Home-made chocolate walnut spread

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Home-made chocolate and walnut spread

I know just a handful of people who do not go goosey-limbed at the thought of having a full bottle of Nutella cradled in their palms. There’s something about that chocolate spread that induces a Pavlovian reaction at its very mention. It’s almost sacrosanct. So much so that my little concoction may be considered a blasphemy.
If you’re looking for a home-made chocolate spread that’s closer to the original try any of the following recipes.

http://bonvivant.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/the-season-for-giving/
http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/2005/12/nutella/
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/02/chocolate-hazelnut-spread/ 

My version incorporates walnuts and is influenced by the toffee-notes in the agave nectar I used.

  • ½ cup raw cocoa nibs (look for it in a health food store)
  • ¾ cup lightly bashed walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 6 Tablespoons agave nectar – use a little less if you don’t want too sweet a spread (I found a bottle at Pick N’ Pay)
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 crack of rough salt

Lightly roast the cocoa nibs and walnuts in a oven set to 180 degrees Celsius for about 5-7 minutes. You want to release their flavours, not overly brown them.
Finely grind the cocoa nibs and walnuts once they’ve cooled down.
Add the instant coffee and a crack of salt to the ground mixture.
Pour in the agave nectar and canola oil.
Stir until everything is incorporated.
Decant into a glass jar and serve as a sandwich spread or biscuit filling.

8 Responses
  • Colleen
    May 23, 2012

    Such beautiful styling and photography. And I think this spread sounds and looks stunning. xx

    • saaleha
      May 23, 2012

      Thank you Colleen:) You can’t go very wrong with chocolate.

  • Prixie
    May 24, 2012

    I need some…now. So, when can we meet? ;p

    • saaleha
      May 24, 2012

      There’s still some left in the jar. Pop on over anytime 🙂

  • Adeela
    May 24, 2012

    Saaleha,this looks awesome…its certainly much healthier than “N, whose name shall not be mentioned” Will definitely be trying it out since the munchkin is addicted to the said “N” and I am trying to curb the sugar intake in subtle ways. Also, your pics are beautiful! Adeela

    • saaleha
      May 27, 2012

      Thanks Adeela:) I hope your munchkin takes to it.

  • shanaaz
    May 27, 2012

    Wow! wonderful!
    Decidedly decadent!
    Can’t control cholesterol,
    Satisfied salivating!!

    Your creativity and artistic flair are a treat. Thank You for sharing.

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