Homemade Hazelnut Butter

We’ve been really big into making everything we can from scratch these days, and since the list of things we tossed because it’s mostly either fake stuff or HFCS included peanut butter (WHICH I LIKE TO EAT BY THE SPOONFUL), it was imperative I learn how to replace that - and STAT.

Enter, homemade peanut butter. Except, I wanted to try something different with Oregon’s favorite ag product – the hazelnut.

Lucky for me, my favorite food blogger has a recipe for that, except not quite what I was looking for. Jessica (How Sweet It Is) made White Chocolate Peanut Butter with some nuts, oil, and a food processor. I figured the process should be easy to replicate, so I picked up some hazelnuts at the farmers’ market last weekend, and swapped out her white chocolate for some brown sugar (for a touch of sweetness).

freddy guy's hazelnuts


I pretty much licked the bowl when we were done. BoyfriendMan said it made a really good HB&J sandwich.

hazelnut butter and jelly sandwich

Here’s a link to the original recipe.

Here’s what I did:


  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (optional, and to taste)


[From HowSweetEats.com, with my notes in italics]

Add peanuts to a food processor and blend until a thick nut butter forms. Stream in oil and vanilla with the processor on, continuing to run it until the mixture is smooth – this took me about 3-4 minutes. (She’s right. This does take a few minutes, but the mixture will go from crumbly to oily. You’ll see it.) You can add more oil if needed, just do it in small increments. Turn off processor, add melted chocolate, and turn processor back on. (This is where I skipped the white chocolate – I don’t like it that much – and added brown sugar instead.) Blend until smooth.

hazelnut butter

I suppose the next thing I need to learn how to make is jellies and jams, right?


Doniree is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is pretty damn thrilled about the Pacific Northwest's focus on local and seasonal food and great wine. When she's not at home, she's on the hunt for the best brunch, the best happy hour, and the best whiskey bar a city has to offer.

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Hazelnut Butter

  1. OurLittleAshley

    Oooh, Doni! You could *totally* make jam!

    I use this website for a super easy way to make it without pectin.

    I’ve never made peanut butter – though I really, really should to avoid plastic (PB jars are terribly hard to clean out!) Perhaps I shall. Perhaps. I. Shall.


  2. Mike

    Going to take a trip to the farmers market to get some nuts to try this recipe. Looks delicious and a healthy way to start your morning on a wheat toast.
    Thanks and Regards

  3. Danielle

    Jam is super easy to make, and since I am a domestic nerd, I find it fun. Plus you can make super crazy recipes that you can’t find in stores. I just posted a jam recipe I made recently, it is super good.

    I buy my peanut butter from Henrys/Sun Valley markets. The ingredient list is just “peanuts”, I love it.

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