Homemade chocolate spread

Happy Eating chocolate spread recipe

Our homemade chocolate spread is packed with hazelnuts and dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids. Rather than a spread loaded with palm oil and sugar, our version is full of natural ingredients, just enough sugar to give it sweetness and the nuts and chocolate provide health-boosting nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and polyphenols. Eating hazelnuts can increase our blood Vitamin E levels. This is great for our wellbeing as Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and can protect the body from damage from free radicals so could help us to stay healthy. As well as a nuttier chocolate spread being better for us it’s also delicious. It’s lovely warmed as a sauce poured over fruit or as a dip with apple slices. Also fabulous spread over a wholemeal wrap with strawberries!

Ingredients – 2 jars of chocolate spread

  • 75g hazelnuts
  • 40 g  caster sugar
  • 225g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 110 ml double cream
  • 50g butter
  • pinch of salt


Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180 oC (fan)
  2. Lay the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Use a food processor to blitz hazelnuts with sugar to a smooth paste
  4. Meanwhile melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring regularly.
  5. Once melted remove from the heat and add cream, butter and salt.
  6. Add the hazelnut and sugar paste to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
  7. Fill 2 sterilised glass jars with lids and keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Note

If you or your family have got used to a much sweeter chocolate spread you might want to slowly adapt everyone’s taste buds to a homemade version so there is less of a difference! I suggest making the first batch with 60g of sugar and 50g of hazelnuts so it is slightly sweeter and less granular then work from there and reduce sugar/increase nuts in each batch you make. This will still be packed with far more nutrients than the most commonly bought chocolate spread!