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Eat Your Heart Out Nutella – Chocolate Cashew Nut Spread and a Giveaway #56

 I’ve noted many recipes on the web in the last year or two for homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. I’ve really wanted to have a go, but neither my blender nor my food processor are up to the job. However, I was recently sent a VonShef 3-in-1 hand blender from Domu to try out and I thought I’d put it through its paces and see if it was up to making a nut spread. I happened to have a bag of cashews to hand, so thought I’d try making a chocolate cashew nut spread rather than a hazelnut one.

As you can see from the picture near the bottom of the post, the 3-in-1 is comprised of a hand held stick blender, a mini food processor and a whisk. The blender has a heavy duty motor and comes with two speed settings, 7,000 and 13,500 rpm. The attachments are simple to change and the washing up is so much easier than my stand food processor. For blending small quantities of ingredients to make sauces, pesto and chocolate spread, the mini food processor is ideal. It’s also meant to be good for chopping onions, but I haven’t tried that yet. The stick blender is fantastic for soups and purΓ©es and it comes with a sturdy beaker. We used our old one all the time, but it was difficult to wash as it didn’t detach from the motor. This one does. The whisk I have yet to try.

The mini food processor was my tool of choice for the task I had in mind. To begin with the nuts ground to a powder and I thought it wasn’t going to work. I persevered on a higher setting and suddenly it turned into a paste. When I added the other ingredients, it went very oily and didn’t look at all appetising, so I added a little water. Miraculously this sorted the problem out and I ended up with a rich and smooth (ish) paste.

Homemade Chocolate Spread

Never mind on toast, I couldn’t stop eating it this chocolate cashew nut spread straight out of the jar; not something I generally want to do with Nutella as I find it too sweet and a bit cloying. Containing no refined sugars, unhealthy fats nor other unwanted additives, this is a super healthy alternative to your average chocolate spread and it’s very tasty too. Although there were a few grains of nuts left in the paste, it had a very pleasant silky mouthfeel. This success left me elated for the rest of the day and I can’t wait to make some again.

 

 

I am sending these off to AlphaBakes with Caroline Makes and The More Than Occasional Baker as V for Vegan Chocolate Spread.

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Chocolate Cashew Nut Spread
by Choclette February-17-2015
A healthy and delicious take on a much loved chocolate nut spread. Using only six ingredients, this is both quick and easy to make.
 
Ingredients
  • 100ml raw cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil – melted
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • a pinch pink Himalyan rock salt
  • 1 tbsp water
 
Instructions
1. Dry roast the cashews at 180℃ for about ten minutes or until golden.2. Blend in a mini food processor along with the cocoa powder and salt until finely ground.3. Add the coconut oil and nectar and continue to blend on a high speed for about 2-5 minutes until the mixture has turned into a paste.4. Add the water and blend for another minute until all is smooth. You may want to add more water depending on how thick or thin you like your spread.5. Spoon into a jar and spread some immediately on toast. It should keep for a week or so in the fridge.
 
Details

Prep time: 15Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 small jar

Giveaway
Domu UK has kindly agreed to give one of my readers a VonShef 3-in-1 hand blender as described above. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
VonShef 3-in-1 hand blender
 
 
Prizes are offered and provided by Domu UK and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
 
Closing date is Tuesday 17 March 2015

Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

VonChef 3-in-1 Handheld Blender

Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    lisa
    17th February 2015

    I’d most like to use the stick blender to help me make my own healthy soups.

  2. Leave a Reply

    Tracy K Nixon
    17th February 2015

    I would love to use the whisk attachment to whip up some frsh cream to top a homemade trifle!

  3. Leave a Reply

    mummy24
    17th February 2015

    The whisk to make some meringues – always wanted to try that!

    Ashleigh

  4. Leave a Reply

    Jenny
    17th February 2015

    I would never have thought of making my own chocolate nut spread, sounds great!

  5. Leave a Reply

    Jessica Howliston
    17th February 2015

    This sounds like a great whisk! I’d have never thought of making my own chocolate spread and I love nutty chocolate spread so it sounds like a must try! xx

  6. Leave a Reply

    Janice Pattie
    17th February 2015

    I would use the stick blender to make pesto. Love your Cashew Chocolate spread, it looks so good.

