This recipe is a nutritious alternative to other chocolate spreads (you know who they are!) on the market, being lower in sugar and salt and providing all the health benefits of chickpeas. Your kids won’t even know chickpeas have been used thanks to their nutty taste! If you wish to avoid peanuts/nuts, either replace the peanut butter with another nut butter/spread or omit it altogether.

This recipe could serve as a base for other flavours, only limited by your imagination! Try adding a splash of peppermint essence and eating with strawberries, use brown sugar in place of the caster sugar for a greater caramel flavour or replace peanut butter with coconut and spread on banana slices for a tasty snack!

Makes: Approx 2 ½ cups
Prep time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Storage: Store in a sealed container in the fridge

1 cup McKenzies Chickpeas
1 tbs peanut butter
4 tbs mild olive oil
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup raw caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Prepare chickpeas by cooking in 3 ¼ cups water until well cooked (approx 1 – 1½ hrs).

Place warm chickpeas and remaining ingredients into the food processor and puree thoroughly. This could take approximately 10 minutes.

With the motor running, slowly pour in up to 6 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired spreading consistency.

Spoon into a jar and store in the fridge.

This recipe is from the team at McKenzies.
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