Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Nutella is too good to be true. Fact.
Perfect straight out of the jar. Fact.
Entire jar does not equal one serving. Fact. (Unfortunately.)
Highly addictive. Fact.

It is for all these reasons that I had to create a healthy version of this delectable treat.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Makes one small jar.

1 cup roasted hazelnuts – thin casing removed.
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/8 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
2 tbsp raw honey
Dash of ground cloves (optional)
4 tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp coconut oil

►Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly spread nuts on a cookie sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until skins crack away from the nuts. Let rest out of the oven for 10 minutes. Place in center of a dish towel, pull the corners to the middle so the nuts are covered. Rub vigorously until the casings are removed.

►Place nuts in food processor and grind for 5-10 minutes. When you have a creamy consistency, add in all other ingredients. Process until well combined. I found just a dash of cloves enhances the flavor of the hazelnuts. This is totally optional though.

►Pour into a glass jar and store for up to two weeks.

Note: Make sure to use high quality raw cacao powder. My favorite is Navitas Naturals. Their cacao is sourced sustainable from Peru and it packs a powerful, rich chocolate flavor.

Cayenne Dark Chocolate Truffles

Spicy Raw Chocolate Truffels

Sometimes we just need to get our fix, our daily dose of chocolate. I try my best to keep homemade healthy options near-by in these emergency situations. When the hormone alarm sounds, all I have to do is reach for the secret stash. It removes the internal conflict over fighting my craving or saying, screw it, I’m eating that brownie. Then feeling the guilt of consuming something I know is bad for my body. The brownie is never the solution. So I created these delicious melt-in-your-mouth truffles that can be whipped up in a couple of minutes. Warning though, these babies have a powerful kick so you only need one!

Spicy Raw Chocolate Truffels

12 Dried Dates

3 1/2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder

1-2 Teaspoons Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (optional)

►Place all ingredients in your food processor. Turn on and keep running for three to five minutes.

►Once the mixture becomes fine and crumbly test to see if it is sticky enough to roll into balls. This all depends on the quality of your dates. If they are a bit dry, add a teaspoon or two of melted unrefined coconut oil and blend another minute.

►Pour the mixture into a bowl. Pinch a bit into your hands and form into a small ball. For consistency, use a mini-melon baller.

►Pour a 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder into a shallow bowl. Roll each ball into the powder. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate until serving.