I was horrified when I searched the shelves of our ‘healthy’ grocery stores recently with a mission to find a chocolate equivalent of my own favourite treat, Chocolate Nut butter. The amount of sugar added is horrifying along with other ingredients you just don’t need, so I decided to make a super easy and delicious spread from my Almond pulp and see if the kids liked it.
I wont lie, it took a few attempts, the first version I adored myself but Chloe and Lily had become such chocolate snobs with a sweet tooth that I had to adapt my version to suit their taste. Here is a simple recipe you can try. Adapt it for your own families taste and use up the left over pulp in a healthier chocolate spread.
- 1 cup of almond pulp
- 1 cup of finely ground hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp of coconut butter or melted grass-feed butter
- 3 tbs raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- pinch salt
- optional variation – 1 tsp orange essence
- In a high speed blender, grind hazelnuts and hemp hearts, then add almond pulp and pulse to combine.
- Melt maple syrup and coconut butter together and stir in the cacao powder and salt to dissolve.
- Add the melted mixture to the blender (add orange essence if using) for 1-2 minutes until it emulsifies and reaches a creamy texture.
Spread on Pancakes, waffles, toast or use as a dip with apples and pears and enjoy with a little eccentricity from