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This homemade Sugar-Free Nutella recipe is your ticket to enjoying that iconic chocolate hazelnut spread without the sugar crash. It’s great for keto followers or anyone cutting down on sugar, using natural ingredients to whip up something truly delicious.

A glass jar filled with creamy sugar-free nutella chocolate spread, sitting on a wooden surface with a light backdrop.

❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Healthier option: This homemade version is packed with healthy fats and without any added sugars.
  • Vegan Keto-friendly: Perfect for those on a low-carb diet, this vegan nutella recipe is also paleo-friendly.
  • Easy to make: Only a few simple steps required.
  • Versatile: Great as a spread or in various recipes.
  • Delicious taste: Rich, nutty flavor that doesn’t compromise on taste. This low-calorie nutella is just like store-bought Nutella.

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

Ingredients for making sugar-free hazelnut spread, including hazelnuts, oil, vanilla extract, sweetener, salt, almond milk, and cocoa powder, labeled and arranged on a wooden surface.
  • Roasted hazelnuts: The star of the show, giving that authentic Nutella taste. I’ve included instructions on how to roast raw hazelnuts (it’s easy), but you can also buy them roasted and peeled. If hazelnuts aren’t your thing or hard to find at the grocery store, try almonds, macadamia nuts, or cashews.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a hint of sweetness without sugar. No real substitute for vanilla, but you can skip it in a pinch.
  • Cocoa powder: Gives the deep chocolate flavor. Use good quality unsweetened cocoa powder for the best taste.
  • Sweetener: This keeps it sugar-free. I use a stevia and erythritol blend. You can use any powdered sugar substitute that fits your diet, like monk fruit, allulose, or xylitol. If you’re using granulated sweetener, give it a quick blitz with a blender to make it finer.
  • Oil: Hazelnut oil is best but hard to find. Avocado oil, light olive oil, or melted refined coconut oil works too.
  • Unsweetened almond milk: Thins the mixture to the perfect consistency. You can substitute with any nut milk or even regular milk if you’re not avoiding dairy. Just check the carb count to keep it keto-friendly.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavors. A good pinch is all you need.

🥣 How to Make Homemade Keto Nutella

  1. Roast your hazelnuts (optional): You can pop them in the air fryer at 300°F/150°C for 12 minutes, roast in the oven at 350°F/175°C for 13-15 minutes, or toast them in a pan on the stove over medium heat for 6-8 minutes. You’re aiming for golden and fragrant nuts. You can also buy them pre-roasted.
  2. Skin the nuts: Once cool, rub them between your hands or in a kitchen towel to get most of the skins off. It’s okay if some stick around.
  1. Process into butter: Whizz the skinned hazelnuts in your food processor or a powerful high-speed blender until they turn into a creamy butter. This takes about 10 minutes, and you’ll need to scrape down the sides and under the blades a few times.
  1. Powder your sweetener (if needed): If your sweetener is granular, blend it into a fine powder with a stick blender.
  2. Mix it all up: Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sweetener, and salt to the hazelnut butter in the processor.
  3. Blend in the liquids: Start blending again and slowly add in the oil. It may become a little tacky but that’s okay. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  4. Finish with milk: Drizzle in the almond milk while blending until you get the consistency you like.
  1. Extra tip: If the mix is too thick, just add a little more milk. If it’s too runny, add a bit more hazelnut butter.
A close-up view of a knife in a jar of smooth, dark sugar free Nutella, showcasing a creamy texture with swirls made by the knife.

🪄 Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Texture control: Adjust the consistency by playing with the amount of oil and milk. More liquid makes it runnier, great for drizzling!
  • Sweetness to taste: Depending on your sweetener, you might want more or less. Taste as you go and adjust.
  • Quality matters: The better the cocoa and hazelnuts, the tastier your Nutella will be.
  • Nut allergies: If you’re allergic to hazelnuts, consider a seed-based version with sunflower seeds.

🫙 Storage Instructions

  • Airtight container: Store your homemade Nutella in an airtight container to keep it fresh. I use an old Nutella glass jar for mine!
  • Refrigerate: It’s best kept in the fridge, where it can last for up to 2 weeks.
  • Room temperature: If you prefer it a bit softer for spreading, you can leave it out at room temperature for a few hours before use, or zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Stir before use: Natural oils can separate, so give it a good stir if you notice any separation.

✨ Variations

  • Other nuts: Mix it up by using almonds, cashews, or even a blend of nuts for different flavors.
  • Spice: Throw in a pinch of cinnamon or even a dash of chili powder for a spicy twist.
  • Chocolate boost: For extra chocolate richness, add 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee.
  • Chocolate Orange: Add a couple of drops of orange extract to make a chocolate orange hazelnut spread.
  • Extra creamy: Blend in a spoonful of cream cheese or Greek yogurt for a creamier texture.
  • Protein-packed: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for a nutritional boost. Hazelnut, chocolate, or vanilla works well. You may need to add a little more unsweetened almond milk to thin it out as well.

