Where to begin? Nutella is what dreams are made of! This creamy, sweet, and nutty delicious chocolate hazelnut spread has the ability to make crepes, toast, cake, ice cream, and almost everything better. But the original Nutella sadly isn’t vegan. In this guide we showcase the most popular vegan chocolate hazelnut butter brands available in stores and a delicious recipe for homemade Nutella.
The original version of Nutella is full of dairy, but there are several insanely delicious vegan versions on the market (this Nocciolata is our absolute fave). Plus, the recipe below is much healthier and cruelty-free!
What Is Nutella—and Is Nutella Vegan?
Nutella is a divine smooth and creamy chocolate hazelnut spread commonly used in sweet crepes, on toast, drizzled on top of ice cream, and beyond. The original Nutella (by the brand called Nutella) is unfortunately not vegan (it contains milk). But Nutella is essentially a mix of chocolate and hazelnut butter, and you can easily make your own that is even better than the store bought kind!
In this recipe we show how to make Nutella with just three ingredients: creamy hazelnut butter, dark chocolate, and coconut milk. That’s it!
The Best Vegan Nutella Brands
This recipe is ridiculously simple, with only three ingredients. But f you can’t be bothered making your own, there are several brands of vegan Nutella that exist today! Here are our favorites:
- Nocciolata Dairy-Free Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa (palm oil free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)
- Justin’s Chocolat Hazelnut Butter
- Artisana Organics Hazelnut Cocoa Spread
- Vor Foods Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (palm oil free, certified Kosher, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free with BPA-free packaging)
- Jem Organics Sprouted Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
- Wild Friends Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
- Gooey Snacks Hazelnut Cocoa Spread
- Fine & Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Spread
Many of these options are available online and in stores, but if you can’t find them, you can also substitute any chocolate nut butter for Nutella in any recipes (or to eat by the spoonful).
Always Better Homemade!
Whenever you can avoid buying the processed version of something, try making it yourself! There are so many staples which I prefer to make at home. If not to save some money, to generate less waste and, to be honest, sometimes homemade just tastes better.
For example, when it comes to almond milk, homemade tastes so much better to me. Maybe its the lack of additives or just the freshness, but there’s a whole world of difference between the two. Same thing with vegan Nutella! Store-bought brands usually come with many other ingredients added like oils and extra sugars, but this minimal version is much cleaner.
Vegan Nutella Add-Ons
We don’t need to argue that Nutella on its own is pretty amazing, but a few add-ons here and there could help you make a variation to switch it up every now and then! But how?
Adding a few simple dashes of cinnamon to the mix could give it a delicious fall/holiday touch. Yum! What about some drops of peppermint flavor (oil or extract)? Minty chocolate Nutella sounds dreamy, right? Something like after-eight spread? Yes, please!
If you don’t mind playing around with the texture, you could add some chopped peanuts, coconut shreds or cacao nibs (if you like the crunch!) and the more obvious addition of roasted hazelnut pieces. A bit like crunchy peanut butter!
Ways to Use Vegan Nutella
Wondering how exactly you can use Nutella in your cooking, baking, and recipes? Well, first of all, this shouldn’t be a problem because you can always eat it straight from the jar with your beloved spoon! But if you need a bit of guidance, here are a few ideas.
Spread it on bread (or anything!)
Slice some white baguette and just spread it all over. On your morning toast or bagel? Yes! You can also try a vegan Nutella and banana sandwich in place of a classic PB&J.
Fill some vegan crepes
Have you tried Nutella filled crepes before? They are the ultimate sweet winter street food here in Europe. On the cold evenings in London or Paris, they have carts line up with steaming pans of freshly cooked crepes, which can be filled with delightful Nutella, banana, strawberries, and beyond. Now you can make your own version of that at your cozy home! Perfect!
Enjoy it as a fruit dip
If fresh strawberries are in season, enjoy them dipped in Nutella, fondu style!
Drizzle it on (basically) everything
This homemade vegan Nutella would be an amazing topping for your cozy bowl of morning oats or the well-deserved ice cream bowl of ice cream on Friday night. You can mark my words; this goes well with anything sweet!
Eat it by the spoonful
If you’re itching for a sweet treat, grab a spoonful of Nutella — it’s just as satisfying as a square of chocolate!Print
There’s nothing more dreamy than eating vegan Nutella out of the jar! This recipe is so simple and so addictive you’ll be using this spread on everything. Crepes, toast, sandwiches, as a fruit dip…the sky is the limit! Chocolate hazelnut spread, here we come!
- 3 tablespoons of creamy hazelnut butter (details on how to prepare your own below)
- 3 tablespoons of vegan dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
- Using a double boiler, melt hazelnut butter, dark chocolate, and coconut milk together, mixing until well combined. As soon as it’s all melted and mixed, it’s done! Remove from the heat and transfer into a glass jar.
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Can’t find Hazelnut Butter? Let’s Make Our Own!
Ok, we know! Hazelnut butter may not be something you can find easily at your go-to grocery store. But trust me when I tell you that making your own takes a few minutes, and it’s so, so good!
You can find hazelnuts at the bulk section at some grocery stores. Extra points if you find them on sale! Making your own hazelnut butter only takes one ingredient, hazelnuts, and a food processor and warm oven.
- Place your hazelnuts on the tray (make sure it’s only one layer) and bake at 350° F for 15 minutes.
- Make sure you check it often! You don’t want them to burn because you’ll waste that batch.
- When they are ready, take them out and place onto a clean kitchen towel.
- Rub them until their skin easily peels off.
- Place them in your food processor and process until a cream is formed. You might need to stop and scrape the sides a few times.
- Keep on going until you get smooth nut butter (like creamy peanut butter)!
More Vegan Chocolate-filled Recipes?
- Cozy Spiced Hot Chocolate
- Double Vegan Chocolate Donuts
- Silken Chocolate Pudding
- Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
- Best Vegan Dessert Recipes
Homemade Vegan Nutella photos and recipe by Zhoro Apostolov for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Thank you to our recipe testers Nicole Benson and Helen Di Renzo. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which support our work at World of Vegan!