I was playing around in the kitchen, and made something that is definitely not Nutella, it is not trying to be Nutella, do please don't expect Nutella, but it is quite yummy and not very sweet.
Basically, I wanted something chocolatey but soft and creamy and nutty, and for a change not my homemade chocolate.
So I came up with this, and it hit the spot. I've made a few variations and can really say that each different nut really gives it a totally different texture and taste - so experiment with some small batches with different nuts and see what you like best (I'm partial to almond).
It can be used as a dip, a spread, a ganache for a hard chocolate shell or just eaten off the spoon. If you put it in the fridge it will get solid, if you leave it on the counter, it will be softer.
This makes a very very small amount, so 2x the recipe if you want more.
- 1/4 cup of nuts almonds, macadamia, cashews, hazelnut, whatever you fancy - each will give a slightly different characteristic to the final product (soak nuts 8 hours first; except the cashews only need 2-3 hours)
- 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil (solid rather than liquid works better)
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (liquid)
- 1-2 Tablespoon of coconut nectar, carob extract or maple syrup
- NOTE - add less or more of your sweetener depending on your personal preference, I only add 1 Tablespoons total
- Put all ingredients into your blender or small food processor
- Scrape down sides if needed
- Add more sweetener to your desired taste
- Blend until it tastes perfect to you
Pour into jar to store on counter or in the fridge. It will get very firm in the fridge, and softer on the counter.
Putting it into little jars as gifts works really well too.