog I have been dairy, gluten and sugar free for awhile now and you have given me so many new options of yummy food to make! Well done on all your creativity! I’m following this all the way from Adelaide in Australia, thank god for the Internet!
    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tess! I’m so happy to hear that I’ve been able to help you find lots of options of yummy food! I remember being so stuck when I first changed my diet so I’m really glad that I can help others out of this dilemma! Have a lovely weekend :)

  • Dani

    Hey Ella, where do you buy the hazelnuts from? I went to a couple stores and they said they don’t carry hazelnuts until around Christmas, but I really want to try this recipe soon!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Dani. I buy mine in supermarkets or health food stores – they’re really easy to find in the UK, I’m not sure where you are based so it’s hard to give a specific recommendation but if I was you I would just google buy hazelnuts and then the name of wherever you are and buy them online! Hope that helps!

  • Caroline

    This sounds wonderful! I’m gonna make some nutella tomorrow :) So Excited! Just wondering how long will it last in the fridge? Thanks :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Caroline, I’m so glad that you love the look of this so much – it really is so delicious! The nutella should about two weeks in an air tight container in the fridge. Hope that helps! :)

  • Sandra

    Can I also use Deglet Nour dates instead of Medjool dates? Medjools are really expensive in my region and also hard to find, so would it be okay to use the soft ones of Deglet Nour?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes those ones should work really well, as they’re very soft right?

      • Sandra

        Yes, they are, I found some who are described as “extra soft dates” and I think I will try making your recipe today, I’m already so excited :)

        • ellawoodward

          That’s perfect! Hope you love it!

  • Jess

    Hi Ella, I randomly stumbled across you on instagram, which led me to your blog :) I find all your posts, pictures and recipes really inspiring!
    Is there an online shop here in the UK that you would particularly recommend to buy your ingredients? Jess xx

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the blog so much! It’s amazing to hear that you find it inspiring! I saw your other comment so really glad that you found the links to the online shops, is just amazing! Have a wonderful weekend and please let me know if you ever have any other questions xxx

  • Melissa

    Hi Ella,
    I made this the other day and it has gone down a treat! I was just wondering what the macros were? I’m currently logging my food intake so would like to be able to add this in.
    I’m currently in the middle of your raw blueberry cheesecake, the base is in the freezer :) Keep the recipes coming!

  • Tea

    Hi ella. I’m not exactly on any vegan diet but i am trying to avoid sugar as much as possible. I wanted to try this recipe but i dont have access to raw cacao powder and ordering them online might take weeks to arrive. In the mean time, can i use regular cocoa powder or melted dark chocolate? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Yes regular cocoa powder will work but you’ll need to increase the quantity quite a lot as the taste isn’t as strong. Hope you love it!

  • Kim Elsen

    Do you blend the dates with or without the pits?

    • ellawoodward

      No always pit your dates first :)

  • Kim Elsen

    Hi Ella,

    I’ve tried it today and it taste very good, but I don’t know if I have put it in de foodprocessor long enough.
    It is a thick paste, but I stil feel some kind of nutty bites if I eat it. Should it be completely smooth like the feeling that real nutella has in your mouth? Or not? Sorry for so many questions, but I wanna do it as it should be done :-)
    Greetz Kim

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kim. Yes it should be completely smooth with no nutty pieces, either you didn’t leave it in long enough or perhaps your processor isn’t quite strong enough? Hope you still loved the taste! :)

  • Zara

    Hey Ella,
    Love your blog! Do you think the Nutella
    Will be sweet enough without the maple
    Syrup and just the dates?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Zara. It depends on how much sweetness you’re used to and like, I love it with just dates though and find it perfectly sweet so I’m sure if you will too! :)

  • Zara

    Sorry to be a pain… But how many dates would be in a cup?

    • ellawoodward

      To be honest I’m not sure, it depends on the size of the dates which vary hugely. Just choose your average sized mug and use it to measure :)

  • Susan

    I ran this recipe through a recipe nutritional calculator. 1/10th of the recipe contains 154 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams proteins and 16 GRAMS OF SUGAR. Though it looks healthier than regular than on-the-shelf Nutella, it’s not sugar free. 1/10th of this recipe would constitute 1-carbohydrate serving for diabetics.

