I have never bought a tub of Nutella in my life, and I think it's ridiculous that a successful suit could be brought against the company for ads that suggest it's healthy. Clearly the spread is a treat, as is this recipe that I'm sharing today.
The difference is that my take contains no refined sugar or dairy.
I didn't actually make this spread for myself, but for my kids. They sampled Cocoa Almond Spread during one of our shopping trips to Trader Joe's; it is basically TJ's version of Nutella with almonds instead of hazelnuts.
Making your own nut butter is certainly easy enough, though it does require patience (which is not a trait for which I'm famous!) I definitely think the salt and cinnamon added a little something here, and using a little coconut oil added a nice sheen and helped emulsify the finished product.
Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter
2 cups raw almonds
2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbs. raw honey
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350. Spread almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Roasting adds a nice depth of flavor as well as helping release the natural oils in the nuts.
Put nuts in food processor and run until they break down and become smooth. This will likely take at least 10-15 minutes. If your nuts aren't getting smooth, you can add a tablesppon or two of water to help the process.
Meanwhile, melt honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in cinnamon and salt.
Add honey mixture to nuts once you've reached desired smoothness, and process for another minute or two.