Healthy Hazelnut Cacao Spread

It’s a Beautiful Winter’s day. 

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Who knew ice could be so pretty? Unfortunately, it is really difficult to go for long outdoor walks (unless you walk with ice skates on…or those ice pick shoe add ons) so we are limited to where there are chunks of gravel to walk on. On the bright side, these beautiful trees were what happened when it snowed, melted, rained, and froze again.

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The recipe I’m posting today is not by any means new, or an original combo…just a makeover. It has been around for YEARS, and people have flocked to it’s commercial name with open arms and giant spoons and adoration. That’s right, i’m talking about Nutella. The thing is though, despite their commercials of Mom giving son Nutella and he’s happy and she’s the best mom ever…this stuff is just not healthy. I’m very sorry to break it to you, but it is not. And that by no means refers to the calories or the fat…it’s those interesting ingredients on this label that should be something pretty basic and whole food-like ( hazelnuts + cocoa + sweetness), that are far from. So please, make this recipe…your body and taste buds will be grateful to you!

Healthy Hazelnut Cacao Spread

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(aka, healthy Nutella )

makes~2 cups 

Ingredients:

2 cups hazelnuts

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 tablepoons pure cocoa powder

4 pitted dates + 1/4 cup hot water

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup almond milk

1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 -1 tsp powdered stevia* (alternative:1.5-2 tablespoons of honey)

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

1/2 tsp sea salt

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1. Set oven to 350F

2. Place dates in 1/4 cup hot water to soak 

3. Roast hazelnuts in the oven for 7-8 minutes

4. Remove haleznuts, place in food processor and pulse blend until smooth

5. Add cacao, cocoa, dates +water , coconut oil, sea salt, almond milk and vanilla to processor

6. Add flax seeds and stevia (or honey) , process until smooth nut butter consistency

Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour .

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