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Skill Shop #11: Homemade Nutella

DISCLAIMER: i couldn’t find my memory card the other day when i was cooking, so the reason why this post looks like Instagram Heaven (Hipster Jah), is because it is shot (video + photo) on my Iphone.

The other day i was at home and Anne asked me if i had Nutella. Fail, i didn’t. A sad face ensued. So i had the deliberate, now obvious, epiphany to make my own.

After thinking about it and going over the recipe in my head (you see i don’t test my recipes first, i kind of just make them appear in my mind and if it makes sense i’ll do it) i realised that it couldn’t be too complicated.

I forgot about my chocolate incompetency for a while, shelved the idea thinking no one would be interested to see it and went on with work, waiting for inspiration to throw something at me. I went on local food blog Pepper.ph and saw this http://www.pepper.ph/quickmelt-cheese-katsudon-how-to-make-katsudon-youd-love-to-come-home-to/ where they basically call me a leek lover. Health freak, fat hater, fake Jaime, abs galore (i wish), call me anything you want, but never call me a leek lover. What an insignificant vegetable. They basically begged me to let The Fat Kid loose. Interestingly, they just posted earlier their Nutella Truffles with, yes, you guessed it, Store Bought Nutella (pfffft). So, i’m taking it one stop further, Homemade Nutella. Oh and my sweetener you ask? Condensed milk. Mind Blown.

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Homemade Nutella (or Chocolate Hazelnut Butter)

You want at least 2 cups of ground hazelnuts or you can mix it up: 1 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts and 1/2 cup ground almonds. Make sure your hazelnuts and almonds are toasted a little (in the oven just put them in dry) so that they release their natural oils. Next you want to put them in a food processor and just grind them until it starts looking like peanut butter (you can add in a tbsp of peanut oil to help if you’re not getting a paste like consistency. Melt 6oz of dark chocolate (real chocolate please – check the ingredient list, at least 70-80% dark) with a knob of butter in a double boiler and add it to our nut butter mix with 1/4 cup of condensed milk, 1/3 cup of whole milk, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blast the whole thing until nutella like consistency is reached. Bear in mind that when you keep it in the fridge it’ll get slightly harder.

Remember, your taste buds are king and my recipes are secondary. Add milk for a more liquid mix, add salt if you need more of it, add condensed milk if you want it to be sweeter, add cocoa powder if you want a stronger more bitter chocolate balance and add more hazelnuts, well if you need more hazelnuts. You will eventually find your own perfect balance. This was mine.

Now, what makes this recipe indulgent? Well most of the “bad calories” will be coming from the condensed milk and the sugar in the 80% dark chocolate. So if you want to make this Nutella extra healthy, use an alternative, artificial sweetener or my preference is using a natural one (honey or agave in little quantities) and then don’t use the chocolate, stick to the Cocoa powder only and just add some milk if you need something a little more liquid. Trust me it taste just as great. You will realise that Nutella is actually more hazelnut than it is chocolate.

41 COMMENTS

    1. Amer September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

      You rock !

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    1. sheila September 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

      You make it sound so simple!! Will definitely try this

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    1. Feliz September 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I’m not a chocolate lover but I am really trying this! Sounds so simple!

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    1. Cams September 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Will try this as soon as I get my hands on some hazelnuts!!! By the way, David Lebovitz also has a recipe for homemade nutella! Here’s the link just in case you wanna try his version too: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/02/homemade-nutella-recipe-chocolate-hazelnut-spread/. But I’m looking forward to getting my hands nutella dirty with your recipe! :D

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    1. ara September 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

      omg omg you legend :D hahah !!
      love this recipe, omgggg would be soooooo good with peanut butter and banana on toast :D :D :D :D !

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    1. kat-kat villamor September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      wow homemade nutella for a chocolate lover like me!!! this is really perfect!!!! 2 thumbs up i will definitely try this tnx for sharing the recipe looking forward for more recipes like this, so HEAVENLY ^_^

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    1. joey @ 80 Breakfasts September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      My childhood favorite!! Until now actually…I always have a jar in my pantry. I definitely must try my hand at making my own!

      omgcondensedmilk!!!

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    1. bhing villamor September 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      gonna try this recipe! wanna taste the other version of nutella :)

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    1. ian September 12, 2012 at 3:09 am

      this simply AWESOME!!!!!

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    1. Patr1sha September 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I wanna try to make that!!! You’re so great Kuya Erwan! Can I have some?:>

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    1. Arianne C September 13, 2012 at 4:01 am

      Hi, Kuya Erwan!

      If I don’t have a food processor and use a blender, would it change the
      consistency of the almond? or it would stay the same?

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    1. Giselle September 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I love to try this one out! It definitely looks like a healthier alternative for Nutella.

      Can I just ask if anyone knows the background music used? I know, out of topic. I just can’t not ask.

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    1. Yasmin Joo September 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

      I love nutella! I’m certainly trying this one. Thanks for posting!

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      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

        Yay!

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    1. mira September 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

      you are just so great!

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      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:02 am

        Thanks! You are too!

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    1. joseph October 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

      new food, new addiction….
      no need to buy nutella in supermarket….

      that’s cool!….

      i think i can gain my weight here….

      enjoy eating…

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

        haha thanks!

        ….

        ….

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    1. Scarlet Scorpion October 4, 2012 at 4:49 am

      How long does this last in the fridge?

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      1. Ace October 11, 2012 at 5:23 am

        Great question! Need this info before I make it! I live in OKC and travel to TX every week. I want to be able to enjoy my homemade nutella til it’s all gone! Probably not as long as store bought nutella, (with all it’s preservatives and such!) idk.

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        1. Erwan October 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

          About 2-3 weeks :)

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          1. trexcy October 12, 2012 at 5:56 am

            mine 1 day lang,

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

        2 weeks

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    1. Gem October 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

      hmm nice! it’s prolly nice to also have some bits’f nuts that’ll give a lil crunch as you take a bite off ur sandwich right? wachoo think? haha
      amazeballs how you’re so diligent in replying in most of your blog readers’ comments. haha keep it up and Godbless ya!:) (new reader here)

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

        i try i try i try!!! its tough! haha thank you for reading

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    1. Ace October 11, 2012 at 5:16 am

      I am a beginner cook! And I am falling inlove with baking as well! I love baking cupcakes and outlet sweet things! So, this totally hits home for me! I mean nutella! Come on! I was a little skeptical about this; but as soon as you said you cook or make things without a recipe… And you test your product as you go… I thought So do I! The homemade nutella looks delicious! Im going to try it myself and let you know how well your recipe is! Ha!
      Cheers, Ace

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      1. Erwan October 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

        Go for it!

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

        let me know how it goes :)

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    1. CHICKYTHING October 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      And how do you stay so skinny? I’m jealous.

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

        i work out way too much haha and i watch what i eat. read my life diet post

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    1. tatik November 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

      ms anne curtis is soooo sexy and i love her! , being her guy, do you let her eat chocolates that will make her become fat? sorry i’m being rude, just asking.. :)

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      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 3:20 am

        not about the blog ;)

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    1. pepito November 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

      This is great!:) Thank you for the “how to” vid. How long is the shelf life?

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      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

        i’d say 2 weeks

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        1. pepito November 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

          Thanks:) Can’t wait to try it.

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    1. Hilarica Mae January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Amazing, Mr. Erwan. Post more recipes please. :-)

    Reply
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    1. Yanna May 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Where could I buy hazelnuts? I’ve been finding them in every grocery and supermarket I go to. :(

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    1. Sarah March 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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