I am a huge Nutella lover and have probably consumed embarrassing quantities of it after breakups, during sleepovers, at the cinema where no one can see how much I have eaten and while watching reruns of America’s Next Top Model by myself. Obviously this unhealthy obsession had to stop, but I didn’t want to completely give up licking chocolate off a spoon while Tyra Banks taught skinny models how to smize, so I resolved to compromise. I found healthier substitutes to make my homemade version of Nutella. My easy-to-make, gluten-free, vegan, hazelnut chocolate crunchy spread is not only nutritious but also delicious. You won’t be able to put your spoon down, but don’t worry, you won’t have to.

The hazelnuts are packed with a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats; that will keep your heart healthy, skin glowing and aid digestion. Dates are rich in iron, potassium, calcium and fiber and are a great anti-inflammatory while raw unsweetened cacao powder is a wonderful source of antioxidants.

You need:

  • 1 cup of hazelnuts that have been soaked in drinking water overnight.
  • 1 cup of seedless dates. The stickier, the better.
  • 1/2 a cup of water.
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Make sure it doesn’t have any artificial flavorings, additives and any other icky suspicious ingredients.

Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until a crunchy paste forms, which might take up to 15 minutes depending on your food processor. Transfer the chocolatey goodness to any airtight jar you have lying around at home. The last time I made it, I used an old jam jar.

I like to devour my healthy homemade Nutella over toasted gluten-free bread that I buy from Terra Earthfood, but most often I simply lick a spoon full of it – without feeling guilty.

Note: If your food processor is stubborn and starts to smoke (trust me, next generation food processors love to smoke), turn off the processor and allow it to cool down before continuing to blend the ingredients. For best results, allow the processor to take a break every couple of minutes while it cools down with words of encouragement.

For your convenience, by clicking on the underlined ingredients you will be redirected to the website where I buy them from.

– Photograph and video by Nithin Barath, BV Vishnu and Dinesh

11 Comments
  • Jib
    May 15, 2016

    I still remembered your healthy nutella recipe and I have just got a chance to make it today. It was incredibly awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ishika Sachdev
      May 23, 2016

      SO glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know, means a lot. Do keep me posted! Have a lovely week. Best, Ishika

  • Agustina Putri
    March 17, 2016

    can you replace hazelnut with almond ?

    • Ishika Sachdev
      March 18, 2016

      I prefer hazelnuts for this recipe, because hazelnuts are the actual nuts in Nutella. 🙂 Hope that helps! Using almonds will alter the taste but I think it will still taste pretty yummy!

  • Divya
    December 7, 2015

    Hi Ishika

    Can u plz lemme know for how long can v keep this Nutella refregirated??

    Cheers
    Divya

    • Ishika Sachdev
      December 8, 2015

      Hi Divya,
      Hope you’re well. If it’s in an air tight container, it should last 7-10 days in the refrigerator. Have a lovely week. Best, Ishika

      • Divya
        December 11, 2015

        I made this toda and it tastes incredible 😄😄😄😄 Thanx much 4 sharing dis clean yet delicious recipient and I’m sure dat it’s not gonna last more than 2 days in ma fridge 😊😊😊😊

        • Divya
          December 11, 2015

          Recipie* sorry typo

        • Ishika Sachdev
          December 15, 2015

          Yay so happy to hear that and thank you for letting me know! 🙂 Have you tried making the healthy raw fudge brownies as well? Recipe on the EAT section of blog. That’s another favourite!! Big hug xxxx

          • Divya
            December 19, 2015

            Wow looks like another clean yet delicious recipie 😄😄😄😄 yep .. will definately try it during these hols

          • Ishika Sachdev
            December 25, 2015

            Thanks Divya, yes do try it and let me know how it turns out. Would love to hear back from you. Lots of love and happy holidays. xx

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