Friday, January 6, 2012

Pot O' Chocolaty Goodness...

The majority of my family are huge fans of chocolate. One of our favorite foods pre-healthy eating was Nutella Hazelnut Spread. Wanting to have this treat remain as one we could have from time to time, I did my research- found several homemade versions online and set out from there to make my own healthy rendition.

Here is the result:

Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
From Kristi's Kitchen


1 c. hazelnuts
1 c. Chocolate Ganache Recipe (below)
2 tbsp. coconut palm crystals
¼ c. coconut nectar
½ tsp. sea salt (maybe a sprinkle more to taste)
1/4 c. coconut OR grapeseed oil


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Spread hazelnuts on sheet pan and toast for 10-15 minutes
-Wrap nuts in kitchen towel and roll to remove outer skin
-Put all ingredients-except oil- into food processor
-Puree until smooth -slowly incorporating oil
-Check balance of flavor and add a bit more sea salt as needed to taste
-Transfer to airtight container and store in refrigerator

Chocolate Ganache
From Kristi’s Kitchen


4 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate
1 tsp. liquid stevia
1/2 c. coconut milk*
2 tbsp. coconut oil*


-Melt stevia and chocolate over double boiler (this will appear to cease up –just move to the next step and work it until smooth)
-Pour in milk* and combine until ganache forms (looks like smooth paste)
-Remove from heat and stir in oil* until well combined

*may use organic cream and organic butter instead

Serve on gluten-free English Muffin, Sprouted Whole Grain toast points or granny smith apple slices…wherever you would of used “Nutella”


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