Homemade Nutella: #72 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Whenever I slept over at my Italian grandparents’ house as a kid, I would wake up to freshly baked panini with homemade nutella. It was just about the best thing I could imagine having for breakfast at the time. This recipe works best if you have a food processor or powerful blender – my cheap little blender almost burned out working through the nuts. The taste was worth it though!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($4 total)

1 cup dry roasted, unsalted hazelnuts – $3.50
1/3 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips – $0.38
1 tbsp butter – $0.16
2 tbsp icing sugar – $0.11
1 tbsp cocoa – $0.07
1/2 tsp vanilla – $0.10


1. Mix the hazelnuts and powdered sugar in a mason jar with a screw-on blender attachment (or food processor).

2. Mix the chocolate chips, cocoa, and butter in a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt the butter, then mix it all together into a thick melted paste.

3. Add the chocolate paste to the hazelnut jar/food processor, and blend until it’s as smooth (or chunky) as you like. Spread on toast, bananas, pancakes, or whatever else you would put nutella on!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 2 = decent meal
  • Environmental impact: 2 = moderate impact
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 15/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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