  • Zara

    Would roasted hazelnuts work instead of the soaked hazelnuts?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes roasted hazelnuts would work as long as you have a strong food processor, as they are harder to break down. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

  • YURI

    Hi my name is yuri i from mexico city, i discover your blog i so amezing nutricion recipe y love i try to use your recipes, congratulation

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Yuri. I’m so glad that you love the blog! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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  • debbimappy

    Hi Ella, just came across your vegan nutella recipe today and I’m really keen to try it. I had tried a roasted hazelnut version before but would like to see the difference. I would like to confirm if the hazelnuts come with the skin, or skinless, or they will be removed after soaking? This is because most other recipes mentioned to remove the skin.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I hope you love it! Yes the hazelnuts have their skin on and you keep it on the whole time :)

      • debbimappy

        Thank you so much for your reply! I think it’ll make my nutella experience a lot easier cos removing the skin took me quite a while. Will try it over weekend!

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  • Ile K.

    Lovely blog! Specially happy about the healthy nutella recipe!!! I’m already imagining myself dipping the spoon into the jar :). Thanks for sharing!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you love the blog so much! Enjoy the nutella, it’s pretty amazing! :)

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  • Joyce

    Hi Ella!

    I just discovered your blog and I’m in love. I’ve been living like this (raw/clean/healthy) for over a couple of years now and I just love to see all these recipes! Thank you so much. :)
    About this one, really want to make this! But when I add the banana, do you think it will also rest for a week in the fridge?


    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Joyce, so glad that you love it! Mine lasts the week in the fridge with the banana but you can totally leave it out otherwise!

  • sophie

    Just made this and it’s incredible wow! I had avoided nutella for years as it’s not exactly healthy, but i always loved the taste combo. So happy i can make this knowing it is pretty healthy and tastes great. Thanks Ella i’m going to enjoy on homemade bread for breakfasts next week. Have you tried putting any fruit on top for a meal atall? I’m just wondering what would go with it. I was thinking of sprinkling with chia seed for an omega 3 boost but do like to have fruit with all my meals also. Maybe raspberiies would go well what do you think?

    Thanks so much

    • ellawoodward

      Raspberries, strawberries and bananas are all amazing with it! Apples are great too and yes chia seeds are awesome!

  • Johanna


    I love the idea of healthy nutella, I’m such a nutella-junkie :p… Just wondering, I have only a very tiny food processor, could I make this in a blender?

    • ellawoodward

      It depends how strong your blender is, but you really need a blender like a vitamix to get this to work as it really has to be very strong!

  • Tasha

    Hi Ella, I was just wondering how many dates on average there are in a cup? (just so I know how many to buy!) Looking forward to trying this recipe, thanks!xx

    • ellawoodward

      I would say probably 6-8, hope that helps and enjoy the recipe!

  • Dida

    hi! This sounds scrumptious! I’m guessing you could just swap the nuts if you want a similar type spread that doesn’t exactly taste like Nutella?

    About to try your gingerbread cookies. Very excited!

    • ellawoodward

      Yes absolutely, all nuts are great – pecans are especially delicious in this! Hope you love the gingerbread x

  • Kristyn

    Hi Ella,

    Great website, I love the amount of nutritional value you have added to your website and listed in your recopies.

    I love cooking natural and eat a clean diet, I do struggle with the recopies sometimes as I cannot eat dried fruit, even medjool dates. I have tried making recipes without them and just adding extra other ‘sticky’ ingredients but it does not always work. Do you have any recommendations on a good substitute?

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love my site, thank you! Sadly there really isn’t a date replacement, I wish there was but nothing does the sticking in the way that they do!

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  • Paulina

    Hi Ella,

    Trying to make this to give as present for Christmas. Is there a danger of vitamax overheating? I’ve been processing the mixture for 4minutes and already have steam coming out of the glass. The consistency however is still a bit grainy. Would it completely Nutella-like smooth after another 5minutes? Is it a matter of cooling everything down and starting again?

    • ellawoodward

      I’m not that familiar with vitamin’s so I can’t say sadly, I make mine in a magimix processor which works really well. But yes it should be nice and smooth!

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  • Rachel

    Hi Ella,

    If I use roasted hazelnuts, do I still have to soak them? Also, is this Nutritious Nutella as sweet as store-bought Nutella?
    Thanks – I just bought some hazelnuts and I’m excited to make try recipe!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Rachel. It’s not as sweet because it’s all natural, but it’s sweet and delicious! You can use roasted hazelnuts, but then I wouldn’t soak them!

  • Ryan

    Hi Ella,

    A friend referred me to your website which is amazing. Thank you. I am trying to eat clean although it’s hard as I have a major sweet tooth. My family all have food allergies so this helps with cooking for them.
    I have bought some Valrhona cacao to trial your Nutella! I honestly think I could have lived off Nutella but I know it is full of nonsense… Creamy nutty sweet chocolatety nonsen… Sorry. I’m keen to try this healthy alternative even though the advert for Nutella told me that Nutella was healthy as it has milk in!!! Ha!
    Can I ask what cups you use for measuring? I have american cooks cups but I think you use a literal mug if I’m not mistaken. Does this matter? What would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ryan. I’m so glad that you love my site, thank you! I measure everything with a standard coffee mug, but as long as you use the same mug to measure everything it’s not a problem what you use!

