Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chocolate Walnut Butter

Chocolate Walnut Butter
I recently bought myself a food processor.  Nothing fancy, just a $40 one from Target, and I am having so much fun.  If you have been following my blog you can probably tell that I love everything chocolate, and the darker, richer, and denser, the better in my opinion.  So of course the first thing I blend up in my new toy is exactly that.  I had been hoping to make my own healthier version of Nutella but I have to order the hazelnuts online and haven't gotten around to doing that yet.  But I always have walnuts, and the rest of the basic ingredients in this recipe, so this was my first food processor creation.  And it is amazing.  Not overly sweet, and very intensely flavored, but after taste testing it over and over to make sure it was "ok", I finally realized that I was literally going to eat the whole bowl if I wasn't careful because it was not only "ok", but perfect. And the great thing about this recipe is that it can be changed up in numerous ways depending on what flavors you prefer and what you have stocked in your pantry.

*not only is this delicious to eat with a spoon, it is great on waffles, muffins or mixed into hot oatmeal...

Chocolate Walnut Butter
main ingredients

1 C. chopped raw walnuts
1/2 C. virgin organic coconut oil
1/2 C. pure maple syrup
1/2 C. dark cocoa powder
2 T. organic half and half
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Store in the refrigerator.

ready to eat some with a spoon

"frosting" on a raspberry cream muffin
(a deceivingly healthy breakfast treat!)

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