Chocolate spread is the best way to start the morning. Toasted bread covered in a thick layer of chocolate will definitely brighten up your day, even if it is grey and rainy outside! Chocolate spreads can be purchased everywhere, but are they healthy? Good food is not just a matter of taste, it should also be made with genuine ingredients. In fact, chocolate spreads often contain palm oil or other noxious vegetable oils. On the other hand, extra virgin olive oil is known to be the healthiest among cooking oils. So here is a recipe containing healthy yet luscious ingredients. You will need a little bit of patience...but I promise that preparing your own chocolate spread is as easy as coating your slice of bread with it!
For 1 pot of approximately 250ml
160 grams of peeled hazelnuts
4 tsp sugar (depending on your preference you may increase or decrease the quantity)
10 gr unsweetened cacao powder
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
300 grams dark chocolate or milk chocolate
Preheat oven to 180°.
Cover a baking tray with cooking foil and lay the hazelnuts on it. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the hazelnuts begin to look oily.
Using a blender at its maximum speed, crush the warm hazelnuts until a paste-like substance is obtained. To grind and compact the hazelnuts like so, you must blend them for approximately 5-7 minutes, so beware that your appliance does not overheat.
Add the sugar and blend for 1 minute. Add the cocoa and also blend for 1 minute. While blending, add the extra-virgin olive oil dropwise.
Melt the chocolate using the bain-marie technique. When the chocolate is melted, add it to the hazelnut mix, again a few drops at the time, blending well. Pour the spread in a clean, sterilized pot and leave overnight in the fridge.
Prior to serving, maintain the chocolate spread at room temperature for a half-hour, or melt it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.
It is recommended that you store the chocolate spread in the fridge and use it within 2 weeks….although, it will surely not make it till then!
Made with Olive Oil
Recipes where Olive Oil is always a good ingredient.