Healthy Homemade Chocolate Spread + Giveaway

I’ve eaten so many different brands of chocolate spread in my life, I can hardly remember the names. A few that I still recall from growing up in another country are Nusticao and Nocilla (pronounced noceeya). The half dark half white chocolate kind was always in our pantry, and as a kid I faithfully went for the white because it was sweeter. Now even the dark is too sweet for me. How times have changed.

This recipe is for all the Nutella lovers out there who would rather have a healthier, less cloying version. It is such an easy treat and made with quality ingredients. The only trouble you’ll have is keeping away from it.

P.S. I took the pictures while the chocolate was still warm but it does thicken into a rich, perfectly spreadable pâte à tartiner after a few hours.



Another treat I’ve enjoyed lately is Matt Armendariz‘s new book, Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers. It is a wonderful, easy-to-follow guide for bloggers and non bloggers alike. I’m giving away a copy. To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment below.




Yield: about 2 cups

Total Time: 10 MIN

This is recipe is wonderful not just as a spread but also as a filling for tarts, cupcakes, etc.


8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut into squares
¾ cup honey
1/2 cup hazelnut, almond or peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Place all the ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, at 30-second intervals, until the chocolate is melted. Gently stir to combine. Let cool 5 minutes and transfer into jars with a tight-fitting lid. Let sit in a cool place 4 to 6 hours before eating.

Good for up to a week.


26 Responses to “Healthy Homemade Chocolate Spread + Giveaway”

  1. 1

    Kiran @ — 05/15/2013 @ 10:20 am

    Mmm… love a good and healthy chocolate spread any day!

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    Kelsey — 05/15/2013 @ 11:03 am

    Between the chocolate spread and the book, this is one awesome post!

  3. 3

    Sam — 05/15/2013 @ 11:09 am

    Wow! Looks delicious!

  4. 4

    Robert Urban — 05/15/2013 @ 11:24 am

    Books & Chocolate- you throw in a good steak and we might have a trifecta. Great post as always!!

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    Monique — 05/15/2013 @ 11:38 am

    I have everything on hand.. recently saw a cute post for a hard shell w/ the coconut oil too..
    I make my lip balm with it!
    Looks yummy Nisrine.

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    Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free — 05/15/2013 @ 11:41 am

    I’ve been working on my food photography all year. Would love to see what this book has to offer.

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    Dee Dee Woodard — 05/15/2013 @ 6:41 pm

    I love your recipes and pin them so I can easily come back to them and prepare them. But I noticed the other day that pins pull up a page that is no longer the same as it was when I pinned it.

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    Mira — 05/15/2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Just tried this and wow… beats Nutella anyday!

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    Eha — 05/16/2013 @ 12:36 am

    [smiling] I normally keep a wide berth from such spreads, especially Nutella with its 60% fat + sugar! Have read and reread your recipe and I have to admit to using all these ingredients separately: so perchance it would be fun to make and good for self-discipline as far as consumption is concerned :) !

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    Romy — 05/16/2013 @ 12:48 am

    Looks delicious, have to try it. Live in the chocolate heaven – Switzerland.
    Hope to get the book. Thanks and have a great day!

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    Ling Yuen Chin — 05/16/2013 @ 4:18 am

    I’m from Malaysia. Can I join this giveaway?

  12. 12

    Sona — 05/16/2013 @ 6:41 am

    What a treat!! After all I love all your recipes.

  13. 13

    Staci Summers — 05/16/2013 @ 7:05 am

    Thanks for coming up with a healthier version of this very popular pantry item! Will give it a go!

  14. 14

    Ron Shansby — 05/16/2013 @ 7:37 am

    Your ideas are truly an adventure. Thank you for your efforts.

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    sandra axelrod — 05/16/2013 @ 7:48 am

    The chocolate spread sounds amazing! I don’t like chocolate that is sweet. Now as for the book – I have it on my wish list already! Winning would be just the right amount of sweetness!!!

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    Esme — 05/16/2013 @ 8:27 am

    This is the best giveaway ever. Eating chocolate while reading a book

    thank you.

  17. 17

    Nisrine — 05/16/2013 @ 8:39 am

    Dee Dee, thank you for the kind comment. Not sure why that’s happening on Pinterest. Is it just for one pin or for all?

  18. 18

    Nisrine — 05/16/2013 @ 8:40 am

    Mira, great to hear that.

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    Nisrine — 05/16/2013 @ 8:41 am

    Ling, it is open to all.

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    jen dolan — 05/16/2013 @ 9:22 am

    this looks really rich and yummy….can’t wait to try it this weekend

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    Shani — 05/16/2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Love it! I always am happy to get new recipes for spreads to put on my kids’ sandwiches for school/sports activities…
    Will try it. Only concern – I will end up eating it with a teaspoon, all by myself and blame the cat or something while I am hiding any traces around my mouth (not to mention the spark in my eyes…)
    Thank you!

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    Ilona — 05/19/2013 @ 12:21 am

    Oooh, thank you! :) I love chocolate and Matt, too!

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    Christine — 05/19/2013 @ 9:30 am

    This is a recipe I’ve been waiting for! I’ve pored through many seeking out an outstanding home version for Nutella and you’ve hit it squarely on the head. That plus Matt’s book? Truly a home run!

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    Gaz — 05/20/2013 @ 4:58 am

    That bagel slathered with the chocolate and topped with flaked almonds looks scrumptious. I will be trying that along with the chocolate spread recipe!

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    Andrea — 05/22/2013 @ 8:53 am

    Great spread, love working with coconut oil :)

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    Milly — 06/09/2013 @ 8:47 am

    Sounds heavenly! I am just afraid I will eat it all!

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