All hail, hazelnut! Hazelnut butter is typically made from crushed hazelnuts, and often found mixed up with chocolate for an even more decadent spread. It’s a popular European staple that has made its way stateside and it’s easy to be positively obsessed with the buttery and nutty flavor. In Nutiva’s Organic Classic Hazelnut Spread, each two tablespoon serving delivers 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 15% of your daily recommended value of vitamin A, and 4% of your daily recommended value of iron. Keep reading to find out an easy way to toast hazelnuts, as well as the top hazelnut butters to discover on Thrive Market.
How to Toast Hazelnuts
If you’ve ever wanted to make a recipe with toasted hazelnuts but weren’t excited about removing the skins, here’s a simple trick to make the process easier. Preheat the oven to 350°F and arrange 1 to 2 cups of hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the skins have darkened in color (some may look blistered). The next step is to wrap the nuts in a kitchen towel so they can steam for 1 to 2 minutes, which will help the skins come off more easily. Using the same towel, rub the hazelnuts to loosen skins until most of them have been removed.
Top Hazelnut Butter Brands
To find the best hazelnut butter, we tracked down the top brands that are experts in turning these nuts into the creamy treat you know and love.
Justin’s Nut Butter started out as a small operation when the founder sold homemade butters at a local farmers market in Colorado. After putting together a business plan, the butter business expanded to include a wide range of flavors and textures like Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter, and of course, Hazelnut.
Wanting to make a difference in the food system, Nutiva was founded as a superfood brand with a deep conviction in the importance of taking care of the environment. Since 1999, the company has donated one percent of every sale to organizations working to promote sustainable agriculture.
Rigoni di Asiago
You can probably guess this brand’s home country from its name—Italy! Rigoni di Asiago is a family business nestled in the mountains of Northern Italy. The family started out making honey and jams, but is well-known for its hazelnut butter as well.
Best Hazelnut Butter
Cozy up to these jars of hazelnut butter. (You can thank us later.)
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
The chocolate and hazelnut combo of this spread is sheer perfection. Premium hazelnuts are combined with dry-roasted almonds, organic cocoa, cocoa butter, and vanilla. It also contains less sugar than many conventional brands.
Nutiva Organic Dark Hazelnut Spread
With 3 grams of protein per serving, you can feel good about enjoying this sweet treat. Nutiva has already mastered the world of coconut oil, but now the brand brings you a chocolate hazelnut spread that’s just right for smoothies, toast, or even pairing with sweet strawberries.
Rigoni di Asiago Nocciolata Organic Dairy Free Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread
Now dairy-free dieters don’t have to miss out on hazelnut butter. This spread is also free from palm oil and trans fats, and is non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free, making it a great option for just about any diet.
3 Easy Hazelnut Desserts
Hazelnuts add elegance to a host of desserts you and your guests will love.
Make These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
If you’re someone who can’t get enough pumpkin spice in your life, here’s another recipe to get excited about come fall. A hazelnut filling is spread between two tender pumpkin cookies, to create an ideal seasonal treat.
Meet Your New Favorite Latte
Finish the meal with a creamy drink made with hazelnut creamer, your favorite black coffee, and a dash of nutmeg.
Everything You Need to Know About Nut Butter
Brush up on all things nut butter. This post goes over the basics of some of the most popular nut butters, and offers 10 recipes ready to add to your rotation.