Real Hazelnut & Cacao Spread

by: Susanna @themoralmunch

Real Hazelnut & Cacao Spread


  • 100g roasted hazelnuts
  • 25g cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 6 tablespoons boiled water
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Creative Nature cacao powder
  • pinch of sea salt


Use a high-powder blender to combine the nuts, tahini, syrup and water until completely smooth. This may take up to 10 minutes.

Add the cacao powder and sea salt into the silky smooth nut paste and blend further. The biggest challenge of making this hazelnut & chocolate spread is transferring it into a jar without dipping your hasty fingers in multiple times.

Ensure your jars are sterilised. I do this by washing them in soapy water, rinsing, and then heating in the oven at 150 degrees for 10 minutes. Pour your spread into jars and secure with an air-tight lid. Your spread will last for around 4 weeks, but once opened, keep it in the fridge.

Everyone knows ‘that’ famous chocolate & hazelnut spread. It has been aimed at children’s breakfast times and boasts slow-releasing energy, as well as a mind-blowingly generousTWO whole hazelnuts in each serving. Calm down, put your spoon down and let’s look at the ingredients list before we all swoon over that delicious pair of nuts…

‘Slow-releasing energy’

The two main ingredients of the nutty indulgence are sugar and vegetable oil. Refined sugar will be rapidly digested and used by the body for instant energy due to a high glycaemic index (glycaemic index refers to the rate at which blood glucose levels are affected by carbohydrates). However, the reason why your children may not be bouncing off the walls with this sugar rush is due to the large amount of vegetable oil, which lowers the glycaemic index. Fats slow down digestion and therefore slow the absorption of glucose into the blood. And in this case the fats in one tablespoon (15g) is 34% saturated fat. That’s right – that deliciously caring saturated fat that builds up in your arteries and can contribute to obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. ‘Slow-releasing energy’ it may provide, but I assure you these highly processed ingredients can be avoided.

‘Contains two whole hazelnuts’ (per tablespoon)

The percentage of real nuts in the hazelnut & chocolate spread is 13% only. It seems an anti-climax when ‘hazelnut’ is in the product name and label. However, the cocoa content is a very disappointing 7.4% despite being the other (and most would say, better) half of the selling point.

Ditch the fake stuff – make your own!

I have perfected my own recipe for hazelnut & chocolate spread, which not only is beyond delicious, but is made with unprocessed ingredients, that provide healthy fats, plenty of protein and fibre, with none of the nasty hidden stuff.

So putting this all into perspective, one tablespoon (15g) of my homemade hazelnut & chocolate spread contains 1.5g protein, compared to less than 1g in the shop-bought brand. The higher protein content is due to my homemade spread containing 30% hazelnuts and 13.4% raw cacao (compared to 13% and 7.4% in the shop-bought brand, respectively) . These natural fats are high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats that are cardio-protective and low in saturates (only 12.5% of my fats are saturated compared to the 34% in the famous brand). Take another guilt-free spoon of your new favourite chocolate recipe – it has 34% less calories than that not-so-appealing-anymore brand after all!

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