Store-bought chocolate hazelnut spread can be totally addicting. And totally unhealthy, to boot! Packed with modified oils and sugar (which is the first ingredient!), it’s far from the nutrient-packed treat it could be.
Chia Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Making your own chocolate hazelnut spread is easy and allows for a full line-up of healthful ingredients, including chia seeds, which give this spread it’s bulk. Enjoy over a slice of warm bread or chunks of banana for an afternoon pick-me-up!
Servings 4 cups
- 2 cup blanched hazelnuts
- 4 oz chocolate chopped
- 4 grade B maple syrup
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 2 full-fat coconut milk
- ¼ tsp instant espresso powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chia seeds
Purchase hazelnuts blanched (skins will be removed), place them in a bowl with enough filtered water to cover completely and soak overnight, or minimum 8 hours.
Combine chopped chocolate, maple syrup, ¼ c. filtered water, coconut milk, espresso powder, and vanilla extract in a double boiler set to medium low heat. Whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Drain the hazelnuts and pat them dry. Pour them into the bowl of a large food processor and process until a smooth paste forms (this will take a couple of minutes, be patient!). Add in the warmed chocolate mixture and process to fully combine, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds or so.
Add in the chia seeds and process briefly to incorporate. Allow the spread to sit for 5-10 minutes to let the chia to plump up. Process again 30 seconds to smooth it out. Enjoy immediately!