Friday, January 10, 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Oh unhealthy goodness, thy name is Nutella. Since Bobby has an addiction to "brown sandwiches", this recipe (which I crafted last night) has been months (years??????) in the making. It has only 3 ingredients, is gluten free and vegan, and is delicious. Definitely make it in small batches, since there are no preservatives, and keep it in the fridge.

Remove the pits from 10 dates and place them in enough hot water to cover. Let them rest for 15 minutes. Remove the water and use your fingers to "peel" the rough skin from the dates. Place them in a food processor and process on low for a minute. Add 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts/hazelnut meal and 1 tbsp plus 1 (or up to 2, to taste) tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder. Pulse to mix well and scrape the sides. Process on high for 3-5 minutes.

This recipe makes about 8 tablespoons of spread and, at 40 calories a pop, this has half the calories of Nutella and none of the junk. This, kids, may actually be a healthy breakfast spread for your toast!

I may just be Bobby's favorite mom after this.


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