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How to Make Hazelnut Butter (Roasted)

How to make Hazelnut Butter at home is a very simple, easy recipe using roasted hazelnuts! It is so silky smooth, creamy, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious!

HOMEMADE HAZELNUT BUTTER

I love making homemade nut butters so much. I even did a whole post on them! My most used nut butter recipes are roasted almond butter and cashew butter, but I have to tell you, this homemade simple hazelnut butter is so dreamy, I honestly eat it with a spoon!

Hazelnuts are very robust and strong in flavor, almost bitter. But when you roast them, their natural oils release and after blending it into a creamy texture, it has a wonderful sweet flavor to it.

They are also a healthy whole food source of fat with many health benefits. They contain very little saturated fat, got a decent amount of protein and potassium in them and loaded with antioxidants! Additionally, they are a great source of Vitamin E!

The only ingredient you need to make hazelnut butter is hazelnuts! Make sure to buy them whole with the skins on them, since we are roasting them ourselves.

bowl of hazelnuts

HOW TO MAKE HAZELNUT BUTTER

Step 1: Add the hazelnuts onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spread them out evenly.

hazelnuts on pan before baking

Step 2: Roast at 325°F for 15 minutes until golden brown and looking a bit oily on top. Watch closely the last couple of minutes to make sure they aren’t burning. Your whole house will smell amazing!

roasted hazelnuts on pan after baking

Step 3: Cool on the pan for about 10 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle with your hands.

Step 4: Add the hazelnuts to a clean kitchen towel. Gather up all the sides and rub vigorously all over the towel, sides and bottom, rubbing the hazelnuts well. This will loosen most of the skins. Do not worry about getting every single skin off. Some left are ok. You should have lots of dark brown skins of the hazelnuts left on the towel.

You can see just how many skins are left behind after rubbing them!

leftover brown hazelnut skins in white towel

Step 5: Scoop up all of the hazelnuts carefully in small amounts, leaving behind the skins, and place them either in a Vitamix or a food processor. Do not use a standard blender, it will not blend up properly! I used my Vitamix and it worked like a dream in just a few minutes.

hazelnuts in vitamix

Step 6: Start out blending on low and it will turn into a bunch of tiny pieces. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides and shake the container (if using the blender) several times in the beginning.

ground up hazelnuts in blender into tiny pieces

Step 7: Keep doing this until it starts to come together into a paste. Once it reaches this stage, run it gradually turning up to high until it becomes super smooth and runny. It will be nearly a liquid when you test it with a spoon. That is how you will know it’s done. This will vary depending on if you use a Vitamix or a food processor, but this happened within about 5 minutes in my blender.

stages of hazelnut butter in vitamix blender from chunky to smooth

This homemade hazelnut butter tastes absolutely amazing plain like this! It is slightly sweet, super warm and robust in flavor. But, if you like, you could add a pinch of salt or coconut sugar if you want it sweet. I do not advise adding maple syrup or a liquid sweetener. Adding liquid sweetener to nut butters causes them to seize up often in a blender or food processor.

WAYS TO SERVE THIS HAZELNUT BUTTER

  • Baking: This is excellent in baking in place of almond butter or oil in cookies. Like these vegan hazelnut chocolate chip cookies! Keep in mind it is very runny, more so than almond or cashew butter, for example, so it will make your batter more runny, so you may want to use less than a recipe calls for.
  • Toast: Roasted hazelnut butter will seriously bring your toast game to next level status!
  • Fruit: Dip some apples in this, yum!

overhead shot of wood plate of hazelnuts with bowl of hazelnut butter and orange towel on side

MORE HOMEMADE NUT BUTTERS TO MAKE

black spoon in white bowl of roasted hazelnut butter on wood plate

How to Make Hazelnut Butter (Roasted)

Brandi Doming

How to make Hazelnut Butter at home is a very simple, easy recipe using roasted hazelnuts! It is so silky smooth, creamy, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious!

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Course Sides

Cuisine American

Servings 1 cup

Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (276g) raw hazelnuts with skins

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a pan with parchment paper.

  • Spread the hazelnuts out evenly on the pan.

  • Roast at 325°F for 15 minutes until golden brown and looking a bit oily on top. Watch closely the last couple of minutes to make sure they aren’t burning. Your whole house will smell amazing!

  • Cool on the pan for about 10 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle with your hands.

  • Add the hazelnuts to a clean kitchen towel. Gather up all the sides and rub vigorously all over the towel, sides and bottom, rubbing the hazelnuts well. Refer to post for visual step-by-step photos. This will loosen most of the skins. Do not worry about getting every single skin off. Some left are ok. You should have lots of dark brown skins of the hazelnuts left on the towel.

  • Scoop up all of the hazelnuts carefully in small amounts, leaving behind the skins, and place them either in a Vitamix or a food processor. Do not use a standard blender, it will not blend up properly! I used my Vitamix and it worked like a dream in just a few minutes.

  • Start out blending on low and it will turn into a bunch of tiny pieces. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides and shake the container (if using the blender) several times in the beginning.

  • Keep doing this until it starts to come together into a paste. Once it reaches this stage, run it gradually turning up to high until it becomes super smooth and runny. It will be nearly a liquid when you test it with a spoon. That is how you will know it’s done. This will vary depending on if you use a Vitamix or a food processor, but this happened within about 5 minutes in my blender.

  • It tastes absolutely amazing plain like this! It is so good, I add nothing to it! Not even salt. It is slightly sweet, super warm and robust in flavor. But, if you like, you could add a pinch of salt or coconut sugar if you want it sweet. I do not advise adding maple syrup or a liquid sweetener. Adding liquid sweetener to nut butters causes them to seize up often in a blender or food processor. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 5.8gProtein: 5.2gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPotassium: 235mgFiber: 3.4gSugar: 1.5gCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg

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