  • Rose Whitaker

    Hi Ella,
    I came across your blog by accident and i am so glad i did. i got so interested with your story and just love to try your recipes.
    I would like to know when you make your own nutella, almond milk, etc… from scratch how long can you keep them refrigerated before you discard it.

    Very Impressed with your blog and a new avid fun now.

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you found my blog! The almond milk lasts for about a week in an airtight container in the fridge and the nutella for about two weeks storing it in the same way. Hope that helps!

  • Ghita

    Hello Ella,

    Why do you discard the water the nuts have been soaking in instead of using it? (Same for the almond milk)
    Wouldn’t using the soaked water be better since it would contain all the nutrients from the nuts?


    • ellawoodward

      The nuts let of certain enzymes when soaked that make them easier to digest so it makes sense to discard them instead of keeping them! :)

  • Merel

    Dear Ella,

    Discovered your blog when I was doing a detox program and I absolutely love your page. I love it because you make things I love much like natulla in a healthy version. I can eat it without feeling guilty eating sugar! I really want to try the Nutella and I downloaded your app, and now I see that the recipe comes in two versions. On your website you have to soak the nuts in water overnight but your app says roast them. I assume that they both make a delicious feast, but what is the difference between the two (if there is any). I also saw that the app version of Nutella has more raw cacao in it.

    Thank you for this blog!


    • ellawoodward

      Hi Merel,

      The app version is the new updated version and it’s even more delicious! :)

      • Merel

        Thank you Ella for your fast reply. Cannot wait to try!

  • Mrs B

    Came across your website last week and am already addicted to your recipes!

    Just had this for dessert mixed with chopped banana – absolutely scrummy

    Keep them coming!!

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  • Yasmine

    Hello Ella,

    Just discovered your blog, its great ! And congratulation for your book. I am a big fan of the green kitchen stories so it is nice to find a new blog to visit.
    Would it be possible in the future to, perhaps , add the measurements in gramms also ?

    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Yasmine. I’m thinking of doing exactly that! For now everything is measured in a standard coffee mug :)

    • Sage Book Whisperer

      I love Nutella! I noticed you soak as opposed to toasting & removing the skin_ which is purported to be bitter if left on in any recipe. Does soaking remove bitter taste? Or, did I miss something in your recipe? The process of removing the skin can be tedious_& if I don’t have to go there + w/o bitter taste…that’s great!

      • ellawoodward

        You can leave the skins on!

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  • Elise Palmer

    I notice this is different to the recipe on the app. Which one would you recommend? x

    • ellawoodward

      The app is the updated version!

      • I-Love-My-Doberman

        Yummy!!! made this this morning :) and spread some on the Apple Zucchini Muffins I made yesterday that have been sitting in the fridge :) (minus 4 from the ten I made… hubby rather enjoying the new diet it seems lol) and….. oh wow at your most awesome recipe for Raw-Brownies! They truly were tooooo good!!!!

        Today I am going to make your recipe for Parsnip and Carrot soup and the Roasted Pepper Hummus :) another hubby favourite he buys (until now! :)


        May we both also wish you A Very Happy Birthday!!! :)

        Bec and Col x

  • Gerry

    Hey Ella,

    Thank you for the amazing recipe, I just made it and I can’t stop eating!! How long can I keep this if it stays in the fridge?

    Keep posting amazing recipes! Truly an inspiration!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I’m so glad that you love this! It lasts for a week or two in an airtight container in the fridge!

      • Gerry

        Thanks so much! Xx

  • janine

    Hi Ella!
    I was wondering if you never use the natural sweetener “STEVIA”… Is it because you think is also nasty or perhaps you never heart about this. Because want to substitute sugar, and I heard about this new option. What do you think?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Janine. I have used it and really didn’t like it, I found the taste weird and for me it’s too processed. I like raw honey, dates and pure maple syrup!

      • janine

        Thanks! I just made it and used a little bit stevia and dates.
        When I was preparing the Almond Milk, I didn’t want to throw out the almond rest, so I made the Nutella Recipe with those rest and add a little bit more hazelnuts. So you don’t have any remains and use everything!! Could be a good tip!

  • Heidi – Apples Under My Bed

    Thanks for this recipe, Ella! I just made it, super yum. Added some macadamia nut oil to ease it into smoothness a little. Divine. Dates are magical, aren’t they? x

    • ellawoodward

      Dates are just the best! Love the sounds of macadamia oil too!

