Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

When I was younger I had an Italian friend Rosanna, and I spent a lot of time at her house. We would often enjoy a spoonful (or three) of Nutella, right out of the jar and I thought that this treat came only from Italy. At that age I didn’t even know you could buy it in our shops and I still sneak some back from Italy when ever we visit as they serve it at breakfast in small containers. I read Lorraine’s recipe for Nutella and decided I could easily make this using fructose instead of sugar. I loved eating Nutella when I was younger and I have certainly missed this treat since I stopped eating sucrose based products at home. But, I totally messed up! I decided to half the recipe and I did that for the first two ingredients, but not for the rest! I decided not to go back and ‘fix’ it, and so I have called this a chocolate hazelnut spread instead of Nutella. It really is moreish, and it makes a great cake topping instead of icing. This version is not as smooth as the commercial version, but I kind of like the texture from the nuts.

how do you like to enjoy your Nutella?

Almond Financiers Dipped In A Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Almond Financiers Dipped In A Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Recipe Category: Condiments
Makes enough for: 1 batch Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 88 g roasted skinned hazelnuts
  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 30 mls fructose
  • 15 mls cocoa powder
  • 5 mls vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 30 mls canola oil


  • Melt the chocolate over a bain marie
  • Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until super fine
  • Once don, add the fructose, cocoa, vanilla and oil one at a time, processing between each addition
  • Add the salt and process until smooth
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix well
  • Tap the side of the bottle gently on your work surface to get rid of bubbles
  • Put the lid on and leave to cool
  • Refrigerate until needed

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35 thoughts on “Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

  1. Ooh yummy! Would you believe I only discovered Nutella last year? So many missed opportunities…..

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