Dairy-free Choc Hazelnut Spread


My daughter has some allergies that make enjoying treats a bit tricky.  She loves chocolate, but can’t have dairy, gluten, or eggs. So Nutella is off the list for her – along with many other (healthier) versions of the hazelnut spread.  So, we tried out a few different homemade Nutella recipes and this is our favourite. Its dairy, gluten, and processed sugar free!


  • 1 1/2 cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup (optional) 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and add hazelnuts to a baking tray in a single layer. Roast for about 8-10 minutes just to warm the natural oils and loosen the skins.
  2. Let the nuts cool a little, then pop onto a clean tea towel and given them a rub to remove the skins.  You don’t have to remove every single spec of skin, but the more you take off, the nicer your spread will be.
  3. Next put the skinned hazelnuts into a food processor (with the S blade) or a high speed blender and process for around five minutes, scraping down when necessary.  You know you’ve hit the right consistency when the spread is creamy and almost runny.
  4. Next melt your chocolate in a double boiler (or a microwave in 30 second bursts).
  5. Add the salt and vanilla extract to the nut butter and blend until well incorporated.
  6. Add the melted chocolate to the food processor a little at a time, mixing in between.  
  7. Once you’ve added all the chocolate and blended it well, have a taste and add in more vanilla, salt, or some maple syrup to reach the taste you prefer.
  8. Enjoy on bread, waffles, pancakes, or as a way to sandwich cookies. Put it in a pretty jar and use as a teacher gift, or a Christmas present.  But definitely don’t just eat it with a spoon. I’d NEVER do that…

Trending articles…

Salted Caramel Balls

I love a simple no-bake recipe! These are super tasty and one of my favourite raw treats to have in the house. 2 cups cashews 1 cup shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling) ¼ cup dried dates 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tbsp Tahini 2-3 pinches pink himalayan salt 2-3 tbsp...

read more
Raw Chocolate Slice

This is a regular treat in our house that the whole family enjoys.  It’s foolproof and has been made in a number of different ways using a variety of different nuts, seeds and sweeteners. The following combination is definitely my favourite. 2 cups cashews ½ cup cacao...

read more
Homemade Teriyaki-style Sauce

My daughter loves teriyaki chicken, but I hate to use many of the shop-bought sauces. Most are packed with chemicals, and it’s hard to find ones that are gluten-free. Here’s an easy homemade sauce that is perfect for marinating, basting, or dipping!  It’s not the most...

read more
How to Have a Cool Baby in the Summer Heat

As temperatures rise we can finally cast off the winter woolies and think about picnics in the park and days on the beach.  But while it’s easy to slip, slop and slap if you’re a grown up, keeping a baby safe from the heat is a little more complicated. Here are three...

read more

Love our vibe?

Learn about becoming a part of our tribe of Mumpreneurs…