Nutella Perfected

by HEAB on November 11, 2009

Remember my homemade vegan Nutella?


It was so yummy but a little a difficult to spread. Enter Katie’s favorite rice milk...


My favorite as well Katie! I simply blended 1 cup of the rice milk with my Nutella in the Vitamix, and voila…


It’s like my ABU, but with vegan Nutella instead of almond butter. NBU? NTU? Nuts4U? Nutella Sauce? I don’t know – what do you think I should call it?

One thing I do know is that it’s delicious!


First I tried it on a Cinna-Monster Apple, and then I had more on my Protein Ice-Cream with cinnamon.


I’m in love, and now I’m going to have to talk to my local Costco about carrying hazelnuts. 🙂

How are your recipes coming along for my POM Wonderful pomegranate giveaway? Remember, the contest ends this Sunday night, and I can’t wait to see some of your creative ideas.

P.S. Have you entered this giveaway yet?!? I’m dying for a Magic Bullet!

P.P.S. I love Einstein. 🙂



Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) November 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Oh my goodness, I love Nutella but I recently went vegan so this is perfect for me!! Thanks so much Heather 🙂

That’s my fave rice milk too, ha ha.

Gena November 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I think I vote Nuts4U, too.

But who cares about the name — looks AMAZING!

Tina November 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I like Nuts4U the best 🙂 That looks super good! I’ve been debating if I should get a jar of Nutella…not sure if I should keep it around! haha

24carrots November 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thank you for answering. I appreciate it.

Abby November 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

I was in Spain last year and for some reason Nutella was EVERYWHERE.. I mean like gas stations, clothing stores.. lol all over. This looks delicious! What a great topping for some fresh fruit.

Stephanie November 12, 2009 at 6:48 am

Every name I think of sounds dirty, so I think I’ll just keep my mouth shut and tell you that it looks awesome! 🙂

eatmovelove November 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Hey Heather – great creation! Maybe you could market it ;). THANK YOU for informing me of the – I love it!! I do try to get to studios, but it can be so time-consuming, so I like to practice at home if I can…I have DVD’s, but get bored after awhile – plus, they’re usually hit or miss…sometimes I’ll do my own ‘freestyle’ , but I like to have something ‘organized’ and to follow at times – for motivation. This site is going to be great!! I tried the ‘Core Strengthening’ 20-min free one today – super quick before work and just lovely 🙂 Okay…sorry for the novel, haha!

gina (fitnessista) November 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

hahah i personally like “nuts4u” 😉
love the pic of you and your pupper! so cute
have a great night, friend 😀

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I want to come up with something to make these nut butters creamy but still either shelf-stable or something that won’t go bad as quickly as any “milk” will. Water- bleh. Torani, yes but chemically. WHAT!?? Help heabs?!

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Deb, I have the answer, but you won’t like the calories. Coconut oil.

Bethany November 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I love the Nutella Sauce! Definitely need to make it! 🙂

Light Delight with Tou Tou November 11, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I like Nuts4U 🙂

Apple goes so well with the cinnamon! so addicted!

marla November 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

By the way, the new site looks great!!

marla November 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Gotta make this homemade Nutella as I am not getting near the stuff you find on the grocery store shelves. I am a huge fan of nuts, unsweetened cocoa powder and Stevia. Today I picked up a container of NuNaturals stevia. Added it to an applesauce and oatmeal recipe……to be posted soon!!! Love that u post daily, want to fit that into my crazy days!!
How long can u store this Nutella in the fridge….with the rice milk in it??

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Marla, Not sure – 7 days maybe…if it lasts that long. 🙂

24carrots November 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm


Not sure if you will get a chance to answer this, but I am thinking of buying the vitamix and I just want to get your opinion if its worth it. I know you do a lot with it, but in addition to a vitamix do you own a food processor? I can only afford to by a really good vitamix or food processor and am at a loss.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

24 Carrots, Oh my, it it ever worth it! However, I will be honest, I use both my food processor and Vita-Mix everyday. Honestly, I might go with a really good food processor over the Vita. I use my food processor for homemade nut butters, chopping, pureeing squash, raw soft serve ice-creams, etc. Yep, I’d go with the food processor, and as long as you have a somewhat good blender for smoothies, life is good. 🙂

Teresa November 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I’ve had the same “spread-ing” issues with my homemade nutella, so I’m totally going to give this a go once I get back into my kitchen. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Bekah November 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm

as always, you’ve won me over with your oh so fab recipes.
happy wednesday my dear!

RunToTheFinish November 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm

ohh man I so need to make your version. I bought nutella for the first time a few weeks ago and was then a little weirded out at the ingredient list

Alisa - Frugal Foodie November 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Oooh, that version of Nutella does sound reeeeeally enticing.

Paula November 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm


letseat2live November 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

i made some over the weekend, too! like you, i found it difficult to spread as well, but unlike you, i have been dealing with it! not no mo! i will be making it into sauce when i get home! 🙂

Ameena November 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

That Nutella looks even better than the real thing. I can’t wait to try it.

Shelby November 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Nutellabu is the best I’ve seen so far!