  • Sofie

    Hi Ella, I just love your recipes!
    Already made a few and they all taste heavenly! I’ve been sending your webiste to my friends, they must see it!
    I wonder with what you eat this nutritious nutella, because you don’t eat any bread. (i think) (i don’t eat it..)

    Thank you so much!

    • ellawoodward

      I eat it with my superfood bread, which is amazing! Or with my pancakes, rice cakes and straight out the jar with a spoon! :)

  • Mariana

    My little sister and I made this recipe yesterday and the jar is almost empty by now! (she wouldn’t stop eating it with a spoon) It’s incredible how amazing it was. Thank you for sharing this super delicious and easy recipe!

  • Marta

    Hi Ella,

    I love your blog and I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    I am new to this raw/healthy/vegan game and I’m definitely in the market for a new food processor – I have been using my NutriBullet for what I can but I think it’s time to purchase one. What do you use/what do you recommend? Looking for something a little on the inexpensive side


    • ellawoodward

      Hi Marta, there are links to the machines I recommend in the philosophy section!

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  • Libby

    I’ve just tried out your nutricious nutella and it so much nicer than nutella from the shops! I’m 12 and I love cooking but I have a nut and seed allergy but luckily hazelnuts are ok. I am going to try some more of your recipes and use hazelnuts instead of pecans and almonds – do you think this would work? Is it ok for me to take one of your recipes in to my food tech class at school?
    From Libby

    ps I’ve posted my nutella pot on instagram @lindorloverlibby

  • Libby

    I just tried your nutritious nutella recipe and it is so much better than the nutella in the shops. I am 12 and I love cooking but I have a nut and seed allergy but hazlenuts are ok luckily! I think I am going to try some more of your recipes and use hazelnuts instead of the pecans and almonds – do you think that would work ok? Also, is it ok for me to take one of your recipes into my food tech class at school to share?
    From Libby

    ps I posted my pot of nutella on instagram @lindorloverlibby

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so pleased you like it Libby and of course you can show your class! I think for most recipes it would fine to use hazelnuts too!
      Ella x

  • Courtney

    Hi Ella, love your work :) I have noticed that the Nutella recipe on here and on the ap are different, namely the dates. I’m unsure which one to try, what do you recommend?? Thanks and thanks for all the inspiration you create..

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Courtney,
      The app version is the updated one but they both are nice so you could try both and see which you prefer!
      Ella x

  • Nicola Corbett

    Hi Ella
    I love this recipe. What I am wondering is why it is different on your APP. I use it primarily but was confused when I saw it was different?

  • Julia

    Dear Ella,
    First I would like to say I love your blog and i’m so glad to have found it!
    I have been diagnosed recently with chronic fatigue syndrome and following your recipes has really helped me make positive changes. I still have a long way to go though.
    Any way, I wanted to ask you, for this recipe and the others where you use maple syrup, can I replace it with agave syrup?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes, agave should be fine although maple syrup is stickier so helps to hold some things together!

  • Torrie

    So happy to have found your blog yesterday! I’ve already made the raw brownies, and they were delicious! Just wondering, where do you buy your dates, or where would you recommend buying dates for the best price? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad you like them. Sainsbury’s sell 200g packets for £2.15 but you can get them even cheaper from markets – I love Ted’s Veg at Borough Market.

  • Hannah Rich

    Hi Ella, I just made this recipe using your app but it’s different to this one on your blog. Am I right in thinking this one with medjool dates is the one you think is better? Thanks.

    • ellawoodward

      The app version is the up to date one!

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  • The-astro

    So glad to have found your blog Ella ! Wow, I will try this recipe today ! Yum yum it looks so delicious !!

  • Mindigo

    Hi ella, i made the version from your app, without the banana and dates. It is amazing! Thanks! Just one question how long does it stay good? I have put it in a airtight jar in the fridge. Thanks! Greets,Mary

  • Grace

    hi ella, how many medjool dates is about a cup? thanks for the awesome recipe as usual! 😀

  • Diana

    Ella, my butter didn’t turn out creamy. I used the same processor that I use for the almond butter which always turns out perfectly. Can you give me an advice how to make it better the next time?

  • Hanne

    Hello. Is it possible to use agave syrup instead? If so, how much should I use of it? Is there any reason in particular you tend to use maple syrup as sweetener instead of other alternatives?
    Sincerely Hanne, Norway

  • Penthea Rose

    Hi Ella, I’m allergic to nuts – do you think I could make a nut-free “nutella” and replace the hazelnuts with sunflower seeds? Thanks :) x

  • ellawoodward

    You could definitely try – I think it would work but haven’t tried it myself

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hanne, Agave would work fine too although maple syrup is thicker so may change the consistency a bit.

