Nutella is one of the world’s most popular spreads. This is a simple mix of chocolate and (very few) hazelnuts, with milk, refined sugar and palm oil. It’s not gourmet at all, but people love the taste, which is why it’s so popular. However, you could make your own and bypass all the bad ingredients, and also up the protein/calcium by adding more hazelnuts, and having less sugar. Here are some nice recipes, plus a few good brands if you prefer to buy. Above is Homemade Vegan Nutella (Carlo Cao) from a talented Swiss/Italian chef. Keep chocolate and hazelnuts away from pets (and nuts away from small children).
Also try Carlo’s’s Coffee Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse. This light fluffy mousse uses aquafaba (a vegan meringue made by whizzing up brine water from leftover cans of chickpeas).
No-Bake Vegan Nutella Bars (Addicted to Dates) are created by a talented Irish classically-trained baker. These are the perfect pick-me-up for a midday slump, make a batch to keep you going for a few days!
4-Ingredient Vegan Nutella Fudge (Full of Plants) is a simple recipe that you are sure to like. All you need is hazelnut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and melted cocoa butter (with optional vanilla extract).
Vegan Nutella (Crumbs & Caramel) is made with whole hazelnuts, coconut oil, salt, vanilla and chocolate chips. Make one batch at a time, to avoid over-use of a food processor (or you may burn out the motor!)
Vegan Nutella Espresso Cheesecake Mousse (Rainbow Plant Life) puts 3 desserts in one, with no refined sugar, palm oil or animal ingredients in sight. The homemade Nutella is topped with an espresso cheesecake mousse, for double-indulgence.
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Tart (Crowded Kitchen) begin with a buttery graham cracker hazelnut crust, then it’s topped with a chocolate ganache, and hazelnut on top for crunch.
No-Bake Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake (Rainbow Plant Life) is super-simple to make, with just a handful of ingredients. The food processor does most of the work, and the recipe is also free from gluten, soy and oil.
Where to Buy Vegan Nutella
If you live with pets, use a letterbox guard for home delivery. Never buy chocolate sweetened with xylitol, as any licked or eaten could be lethal.
- Crwst Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Wales) is a delicious blend of roasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate, made with coconut milk.
- Mr Organic Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread is a rich creamy spread that you can eat from the spoon, spread on toast or spread into frozen yoghurt. If the oil separates, stir it back. Sold in a glass jar. This has a much deeper flavour, and uses rich cocoa with rice creamer, and toasted hazelnuts from northern Lazio in Italy (known for good nut harvests).