Do it Yourself: Nutella


That’s right. DIY Nutella. As in – Do. It. Yourself. 

Do it Yourself Nutella - delicious, creamy, rich and chocolatey

I won’t lie to you and tell you that I love Nutella sooooooo much and just dream about it and go weak at the knees whenever it looks my way. I won’t because it’s simply not true. I like Nutella, I do. But my heart belongs to peanut butter. 

Anyways, I see all these recipes on different food blogs with Nutella and people just get so crazy about it, and then, yes, of course, since I live in Italy, we always have Nutella in the house and I’ve been known to nip into it every now and then, but it’s just not what really makes my soul sing. The idea of making my own though was intriguing.

Do it Yourself Nutella - delicious, creamy, rich and chocolatey

I’ll tell you a pet peeve of mine. And it’s a bit of a contradiction for reasons which I’ll explain shortly. But it really kinda bugs me when I see a recipe that looks great, and the first four ingredients come from various boxes and jars around the house while the rest of the recipe is like “add a pinch of salt, then bake in the oven for 5 seconds less than the recipe on the box calls for!” and then people are like, “OMG! I just love your creations!” (in a complete digression I’ll tell you that there seems to be a “bark” craze going on right now which appears to be, take every candy you have in the house, drop it in melted chocolate and butter, and let it set….) Now, OK, to be fair, there is a lot to be said for lateral thinking, but this is just one of my biggest pet peeves. And, OK, I’ll admit, since I can never get those ingredients, it just bugs me that in order to make whatever it is that I thought looked enticing I’d have to either a) make everything from scratch, or b) order from somewhere online at outrageously exorbitant prices. 

Do it Yourself Nutella - delicious, creamy, rich and chocolatey

I had been noticing that my Tiramisu alla Nutella is my highest viewed post, and I remembered that I had used the ENTIRE jar of Nutella to make it, and I thought about checking out the ingredients and then just making it myself to see whether it would be better and cheaper, and then, well, one thing led to another, and here I am with a recipe for DIY Nutella. 

So, first things first, it doesn’t taste EXACTLY like Nutella, but, if I may, I think mine is better. Nutella always gives me a bit of a nasty aftertaste – which, in retrospect is probably good as it limits how much I “taste” – and mine does not. Mine is simple – 5 ingredients – and you most likely have everything already at home except for the nuts (unless you’re counting visiting friends or family, or……no. I won’t go there. We’ve only just met.)

Do it Yourself Nutella - delicious, creamy, rich and chocolatey


Do it Yourself: Nutella

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Adding just a touch of instant coffee helps to mellow out the sweetness while enhancing the flavors of the dark chocolate. Don't leave it out if you can help it.


  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C peeled hazelnuts
  • 600 grams dark chocolate (at least 70% cocao)
  • 1 glass milk (possibly a bit more)
  • 1 TBSP instant coffee


  1. Put your brown sugar in your food processor and grind it to a fine powder
  2. Add the nuts and keep grindin'
  3. Grind until you have a "cream" and it smells like Nutella - this could take upwards of 5 minutes so be patient!
  4. Add the chocolate a bit at a time
  5. Add the milk
  6. The texture should be creamy, but if there are still lumps it's OK
  7. Put the "cream" from your food processor into a double boiler and stir constantly over the heat for 20 minutes
  8. Add the instant coffee a little bit at a time to make sure you dissolve it all.
  9. Don't skimp on the 20 minutes because you're thickening and melting everything together. It's worth it I promise!
  10. Take it off the stove and let it cool down.
  11. Once it's a room temperature pour it into large glass jar (think regular mason) or 4 smaller jars (approx. 3 jam jars)


Based on the Nutella recipe here:

A couple tips: My food processor is not that powerful. When I started to add in the chocolate I thought it was going to explode. It didn't (thankfully) but I didn't worry because I knew the double boiler step was coming. So, if your food processor is not that powerful - don't fret! Get everything else mixed together and then break down the chocolate into the smallest pieces you can and add it all together in your pot. It'll come out just fine. 🙂

2 Responses to Do it Yourself: Nutella

  1. Carol

    This is one of your best posts, I love Nutella but here in India its so damn expensive, now I will never have to resort to buying it ever again, thanks a ton for this recipe. Kudos to you!

    • spoiledexpat

      Thanks Carol! I hope you enjoy it – it’s well worth the time it takes! Sadly, my 4 jars did not last as long as I would have liked. Oh well, it’s an excuse to make more! 🙂

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