The benefit of making homemade hazelnut butter is a no-brainer. Have you ever seen the prices in the supermarket or organic store for hazelnut butter? Usually, you will also find refined sugar, cow’s milk powder, or palm oil added to them.
It is simple and fast to make your own hazelnut butter to add to pancakes or a sandwich or to add to your homemade porridge for breakfast.
If you like to make your own homemade nut butters, the principle is the same with other nuts like almond or peanut butter. I also tried it with walnuts and it is delicious!
This recipe is absolutely delicious super simple and quick, but it can be more or less time depending on the power of your blender, so make sure you have a good quality blender, I use this one. It is very powerful and you can clearly feel that it is made for this kind of thing.
It’s time to show you how to make hazelnut butter.
Ingredients for Plain Hazelnut Butter
This homemade hazelnut butter recipe calls for only one ingredient:
- 250 g of raw hazelnuts
Homemade Hazelnut Butter Recipe
Shell the hazelnuts (the longest step) and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Preheat your oven to 320°F (160°C) and roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes.
Take the toasted hazelnuts out of the oven and let them cool slightly at room temperature.
To remove the hazelnut skins from the nuts, rub them between your hands or in a clean tea towel and place them in your blender or food processor. It doesn’t matter if there is still a little skin left.
Blend the hazelnuts gently, gradually increasing the speed. Periodically pause the blending to scrap some of the hazelnut paste that has stuck to the sides of the food processor.
Repeat this process until you obtain a smooth paste. The time of blend will depend largely on the type of food processor you have. Personally, I like it when the paste still has a few tiny grains in it.
Depending on the nuts I use and their cooking time, I may add between one to three tablespoons of sunflower oil to adjust the consistency.
Hazelnut Butter Variations
Chocolate and Hazelnut Butter
This chocolate hazelnut butter is simply divine. With only 4 simple ingredients, it is very easy to prepare. The cashews make the texture creamier while the roasted hazelnuts give it that Nutella taste we love so much. We can spread it on our toast or add it to our pancakes and waffles. What a way to make our mornings perfect!
- 2 cups of oven-roasted hazelnuts without skin
- 2 cups of roasted cashews
- 150 g melted 70% dark chocolate
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp neutral-tasting vegetable or coconut oil
Blend the cashews and hazelnuts in a food processor for at least 2 minutes until it turns into butter. It is normal that the texture is not quite smooth at this stage.
Add the melted chocolate and the hint of vanilla and blend again until the texture is smooth. This may take several minutes. Add oil as needed to adjust nut butter consistency.
If you want to make a Nutella-like chocolate spread but are allergic to nuts, you can follow this NutlessEla dark chocolate spread recipe.
You can also try these hazelnut butter variations:
- Cinnamon hazelnut butter: add 1 tsp of ground cinnamon when you make hazelnut butter
- Vanilla hazelnut butter: include 2 tsp of vanilla extract to your original recipe
- Maple syrup and hazelnut butter: add 1 tbsp of maple syrup of that extra sweetness
- Coffee hazelnut butter: add 1/3 cup of espresso coffee and 1 tsp of vanilla extract
How To Serve Hazelnut Butter?
Here are a few ideas on how to serve your homemade hazelnut nut butter:
Dip: this is a great nut butter for dipping any of your favorite fruits, I usually enjoy doing this with apple wedges.
Baking: hazelnut butter is a great alternative to almond butter or regular oil for baking cookies. It is also good for baking with granola bars.
Equipment For Hazelnut Butter
Food processor to blend the hazelnuts
How to store homemade hazelnut butter
Store in an air-tight and sterile jar or container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Is Hazelnut Butter Keto Friendly?
Hazelnut butter is a great Keto-friendly and nutrient-rich option. However, it’s best to stay away from high sugar chocolate variants in order for you to get all of its health benefits!
Is hazelnut butter the same as Nutella?
Although Nutella is classified as a chocolate and hazelnut spread, it is mostly made up of sugar, modified palm oil, cocoa powder, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, soy lecithin, vanillin and hazelnuts. The Centre of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) describes Nutella as more sugar and modified palm oil than hazlenut.
In summary, stick to homemade nut butters, you’ll be in much better control of what you’re putting in your body!