Instant Low Calorie Nutella

This is not a joke.

I am being very serious. Nutella is very serious business, as you know. It is not to be messed with.

Some of you Nutella purists may not be happy about this. You don’t care that sugar is the first ingredient and you can’t pronounce some of that other stuff at the end of the list. You will be keeping your spoon in the Nutella jar, thank you very much.

Well… I’m not going to stop you. You can eat all the sugary chocolate-hazelnut flavored glop you want.

However, I do offer an alternative. An easy one. A healthy one. One where sugar is not the first ingredient. Or the second, or the third…

In fact. There is no sugar in this at all. And no milk, for you Nutella-deprived vegans out there. The fact that my version is half the calories and healthy fats probably doesn’t hurt too much, either.

Alright. Take a deep breath. Close you eyes. Then open them because you probably can’t read this post with your eyes closed. (But if you can, go for it.)

Ask the Nutella purist in you: Am I okay with this?

Listen. Listen to the voice deep inside. It is telling you something. It is giving you a word of wisdom. It is answering you.


Instant Low Calorie Nutella (Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Sugar Free)

Super easy sugar free vegan Nutella with half the calories? Um, yes! 

Adapted from my original Instant Low Calorie Almond Butter

Makes about 1/2 cup

Nutritional Comparison

Regular Nutella

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon

Calories: 100

Fat: 6 grams

Net Carbs: 10 grams

Protein: 1 gram


Instant Low Calorie Nutella

Serving size: 1 Tablespoon

Calories: 47.5

Fat: ~4 grams

Net Carbs: ~1 gram

Protein: ~2 grams



1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (or more, for a darker color and more intense chocolate-y flavor)

sweetener to taste (This is important because it cuts the bitterness of the cocoa powder.  i used a few drops of stevia.)


Combine all ingredients and mix until throughly incorporated. If the mixture seems too thin, you can microwave it for a few seconds or pop it in the fridge until thickened.

See? I told you it was simple.

Not to mention simply delicious.


Kelly M.

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  1. says

    sugary chocolate-hazelnut flavored glop < — you know you want it. Hahahah I love nutella! But it definitely should be left as an occasional indulgence because it is so addicting. I like that you were creative and came up with an alternative! Perhaps you could even use sugar free hazelnut syrup or something to get that flavor too. Sounds awesome!

  2. Anette says

    i have a stupid question: almond meal is it just ground almonds or if not what type do you use?
    i soooo need to try and make this..
    sounds awesome..

    • says

      Hi Anette, and rhank you for the question! I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, but things have been so hectic lately…

      Not a stupid question at all! And yes! Almond is simply ground up almonds. You can make your own, or just use store-bought. Sorry for not answering your question sooner, and I hope this helps! 😉

      • Anette says

        lol.. dont worry.. just when you see such awesomeness you REALLY REALLY want to try it straight away.. CAUSE IT LOOKS SOOOOO AMAZING!!!

        ok going off to store to buy almond meal!!!!

        Thanks so much (sorry for getting grumpy when u didnt respond) i just really want this nutella!!

  3. says

    This does sound like a good idea, but I’m not sure if I would compare it to Nutella. The thing that makes Nutella so unique is the hazelnut flavor and I don’t see where that flavor comes in with this recipe. Still a good idea for a lower calorie sweet spread!

    • says

      That’s a really good point, Sara! To make it more hazelnutty, you could always use ground up hazelnuts. My friend Tara also suggested sugar free hazelnut syrup. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a lovely day!

  4. says

    I made this and thought it was pretty good!! Doesn’t taste exactly like nutella, but it’s definitely healthier! Thanks so much for the recipe :) glad I found your blog!

    • says

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS!!!! I really apprecite it. 😉

      ANd no, it doesn’t taste exactly like Nutella. But then again, you can’t quite replicate exactly something that has sugar as the first ingredient, can you? Thanks so much again, Emma, and I hope you have a lovely day!

  5. Benny says

    It may be a healthier version but it actually has the same amount of calories per tablespoon as nutella (1tbsp=100 cal)

    I’ll have to try it sometime !

    • says

      Hi Benny! Actually, this recipe has 50 calories per Tablespoon while regular Nutella has 100, so this stuff has half the calories. Sorry for the confusion!

  6. Matthew says

    An even better alternative is to take a double handful of hazelnuts, roast them in the oven for about 5-10 mins, remove the skins, blend them until as smooth as you like. Then add a couple tablespoons of cocoa (more if you prefer), and a couple teaspoons of dark muscovado sugar, and some good quality olive oil to bind it together and keep blending. Sure, it has a little sugar, but it’s in the minority compared to the star ingredients :)

    And it tastes AMAZING!!!

  7. Emma says

    This recipe is great, thanks for sharing! I honestly have no idea how you come up with these ideas!
    Do you think it would work with Carob powder? :)

  8. drake says

    How is it low calorie if the serving size is 1 tbsp and 100 calories and nutellas serving size Is 2 tbsp 200 calories, if im not mistaken…

  9. Ashley says

    Nutella is a hazelnut spread with chocolate. Taste more accurate if you add a little bit of imitation hazelnut extract to the recipe. Other than that thank you. I’ve been avoiding Nutella since my fat days. Where I used to eat it every morning with a slice of bread. Now I could eat it again, it’s good with rice cakes too.

  10. Victoria says

    Sounds awesome! I must try this soon! I haven’t read all the comments, so I don;t know if this was mentioned. If I add coconut oil or shredded coconut . . . do I get almond joy spread?

  11. Joseph says

    This looks interesting. I see that people have suggested adding a little imitation hazelnut extract to help mimic the flavor of Nutella more closely. And since I’m guessing that imitation hazelnut extract shouldn’t be derived from actual hazelnuts it shouldn’t bother people with a nut allergy. I’m wondering if for people with nut allergies if this would taste good with cornmeal and rice milk instead of almond meal and almond milk? (corn and rice allergies being less common than nut and gluten and dairy allergies)

    Or would cornmeal be too coarse? Looks like you have a new experiment to try Kelly! LOL 😛


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