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jar of joy.

homemade nutella? Yes ma'm.

Grown-up Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Nutella)
Makes about 14 ounces
10 oz/ 300 grams hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
2 oz/ 60 grams cocoa nibs
1/2 to 2/3 cup/ 60-70 grams powdered sugar
7 teaspoons unrefined hazelnut oil
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
To toast the hazelnuts, preheat your oven to 300F and spread the nuts on one layer on a large baking sheet. Toast the nuts for about 15 minutes until golden brown, then rub their skins off with a clean cloth. Set aside.
Toast the cocoa nibs by placing them in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until they darken and are slightly shiny. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place the nuts and cocoa nibs in a food processor and chop them until they liquefy. Your processor will sound as if it’s throwing a hissy fit and about to implode, but keep your finger on the pulse button until you get a thick, lovely dark chocolate hazelnut butter. The nuts and nibs will first gather into a ball before turning into butter. To help move things along, you may need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl to ensure that everything is pulverized.

Add the sugar, oil and espresso powder and pulse again, scraping down as needed until everything is well incorporated into a lusciously thick sauce. There will still be chunks of nibs remaining which will give a slight crunch to each spoonful.

Store the spread in clean and dry airtight containers/jars and refrigerate. Bring the spread to room temperature before using. 


  1. I love hazelnuts.

    I love chocolate.

    Yet, I've never in my life tried Nutella.

    I may just skip the store-bought stuff all together and give this recipe a try.

    I don't know how you do it, but every post I've read on your blog hits some chord with me.

    Random, I know, but if you're ever in Eugene (again) you should try Off the Waffle. It seems like it'd be up your alley. They serve leige waffles unlike anything I've ever previously had. By themselves they're great, but it's the toppings that make them incredible. To give you an idea there's one with mozzarella, tomato and olive oil. My favorite is the Shmooli which is pear, smoked gouda, apple sauce, smoked walnuts and coriander.

  2. Thanks so much Josh! I'm glad you like it!
    Love waffles! I will definitely have to try Off the Waffle. Portland has The Waffle Window which is delish, right on Hawthorne. Happy eating!