I’m totally buying hazelnuts this weekend. Your recipe sounds scrumptious 🙂

claire November 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Fabulous!!I can have my Nutella now…. dairy free:-) cc

maggie November 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Mmmmm way to get me wanting to make nutella now! and your great ideas =)



Food-Fitness-FreshAir November 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Vegan Nutella! No way…I’ll have to try this less sinful version. Cute picture by the way 🙂

Tina November 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

How ’bout you call it perfection… CAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT IS!!!

Heaven must be missin’ an angel, Heather 😉


eaternotarunner November 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Ok I REALLY need a vitamix I just decided 🙂

Scott McIntosh November 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

I want Cinna-Monster Apple. I coming over!

(and I miss Einstein)


Kate November 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

Ah-HA! That’s just what I needed to thin out my cocoa almond butter in my recipe entry! I knew it needed a little liquid added, but I never thought to add rice milk. I’m assuming almond milk would work as well? Hmm, I will have to experiment with this further! Thanks for the idea.

Have a great day Heather!

~ Kate

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Kate, Yes, almond milk should work. That’s what I always use in my ABU. 🙂

luckytastebuds November 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

Mmmm that looks like an excellent replacement for Nutella….especially love the idea of Nutbu. hehehe

I definitely looked up your post on how to make this and i’m glad to know that you have to churn for a really really long time! hahah good thing the motor didn’t actually die on you! That wouldn’t have been too awesome. 🙂

Thank you again for sharing more wonderful idea Heatherboo! Have a lovely day!

peaceandpeanutbutter November 11, 2009 at 10:39 am

Awww Einstein! What a cutie 🙂

Thanks for keeping us updating on the Nutella recipe. I’m on it!

Pure2Raw Twins November 11, 2009 at 10:35 am

Gosh I haven’t had Nutella in a long time, although I prefer your recipe : ) I love chocolate and hazelnuts together…oh with some orange zest YUM!

Runeatrepeat November 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

My co-worker clipped a Nutella recipe for me the other day. It was in the Balt Sun I think. But, I am too lazy to make it. I will enjoy the pics of yours though 🙂

Holly November 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

vegan nutella is genius. turning it into VNBU (vin-boo) is even more genius. and that wig night with your friends is AWESOME – that sounds like something my friends would (and now WILL) do soon! have a wonderful day!

katherine November 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

I would die is Costco started carrying hazelnuts – that would be amazing!!!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) November 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

How about “Nutella Like it is”? Tee hee…

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

Good one Diana!

Chocolate-Covered Katie November 11, 2009 at 9:56 am

Nutella sauce?! I think that might be your best creation yet. Oh no, wait, how could I forget the Oaties? 🙂
I just made a Wild Bar sauce, and I was thinking of putting it on Brownie Batter pancakes… but now I think I’ll abanandon that idea and try your sauce on the pancakes instead!

And as usual, I can never repay your kindness!

Oh, and Molly and Henry say HI to Einstein :). They want to play!

Katie November 11, 2009 at 9:55 am

Maybe I’d like that better then the Nutella version?

That dog is adorable. so handsome! Trading in CD are we?

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

Katie, Nah, as much as I love my pups, I think I’ll keep CD around. 🙂

kbwood November 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

ahh delicious! i have to make that asap!

molly @thevegandorm November 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

that sounds DELICIOUS! and looks amazing!
that dog is beautiful!

Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 11, 2009 at 9:41 am

Looks like heaven in a jar 🙂

missyrayn November 11, 2009 at 9:35 am

Rice milk makes everything better. That looks amazing!

dailygoods November 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

yummm heather!! i was in san fran this past weekend at foodbuzz fest, and went to a farmers market and took pics of some huge squash’s that reminded me of you! it’s going to be in my next post 🙂 i’ll let you know when i post it! xoxo

Janna (Just Flourishing) November 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

MMM I love your ABU… and I just know I will love NBU/Nutella sauce. MMM chocolate.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

Hmm… im drawing a blank for your concoction… looks amazing though!!
Apparently kabocha is nowhere to be found in my normal markets, so once i go to the Japanese market, kabocha soup here i come!!

fitforfree November 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

(or maybe Nutellhabu, for the hazelnuts!)

The Pancake Girl November 11, 2009 at 9:11 am

Your homemade nutella looks so good and creamy!! PS. That pic of you and Einstein is so cute! What a great dog’s name, too.

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fitforfree November 11, 2009 at 9:10 am

I think you should call it Nutellabu 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 9:11 am

fitforfree, I like it. 🙂

VeggieGirl November 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

BAHAHAHA love the photo of you and Einstein 🙂

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 11, 2009 at 9:06 am

I’m loving the homemade nutella. I prefer my nutbutters to be more ‘spreadable’, too. Looks so yummy.

Erica November 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

owwww Josh would LOVE this- he is a major nutella fan. Great idea to add the rice milk.

How are things out your way? Work going well?

Heather Eats Almond Butter November 11, 2009 at 9:10 am

Erica, You should totally make this for Josh, or even better, I’ll make him some and give it to you guys later this month. Can’t wait to see ya! Work is going okay. Usually only working in the afternoons and early evenings. No one wants a massage in the morning. 🙁

Evan Thomas November 11, 2009 at 9:02 am

I think Nutella Sauce is a good name 🙂

Danielle November 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

Nutella sounds incredible! How ’bout some kabocha? Yeah, it’s up:

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