Tahini-Nutella (Tanella)

May 18, 2010  •  Category: ,


Nutella is sickeningly sweet, yet people love it and children adore it; fine! I am making a Tanella (not too sweet, creamy, nutty-tasting, smooth, luscious).

I am substituting tahini for hazelnut paste and making a homemade version that is stored in a jar in the fridge and can be used on bread or plain cookies or on a crêpe.

We used to eat baguettes filled with Nutella when we lived in France, as a snack after school; this Tanella was made for my daughter and her friends who like to drop by after 4 PM  and hang out.

Time required to make this Tahini-Nutella: 5 minutes


  • 1 Bar of Dark chocolate (100 g or 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 Bar of Milk chocolate (100 g or 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 7 Tablespoons of butter (if unsalted, add a pinch of salt)(100 g)
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened concentrated milk (around 20 cl): don’t use the entire can, leave 2 ounces in the can.
  • 1/2 cup (or more,  to taste) of Tahini


  1. Break the chocolate in squares and place in a bowl; add the butter, cut in small chunks; microwave for one minute; use a spoon to stir the residual chocolate and butter until are all melted and smooth.
  2. Add the sweetened concentrated milk and stir till mixed.
  3. Place the mixture in a food processor and add the tahini; process for a minute or so, until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Taste and adjust, adding more tahini, one tablespoon at a time, if you like a nuttier tasting spread.
  4. Pour in a jar, close and store  in the lower part of the fridge. Remove from the fridge an hour before using to get it back at room temperature. Use on toast, bread, crêpes, or whatever else your little heart desires.

I used as a template for the recipe a recipe for a pâte à tartiner from C’est Moi qui l’ai fait.


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  1. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom says:

    You are amazing. This is a great recipe and we adore Nutella.

  2. Dana says:

    My mister is allergic to hazelnut, but laments on Nutella and it’s loveliness often. I already phoned him about this recipe, we are definitely going to try making a batch.

  3. Tim Vidra says:

    An amazing sweet looking goodness! Reminds me of visits to Europe…and the grocery store down the street…..I will have to mix up a batch!

  4. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    I will be buying tahini soon and this is great. I have never eaten Nutella and don’t think I would like the sweetness. This sounds great.

  5. Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Well..this is indeed lovely. Gorgeous shots as always dear!I will be sure to refer this to dear friend cause she, her hubby and son don’t eat anything processed. So she only wonders what a Nutella tastes like. I myself have found one link that makes homemade Nutella that I am going to try for a Vegan friend with some appropriate substitutions ofcourse!

  6. Erica says:

    I love nutella…this sounds delicious…Love the tahini addition.

  7. Barbara Bakes says:

    As a Nutella lover, I found this post so interesting. I have never tasted tahini but your spread looks delicious.

  8. Anita says:

    A very creative way for a nut free Nutella, and it looks so satisfying and deeeeeelicious!

  9. Christine @ Fresh says:

    Interesting! This is the first time I’ve seen tahini nutella! With all of those goodies in this recipe I’m sure it was a hit!

  10. wizzythestick says:

    Ohhh this is ingenious and suitable for someone with an allergy to nuts. Great for everybody. As a mom with a son with an allergy I always appreciate recipes that can be shared without worrying.

  11. zurin says:

    I just bought a jar of nutella…now why didnt I think of this! its definitely a great alternative. :))

  12. Krista says:

    What a fabulous idea!!! I love Nutella so very much, but this sounds fascinating to me. 🙂 I lived in Portugal as a nanny to two little German boys, and they would eat this for breakfast every single day. 🙂

  13. Vanessa says:

    Fantastic idea – why hadn’t I thought of that before? As much as I like Nutella, I prefer your version.

  14. Cherine says:

    What a delicious spread!! This is a great recipe and I will be making it soon 🙂

  15. alwayswinner786 says:

    Yummy and Chocolaty ! I think Tahini Nutella is awesome and irresistible!

  16. Sushma Mallya says:

    Kids will surely love this chocolate sandwich…so yum

  17. recettes gourmandes says:

    humm, on ne peut pas résister à cette gourmandises, bonjour les kilos!! bisou joumana

  18. Katerina says:

    My son would love this. Tahini is very nutritional as well. This is very yummy.

  19. Priya says:

    Omg, wat a fabulous spread, thanks for sharing..

