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Raw Chocolate Cashew Spread

Raw Chocolate Spread

As some of you may have gathered by now, I’m in thrall to my Froothie high speed blender. It gets used virtually every day and makes a wonderful job of finely blending the most unlikely of ingredients and making them silky smooth. Have a look at my nettle smoothie if you don’t believe me.

Just before I acquired my blender, I made my first ever chocolate cashew nut spread. I was delighted with it, but I suspected the Optimum 9200 could do an even better job. This time around, I wanted to try a completely raw version; in the previous one I had roasted the cashews. Nuts and seeds have some sort of enzyme inhibitor that prevent them germinating too early and stop us digesting them properly. Soaking before eating tricks the nuts into thinking it is time to germinate, thus realising the inhibitors into the water which is then thrown away. So a good overnight soaking of the cashew nuts was required. I also added a vanilla pod and dates to the mix.

Raw Cashew SmoothieThe nuts made for a rather stiff mixture and I had to use the tamper tool to push the mass down a few times. It was also a bit of an art getting the mixture out of the jug. In fact I was unable to extract it all and not being one to abide waste, I ended up “rinsing” the jug out with kefir and making an impromptu and quite delicious smoothie – win win.

The result was a silky smooth chocolate nut spread that tasted even better than the first one. I had been slightly worried about ending up with bits of strongly vanilla pod, but I needn’t have worried, there was no obvious sign of it, other than the flavour. The dates gave a slight fruity note – an added bonus. We ended up eating most of it straight from the jar, but as well as a delicious spread, it would work well as a cake filler and also as an alternative dairy free cheesecake – now on my list.

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Raw Chocolate Cashew Spread
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A delicious silky smooth raw diary free chocolate nut spread. Easy to whip up in a blender.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 150g cashew nuts
  2. 4 Medjool dates
  3. 1/2 vanilla pod
  4. 1 good tbsp coconut oil
  5. 3 tbsp coconut nectar (or sweetener of choice)
  6. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  7. pinch of rock salt (I used Himalayan pink)
  8. 3 tbsp water - more may be needed
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashew nuts in water overnight. Drain and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Throw everything into a high speed blender and blitz until silky smooth.
  3. Scrape down the sides as needed and add more water if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Scrape into a jar and keep in the fridge until needed.
Notes
  1. Nuts require overnight soaking.
  2. A high speed blender will give a much smoother result.
  3. Can be used as a cake or biscuit filling as well as an alternative cheesecake.
  4. Keeps in the fridge for a good week or so.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 Here are a few other raw chocolate recipes you might like:

Raw Chocolate Oat and Current Cookies from Jen’s Food

Raw Chocolate Truffles from Chocolate Log Blog

Raw Cacao and Kefir Smoothie from Tin and Thyme

Raw Chilli Coconut Chocolate from Planet Veggie

Ultimate Chocolate Green Smoothie from Tinned Tomatoes

Comments

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      Haha, and did you make it Bintu? It’s the sort of thing that pretty much everyone’s going to love but with no guilt involved.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    12th April 2015

    It looks very interesting – I like the idea of these sweet spreads but am not so sure about using them. I am also interested to hear about your using the Froothie – I find it frustrating trying to get everything out and I think I probably need to use my tamper a bit more. But it does make it all smooth (except pomegranate arils)

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      Getting thick things out of the blender is a pain Johanna. I’ve found the best thing to do is try and make a drink out of it or add a bit of water if it’s savoury and then add to soups.

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    Janice
    12th April 2015

    Quite remarkable! I don’t have a high speed blender, but if I did I’d be sure to make a spread like this.

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      Haha, thanks Janice. I can highly recommend a high speed blender, but I suspect you’ve already guessed that.

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    Heidi Roberts
    12th April 2015

    This looks like a really creamy, velvety spread – bring on the crumpets!

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      What Have I been thinking of Heidi, I haven’t tried it on crumpets yet!!!

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    Kerry @ Kerry Cooks
    13th April 2015

    Oh my goodness. This looks so yummy! Its when you try to make things like nut butters that you really realise the quality of your blender – I tried to make almond butter in my food processor yesterday and I thought it might explode! Can’t wait to make this when I get a better one!

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      I never dared try it in my old one Kerry, it does require something with a bit of oomph! Hope you manage to get your hands on one soon πŸ™‚

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    Anita-Clare Field
    13th April 2015

    Wow, this looks lovely I love this sort of energising raw food. I wonder if it will work in my nutribullet?

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    Elizabeth
    13th April 2015

    Sounds lovely! My one attempt at making homemade nutella ended up being very grainy, but I didn’t soak the nuts like I should have. Will give it another go!

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      Was that in the Froothie Elizabeth? I made another version in my mini food processor and that was delicious, but also a bit grainy.

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    Chloe
    13th April 2015

    Yum. Now when I wrote my recent rant about how unnecessary smoothie makers are, I totally neglected to think about making nut butters and spreads. Some oversight it seems.

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      Choclette
      13th April 2015

      Haha Chloe, I’m going to have to come and read your rant. I’m thrilled to be making my own nut butters etc, but I’m also finding I can make so many interesting smoothies now that I never could in my old blender.

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    Jen
    13th April 2015

    Cashews are my favourite nuts, though I don’t tend to have them with chocolate so I’m intrigued by this. It looks super smooth, I have a Froothie on my wish list as I’d love to make my own nut butters/spreads one day. Great idea ‘rinsing’ it out to make a smoothie too πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      15th April 2015

      Ah Jen, I love cashews too, but I find it hard to say which my favourite nuts are – I love them all. Good luck with the Froothie, it really is a veritable wonder and I’m really glad I’ve got one.

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      Choclette
      15th April 2015

      It really is Callie and I’m feeling it’s about time for another batch.

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    Rebekah Esme
    13th April 2015

    That looks out of this world! I’m getting into baking these days so I’m going to give it a try! X

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    fashion-mommy
    13th April 2015

    This sounds delicious, if there’s one thing I love it’s chocolate spread!

    #UKBloggers

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      Choclette
      15th April 2015

      The beauty of this chocolate spread is that you can slather it on your toast in the morning and not feel the least bit guilty πŸ˜‰

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    15th April 2015

    What an amazing-sounding recipe Choclette. Loving the addition of dates. I wasn’t aware of the enzyme-inhibitor issue….. interesting!
    Great that you got an unexpected smoothie out of it too!

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      Choclette
      16th April 2015

      Thanks Kate. I’ve been aware about the nuts issue for many years, but I rarely do anything about it as it means getting organised. Sally Fallon reckons the best way to do it is to soak a load of nuts overnight and then put them in a very low oven for several hours to go crispy, then store until needed. I read that when I first got her book, but have never managed to do it.

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