  • ellawoodward

    You could try blending for a little longer perhaps

  • victoria

    I made this today but it was definitely not as creamy or smooth as your recipe (or as dark or chocolatey as yours looks), I must have blended it for about 15 minutes but it just stayed at a more ‘choppy’, consistency with what just seems to be finely chopped hazlenuts. Should I add extra water or something else to help make it smoother. I use the basic kenwood processor you recommend.

  • Livi

    Hi Ella wow this Nutella is truly amazing and has gone down a storm with my family and friends too thank you:) I just wanted to ask how long do you feel it lasts for in a kilner jar?

  • ellawoodward

    It tends to last about a week before it sours. So pleased you all like it!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Victoria,
    Don’t add more water – it is probably just because I use a stronger processor so you may have to leave yours for longer.
    Ella x

    • victoria

      Looking at replacing my food processor, could you let me know what power in W yours is? I assume that’s what would help grind the nuts more smoothly, as I had a similar experience with another recipe?

  • Kim

    By accident I made something similar! I wanted to use up the almond pulp left over from making milk so I decided to add a cupful of finely chopped dates, some grated coconut, a dash of maple syrup, vanilla, & about a tablespoon of cacao; I used the blender so added a bit of wáter & a Little of the almond milk too………made a fabulous mousse-like mixture! I’ve been eating it with fresh strawberries & raspberries with some greek yogurt to add another dimensión!!!!

  • ellawoodward

    Sounds delicious!

    • Kim

      Update on my experimental dessert: 2 days later it’s even better as the chopped dates have rehydrated so have a cherrylike texture which is even more moreish! It’s so true that the best récipes are often made by accident,isn’t it!

  • ellawoodward

    I would say about 8-10

  • ellawoodward

    I use a Magimix but not sure what power it is. There is a link on the shop section!

  • Andree

    Hi Ella can you tell me if this recipe is suitable for freezing? (if there’s any left that is!) Thanks Andree

  • ellawoodward

    I haven’t actually tried to freeze it before, sorry x

  • Emily

    mmm mmmm, workin my way through each of your beautiful recipes and i must say this one is so easy and delish and versatile. thanks ella! :)

  • ellawoodward

    So glad you’re trying and loving the recipes! :) ella x

  • Gemma Smith

    im aware that the app version is different to this one but you mention in a comment a bit further down that if your food processor isnt that strong it wont break down the roasted hazelnuts as well. does this mean that the soaking method will work better if you dont have such a great food processor? (mine is a Cooks so probably not quite as powerful as the Kitchenaid that you use).

    which method tastes better?


  • ellawoodward

    Hi Gemma, I’ve tried this actually and unfortunately soaking them doesn’t really work and it just ends up super gloopy and not the right consistency. You could try blending them in your processor all the same though as it might be nice a little chunky, or it may end up blending them better than you think! hope that helps, ella x

  • Florencia

    I made the App versión of this and is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO much for this récipe!

  • Conny

    hi ella. first thx for your great recipes! i’m going to try the nutella one tomorrow, and i was just wondering if i also can use ground hazelnuts from the grocery store as my food processor can’t handle the hazelnuts? thx!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Conny, yes ground hazelnuts would also work too! X

  • Roxanne

    I have just done this and It is delicious. Would you keep the jar in the fridge or in the cupboard?

  • ellawoodward

    I would keep it in the cupboard. So glad you love it! X

  • Agata

    Hi ella ! can i use liquid honey instead of maple syrup ?

  • Reem B

    Hello Ella, I made the nutella but it was sort of forming a ball in the processor, it’s thick and sticky. How can I fix this?

    • Regie Peaslee

      Hi Reem, I’ve made Ella’s Nutella 3 times now and the first time (following the directions completely) the Nutella came out perfectly. The 2nd time, I had the same exact issue you had and had no idea what to do. I ended up throwing the mix out as it was grainy with the oil separate from the mix. The 3rd time, the same thing happened and I ended up with a grainy oil separating ball. Out of curiosity (and ready to give up), I added a little more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to the mix and miraculously it came together beautifully! I have an identical Nutella to the photo in Ella’s blog! I would suggest to add a little more water at a time and it should come together! Good luck!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, yes you can use honey as a substitute. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I think it’s largely to do with the food processor you use. Some food processors can heat up very quickly which can affect the consistency of the mixture. There is a video coming soon for nutella so keep an eye out! X

  • Ingrid Sofie

    I really do not like hazelnuts so I’m wondering if it’s possible to use cashews instead?
    -Ingrid Sofie

