How to Make Vegan Nutella - A Homemade Lactose Free Treat

I can't wait to put some of this on my toast for breakfast!
I can't wait to put some of this on my toast for breakfast! | Source

Who doesn't absolutely love Nutella? It is a little bit of chocolate heaven.

Unfortunately, this delicious treat contains both skim milk and whey and those milk products make this a non-vegan food. Additionally, they may cause problems for those who are lactose intolerant.

The other drawback to store-bought Nutella is the high levels of sugar in the jar. Yikes! I have a few simple options that will replace the white sugar with a much healthier alternative.

There is good news, though! It is extremely easy to make this dish at home without using milk products. Not only is this a healthier alternative, it is fun to make and just as delicious as the store bought version. Many times, I will downsize this recipe and make a small batch that will last a few days.

A few simple ingredients and less than twenty minutes is all it takes!

My bowl of Hazelnuts already had most of the skins removed.
My bowl of Hazelnuts already had most of the skins removed. | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Vegan Nutella

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Agave or Light Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk, (or Almond Milk)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, (optional)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil, (optional)
I laid the nuts out on a pan ready for a light roasting.  A longer time in the oven will bring out more toasted flavors.
I laid the nuts out on a pan ready for a light roasting. A longer time in the oven will bring out more toasted flavors. | Source
My Vitamix with a couple of cups of Hazelnuts ready to be turned into a buttery mix.
My Vitamix with a couple of cups of Hazelnuts ready to be turned into a buttery mix. | Source

Sweeteners

I prefer not to use white sugar when I can avoid it. There are a lot of health concerns that may be tied to the growing use of refined white sugar and I would prefer to minimize it when feeding my family.

Look at the table below for a listing of some of the healthier alternative sweeteners that are readily available at the grocery store.

Alternative Sweeteners

 
Other Sweeteners
 
Agave Nectar
Maple Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
Xylitol
Stevia
Lo Han Guo

Processing with a Vitamix

If you have never used a Vitamix, I highly recommend you give it a shot. These are high quality tools that will last a lifetime. It has a very powerful motor that spins the blades significantly faster than normal food processors. In fact, if you leave it running, the friction of the blades will heat up the water to near-boiling. Now that is amazing!

Instructions

  1. Lay the raw hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 350F for 10 minutes.
  2. To remove the skins, place the roasted hazelnuts in a paper towel and vigorously rub them. The skins should fall right off. Remove the skins.
  3. Place the nuts in your food processor and process them until they are smooth. I prefer to use a Vitamix, but any food processor will work fine.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process for another 2 - 3 minutes.
  5. For best results, stop periodically and scrape the sides of the container with a soft spatula.

Interesting History of Nutella

Did you know that Nutella was created in WWII? A baker in Italy used hazelnuts as a filler for a limited supply of cocoa. So, we can thank a world war and chocolate rationing for the advent of Nutella!

Storage

Once finished, I keep it in the refrigerator for use. I have also frozen excess amounts without any trouble.

Spread some on your toast and feel proud that you made this healthy version of a delicious treat!

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

GinnyLee,

This is awesome; my son is addicted to Nutella. I'd eat it more myself but I try to keep in lasting in the house for him. Never thought about making it; what an awesome idea. I wonder how much it would run me to make my own. I'll probably make a government sized portion ;-)

Voted up and awesome!


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GinnyLee 3 years ago from Arlington, VA Author

It wasn't that expensive. You only need two cups of nuts. The agave nectar is a little expensive, but it is so much healthier than having white sugar. I really enjoy it and feel great that it is much better for my family.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

GinnyLee,

It sounds awesome. I am absolutely going to try it. If I buy the ingredients in bulk I should be able to make a very large quantity. I'll have to let you know how I make out. Thanks for sharing!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I had never thought about making Nutella. What a great option for people who need lactose free foods as well as anyone who is interesting in cutting their sugar intake. Thanks for the great recipe and insight.


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DIYmommy 3 years ago

This is great!

My sister and her boyfriend are both vegans. In fact, as long as they have their facts strait, yesterday I learned that Oreos are actually an entirely vegan treat, believe it or not. With the creme inside, I guess I just assumed there was at least some dairy in there, but, apparently there isn't. If this is true, I guess being vegan doesn't always equate to "being healthy", but it seems more likely. That's for the great hub! I will have to pass this on to my sister.


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Faceless39 3 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Oh wow, vegan Nutella.. you just made my day!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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