01 Dark chocolate spread, vegan, gluten free

Dark Chocolate Spread

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I called my recipe Dark Chocolate Spread, but more appropiate would have been to call it: Almond and Dark Chocolate Spread, as the main ingredient is almonds. This chocolate spread is also vegan, naturally gluten free and so so good. I used very good quality vegan dark chocolate with 85% cocoa solids, without any palm oil, it gives it a lovely flavour. For spreads good quality chocolate is a must. To make it thinner and creamy, I used water.

Another great thing about this recipe is that 1 small jar has only 25g of golden syrup. That is the equivalent of 2 spoons of sugar, isn’t that amazing? Of course, if you prefer a sweeter taste, add a bit more, but the whole point is to make a dark chocolate spread. We had one jar yesterday and I think we’ll finish another jar today, with crepes. Please be aware that the spread has a lot of calories from the almonds, each jar has around 875-900 calories.

01 Dark chocolate spread, vegan, gluten free

Ingredients for 4 small jars:
– 350g almonds
– 100g golden syrup
– 200g dark chocolate
– 300ml water

For this recipe, you need lightly roasted almonds. Preheat the oven at 140C or 120C fan. Put raw almonds on a baking tray and bake them for 20 minutes. Leave them to cool before using them in this recipe. They will continue roasting after you’ll get them out of the oven from the residual heat.
Put the almonds in a food processor and blitz them until you’ll make the butter. It will take a while. If you prefer a very smooth texture use the shop bought type.. Add the golden syrup and blitz again.

In a big bowl, put the chocolate cut in pieces and melt it in the microwave or on a Bain Marie. When the chocolate is melted, toss in the almonds and mix. Gradually add the boiling water and continue mixing until you get the texture you are looking for. Keep in mind that the spread will thicken more when cold.

02 Dark chocolate spread, vegan, gluten free

Scoop the spread in the jars using a spoon. Leave them with the lid open until the dark chocolate spread is completely cold. Keep it in the fridge.

03 Dark chocolate spread, vegan, gluten free

As I mentioned the calories earlier, let me give you all the nutritional information for 1 jar (with the ingredients I’ve used):
878 calories, 27g proteins, 64g fats, 50g carbohydrates with 23g sugar, 9.5g fibers.

Do you make your own chocolate spread?

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