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It is DAY 25 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month and we are into our last week of the Vitamix 5200 giveway. 

Today I am posting one of my favourite guilty pleasures - home made vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. I was reminded of this naughty little recipe when my friend, Mika, texted me yesterday requesting an alternative to peanut butter for her son, Kai, who refuses to put anything else on his toast! I gave them a Vitamix for Christmas, and suggested they make their own flavoured nut butters in their blender, and then move onto fruit spreads and then healthier vegetable spreads like the pineapple ginger spread. 

Even though this spread contains a lot of sugar, I decided it would be a great fun start to get Kai excited about making his own spreads. He really enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with smoothies, so I think this will work! I almost didn't post this recipe because it is so simple and easy. But then, I remembered., "that is the point of this recipe site!" Besides, the combination of chocolate and hazelnut never gets old!

So here it is! Vitamix Recipe #25: Home Made Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Spread. You can make this in 15 minutes (including roasting the hazelnuts) in your Vitamix or food processor. **Note: you cannot make this in a regular blender.

This recipe is very simple: just use hazelnuts, cacao powder, vanilla, water or oil, a pinch of salt, and your choice of sweetener. Play around and find what works for your taste preference. But here is the blend I like the best. 

This recipe makes about 1 cup and will keep in the fridge for up to a week. But it never lasts that long.

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp filtered water depending on what you need
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Roast the hazelnuts at 350 F for about 8-10 minutes until they slightly darken and become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them. Just a few extra minutes can spoil them. Allow to cool.
  2. Remove the skins by rolling inside a tea towel or by placing them in a mesh bag used for lemons or limes. **See piggy tip below.
  3. Place the hazelnuts in your Vitamix or food processor. You cannot make this in a regular blender.
  4. If you are using a Vitamix, just mix until ground.
  5. If you are using a food processor, mix for a few minutes until a paste forms.
  6. Now add in the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined - about 1 minute.
  7. **You will need to scrape the inside of the carriage and then blend again.
  8. Place in a glass jar and allow to cool completely.
  9. Keep in the fridge (if it lasts that long).
  10. This will be good for about a week in the fridge. But it never lasts that long.
  11. Makes about 1 cup. 

Tip: remove hazelnut skins and catch the nuts in one fell swoop

After allowing the roasted hazelnuts to cool, place them in a recycled plastic mesh bag with small holes like you buy lemons, limes or oranges in. Tie both ends and then rub the bag between your hands over the sink or trash can. All of the skins will slip through the bag leaving the whole naked treasures inside. Now that is better than the dirty tea towel approach!

Tess, when I saw this one come in on Facebook, I knew right away I was whipping it up today.  FABULOUS!  I did alter a bit - I used 1 TB. of maple syrup and about 8 drops of liquid Vanilla NuNaturals Stevia ( to lessen the sugar quota) and added a few drops of orange extract. HOLY MOLY!  I just want to sit in the corner and eat this stuff like a piggie! :) 
This is a true winner and I think it’s better than the real Nutella - just my opinion.  Thanks!


Kibby PIG OUT on this!
Your blend sounds A-MAZING!
I just whipped it up and HOLY MOLY indeed!
You are quickly becoming my number one piggy blending friend.
Thanks for sharing.

Cool - big smiles!  I love your recipes!  Also, your enthusiasm for nutritional quality and tastiness.  That’s what I am about too.  I want the best quality of nutrition but it has to taste DARN GOOD.  I love spending time in kitchen playing and creating.  You have become one of my favorite sources for inspiration and consider you a friend.  Thanks!

Yes! We ARE friends now :)
Yes! I agree. Whole Foods and GREAT flavour!
Hopefully we will meet half way one day and have a cook up!

Ah homemade Vegan Nutella on tap! My kinda recipe!  I already know this is going to be amazing! Thank you!


HA! Yes! We Aussies LOVE our Nutella!

Do hazelnuts not need to be soaked for easy digestibility and easier blending like cashews and almonds?  Just curious, I want to try this soon but am being careful with nut intake.  Thanks.


All nuts are best if soaked and dehydrated to neutralize enzyme inhibitors and increase nutrient potential and digestibility. However, you must use dried nuts to make butter. You will get a slimy mess if you use soaked. If you soak the hazelnuts to activate them, they must be dehydrated.

I made a version using dates for sweetener and started in food processor.  I didn’t like the texture so added soy milk and agave and blended in the Vitamix to a silky smooth texture just about the same thickness as Nutella.  I like it for a treat on graham crackers, or just by the spoonful.


Great! Thanks for sharing your blend.

Can I replace the maple syrup with honey instead? I can’t seem to find maple syrup anywhere in Portugal.


Honey isn’t vegan so I can’t imagine she would approve that substitution. Try something else to sweeten, like dates or coconut sugar.

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