Is Nutella Gluten Free?

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Is Nutella gluten free? It’s a popular chocolate hazelnut spread, but is it safe for anyone on a strict gluten free diet?

Keep reading to find out!

Chocolatey Nutella spread in a small blue bowl. The spread has been swirled in the dish, with a spoon and the Nutella jar next to it.

Nutella ingredients

Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread that’s made by Ferrero. It originated in Italy, but has spread across the world! (Probably because it’s so dang tasty.)

Wondering what is in Nutella? 

While the specific ingredients may differ from country to country, most Nutella spreads contain sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, skim milk (or skim milk powder), whey powder, lecithin and vanillin.

As you can see, there are no gluten ingredients in Nutella. Yay!

Is Nutella gluten free?

Nutella is not labelled as gluten free; however, it’s safe for anyone on a gluten free diet. It doesn’t have any gluten ingredients or warnings.

Ferrero indicates on their website: “Nutella® does not contain any ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat, barley, rye, oats or triticale.”

Is Nutella dairy free?

While Nutella is gluten free, it definitely is NOT dairy free. That delicious hazelnut spread contains skim milk, as well as whey powder. These ingredients are derived from cow’s milk, so Nutella is not safe for anyone on a dairy free diet.

Thankfully, there are some brands of vegan hazelnut spreads on the market that are gluten & dairy free. Check out the brand section below!

Unopened jar of Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread on a grey tea towel.

Nutella & cross contamination

Let’s talk about Nutella and cross contact. But wait, didn’t I say that Nutella is safe for anyone on a gluten free diet? Why are we talking about cross-contamination?

A jar of Nutella off the grocery store shelf is gluten free, but once you take it home and open that lid – that’s where cross contact can happen. 

If someone spreads a smear of Nutella on gluten bread then puts the knife back into the jar, that jar is no longer gluten free. The crumbs from the gluten bread have contaminated it.

If you have a shared kitchen (gluten + gluten free), follow these suggestions to keep your Nutella safe. Choose the one that works best for you.

  • Keep 2 separate jars of Nutella. Label one as gluten free and keep one for those dangerous gluten crumbs!
  • Never double dip. You can use one jar of Nutella for everyone, but never double dip a utensil that has touched another food item. Use a spoon to remove the amount of spread you need and transfer to another utensil (like a knife) that will touch the gluten-y food items.
Close up of chocolatey hazelnul Nutella spread.

How to eat Nutella

If you’re not on board with eating Nutella right out of the jar with a spoon (like I do), there are other ways to enjoy it. Try a few of these!

  • Top your toast. Smear a generous helping of Nutella onto your gluten free toast, bagel, or english muffin for a sweet, sweet breakfast.
  • Put it inside Gluten Free Pop Tarts. Instead of using jam, add 1 ½ tablespoons of Nutella inside the pastry for a chocolatey version!
  • Spread it on top of Oat Flour Waffles. Forget whipped cream! Top your waffles with a smear of Nutella for a nutty breakfast that pairs well with coffee. (I won’t judge if you add whipped cream, too!)

Other brands of hazelnut spread

Nutella is the most popular option when it comes to hazelnut spreads, but it isn’t the only one! Here are a few other brands that are gluten free (& some are dairy free):

  • Whole Foods 365 Organic Hazelnut Spread
  • Kirkland Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa
  • Hershey’s Spreads Chocolate with Hazelnut
  • Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (dairy free)
  • Jem Hazelnut Raw Cacao Butter (dairy free)
  • Justin’s Hazelnut & Almond Butter (dairy free)
  • Artisana Organics Hazelnut Cacao Spread (dairy free)
  • Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread (dairy free)
  • Nutiva Vegan Hazelnut Spread (dairy free)

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