Nutella is the perfect example of something that should be keto-friendly but is far from it. The label displays a simple chocolate hazelnut spread, but the ingredients list reveals a different story: Nutella’s primary ingredient is sugar.
Although there are some sugar-free Nutella-like products, they rarely match what I can make at home. In fact, my homemade keto Nutella is so good that I had to share the recipe with everyone.
With just five ingredients — most of which are commonplace in the keto kitchen — you can create your own keto-friendly chocolate hazelnut spread.
Can I Eat Nutella on Keto?
Nutella, the original sweetened hazelnut cocoa spread product, is not keto-friendly. It contains so much sugar that each serving has 21 grams of net carbs.
To ensure that your chocolate hazelnut spread is safe for keto, we recommend making it yourself.
With this recipe, you can eliminate over 90% of Nutella’s net carbs while enhancing its overall flavor. All you need is the right keto ingredients and a high powered blender or food processor.
Five Essential Keto Ingredients for Homemade Sugar-free Nutella Spread
To make this keto Nutella recipe, you’ll need:
- Hazelnuts — Getting them raw and roasting them yourself is best. However, if you want to save time and simplify the recipe, you can also use dry roasted hazelnuts. Just make sure the product has one ingredient: hazelnuts.
- Butter (or a flavorless, healthy oil) — 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised will be the healthiest, most flavorful type of butter. This Nutella recipe can also be made with plant-based keto oils, such as MCT oil, avocado oil, and high-oleic sunflower oil.
And three flavorings:
- Cocoa powder — Any product that is made of 100% cacao will do. Double-check the label to make sure it is non-alkalized and unsweetened.
- Vanilla extract — Look for a sugar-free extract to minimize the net carb content of your spread.
- Erythritol (or your preferred keto sweetener) — This will add sweetness to your Nutella spread without net carbs that’ll impair ketosis. Virtually any variety of erythritol will work, but powdered erythritol will yield the best texture.
How to Make Keto-friendly Nutella: Three Steps to Indulgence
To get the perfect texture for your keto Nutella spread, it also crucial to follow the right sequence of steps:
- Prepare and blend the hazelnuts. Roast, remove the skins, and blend until the nuts release their oils.
- Blend in the rest of the ingredients. Add the keto sweetener, melted butter, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder.
- Taste and adjust. After 1-2 minutes of blending, check the flavor and texture. If the spread is thicker than you would like, add extra melted butter or keto oil 1-2 teaspoons at a time until desired consistency is reached. If you’d like to enhance the flavor, feel free to add a pinch of salt or a small amount of extra flavorings.
And, of course, don’t forget to indulge and store the leftovers in an air-tight jar. When stored in this way, it will last about a month at room temperature.
Adding Keto Nutella to Your Diet: How Much Can You Eat and What to Eat It With
Since this Nutella recipe has over 80% fat with only 1 gram of net carbs per tablespoon, it is an incredible keto food.
Keep in mind, however, that it is possible to slow your weight loss results by overindulging. This is because it can add so much fat to your diet that your body will be forced to put the brakes on fat loss.
If you’d like to indulge in your keto Nutella in a way that boosts your results, follow the recommendations in our guide to optimal fat intake.
Keto Nutella Substitution FAQs: Sweeteners, Vegan Nutella, and Other Flavors
One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to customize based on your ingredient preferences. Below we’ve included answers to the most common questions regarding keto Nutella:
Can I Use a Different Sweetener? Replacing Erythritol
Yes, you can — just make sure it is a keto-friendly option. For more about the best keto sweeteners, follow this link.
To find the right replacement ratio, use our keto sweetener substitution chart.
Can I Make It Without Butter? Dairy-free, Vegan Keto Nutella
Any relatively tasteless keto fat/oil will work.
The best butter substitutes for this recipe, in particular, are also 100% dairy-free and vegan. This includes MCT oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and high-oleic sunflower oil.
MCT oil would be my top choice because it will boost ketosis more than the other oils and is relatively flavorless.
Can I Make This Using a Different Nut or Seed? Nut-free Nutella Option
Roasted hazelnut pairs so wonderfully with vanilla and chocolate that I don’t recommend swapping it out.
That being said, if you have a nut allergy and want to mimic the flavor of Nutella, roasted sunflower seeds kernels will be your best option. Simply replace the roasted hazelnuts with roasted sunflower seed kernels using a 1:1 ratio.
On the other hand, if you are looking to try a different type of nut-based spread, try following our homemade macadamia nut butter recipe instead.
- 2 cups hazelnuts, raw
- 1/2 cup erythritol/stevia mix, powdered
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Spread hazelnuts on baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until browned and fragrant.
3. Once slightly cooled, place hazelnuts in a re-sealable container with the lid on and shake vigorously.
4. Repeat the process until all or most of the skins have been removed from the hazelnuts. You can alternatively rub the skins off yourself.
5. Place the hazelnuts into a food processor or blender. Process for 2-3 minutes until the nuts start to form a nut butter, scraping the sides as needed.
6. Add powdered erythritol/stevia blend, cocoa powder, avocado oil, and vanilla extract. Continue to process for 1-2 minutes or until the consistency resembles a smooth spread. The spread should be smooth and glossy.
7. Taste and adjust sweetener. You can add liquid stevia 2-3 drops at a time until you find a sweetness level you prefer. Store in an airtight container (for up to a month) and enjoy!
This makes a total of 32 tablespoons of Keto Nutella. Each tablespoon comes out to be 62 calories, 5.8g fats, 0.8g net carbs, and 1.3g protein.
|2 cup hazelnuts, raw||1615||156||44||24||20||38|
|1/2 cup erythritol/stevia mix||40||0||0||0||0||0|
|1/4 cup cocoa powder||82||2||12||6||6||4|
|2 tbsp avocado oil||248||28||0||0||0||0|
|1 tsp vanilla extract||12||0||0.5||0||0.5||0|
|Per Serving (/32)||62.4||5.8||1.8||0.9||0.8||1.3|