🍽️ What Can I Serve With This Healthy Nutella Recipe

  • Breakfast: Spread it on keto pancakes or waffles, swirl it into keto oatmeal, chia seed pudding, flaxseed pudding, or yogurt, or make a keto Nutella frappuccino with 2 shots of French press espresso, 2 tablespoons of this homemade nutella recipe, a little milk, and ice.
  • Desserts: Make chocolate-covered strawberries with Nutella, use it as a filling for crepes, layer it in parfaits, dollop it on top of ice cream, or blend it into milkshakes for a decadent treat.
  • Snacks: Dip fresh strawberries or apple slices, or spread on keto bread or crackers.
  • Spoon: ​My favorite way to eat it is straight from the jar.

✅ Keto Nutella vs. Nutella — Nutritional Facts

According to Nutella’s website (and the top of my Nutella jar), one teaspoon (15g – it’s dense) is 80 calories and 8.6g net carbs. Shocking! Who eats just one teaspoon? Here is the nutritional information for one tablespoon of Nutella compared to this sugar-free version, peanut butter, and almond butter.

(per tbsp)Regular NutellaPeanut
Butter
Almond ButterThis Keto Nutella
Calories2409410142
Carbs26g3g3g1g
Fiber(doesn’t say)1g0.5g1g
Net carbs26g2g2.5g0g
Protein2.5g4g2.5g1g
Fat14g8g9.5g4g
Sugar25g1.5g1g0.3g

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this Nutella without a food processor?

Yes, but it’ll take some elbow grease. You can use a high-powered blender; just be sure to give it breaks and stir frequently to avoid overheating.

Is this Nutella gluten-free?

Absolutely! All the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten-free, making it a safe choice for those with gluten sensitivities.

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Sugar-Free Keto Nutella Recipe

Bethany Galloway
This homemade Sugar-Free Nutella recipe is your ticket to enjoying that iconic chocolate hazelnut spread without the sugar crash. It's great for keto followers or anyone cutting down on sugar, using natural ingredients to whip up something truly delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 38 Tablespoons
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g roasted hazelnuts 1.5 cups
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons sweetener of choice I used stevia erythritol
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil, avocado oil, or light olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

Roast Hazelnuts (optional):

  • Begin by roasting the hazelnuts if needed. You can do this in the air fryer at 300°F/150°C for 12 minutes, OR in the oven at 350°F/175°C for 13-15 minutes, OR roast them in a pan on the stove for 6-8 minutes over medium-low heat. When they're golden and the skins start to fall off, they're ready.
  • Remove the skins from the hazelnuts once they’re cool enough to handle by rubbing them between your fingers. It’s okay if some of the skins are stubborn and stay on.

Make Nutella:

  • Blend the peeled roasted hazelnuts in a food processor until it is hazelnut butter. This will take about 10 minutes, starting at a medium speed, and increasing to full speed for the last 3 minutes. Occasionally stop and scrape down the sides and under the blades as you blend. It will be the consistency of creamy peanut butter when it’s ready.
    200 g roasted hazelnuts
  • (Optional) Blend your sweetener with a hand blender in a jar until it is a fine powder.
    3-4 tablespoons sweetener of choice
  • Add the sweetener, vanilla, cocoa powder, and salt to the food processor with the hazelnut butter.
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Blend for 5 minutes on medium-high speed.
  • Add the oil and blend for another 3 minutes. The mixture may become a little tough and sticky. That’s okay.
    2 tablespoons hazelnut oil, avocado oil, or light olive oil
  • Drizzle in the milk and blend on high power for another 3 minutes.
    4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

Notes

    • Texture control: Adjust the consistency by playing with the amount of oil and milk. More liquid makes it runnier, great for drizzling!
    • Sweetness to taste: Depending on your sweetener, you might want more or less. Taste as you go and adjust.
    • Quality matters: The better the cocoa and hazelnuts, the tastier your Nutella will be.
    • Nut allergies: If you’re allergic to hazelnuts, consider a seed-based version with sunflower seeds.
    • Food processor: You need to use a high-speed blender or food processor for this. It doesn’t need to be fancy – my food processor is a Braun from the 1990s and it does the trick!

Storage Instructions

    • Airtight container: Store your homemade Nutella in an airtight container to keep it fresh. I use an old Nutella glass jar for mine!
    • Refrigerate: It’s best kept in the fridge, where it can last for up to 2 weeks.
    • Room temperature: If you prefer it a bit softer for spreading, you can leave it out at room temperature for a few hours before use, or zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
    • Stir before use: Natural oils can separate, so give it a good stir if you notice any separation.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword keto nutella, low carb, paleo, sugar free nutella, vegan
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