Nut butters are tasty, versatile, and chock full of healthy fats, which can help you feel more satisfied after a meal and even reduce "bad" cholesterol levels.
When you add chocolate into the mix, you amp up the benefits even more. Dark chocolate and/or cocoa powder are great sources of antioxidants, and they're also delicious. Mix them together with anything from almonds to cashews, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts, and you've got yourself a homemade treat that pairs well with almost anything. Here are five spoon-licking recipes for chocolate nut butters of all stripes.
Load up on healthy fats with this Keto nut butter, which includes both macadamia nuts and cashews in addition to antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. The macadamia nuts and cashews easily break down into a smooth, creamy texture (especially if you soak the cashews prior to mixing up the nut butter), while the cocoa powder lends a rich, chocolatey depth.
Spare yourself a trip to the grocery store and whip up a homemade take on hazelnut spread instead. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and (as the name implies) utilizes only four ingredients in the form of hazelnuts, vanilla extract, sea salt, and dark chocolate. If you’d rather not to try your hand at melting chocolate, then go ahead and use cocoa powder in lieu of the dark chocolate.
You already know chocolate-covered almonds are delicious, so it should come as no surprise that the combination of chocolate and almonds also works phenomenally well in the form of nut butter. And when you add coconut into the mix, you’ll find yourself wanting to finish the whole batch with nothing more than a spoon. The recipe calls for only five ingredients: raw almonds, unsweetened shredded coconut, cocoa powder, honey or maple syrup, and sea salt to taste.
Who says eating Paleo has to be bland? This vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened chocolate hazelnut butter spread will satisfy a sweet tooth without wrecking your Paleo diet. You’ll just need hazelnuts, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and a bit of salt. Roasting the hazelnuts prior to blending them lets you easily remove their skins and adds greater depth of flavor.
Here’s another recipe with a remarkably short ingredient list. This one calls for raw cashews, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and sea salt—and nothing else. Start by baking the cashews to bring out their flavor and ensure they’ll blend into a smooth texture. Adding coconut oil further encourages a creamy end result, while the cocoa powder adds a delicious chocolatey kick.