It's so simple to make your own homemade sugar free nutella! All you need is 4 basic ingredients and a blender. This keto chocolate hazelnut spread is nutritious and seriously delicious. We love it on low carb bread for breakfast and use it in desserts - it's a decadent topping for ice cream or cupcakes.
Did you know that "real" Nutella contains over 56 % of sugar per jar? If you eat two tablespoons, you are consuming 34 grams of sugar, which equates to eight-and-a-half sugar cubes.
If you look at it like this, Nutella is not a hazelnut spread, but simply spreadable sugar. In fact, it only contains a measly 13% hazelnuts. Its main two ingredients are sugar and palm oil. Which begs the question:
Can I have nutella on keto?
Absolutely - if you make your own keto nutella! You'll find that this homemade version is not only very easy to make, it also trumps the original in terms of taste BY MILES.
Plus, it's packed with healthy fats and fibre. And it will keep your insulin levels stable!
And today I simply mixed a spoonful into plain yoghurt. Delicious!
How to make sugar free nutella - step by step:
1.) Roast your hazelnuts for around 10 minutes until the skins start to peel off.
Let them cool, then rub in a tea towel or with your hands until all skins are removed.
If you can get hold of blanched hazelnuts, you can save yourself time and skip this step.
2.) Here are your ingredients: hazelnuts - skins removed, melted coconut oil, powdered sweetener, unsweetened cocoa powder and (optional) vanilla extract.
TIP: If you're buying your nuts without skins, option to dry-roast in a frying pan to gently brown them. This adds additional depth of flavour.
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor (a stick blender with attachment will also work) and start blending!
3.) After about 2 minutes your spread will look like this - still quite firm. Scrape down the sides and continue to blend. You may have to do this a couple of times.
4.) Continue to blend for another 3 minutes until your sugar free nutella is smooth, almost like a thick chocolate sauce.
Taste and adjust the sweetener if necessary.
Then fill into an airtight jar and store either at room temperature or in the fridge.
Which blender do you need to make Keto Nutella?
I use my regular food processor all the time for mixing dough because it's easier to clean. But it does not have the same power as the Vitamix or another high speed blender. The same counts for a stick blender with attachment.
In this recipe, you'll get a smoother spread if you use a high speed blender. In fact, if you wanted your sugar free nutella to be COMPLETELY smooth, simply continue blending for circa 12 minutes.
5 minutes of blending will yield a nutella that still has a few hazel-nutty bits in it.
Depending on the power of your blender, you may find that you need to add more liquid to the recipe.
You can add 1 additional tablespoon of coconut oil and, if your mix is too thick, up to 2 tbsp of nut milk (such as almond or hazelnut milk).
The vanilla extract is optional, but does add a lovely warm note. If you want, you can also add a pinch of salt.
In this image you can see how firm homemade nutella is straight from the fridge. Because it doesn't contain emulsifiers, it takes on the texture of fudge.
If you let it sit at room temperature for around 10 minutes it's PERFECT and spreads easily.
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Simple Sugar Free Nutella
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- high speed blender, food processor or stick blender with attachment
- If you're using nuts with the skins on: Roast your hazelnuts in a preheated oven at 180 Celsius / 350 F for 10 minutes or until the skins start to come off.
- Once the nuts are cooled, rub them in a towel or between your palms to remove the skins.
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender/food processor until smooth. This should take around 5 minutes, depending on the power of your appliance. In between, scrape down the sides of the blender.
This post was first published in May 2016. It was updated with new images in March 2020.
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