“Raw-tella” (AKA Paleo Nutella/Hazelnut Spread)

Valentine’s Day, the “holiday” of “love” is almost upon us. So, going with the theme, I’m posting something I love. And- big surprise- that love involves chocolate. I mean, what’s stronger than a girl’s love of chocolate?

Hazelnut chocolate to be precise.

Awhile back, I tried making my own nutella/hazelnut spread. It tasted good, but not great and the pain of rubbing the skins off the hazelnuts prevented me from gushing about my creation. I put it in the back vault for later experimentation.

A few months later, I misread a recipe for date balls using raw almonds, resulting in a sticky mush. I really don’t know what made me leap to it, but then I started playing around with the idea of dates as the natural sweetener (as opposed to the maple syrup I was previously using) for a nut spread. Which lead to hazelnuts.

And then chocolate.

Thus, this raw-tella came into existence. Yes, raw, because I didn’t roast the hazelnuts beforehand. I just put them in the food processor right out of their package. Skins and all. And I have to say, using raw hazelnuts make my life so much easier.

So why do I love this raw-tella?

-It’s FILLING (dates and nuts do that to you)

-It makes a lot! (A good mason jar-full)

-It’s paleo

-Dates are the only sweetener

-Raw hazelnuts = no burnt hazelnuts + less time spent prepping them

-It’s not sickeningly sweet, like nutella

-It’s chocolate

-It tastes AMAZING

Any questions?


“Raw-tella” (AKA Paleo Nutella/Hazelnut Spread) 


2/3 cup raw hazelnuts (also sometimes labeled as filberts)

1 and 1/4 cup pitted dates, slightly packed (Make sure to soak in a bowl of water for at least 2 hours beforehand. You want them nice and soft!!!)

3 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup water


Place hazelnuts in food processor and blend for about 2 minutes (hazelnuts will begin sticking to the sides of the bowl-just scrape them down). Pulse in the dates, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Add the water and process until smooth. To store, place in the fridge.


9 responses to this post.

  1. Looks amazing, can’t wait to try this!


  2. My son-in-law is going to be eternally grateful to me when I make him this. He is crazy for Nutella, but he has completely eliminated refined sugar from his diet. You’re a genius. Pure and simple. Thank you!


  3. “What’s stronger than a girl’s love of chocolate?” You make it sound so amazing! Incredible!


  4. It looks really tasty and so easy too.


  5. Posted by biggsis on February 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Sounds delicious Deanna! You turned a flop into fantastic 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying this.


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