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Ingrid, hazelnuts are the main ingredient in nutella so cashew nuts won’t taste the same but you could try it and see how it goes. Perhaps pecans might work better! X

  • Dawn

    Hi Ella – just wondering how long this keeps for – and in the cupboard or fridge? Really think your blog and book are fantastic. Well done you!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dawn, you can store the nutella in an air tight jar in the cupboard for up to 5 days. Have a lovely weekend. X

  • Hallie Hayes

    Is it possible to make this recipe using raw cacao nibs rather than cacao powder?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hallie, I’m afraid cacao nibs are very different to cacao powder and are not interchangeable. There is a recent blog post all about raw cacao. Have a lovely day! X

  • alexia

    Hey Ella,

    I foudn this blog while trying to find delicious ways to stay healthy and I have to admit that you have the best recipes and ideas and I am so grateful to have found it. Thank you so much. xx

  • Martine

    Hi Ella, I just bought your book and have been loving your smoothies! Could I also use a mix of blueberry and maple syrup? It’s called blueberry syrup but it has maple syrup in it. I think it might be a bit sweeter, but I was wondering if you have any idea.

  • Janine Cooper

    How long does this last in the fridge? can you freeze it? Scared to make whole jar, in case I eat it all!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Janine, I haven’t tried freezing it, sorry! It lasts in the fridge for about 5 days! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Martine, I’ve not used this kind before so I’m not sure how it would turn out! I would stick to regular maple syrup as I think the blueberry one could change the taste of the nutella! Have a lovely day! X

  • Michele Carskadon Wright

    Can I use my Vitamix blender instead of a food processor?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Michele, I have not made the nutella in a Vitamix before. They have very different blades so I’m not too sure how it’ll turn out but I think it could work fine! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Michele, I have not made the nutella in a Vitamix before. They have very different blades so I’m not too sure how it’ll turn out but I think it could work fine! X

  • Caro

    Love this one! I’m also interested in the question how long it stays good? :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Caro, you should keep this in the fridge, it should keep up to 5 days. X

  • Holly – Mean Mother Cooker

    Wow! I’m a bit of an almond butter nutter, so I will definitely be giving this recipe a go! I can also fool the kids into thinking they are having something naughty on toast! Ha!

  • Helen

    Hi Ella. I just made this and it was delicious. Quick question on the hazelnuts…. Mine had the skins on, which took ages to rub off. Do you process yours with the skin on or just buy them without the skin in the first place? Thank you! Helen

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Helen, I keep the skin on the hazelnuts for the Nutella. Really hope you love it! Have a great day, Ella x

  • Lindsay F

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lindsay, the nutella should be kept in the fridge in a sealed jar for about 3 days! Hope you love it! Ella x

  • Alice

    Hey Ella… just måde this….. sø amazing and taste so good. It is super cool just these very natural ingredients can produce something so amazing. Thank you for introducing me to a new way approaching food xxxx

  • Olivia

    Hi Ella, I was just wondering if my nutri bullet was strong enough to do this?
    Thank you so much, Olivia

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Olivia, the nutri-bullet probably won’t work for this recipe. It really needs a food processor in order to make it really smooth and creamy! Hope you love it! X

  • Olivia

    Hi Ella, just wondering if my nutri bullet was strong enough to make this
    Many thanks, Olivia

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Olivia, sadly the nutribullet wouldn’t be powerful enough to blend this into a smooth and creamy texture. Blenders usually need liquid to function so I definitely recommend using a food processor for this recipe. Hope you love it! X

  • Lily Slonim

    Ella, I tried this spread and it was amazing! Currently, I am writing a health/fitness and we wrote about this recipe! Check it out:

  • Pamela Farquhar

    Does this have to be stored in the fridge?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Pamela, yes I would keep it in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 3 days. Hope you enjoy it! X

  • emma

    Hi Ella

    I made this Nutella substitute but it was really grainy and thick not smooth and swlicous looking like yours!

    Where did I go wrong?

    P.S just bought your book and it is Amazing! Thanks so much X

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma, make sure you blend the hazelnuts for a good ten minutes first and then blend again after adding in the remaining ingredients. Try adding in a little water too. Make sure you blend it until it’s completely smooth. A high powered food processor is really important too! Hope it turns out delicious! X

  • Mollyhaddock

    can other nuts be substituted for hazelnuts as I can’t eat them. Thanks x

    • ellawoodward

      You could try using pecans or almonds instead. Hope it’s delicious! X

  • Sarah Karenne

    Hi Ella, just made this. oh my god…. so good:D xxxx

  • Ana Margarida Guilherme

    Hi Ella! Can you use honey instead of the maple syrup? I can never find maple syrup in the supermarkets here in Portugal. Thank you!!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ana, yes honey should work well too! X

  • Bongi

    Hi Ella,

    So I just made your nutritious Nutella and it tastes absolutely amazing! Thanks for this awesome recipe ( I made the one from the app) . My question is , how long and where can I store it ?


