My kids love a good chocolate spread but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients in the store-bought varieties, so I came up with this version for them. I like the idea of giving them a treat that also adds some substance. This chocolate spread on a good piece of whole grain bread is great for an afternoon snack, before or after a sports activity or even as a breakfast treat. Packed with nuts and healthy fats it’s refined sugar free and will keep the kids going strong! 🙂

Great as a snack or treat!

Great as a snack or treat!

Recipe (makes approximately ¾ cup)


½ cup raw hazelnuts

¼ cup raw cashews

¼ cup raw pecans

4 medium sized pitted dates

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder

¼ cup good quality maple syrup (or to taste)



1. In a food processor pulse nuts to make a fine sand like texture. (Don’t blend too much or you will have nut butter!)

2. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth (It will have a slightly grainy texture)

3. Spread onto your favourite bread and enjoy!

Keep refrigerated.