Nutella has fast become a staple in many homes in North America and Europe. It is chocolately goodness that you can spread on toast, or anything else for that matter. Typically made with hazelnuts and cocoa, sugar and milk, we tend to use instead of a peanut butter. Although delicious, Nutella may pose problems for those with nut allergies as well as the high sugar content may not be what everyone is looking to add to their daily intake.
Val has given us an amazing alternative to Nutella that you can make at home with a lot less sugar and made with tahini instead of hazelnuts. Here is how Val discovered this decadent alternative to our beloved Nutella. I think it was a hit in her house 🙂
On a sailing trip in Greece I found a bottle of Chocolate Tahini and Honey spread which I thought would be a perfect high nutrient , nut free alternate to peanut butter or the high sugar Nutella for the kids. It was such a big hit that I haven’t stopped thinking about how I would duplicate the recipe when I got back home.
I used organic raw tahini, raw cacao powder, maple syrup and fine sea salt. You may substitute raw cacao for cocoa powder and honey instead of maple syrup. The spoon the kids used to dip the sauce onto their homemade bread didn’t leave the jar! The beauty of the spread is its simplicity of ingredients.
You can add a pinch of cinnamon or ½ tsp vanilla essence to the recipe if you want to switch up the flavors. This recipe will keep for a very long time in a sealed glass jar in the fridge or cupboard.
1 cup tahini (ground up sesame seeds) at room temperature
½ cup cacao powder
½ cup maple syrup
pinch fine sea salt
- Place tahini in a medium bowl and stir in cocoa powder, maple syrup and sea salt. Mix until evenly blended.
- Place mixture in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid either in the fridge or cupboard.
I like to spoon the tahini spread into dates for a high energy snack, spread it on grainy toast or as a dip for apples or bananas. We hope you like it as much as we do.
By the way this mixture is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, protein and healthy fats. A winning combination for all ages.