    • ellawoodward

      I’m so happy you love it! Store it in a sealed jar in the fridge for about 3 days! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    We have updated both recipes and they are now the same, hope you love it! X

    • Jenn

      Ahhh, well now that makes sense. Thank you :)

  • ellawoodward

    Date syrup is a great substitute for maple syrup. The nutella lasts up to three days in an airtight container in the fridge, hope you love it! X

  • ediciocc

    Hi Ella! I just started reading your blog ( and love it, of course!). A lot of your recipes call for Maple Syrup. Can you recommend a specific brand thats more clean and doesn’t have added sugars? Thanks!

    • Ella

      Any organic maple syrup that is 100% with no additives is great, and you can get them from anywhere. Right now I’m using one from Waitrose and one from the Buckwild brand x

  • ellawoodward

    You could try using pumpkin seeds instead however they have a very different taste to hazelnuts so the nutella won’t taste the same! Hope it still turns out delicious x

  • Vanessa

    Hi Ella. Got mixed up and did pecan nuts, 2 big sp of raw cacao, 2 dates and 1/2 cup of water and it tastes amazing! (I dont usually do’amazing’, but it IS)

    • ellawoodward

      That sounds really delicious too, so happy you loved it! X

  • Reni Tilger

    I just made the nutritious nutella and I want to kiss you for bringing this into my life !!I love it — it is so good! x Reni

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Catherine, yes this recipe needs to be kept in the fridge and lasts up to 3 days. Sadly it doesn’t last much long but I hope you still got to enjoy it! Have a lovely day x

  • lovealwayserica

    I just began putting this into bowls of porridge with banana and blueberries and oh MAN Ella, it’s a winner. Try it out, you must!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Giulia, sadly you do need a food processor for the recipes as a blender just won’t turn the hazelnuts into a smooth and spreadable consistency. It lasts for 3 days in an airtight jar or tupperware in the fridge. Hope you get a chance to make it and love it! X

  • Francisca Reis

    Hi, Ella
    Do you think it would work if I froze the nutella and then used it whenever I needed….? Just because although we all adore nutella in the family , I’m not sure if we would go through a whole jar in just 3 days… thanks and I love your blog as I’ve been trying out all of your different recipes and I’ve ordered your book from Portugal…Can’t wait until it arrives!!

    • ellawoodward

      So sorry but I’ve actually tried freezing it before but I’m not too sure if it would work. It might be worth a try. If it works well let me know! Hope you and your family love it and enjoy the book! X

  • ellawoodward

    I am so sorry to hear that this Nutella didn’t turn out well. MI have never seen it turn into a gummy consistency before so I’m not too sure what happened. You may need to add a little more liquid. It also depends on the food processor you are using. You really need a good quality one like a Magimix in order to create a really smooth consistency. Have a lovely day x

  • Maria

    Hi ella, Thanks for this amazing recipe! Me and my boyfriend enjoying it so so much! we like it even more than Nutella itself! 😀 Just one question. Do you have the nutritional facts of your recipe? Thanks! Greetings from europe!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Maria, so happy that you and your boyfriend are loving it! So sorry but I don’t have the nutritional information for any of my recipes. Really hope you continue to enjoy each recipe as you make them x

      • Maria

        Thanks for your quick reply! Yes we will for sure! I will find it out by sorting out each ingredient 😀 Have a blessed day! and thank you for your recipes!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Beth, the app gets updated every 3 months or so with all the recent blog recipes and the 5 new exclusive app recipes. The nutella recipe is in the breakfast section of the app, hope you love it x

  • Jenna

    Hi Ella. What do you have the nutella with (i.e. alternative to bread)?

    • ellawoodward

      I have the buckwheat and sunflower seed bread from Biona. Or I love spreading it only granola bars, flapjacks or oaty cookies x

  • Brónach Lafferty

    How do I store this once it’s made? Literally just made it – so delicious!

