nutritious nutella

Nutritious Nutella

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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.

Nutritious Nutella: vegan, sugar freeNutritious Nutella: vegan, sugar free

Makes 1 jar

- 1 cup of hazelnuts

- 1 cup of medjool dates

- 1/2 a cup of water

- 2 tablespoons of pure organic maple syrup (please don’t use one with nasty additives)

- 1-2 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder (depending on how rich you like it)

Optional: 1/2 a ripe banana – gives a very subtle, but very delicious flavour!

nutritious nutella

Start by soaking the hazelnuts in water overnight, or for at least six hours – this is so important and the recipe just won’t work if you don’t do this! To soak simply place the nuts in a bowl and cover them with filtered water, then leave to one side. Once you are ready to make the Nutella drain the water from the bowl and discard it. Then place the nuts in a food processor with the pitted dates, fresh water, maple syrup and raw cacao (if you want the banana touch then add the banana at this point too) and blend for about 5-10 minutes, until a very smooth paste forms. Then store it in an airtight jam jar in the fridge. Enjoy!

  1. 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 ;)

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    1. 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! :)

      Reply
  2. 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!

    Reply
  3. 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?

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    1. 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

      Reply
    2. 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! :)

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    1. 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! :)

      Reply
  4. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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!

      Reply
  5. 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

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  6. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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

      Reply
  7. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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 :)

      Reply
  8. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

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  9. Caroline

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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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! :)

      Reply
  10. 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?

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      1. 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 :)

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  11. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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, goodnessdirect.com is just amazing! Have a wonderful weekend and please let me know if you ever have any other questions xxx

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  12. 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!

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  13. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  14. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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! :)

      Reply
  15. Zara

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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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! :)

      Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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 :)

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  16. 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.

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  17. 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

    Reply
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  19. 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.

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
      1. 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!

        Reply
  20. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
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  23. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  24. 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?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  25. 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
    Sophie

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

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  27. Johanna

    Hi,

    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?

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  28. 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

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  29. 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!
    xx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
  30. 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?
    Kristyn

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
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  32. 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?

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
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  34. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  35. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  36. 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.
    Rose

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
  37. 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?

    Ghita

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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! :)

      Reply
  38. 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!

    Merel

    Reply
  39. 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!!

    Reply
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  41. 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

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
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  43. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
  44. 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?

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

      Reply
      1. 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!

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  45. 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!

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

      Reply
  46. 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!

    Reply
  47. 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

    Thanks!
    Marta

    Reply
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