  7. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    18th February 2015

    The stick blender to make pasta sauces
    (Spencer Broadley)

  8. Leave a Reply

    debbie smith
    18th February 2015

    brilliant giveaway ! id love to try them all out but the whisk looks fab on this πŸ™‚ x

  9. Leave a Reply

    Amy L
    18th February 2015

    I’d use the mini food processor most for quick batches of pesto, breadcrumbs, chopped herbs, chopped nuts,…

  10. Leave a Reply

    Alida
    18th February 2015

    Wow! What a fab giveaway! I love everything. And that cashew nut spread must be seriously addictive πŸ™‚

  11. Leave a Reply

    Madeleine Morrow
    18th February 2015

    Your lovely blog is an ongoing health hazard for my arteries but oh how scrumptious this looks!!

  12. Leave a Reply

    Gill
    18th February 2015

    Great timing – my hand held blender has cracked!!
    I’d use it to make soups!

  13. Leave a Reply

    Betsy Barnes
    18th February 2015

    I would use the whisk attachment to make creamy soups, alfredo sauces and whipped cream for desserts. πŸ™‚

  14. Leave a Reply

    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    18th February 2015

    I love that moment when nuts turn to nut butter in a grinder!
    I’d love a decent stick blender to make lots of fruit coulis and home-made fresh custard

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    Katie
    19th February 2015

    I’d use the mini blender for making houmous and nut butters – yum! Your cashew chocolate spread sounds delicious. I’ve never tried cashew butter before but I can imagine its deliciously creamy

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    Johanna GGG
    19th February 2015

    I would love to enter this but live too far away πŸ™ I love my stick blender but have missed the little food processor attachment since it broke. The nut butter looks great – am sure you will have great success with more nut butters in your new blender – though apparently roasted nuts do better than raw nuts and I have had great success with roasted nut butter.

  17. Leave a Reply

    Jane Willis
    19th February 2015

    I’d use the stick blender to make some soup with – and I want to do it right away as it’s a cold, wet miserable day and I’d really love some hot soup!

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    Anonymous
    19th February 2015

    I’d use the stick blender first – we’re into soups in this weather and it would be perfect for blending our apple and parsnip soup. The parsnips, having been frosted, are making gorgeous soup at the minute.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

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    belleau kitchen
    19th February 2015

    OMG this would work in my nutribullet too!… I love this idea and simply never thought about making a spread in it!… Genius! off to buy cashews!

  20. Leave a Reply

    Christian Halfmann
    19th February 2015

    Sounds lovely. I have made a almond spread before. For sure I have to do some nut spread again in the future.

  21. Leave a Reply

    Vohn's Vittles
    19th February 2015

    I love you Choclette! Your super spread sounds heavenly and so healthy too! I’ll be eating this one straight from the jar too! ♡

  22. Leave a Reply

    julsthomas
    19th February 2015

    I’d use the whisk for a variety of recipes – this handy gadget would quickly be used for a number of processes in the kitchen

  23. Leave a Reply

    Baking Addict
    21st February 2015

    I’ve been meaning to make my own chocolate spread and seeing how easy and delicious it is I think I’ll give it a go. I’d love to re create this recipe with the mini food processor. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes

  24. Leave a Reply

    Lynsey Buchanan
    22nd February 2015

    whisk attachment as I do a lot of baking

  25. Leave a Reply

    Monica Gilbert
    22nd February 2015

    I’d love to try making soup with the stick blender. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

  26. Leave a Reply

    Lea
    22nd February 2015

    I would most like to use the stick and blender and would use it to blend soup.

  27. Leave a Reply

    Rob Baker
    22nd February 2015

    The whisk for my morning low-carb yoghurt/cream/fruit/nuts concoctions!

  28. Leave a Reply

    sadia iqbal
    22nd February 2015

    I’d like to make my own baby food, instead of buying the store bought one

  29. Leave a Reply

    Sally Ann Savo
    22nd February 2015

    I’d use the mini food processor more as I can make my own curry paste and marinades.

  30. Leave a Reply

    Kas S.
    23rd February 2015

    The whisk, for perfect meringues

  31. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    23rd February 2015

    the blender to make soup

  32. Leave a Reply

    ptak5566
    23rd February 2015

    I would love one to make soups for my father-in-law as his old one broke.

  33. Leave a Reply

    Edward Guerreiro
    23rd February 2015

    I would use the food processor attachment for everything I currently use my cumbersome processor for. The first thing would prbably be spaghetti and meatballs.

  34. Leave a Reply

    Fern
    23rd February 2015

    id use the blender to make fruit purees to put with yogurt. yum

  35. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    23rd February 2015

    I’d use the stick blender for blitzing soups.
    @gavrc

  36. Leave a Reply

    Pooky
    23rd February 2015

    Whisk attachment to make light and airy sponge cakes.

