Chocolate Hazelnut (Better than Nutella) Gelato Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

A pound of hazelnuts goes into this recipe, so keep your scoops on the small side—it's very rich. It's also best to let the ice cream sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 4 hrs
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) roasted hazelnuts

  • 2 tablespoons neutral flavored oil

  • 2 1/4 ounces (about 3/4 cup) Dutch process cocoa

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cups half-and-half


  1. In a food processor, grind hazelnuts until they form a paste, about 5 minutes. Hazelnuts will first grind into tiny crumbs, then clump into an oily ball, then break down into an oily paste. When they do, oil with processor running and keep running until a smooth paste is formed.

  2. Add cocoa, sugar, and salt to food processor and pulse until ingredients just begin to combine, about 5 short pulses. Turn on processor and let run until very well combined, about 30 seconds. Add half and half to food processor and blend until half and half is well incorporated into hazelnut paste. Taste for seasoning and add salt if necessary.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into an airtight container and chill in refrigerator until cold, about 3 hours. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve immediately as soft serve or let harden in freezer for at least 4 hours to serve as gelato. For longer chilling times, let ice cream soften on counter for 10 minutes or so before serving.

Special Equipment

Food processor, ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
583 Calories
46g Fat
40g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 583
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 58%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 508mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)