It's simple to make homemade sugar free nutella! All you need are 4 basic ingredients and a blender. This keto chocolate hazelnut spread is nutritious and seriously delicious. We love it on 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.
Enter this keto nutella recipe! You'll find that this homemade version is not only very easy to make, but 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!
Here are the ingredients for sugar-free nutella:
- Hazelnuts - Either buy them with the skins on or buy blanched hazelnuts, which have the skins removed. I have included instructions on how to roast whole hazelnuts in the oven to remove the skins. You can skip this step if you find blanched roasted hazelnuts.
- Coconut oil - Adding a little coconut oil helps to make the hazelnut spread smoother. It is especially important if you don't have a super-powerful high-speed blender. Must be melted.
- Powdered sweetener - I used to make this recipe with powdered erythritol. These days, I prefer to use allulose because the Nutella turns out smoother. Erythritol blends such as monk fruit sweeteners re-crystallise as they cool. That's why the sweetener must be powdered. Stevia drops are another alternative.
- Cocoa powder - Unsweetened cocoa powder is the way to go.
- Vanilla extract - This is not an essential ingredient, but it does add flavor.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Let's make keto nutella at home! Here are the basic steps. For ingredient amounts and a detailed method, scroll down to the recipe card.
1.) Roast the hazelnuts in the oven until the skins start to peel off and the nuts are golden.
2.) Let them cool, then put them in a mason jar and shake. Alternatively, rub in a tea towel or between your hands until all skins are removed.
3.) Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor (a stick blender with attachment will also work) and start blending!
4.) 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.
5.) Continue to blend for another 3 minutes until the spread is smooth and looks like a thick chocolate sauce.
6.) Taste and adjust the sweetener if necessary. Fill into an airtight jar and enjoy!
#1 Bought a pack of nuts without skins? No need to turn on the oven. Dry-roast the hazelnuts in a frying pan on the stovetop over low heat until golden. This brings out their nutty flavor.
#2 To lift the flavor even more, add a pinch of sea salt.
I have made this recipe in both a regular food processor and my Vitamix. The Vitamix, which is a high-speed blender, gives a better result.
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 an attachment.
This does not mean that this nutella recipe won't work with a regular blender. It just takes more time. You may also need to add additional liquid.
In a high-speed blender, it takes 5 minutes for a nutella that still has a few hazelnutty bits in it. When I use my regular food processor, I blend an additional 2 minutes.
In fact, if you want your sugar free nutella to be COMPLETELY smooth, simply continue blending for 12 minutes
Depending on the power of your blender, you may find that you need to add more liquid to the recipe.
If the mixture does not become smooth, add one additional tablespoon of coconut oil or up to 2 tablespoons of nut milk. I normally use almond milk because it is low in carbs. You can even use water.
This recipe for sugar free nutella absolutely does not taste exactly taste like real nutella. It tastes so much better! It is a proper hazelnut chocolate spread, with wholesome ingredients. It tastes incredibly nutty and it has a deep chocolate flavor. It is also a lot less sweet (of course, you can adjust the recipe is you prefer more sweetness!)
Keto nutella has lots of wonderful uses.
First up, you'll want to spread it on buttered low carb bread.
Or, it can be a decadent topping or filling for sugar free cake.
Let's talk about how best to store sugar free nutella.
Any glass jar with an airtight lid will work well here. And then you'll want to store the spread in the refrigerator. This way, it stays fresh for several weeks.
In the image above you can see how firm homemade nutella is straight from the fridge. Since 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.
And last but not least, it's also possible to freeze keto nutella! I once froze a batch in an ice cube tray and ended up with delicious hazelnut fat bombs.
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Simple Sugar Free Nutellafrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- high speed blender, food processor or stick blender with attachment
- If you're using nuts with the skins on: Roast the hazelnuts in a preheated oven at 180 Celsius / 350 F for 10 minutes or until the skins start to come off and the nuts are golden brown.
- 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 takes around 5 minutes, depending on the power of your appliance. In between, scrape down the sides of the blender. ***see notes
This post was first published in May 2016. Updated with more tips and tricks in January 2024.