No Sugar Added & Nut Free Cacao Spread (aka “Chocolate Butter”)

There was a “crêpe day” at my son’s elementary school, and it was suggested that we bring a topping for it.  I thought about sending some bananas, but I ended up packing a jar of homemade “Cacao Spread” – aka “Chocolate Butter”.  Boy, was it ever a hit!  I received lovely comments from the kids and moms – it REALLY made me happy.  And I got to thinking, why am I SO happy?

Cacao Spread

I think it was because I felt connected, and shared my passion in a way that they could actually experience.  I love to find alternative nutritious foods to replace those toxic chemical loaded foods.  I rarely tell my family and clients to stop eating certain food without any substitute.

I make meals and snacks to keep my family healthy and happy, mentally and physically.  I want to avoid feeding toxins, but provide nutrients.  A simple principle, but it can be challenging if you think making a healthy food is complicated and/or expensive.  I used to think so too, but once you get the hang of it, it is not true.

It is easy enough to do, and saves you $.  You just need to plan and prepare in advance, and this will become part of your routine after a few weeks of trying it, and you have it for your life.

And the most important thing for many people is to shift their minds from “it’s too much for me” to “it’s worth it, it will be easier and more fun”.

Anyway, due to a high demand of how I make it, I decided to post a recipe below.  If you have any questions, let me know!
Happy healthy eating<3

Cacao Spread

Recipe:
Fills up about one and a half of 4 oz Mason Jar

Ingredients:
Ideally all in organic, but hey, start with what you can do! 🙂
You do not need to be precise on this recipe, I sometimes use 3/4 cup dates for a rich-thick spread, and 1.5  cup of them for smoother!  

-1 cup coconut milk (full fat one), warmed
-½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
-1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked over night), drained.  If you are in rush, soaked in hot water for 10-20 min and drained.)
-½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

-¼ teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Directions:
Put them all in a high speed blender for a few minutes.
Pour it into mason jars.

Variations:
-goes well with fresh fruits like a banana and/or strawberries
-make a great “hot chocolate” just with your choice of milk
-on plain rice cakes, pancakes, toast
-simply eat it as it is!

Enjoy!
xoxo