Almond-ella Spread

Here's a delicious, healthy version of nutella made with almonds. It's vegan, dairy-free, gluten free, and only three ingredients!

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Everyone loves nutella right? I love it as much as the next person, but I don’t love all of the unhealthy ingredients that are in it. This almond chocolate spread, (almond-ella is what I’m calling it), is just as creamy and delicious. It’s super easy and just 3 ingredients: almond butter, chocolate, and (the secret to it’s smooth texture), coconut oil.

almond-ella spread (vegan, gluten free) / almond-ella spread (vegan, gluten free) /

Melt everything together, pour it into a jar. It’ll firm up and set as it cools, (if you can wait that long). Slather it on toasted bread and top it with your favorite fruit.

Udi's Gluten Free Millet Chia Bread

Many of you have asked me to recommend gluten free bread products that I like. One of my favorites is Udi’s Millet-Chia Bread. You can find it in the frozen bread section at Whole Foods (and other similar stores). I’ve been buying it long before they sent it to me for this post. (See my typical lunch).

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But wait, there’s more – today’s recipe was created for Udi’s “What the Hack” competition. Create your own gluten free clever “hack” recipe and enter to win $3,000. (Plus, everyone who enters gets an Udi’s coupon). Hop on over to their website to view the rules and enter!

almond-ella spread

Serves: makes about 1 cup
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (around 50% cacao)
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
other ingredients:
  1. Combine the almond butter, chocolate, and coconut oil in a medium glass bowl. Make a double boiler by placing the glass bowl over a smaller pot filled with simmering water. Stir often, as the chocolate slowly melts. Once the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, remove the bowl from heat.
  2. Let the spread cool and set (at room temp, or pop it in the fridge for a little bit). Slather generously onto slices of Udi’s Millet Chia Bread. Top with strawberries and coconut flakes, or any toppings you like.
  3. Store extra spread at room temperature in an airtight jar.
Be sure to check the ingredient list of your chocolate if you're vegan and/or gluten free. (I like the Sunspire brand).

Udi's bread is dairy-free but not vegan (it contains egg whites).



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  1. So incredibly easy! My 7 year old loves nutella sandwiches after school, so this is perfect and I will definitely try it

  2. Sini from

    What an amazing recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

  3. This is such an easy little sweet treat and would make for quite an enjoyable and substantial snack. Great idea!

  4. What a great idea! I can already think of a million ways to use this spread. Thanks!

  5. Emma from

    Those pictures have me drooling! A little coconut oil is the way to go- I use a touch in my carob-hazelnut butter and it really smooths it out. Heavenly.

  6. Thanks for the Whole Foods shoutout, Jeanine! Sharing this out from all my accounts. Looks delicious 🙂

  7. So I shouldn’t worry about eating the entire jar, right? Will probably make this this weekend! I’ll tag you in the instagram 🙂 x

    • jeanine

      I’m not gonna lie – I’ve nearly eaten this whole jar, one spoonful at a time 🙂

  8. Amanda

    I wonder if this could be made with powdered cocao and a little more coconut oil?

  9. Eeermagawwwd that looks so so good!
    I am a huge nutella fan, minus all the nasty stuff. I’m also a huge almond butter fan. The two together are a match made in heaven!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  10. I am so excited to try this recipe. I love that it’s so simple and is easily made vegan with dairy free chocolate. I have everything at home to make this. Cannot wait!

  11. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!!! I like nutella and all, but my main complaint is the amount of sugar. I’ve been wanting to come up with a less sweet homemade version but had been stalling because I didn’t think my blender would process nuts smoothly enough. Almond butter, duh! Thanks for the tip, I’ll be trying this very soon!

    • jeanine

      I hadn’t gotten around to grinding my own almonds easier – it’s so much quicker and easier with already-made almond butter 🙂

  12. I’m totally obsessed with almond butter and am a huge fan of Nutella as well, duh! who isn’t!?! I just don’t buy it often, because of all the crap that is in it. So needless to say, you, my dear – have answered my prayers! Problem solved!
    Thanks for sharing!

    That Comfort Girl

    • jeanine

      ha, you’re welcome, hope you enjoy!

  13. Serena from

    Such a good idea (much easier than blending your nuts) and looks delicious. Do you think it would be as good with raw cacao powder to try and avoid using processed chocolate??

    • jeanine

      I know, I was lazy :). You could try it – it might take a few tries to get the right ratio for the right consistency. (and then you might want to add some kind of sweetener).

  14. LOVE IT! What a great recipe! I like having control on what goes into my belly but it’s hard to cut out the junk completely. How long do you think it will keep ?

    • jeanine

      I’ve had mine on my countertop for 4 days so far… I’m thinking it’ll last about a week (although ours will probably get eaten before then).

  15. Ashley from

    I actually don’t like nutella at all, so this has a TON of appeal to me. Also, love Udi’s breads!

  16. Pang from

    i can’t believe this is happening!!!! i was in the grocery store last week contemplating whether to buy/succumb to another Nutella even though I knew some ingredients were not healthy. i did not buy it, and recently i experienced “Nutella withdraw” symptom until I found your post. Yay!!!!! Thank you..Thank you..Thank you..

  17. Katie from

    This looks amazing and so simple! My little ones are going to love it 🙂

  18. Donna from

    Never would have thought of trying the millet-chia bread but I saw it at Whole Foods yesterday and remembered this post and thought I’d give it a try! Delicious! Now I can’t wait to try the Almond-ella recipe! Thanks so much!

    • jeanine

      ha – glad you liked it!

  19. I love the simplicity of this recipe! I’m never without any of those ingredients, so it might just be a nice little weekend project. Yum! I’m making this!

  20. Erika W

    Sounds delicious, and I think I have all ingredients on hand 🙂

  21. i just made this. omg it is so good. i fear there won’t be any left for my brunch guests tomorrow….

  22. ashley

    Just made this! It’s AMAZING! Does not taste like nutella, but it has a delicious chocolate, nutty taste. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • jeanine

      so glad you liked it 🙂

  23. A great idea, I want to make it with peanut butter too!

  24. Renee from

    LOVE love love! Almonds save my life daily and this is going in an emergency kit somewhere! Thanks for this!

  25. Tegan

    I was just curious, if you use homemade nut butter will it work? It won’t turn out too runny? Looking forward to trying it, I am hoping it will be a substitute for my Belmandel cravings (German almond nutella).

    • jeanine

      Hi Tegan, I’m not sure, I didn’t try it with homemade nut butter – but let me know if you do how it works out!

  26. Agne

    My older daughter is thanking for this idea (my little one is only 4months. so she will try this few years later, haha). That was really yummmmmy!

    • jeanine

      aw, so glad she liked it!

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