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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homemade Chocolate-Almond Spread (2 Ingredient Spread) & Homemade Almond Butter

Kids have been always a big fan of nutella and there had been no choice that replaced this.But lately,they started liking a newly introduced spread from stores,a chocolate -almond spread.This spread tasted almost like nutella and now kids have acquired this taste more than nutella.That's the time,I started  thinking of preparing my own batch of homemade spread.I found this was the best way to sneak in almonds to kids.But do you think this is economical? No, dear friends..this is not a right recipe if you are looking to compare costs to the store brought ones.However,am happy with the trial and error recipe that is purely homemade with no much ingredients.And this tastes much better than the store version as this has purely almond butter to enhance the tastes.Do give this a try if you wish to sneak in almonds to kids,Kids will surely love it !!!


Ingredients
to make almond butter
almonds 2 cups
veg oil 2 tbsp

to make chocolate almond spread
milk chocolate bar 7 oz (198g)
almond butter 1 cup (see notes)




Method

TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER
Add the almonds in a blender and grind until smooth (I could get almost smooth but still had very fine grains too,I stopped when my mixer got very hot).Give a break,scraping the sides of the blender and keep running the blender/grinder a couple of times more till the almonds leave out oil and starts to come together.At this point when you can no longer blend it add the oil as required little by little.Blend again until you get a smooth finish.Almond butter is ready to use with your favorite recipes or proceed further to make chocolate almond spread.




TO MAKE CHOCOLATE- ALMOND SPREAD
-Double boil and melt the chocolate by placing it in a bowl over boiled water.Keep stirring till all the chocolate is melted and is smooth.


-Remove from heat and add the almond butter to this melted chocolate.
-Stir it completely to incorporate well and to get a creamy smooth finish.
-Ready to serve with breads.Cool down completely before storing in bottles.

Doesn't it sound very simple and healthy?? Then go ahead and make your own batch....





Yields ~ a small bottle of 13 oz + about 2tbsp more




NOTES
* I haven't added any additional sugar as there was enough sugar in chocolate.
* I have used Hershey's milk chocolate bar.You can use bitter sweet or any other whichever you like.Add more
* Almonds should be processed in a blender free of any moisture or water content else the shelf life may not be certain.You can use blanched or whole almonds.I have used whole.
* I have used the whole almond butter prepared from the 2 cups almonds.It yields 1 cup plus of almond butter.
* You can double the recipe and make large batches.
* If you wish to make the consistency slightly thinner,then add more oil and make your desired consistency.