This spread is so delicious you will want to eat the whole jar in one sitting! I used to love Nutella before I started eating a plant-based diet. Now I enjoy a healthier version of it — I hope you enjoy it too!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Ingredients

  • 8 large dates
  • 1 cup (237 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups (260 gm) unsalted hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted extra virgin, unfiltered, organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Madagascar vanilla extract
  • A pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • 2/3 cup (65 gm) raw, organic cacao powder, or carob powder if you don’t eat chocolate

Instructions

  1. Rehydrate the dates by soaking them in the unsweetened coconut milk for an hour. Reserve the coconut milk for later use.
  2. Roast the hazelnuts at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes, then give them a good rub with a towel to remove the skins.
  3. Process the hazelnuts and dates together in a high-speed blender until they turn into smooth butter. Use the tamper often to make sure the ingredients blend well. If you don’t have a high-speed blender a food processor works fine too.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients with the date and hazelnut butter. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pour the mixture into a mason jar or any glass container and keep refrigerated. Enjoy this delightful spread on toasted bread, over fruit, or just grab a spoon and dig in!!!

Call to Action

Dates fruit has a long history in many cultures around the world, but did you know these yummy treats come with a ton of health benefits? I challenge you to ditch refined sugars and start using dates fruit as a wholesome sugar alternative.

 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

GALATIANS 5:22-23

Our next plant-based recipe will be published on September 28.

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. 

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