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Hazelnut Praline Paste - Easy French Authentic recipeHazelnut Praline Paste is something we use a lot in French pastry. When I was living in France, I simply bought mine from the supermarket  but since I live in New Zealand I have to make my own. So here is my recipe that you will be able to use in any French eclair recipe  to flavor the custard or in any other cakes calling for nut butter or nutella like my nutella muffins.

Hazelnut Praline Paste

The only Hazelnut Praline Paste I found in New Zealand was in a specific shop and it was really expensive.  Hazelnut Praline Paste is made from a mix of nuts and sugar syrup. French pralines are a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar. In this recipe I used hazelnuts because  I need to do an hazelnut butter cream to stuff some my hazelnut macaroon and also to prepare some home made chocolate hazelnut spread for breakfast. You can also use this recipe as a gluten free breakfast spread, in any gluten free baking recipe or  to flavour vanilla custard and stuff eclair like in this Hazelnut Eclair recipe.

Hazelnut Praline Paste - Easy French Authentic recipe

It is a pretty easy recipe. First, you caramelized nuts in your saucepan which is basically cooking the nuts into the melted sugar. Then, use a food processor to process the mixture into a powder – that is what we call pralin it French. Finally, if you want to reach the Hazelnut Praline Paste simply process more until it turns into a paste ! That is basically the same thing as making hazelnut butter – instead that here you roast the nuts in caramel before processing. It makes a sweeter paste delicious in any recipes or on a French crepe. 

Hazelnut praline paste is a perfect gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast spread. It can also be used it to make your home made Nutella spread.


Hazelnut Praline Paste - Easy French Recipe

Easy Authentic French hazelnut praline recipe. A sweet and smooth praline paste ideal to flavors custard, buttercream or simply make your on nutella. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Author: Carine
20 servings
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  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 5.6 oz coconut sugar or Monk fruit Golden for a sugar free option (160 g)
  • 8.5 oz raw hazelnut (240 g)


  • Pour the water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to boil.
  • When bubbles are forming  on the side of the saucepan, add the raw hazelnut. The sugar will form some crystal, that is what you want. 
  • Reduce to medium heat, stir the nuts to cover them into the sugar. The sugar will dissolve slowly turning into a caramel - golden sugar syrup - after few minutes.
  • When the caramel is formed - the sugar syrup is golden brown - remove the saucepan from heat.
  • Pour the mixture onto a plate covered with parchment paper.
  • Place into the fridge for 10 minutes until the caramel harden. 
  • Pour the caramelized hazelnuts into a food processor and processor on high speed until it turn into a paste - about 1-2 minutes.
  • First you obtain a powder, then crushed nuts and finally it will turn into a paste. 
  • Store in a mason glass jar in the pantry for up to 1 month.
Sugar: for a healthier recipe use coconut sugar or unrefined cane sugar of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
Hazelnut Praline Paste - Easy French Recipe
Amount Per Serving (20 servings)
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 8g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Nutrition panel is for one serving of 20 g (0.7 oz). This recipe makes 20 servings.

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    • I am not too sure as I did not try something else but I am pretty sure almonds will be great too. Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  1. Is it possible to use a Nuribullet in place of a food processor? I don’t own one and I’m relying on this recipe for my French project. No one seems to sell Praline spread which blows my mind! Thank you!

    • Hello ! I am not sure as I never used a Nutribullet before. I guess it could work. Let me know if you give this a try ! Enjoy the french praline recipe. I started to make my own for the same reason, it is impossible to buy some from the store outside of France! Crazy right? XOXO Carine.