  37. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    23rd February 2015

    I’d like to use the whisk attachment to bake cakes

    Fiona

  38. Leave a Reply

    pauline hill
    23rd February 2015

    the whisk for anything with cream

  39. Leave a Reply

    Hannonle
    23rd February 2015

    I would use the stick blender to make quick fresh milkshakes/smoothies using all of the lovely fruit I am growing in my garden

  40. Leave a Reply

    lisylou21
    23rd February 2015

    I would use the stick blender to make soup. Although the chocolate spread sounds nice, im allergic to nuts

  41. Leave a Reply

    suzanne brzeski
    23rd February 2015

    the blender for my homemade soups

  42. Leave a Reply

    Ruth Bugg
    23rd February 2015

    I could have done with the whisk for my pancake batter, it was rather lumpy when my 4 year old just poured in all the flour in one go! Would use the blender to make fruit smoothies

  43. Leave a Reply

    Lisa
    23rd February 2015

    I would use the stick blender to make soups, smoothies and milkshakes πŸ™‚

  44. Leave a Reply

    jaycee
    23rd February 2015

    This chocolate spread looks delicious!

  45. Leave a Reply

    Jazz
    24th February 2015

    Stick blender looks whizzy and fun πŸ˜€

  46. Leave a Reply

    Tash
    24th February 2015

    whisk attachment so i can make some yummy meringue

  47. Leave a Reply

    Jayne
    24th February 2015

    I’d like to try the stick blender and would try it out on making some soup.

  48. Leave a Reply

    Teresa Lee
    24th February 2015

    I do a lot of baking so I’d probably use the whisk the most….Thanks

  49. Leave a Reply

    Ella L
    26th February 2015

    Oh the blender attachment for soups and curry basis

  50. Leave a Reply

    Caroline Muspratt
    28th February 2015

    My answer is the stick blender.. I saw you used this spread in a later recipe to make chocolate brownies, they look great! Thanks for sharing with Alphabakes.

  51. Leave a Reply

    Helen Swales
    1st March 2015

    The chopper attachment would be my favourite and I’d chop onions with it. I’ve tried all the tricks, a spoon in my mouth (it just makes me gag), a pair of swimming goggles, none of them work; this would be perfect.

  52. Leave a Reply

    emma comp
    4th March 2015

    the blender for carrot and coriander soup

  53. Leave a Reply

    CJ Smith
    5th March 2015

    I’d use the mini blender for making houmous and nut butters. Your cashew chocolate spread sounds delicious! πŸ™‚

  54. Leave a Reply

    Anne Nelmes
    8th March 2015

    The whisk for non lumpy batter for pancakes and Yorkshire puddings

  55. Leave a Reply

    Pamela Mair
    12th March 2015

    I would use it to make that chocolate cashew nut spread. It sounds delicious!

  56. Leave a Reply

    claire blake
    12th March 2015

    I would like to use the whisk

  57. Leave a Reply

    Kerry-Ann Pope
    13th March 2015

    The whisk attachment to make my boys favourite Carrot and Walnut Cake

  58. Leave a Reply

    James Mullen
    14th March 2015

    My wife says she wants to try and make some cakes πŸ˜€ So she’d make good use of the whisk attachment.

  59. Leave a Reply

    Matt Gee
    14th March 2015

    I would make smoothies with the the blender attachment.

  60. Leave a Reply

    Solange
    15th March 2015

    I’d make meringue with the whisk attachment

  61. Leave a Reply

    Emma Nixon
    15th March 2015

    This would be really useful. I would even try making a meringue..

  62. Leave a Reply

    Allison
    15th March 2015

    The whisk, so I can make a yummy lemon meringue pie!

  63. Leave a Reply

    Heather Haigh
    15th March 2015

    I would most like to use the stick blender to make healthy smoothies and warming smooth soups.

  64. Leave a Reply

    Kristy Brown
    15th March 2015

    The blender for soups and purees

  65. Leave a Reply

    lyn Burgess
    16th March 2015

    I’d use the mini processor for making a Thai curry paste

  66. Leave a Reply

    leanne weir
    16th March 2015

    I’d like to use the stick blender.

  67. Leave a Reply

    Lesley
    16th March 2015

    Carrot and coriander soup πŸ™‚

  68. Leave a Reply

    Denise s
    16th March 2015

    Food processor part to chop onions stop me crying and biscuits for a lime cheesecake base

  69. Leave a Reply

    Vicki A Smith
    16th March 2015

    I’d love to try the whisk

  70. Leave a Reply

    Kerry Kilmister
    16th March 2015

    I would like to use the stick blender so that I can make homemade and healthy soups

  71. Leave a Reply

    Rachael Marsden
    16th March 2015

    Would be great for making smoothies and sauces

  72. Leave a Reply

    Sarah Palmer
    16th March 2015

    the stick blender always wanted to have aa go at making my own soups xxx

  73. Leave a Reply

    Andrew Hindley
    16th March 2015

    The stick blender to make smoothies/soups

  74. Leave a Reply

    sarah
    16th March 2015

    the whisk to make some fluffy meringues

  75. Leave a Reply

    Barbara Handley
    16th March 2015

    I want to start making soup from fresh local vegetables so this would be ideal.

