Nut Free Chocolate Spread (Vegan)

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This nut free chocolate spread is perfect for a vegan packed lunch!

 

My children love chocolate. I love chocolate. We used to buy a little jar of Nutella every week: it would only ever last a few days! The jars and lids have proven useful (I use them to drink from and to store food) but since cutting down on sugar and animal products, we’ve stopped buying it.

 

Nutella wasn’t allowed in school lunches and one of the first things I decided when I began trying to make a Nutella-ish spread is that the vegan substitute would be completely nut free. Yes, I’d probably enjoy a cashew chocolate spread, but I wanted there to be an alternative that would be welcome in Caden and Shane’s school lunchbox.

 

a small glass pot of vegan chocolate spread topped with cacao nibs and pieces of crystallised ginger on a bamboo chopping board with some hobnob biscuits

 

Nut free chocolate spread (vegan)

 

This nut free chocolate spread is smooth, rich, creamy and just sweet enough. As well as being nut free and vegan, it’s also gluten free and cane sugar free. The tofu gives it a lovely creaminess and is also a good source of protein. Put this in sandwiches, use it as a dip or eat it off a spoon! It doesn’t taste like Nutella, but it’s a lovely place to start!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 pack of firm tofu, drained
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp rice malt syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Soya milk, to loosen

 

a small glass pot of vegan chocolate spread topped with cacao nibs and pieces of crystallised ginger on a bamboo chopping board with some hobnob biscuits and a slice of fruit toast with vegan chocolate spread on a white plate with cacaso nibs and crystallised ginger scattered

 

Method

 

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. You might need to scrape the sides a few times!
  3. Pour into a vessel of your choice (preferably not your mouth). That’s literally it!

 

Top tips (if there are any)

 

  • Add whatever flavouring you like to this: don’t be shy! Try peppermint, orange or even coffee!
  • Load it up with crunchy bits and vegan marshmallows for the ultimate dipping experience.

 

Your child’s lunchbox just got a whole lot tastier! What flavour will you try first? Let me know in the comments!

 

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