COCOA POWDER: Great Chocolate Nut Spread

Here’s a delicious healthy alternative to Nutella (the chocolate hazelnut nut spread imported from somewhere in Europe).

Nutella is made with, in order: sugar, modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (from milk), soy lecithin: an emulsifier, vanillin: an artificial flavor.  So even though it has cocoa in it, it has milk in it too; that’s strike one. And then there’s the modified palm oil and sugar; that’s strike two.

Now check out the ingredients in the following recipe…

THE BEST (and healthiest) CHOCOLATE NUT SPREAD

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup almond butter (smooth, not chunky almond butter)
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder

You will see “cocoa” and “cacao” on product labels. Cocoa is English and cacao is French.

Look for cocoa in the baking section of your store or in specialty cooking supply stores.

Why Cocoa? How does cocoa help your body prevent cancer? Which cocoa is the best kind? How can you be sure to get all the benefits from the cocoa you consume?

  • ½ teaspoon plus ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon of water, if needed, to make the spread a little more spreadable

Directions

Just put all of these ingredients into a small bowl and stir until fully blended.

What to do with this spread?

Spread on bread, whole grain rice cakes, etc.

Serve as a dip for a dessert with dried apricots and fresh apple slices

Enjoy and be healthy!

Leni

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