  20. Rosa says:

    Mmmhhh, that spread must be fantastic! It contains two of my favorite ingredients (chocolate & tahini)! I already love Nutella and Tahini spread, so I’m sure I’d enjoy this lovely Tahini-Nutella!



  21. Sophie says:

    That’s a great alternative to the sweet nutella!! I so love this! easy yet so tasty & special too!

    Another must make dish of yours!!!

  22. Rajani says:

    oh this is great! considering tahini flows like river in the emirates 🙂

  23. MaryMoh says:

    This is just such an intelligent change. Looks delicious to me with tahini. I would ove to try. Thanks for sharing.

  24. tigerfish says:

    Good idea to tone down the nutella using tahini – plus a deeper profile of overall nutty taste too 🙂

  25. grace says:

    i like to see tahini used for more than just hummus, particularly if chocolate is also involved. although i in no way find nutella sickening, i’d love your version as well. 🙂

  26. Edda says:

    An excellent idea, irresistible! I love tahini, especially with chocolate 😉

  27. pigpigscorner says:

    I actually like nutella! But your tahini versions sounds really good too! Another great use of tahini!

  28. Faith says:

    I am so impressed. My hubby loves Nutella but I usually find it too sweet (so your recipe would be perfect!). I will be making this soon!

  29. Rachana Kothari says:

    I love Nutella and this recipe sounds so interesting, great for people who are allergic to hazelnuts 🙂

  30. Miriam says:

    I make a similar thing for my kids, with unsweetened cocoa, tahini, almond butter and agave syrup! It’s much healthier than real Nutella and I agree with you, the real thing is just too sweet…

  31. suman says:

    nutella is my fav…Tahini nutella looks delicious…mouth watering pics…thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  32. Samantha Angela says:

    Joumana you are a genius!

  33. elra says:

    Oh wow Joumana, you are really a creative person. I never thought of making my own nutella. And you invented a brand new nutella with tahini, that is just way beyond delish!!!

  34. Gloria says:

    Joumana this look fantastic! I love your blog! wow!! gloria

  35. SYLVIA says:

    This glossy goodness of chocolate oozing from the warm ciabatta bread is heavenly, I also like to add sliced strawberries on top, this is my personal taste. Dark chocolate has loads of nutrition, so you feel good about eating it. tahini on the other hand has a lot of zinc and is potent antioxidant cleanser.

  36. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    I am making this – tonight! I do love nutella, but you’re right that it’s often a bit too sweet. But this sounds amazing! And I believe that tahini should be in just about everything!

  37. fimère says:

    cette version faite maison m’est complètement irrésistible, j’adore
    bonne soirée

  38. northshorewoman says:

    I could never figure out why the Lebanese are so nuts about Nutella. It is grossly sweet.

    I do admit that Nutella brownies are deelish.

  39. A Canadian Foodie says:

    I am always amazed that Nutella is fed to young children for breakfast , lunch, after school – all over Europe… it seems to be considered a nutritious snack… which is very funny when you look at the amount of sugar that is usually in it. I agree with you. The tahini version looks like “real” nutella! 🙂

  40. love2cook says:

    Loved the recipe dear! Looks really yummy! 😉

  41. Jamie says:

    This is so incredible! I can just imagine the slightly bitter, nutty edge the tachini would give to Nutella. I love it!

  42. gourmandelise says:

    Hum… Un délice irrésistible!!

  43. 3hungrytummies says:

    I love both nutella and tahini, this is bookmarked right away!

  44. Mercotte says:

    Juste un petit peu roboratif, mais tellement appétissant !! dur dur…

  45. Maninas says:

    Another fantastic idea! well done!
    Thinking of the tahini brownies, I think this must taste amazing!

  46. Alice Accad says:

    I’m surprised I actually really enjoyed this! Because I’m not a fan of tahini or dibz… but this was delicious! I made a sandwich with this at lunch today. 😀 Thanks Mom!

  47. OysterCulture says:

    This is genius – I love nutella, but do find it too sweet so add it in moderation. My Persian friend introduced me to tahini and fresh dates, so good, so I can only guess how yummy your version is as well.

  48. Amber @Almost Vegan says:

    Nutella made with tahini…what a great idea! Much either than trying to grind up whole hazelnuts.

  49. Alépine says:

    Original ! Je serais curieuse de goûter

  50. Natalia says:

    I love the concept of this! There seems so little tahini to the amount of other ingredients, though, I wonder whether anyone has just melted the chocolate and mixed it with tahini. Or maybe I could just add more than the recipe calls for.

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