I have been looking for a good chocolate spread for quite sometime now but much to my disappointment I haven’t found the right one. Every time I pick up a chocolate spread container and read the ingredients, the fact that sugar is usually listed as the first ingredient scares me off.
So I took it upon myself to make a creamy chocolatey spread at home- I didn’t realize for the longest time how easy it was to make it at home. This is a no brainer- peanuts and chocolate is all you need to make this creamy, chocolatey home-made chocolate peanut butter spread! You’ll be surprised how easy and quick it is to put together and what is great is you are in charge of the ingredients and you know what’s going in.
So here is how I made my ridiculously simple chocolate peanut butter:
- ½ cup good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips (or bittersweet chocolate)
- ¼ teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 2-3 drops vanilla extract
- 2 cups roasted peanuts, lightly salted
- In a food processor, process the peanuts until creamy. This may take some time as at first the peanuts will be ground and then they will start coming together in a ball. Two cup peanuts should take about 7-10 minutes to come together. Make sure to stop the food processor and stir the peanuts in between at least 2-3 times through the entire process.
- While the peanuts are in the food processor, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave (in 20 second increments).
- Once the chocolate has melted, add in the coffee powder and vanilla extract, mix well and keep this aside until the peanuts are done.
- Add the melted chocolate to the food processor and pulse a few times to bring this together.
- Tada! Your chocolate peanut butter is ready. I stored it at room temperature and it lasted well for (read: was over in) 2 weeks.
Psst: we’ve also used this in our peanut sauces in salads and it sure tastes great, perfect in a Meatless Monday salad!