Rich and fudgy filling delicately poured into a flakey pie crust and topped with toasted hazelnuts. This Simple Nutella Pie Recipe With A No Bake Gluten-Free Option is a show-stopping dessert! Though it looks impressive, the chocolate tart is quite simple to whip up making it a wonderful treat for any occasion.
This Nutella pie recipe is one of those classic desserts that looks like it took you hours but is quite simple to whip up. The hardest part of the tart is letting it sit so that everything sets!
This also means that it can easily be made in advance, saving you time in the kitchen on busy holidays.
I like to use a homemade pie crust so that I can maximize the buttery flavor. If you’re in a pinch, a store-bought graham cracker crust or Oreo crust will save you some time. I have also included a few gluten-free options.
The filling comes together quickly, and the result is a light but fudgy tasting blend using a chocolate hazelnut spread.
It’s the perfect dessert to bring for adults and kids alike because the rich Nutella flavor has everyone coming back for second helpings.
- What Is The Difference Between A Pie And A Tart?
- What Is The Difference Between Nutella And A Chocolate Hazelnut Spread?
- Ingredients For A Nutella Tart
- How To Make the Nutella Tart Recipe
- A No-Bake Option That Can Be Gluten-Free Is A Chocolate Cookie Crust Or Graham Cracker Crust
- Variations and Substitutions For The Nutella Pie
- How To Store And Serve This Nutella Pie Recipe
- Expert Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Simple Nutella Pie Recipe With A No Bake Gluten-Free Option
What Is The Difference Between A Pie And A Tart?
The terms "pie" and "tart" are often used interchangeably like they are in this post, but there are some distinctions in their characteristics and the way they are prepared. For this recipe, I am using the term tart and pie interchangeably and I am giving you a no-bake gluten-free option for the tart:
- Pie - is generally made with flour, fat, and water. The crust is tender and flaky.
- Tart - is generally made with flour, fat, and sugar. The crust is firmer and crumbly.
What Is The Difference Between Nutella And A Chocolate Hazelnut Spread?
Nutella is a specific brand of chocolate hazelnut spread made by Ferrero, and while it's the most well-known, there are other variations on the market.
Nutella typically contains sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa solids, milk powder, lecithin (an emulsifier), and vanillin (an artificial flavor). The proportions contribute to its taste and creaminess, which it is well known for.
Other chocolate hazelnut spreads can vary with their ingredients but all contain chocolate and hazelnuts. Depending on the brand some are creamier than others.
I highly suggest that when comparing products, it's essential to read the labels to determine which one you would like to use.
My husband loves Nutella for his latte but Milka for spreading on toast. He is a chocolate hazelnut fanatic!
Ingredients For A Nutella Tart
- Chilled butter
- Ice cold water
- Heavy whipping cream
- Toasted hazelnuts
See the recipe card for quantities.
How To Make the Nutella Tart Recipe
You’ll be making this chocolate hazelnut tart in three separate parts and assembling it. Though the whipped topping is optional, it brings the dish together aesthetically so if you have the time, don’t skip it!
Place the chilled butter, flour, and salt into a large bowl and combine it using a pastry cutter (or other methods) until it resembles fine crumbs.
Add water until the dough comes together.
Bring the dough together into a ball.
Place it into the pan and trim the edges before covering the pan with parchment paper and weighing it down with either beans, as shown above, or pie weights.
Bake the Nutella tart for 15-20 minutes, remove the parchment paper and weights, and bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden.
Remove and let the crust cool completely.
Combine the heavy whipping cream, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan over low heat.
Stir frequently until everything is melted together.
Remove from heat and pour the filling into the cooled pie crust.
Place it into the refrigerator and let it set for 4 hours.
Homemade Whipped Cream
Using an electric hand mixer or whisk attachment in your bowl of a stand mixer, whip the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until stiff peaks form.
Pipe the fresh whipped cream onto the tart. (To make it look professional, use a whipped cream dispenser.)
Sprinkle the tart with toasted hazelnuts.
Hint: Make sure to use chilled butter for the crust as it gives a flakier texture. Know that crumbling works best with a pastry cutter but, in a pinch, two forks will do.
If you find the dough is too soft when you’re shaping it into a ball, place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes before rolling it flat.
I also like using a whipped cream canister to pipe onto the pie. This one works great!