    • ellawoodward

      It’s best kept in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to three days, so happy you like it! X

  • Jonathan Drury

    Hi Ella, I love this. I love Choc spread and staying healthy so much I started a company! It’s called Savvy Spreads! Mine keeps in a cupboard for 1.5 years! Keep up the good work. – Jonny

  • ellawoodward

    Yes agave should work well too! X

  • Jen

    Supposing you could resist eating this as quickly as I suspect I might, how long would it last stored in the fridge? Thanks :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jen, it lasts for up to three days in an airtight container or jar in the fridge x

  • Jill Elliot

    I purchased the book and there is no mention of dates in the recipe! I love dates and Nutella. Where do the dates appear?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jill, there aren’t any dates needed in this recipe but I’m sure this would be delicious spread onto medjool dates! X

  • Kristin Miller

    OMG I love making and eating this – thanks so much! Even my kids are crazy for this ‘real’ nutella!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sara, yes sadly it doesn’t last well past three days. It’s best to keep it in an airtight containers or jar. The nut butter lasts for ages and it’s best to keep it at room temperature rather than the fridge. Hope you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sara, so sorry but sadly it doesn’t keep very well after three days. You could always halve the batch! So happy you loved it x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes it’s best stored in a sealed jar in the fridge. It keeps best for up to three days. Hope you’re enjoying it x

  • Lisa Kerlin

    this is so good. thank you, ella!

  • ellawoodward

    I would make this in a food processor rather than a blender! Hope you love it x

  • ellawoodward

    I’ve never tried it with hazelnut butter before but I imagine that it would alter the consistency – definitely worth a try though! X

  • ellawoodward

    The nutella lasts up to three days in a sealed jar in the fridge x

    • lisa

      thank you v much x i try best do learn healthy

    • Nebob Peebsley

      As long as I don’t eat it all!

  • Jacqueline Daniels

    As well as a delicious recipie, no harm is being done to the orangutan’s and their habitat. Well done and thank you

  • Kate Strickler

    Hello! I just came across this and it looks great. I was wondering, why does it only keep 3 days? I currently make my own PB and it lasts a very long time. What is the difference with homemade nutella?

    • ellawoodward

      Glad you like the look of it! It is because it contains water and sugar that it doesn’t last as long as plain nut butter x

  • ellawoodward

    You can use either raw or regular cacao powder, although I am not sure about the nutritional value of non-raw cacao. Glad you’re enjoying the recipes x

  • sonya ritchie

    Hi Ella how long does this stay fresh in the fridge??? It is divine btw….xx

    • ellawoodward

      I keep mine in an airtight container for 3 days. Glad you love it x

      • sonya ritchie

        I might make half the mixture the next time as I’d hate to waste a drop it’s just divine… can it be frozen it wud make class fudge if I’ve any left I thought I might try that and see what happens…xx

        • ellawoodward

          I haven’t tried it but feel free to give it a go, sounds like a great idea! x

  • Mafalda Nobre

    Hi! Do you think I could use honey instead of maple syrup? Thank you for the recipe!

    • ellawoodward

      I haven’t tried it myself but I think it should work fine x

  • Alice de Almeida

    Dear Ella, Thank you for this lovely and simple recipe. When I get a sweet tooth, I always come here first, and then I don’t resort to sugar. Lately, it’s been the coconut raspberry mousse (made this three times!!), and now this. My husband is crazy about it, and says it is on ‘a different level’ than nutella, and I completely agree. Like each recipe I’ve tried of yours, the flavors are amazing, and you feel so good afterward too.

  • Rosie

    Hi Ella- I am totally addicted to nutella too so really want to make this healthy version work for me. The version I made looks exactly like yours above but it doesn’t taste sweet enough- would you recommend adding more maple syrup, or something else? Mine tastes a bit bitter. Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Feel free to add some more maple syrup to sweeten it x

  • Lenka Soldátová

    Hi Ella, is it possible to use syrup from dates, not the maple one? Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Yes I imagine date syrup should work really well too! Hope it tastes delicious x

  • Stella Bajada

    Hi Ella, was just wondering if the hazelnuts should have the ‘skin’ on or off for the Nutella? I have both your books and they are incredible! I’ve even managed to convert my picky-eater boyfriend to eating all the delicious food :)

    • ellawoodward

      I usually make them without the skin but it actually doesn’t make much of a difference! So happy to hear you’re both loving the recipes! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes I buy them raw and then roast them myself. I’ve not tried making this with store bought roasted hazelnuts before but I imagine this should work too, although the roasting part does help to release the natural oils which helps to blend it into a smooth consistency. I would try roasting raw hazelnuts yourself if you can! X

  • Alice Wright

    Hey ella,
    I’ve just made the hazelnut spread and it’s to die for! Just wondering, should I be keeping this in the fridge or not? Also, how long does it keep for, I’m sure my family and I will gobble this down before the best before date though!
    Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      It’s best kept in a sealed jar in the fridge and lasts up to three days. So pleased you’re enjoying it x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry I’m not sure as I have never tried! x

  • Nuz

    Hi thanks for this – I didn’t have any hazelnuts and used pecan nuts instead with pleasing results!