Vegan chocolate spread.

I love chocolate.. my kids, they love chocolate too. I spend alot of time experimenting with different ways to bring us chocolate treats in healthy ways.. Enter raw cacao. A staple in our household. We sprinkle it on our oatmeal, and in our smoothies. Any time we can add cacao we do.
Cacao is full of healthy nutrients- source of anti-oxidants,more than 20 times than that of blueberries, plant based source of iron, protein, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and essential fatty acids, just to name a few…

For the last couple of months, the household has been asking for nutella. Everyone has nutella apparently.. except us.
According to the younger humans who reside with me, I am sucking the fun out of lunch time and depriving them of the source of childhood happiness… Who knew nutella was the key to happy childhood?!?…

When I announced that I would be making chocolate spread, there was a collective sigh and eye roll from the masses.. Challenge accepted children.. challenge accepted.

Off to school they went, into the kitchen I marched..

Vegan Chocolate Spread ( aka. childhood happiness in a jar)

1 1/2 cups hazel nuts
1/2 cup almonds
(you can use all hazelnuts if you like)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut sugar/maple syrup (or to taste )
1 TBSP coconut oil
1/2 cup your favorite non-dairy milk

Roast the hazel nuts and almonds for about 10 min at 400F.

Gently rubbed the nuts in a cloth to remove the skins from the hazel nuts. The almond skins hang out, which I dont mind. You could soak the almond and pop them out of the skins if you wanted a completely smooth spread.

All nuts go in the blender and blend until you get a smooth nut butter. I did this in my vita-mix, but you can also do it in a food processor, it just may take a bit longer to get the nut butter.

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
This recipe makes just about 500ml.. depending on how much you taste test before scooping it out of the blender 😉

Im happy to report the household was joyous with this yummy nutritious spread. Childhood has been saved!!
It has been eaten on toast, crackers, bananas, and by the spoon full.


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