A No-Bake Option That Can Be Gluten-Free Is A Chocolate Cookie Crust Or Graham Cracker Crust
While you can substitute gluten-free flour in the above pie recipe, let's change up the crust so that it is a no-bake option by using an Oreo crust or a graham cracker crust that can be made gluten-free!
Or even better yet, buy a store-bought crust (I have used this gluten-free pie crust) so you can even skip this step!
- 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 20 Oreo cookies or graham crackers - I use gluten-free Oreo's or gluten-free Grahams
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Melt the 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Place the 20 Oreo cookies and the salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment. Pulse until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand, about 15 seconds. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and press it evenly into the bottom of your prepared pan. If you would like the crust to set and become crusty (which is a whole lot better), bake the crust for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Variations and Substitutions For The Nutella Pie
This Nutella pie is delicious as made. However, there are a few swaps you can make if you need to (or want to) try something new!
- Dairy-free - if you need to make this Nutella tart dairy-free, replace the butter with vegan butter and the heavy cream with canned coconut milk or Cool Whip. Make sure for the whipped topping that you only use canned coconut milk that’s full-fat and with the water drained from it.
- Chocolate-lover - want some extra indulgence? Make the tart crust chocolate by adding some cocoa powder to the flour! Or, add some chocolate chips or chocolate shavings to the top.
- Hazelnuts - you do not need to add hazelnuts to the top. Consider adding a hazelnut candy like Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.
- Peanut butter - if you can’t find Nutella, this tart can be made into a chocolate peanut butter tart instead by substituting peanut butter and chopped peanuts.
How To Store And Serve This Nutella Pie Recipe
One of the great things about this Nutella tart is that it can be made in advance and served when you need it as it tastes best chilled.
To make it in advance - prepare the pie completely but without the whipped cream and hazelnuts on top. Store it in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve it, add on the whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts so that they’re fresh.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can freeze this tart covered in layers of plastic wrap and aluminum foil for 6-8 weeks. When you need it, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
You need to weigh the parchment paper down while it’s covered in the oven. If you don’t have baking weights, you can use dried beans.
Don’t overlook using an easy-release tart pan or springform pan. This makes serving the Nutella tart a breeze.
If you don’t have time to pipe on whipped topping, no problem! Just sprinkle the toasted, chopped hazelnuts for added crunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since the Nutella filling is blended with butter and whipping cream, it won’t harden in the refrigerator. It will thicken into a rich, smooth, fudgy texture, which is what you want for the tart.
To get smooth, crisp edges when you cut a tart it’s best to use a serrated knife. Since the Nutella tart is chilled before eating, run the knife under hot water first and make sure to wipe the blade between cuts.
We always have a jar of Nutella in our pantry. This is an easy recipe for a decadent chocolate pie that is little effort using mostly pantry staples. It's as good the first day as it is the next day.
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Simple Nutella Pie Recipe With A No Bake Gluten-Free Option
- 1 Whipped Cream Dispenser if you want professional looking piping on top of the pie
- ½ cup unsalted butter chilled
- 1 ¼ cups flour can use a gluten-free 1-1 flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tbsps water ice cold
- 1 ½ cups Nutella
- ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
- 5 tbsps unsalted butter
- ¼ cup hazelnuts toasted to garnish
Whipped Cream Garnish (Optional)
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- 6 tbsps powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- Place ½ cup of chilled butter, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Using a pastry cutter, combine until it resembles small fine crumbs.
- Add in the water in small amounts until you have just enough for the dough to come together into a ball. (If the dough is soft, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before rolling it out.)
- Lightly flour a hard surface.
- Roll the dough into a circle large enough to fit a 9" tart pan.
- Place the dough into the tart pan and trim the edges.
- Cut a piece of parchment paper approximately the size of your pan and place it over the top of the tart covering it completely.
- Add baking weights or beans and place it in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the parchment paper and weights.
- Continue to bake for about 5-10 more minutes uncovered until the pie crust is lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
- In a small saucepan, combine ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream, Nutella, and butter. Stir over low heat until the butter has melted and the ingredients are incorporated.
- Remove from the heat and pour into the cooled tart crust.
- Place into the refrigerator for about 4 hours to allow it to completely set.
Whipped Cream Topping
- Place ¾ cup whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into a small bowl.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat until stiff peaks form.
- Place into a piping bag or whipped cream dispenser.
- Decorate the top of the tart as desired.
- Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts if desired.