  76. Leave a Reply

    Helen Allan
    16th March 2015

    I would use the whisk attachment to make my pancake batter light and airy. Thank you!

  77. Leave a Reply

    olivia kirby
    16th March 2015

    Bookmarked to enter as Gleam is not appearing anywhere for me at the moment unfortunately

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th March 2015

      Hi Olivia, you should see a link right at the bottom of the page which will take you to Gleam.

  78. Leave a Reply

    alison
    16th March 2015

    ooh I hadn’t realised you had a blog here as well. Love it. I would love to try the stick blender for soups, always wanted one of those.

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      Choclette
      16th March 2015

      Haha Alison, this is my blog now. I’ve moved Chocolate Log Blog over and this is brand new.

  79. Leave a Reply

    Jenny Barker
    16th March 2015

    I would use the whisk

  80. Leave a Reply

    Sue Dorking
    16th March 2015

    I’d use the stick blender to make delicious spicy parsnip soup, a family favourite

  81. Leave a Reply

    Sarah Parker
    16th March 2015

    the stick blender for soup πŸ™‚

  82. Leave a Reply

    vicky dunn
    16th March 2015

    I would like to try my hand at meringues

  83. Leave a Reply

    Rachel B
    16th March 2015

    I’d use the blender to make some leek and potato soup

  84. Leave a Reply

    Beth Jackson-D'Zacchaeus
    16th March 2015

    I would love to win this, I have started making banana pancakes and this would make it so much easier to blend everything together πŸ˜€

  85. Leave a Reply

    Danielle Graves
    16th March 2015

    I would use the whisk attachment so I could make soft, sweet chewy meringues, I always get arm ache before I achieve stiff peaks when I whisk manually

  86. Leave a Reply

    Jane Middleton
    17th March 2015

    whisk to make cream

  87. Leave a Reply

    Jamie Millard
    17th March 2015

    I’d love to make my own chocolate sauces – fondants and mousse.

  88. Leave a Reply

    Hazel Rush
    17th March 2015

    I’d use the stick blender to make sweet potato and chorizo soup!

  89. Leave a Reply

    Jacqueline Roberts
    17th March 2015

    Love to try the soup attachment

  90. Leave a Reply

    donna l jones
    17th March 2015

    The whisk to make some meringues

  91. Leave a Reply

    olivia kirby
    17th March 2015

    The whisk as Melody wants to start making meringues

  92. Leave a Reply

    Helen Garner
    17th March 2015

    Mini food processor so I can make breadcrumbs for chicken nuggets

  93. Leave a Reply

    pauline black
    17th March 2015

    the stick and blender im a big soup maker

  94. Leave a Reply

    chirag p
    17th March 2015

    The whisk to make some meringues light and fluffy

  95. Leave a Reply

    Hannah Whitling
    17th March 2015

    I’d use the whisk so I could make some cakes finally as I can’t make them currently due to dodgy shoulders

  96. Leave a Reply

    melissa manning
    17th March 2015

    The whisk, and I’d make meringues to go into a raspberry eton mess!

  97. Leave a Reply

    tishist
    17th March 2015

    I’d use it for soups mainly

  98. Leave a Reply

    ELZBIETA ZNYK
    17th March 2015

    I can make veg and fruits for my baby

  99. Leave a Reply

    Melissa Lee
    17th March 2015

    I’d blend my morning protein shakes

  100. Leave a Reply

    Paul Kay
    17th March 2015

    I would use the stick blender to make curry sauce

  101. Leave a Reply

    Jamie walker
    17th March 2015

    i think the wisk, it looks pretty nifty πŸ™‚

  102. Leave a Reply

    Sarah Phillips
    17th March 2015

    My stick blender has just died! So would love to replace it and continue making lovely wholesome soups!

  103. Leave a Reply

    Jo
    17th March 2015

    The stick blender to make nutritious soups

  104. Leave a Reply

    Sarah B
    17th March 2015

    I’d use the blender for whizzing my soups.

  105. Leave a Reply

    Susan Carruthers
    17th March 2015

    I’d use the blender to make delicious soups

  106. Leave a Reply

    Felicity Smith
    23rd March 2015

    I would use the stick blender for hoummous

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