Chocolate Spread with Dates & Peanuts
After a hectic day, having bread or roti with chocolate spread is highly refreshing and energizing. The idea to make them at home !!, is highly appealing and of course healthy.
Last weekend, I made a batch of chocolate spread nourished with dates and roasted peanuts. The left over spread was stored in fridge, as a saving for a hardworking week ahead. At home we have it with wheat dosa or chapati for breakfast. This can also be taken with bread and cookies.
Health benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is my weakness. Whenever possible, I try to incorporate chocolate flavor in to my dishes. Controlled intake of real or dark chocolate is good for health (but it is not that sweet to taste).
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that has positive effect on your health. Made from seed of cocoa tree, it is a best source of antioxidants . Studies show dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.
Health benefits of dates
Dates are super food for digestive system, recollect Muslims break the Ramadan fasting by eating dates. The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates are good for gaining weight also.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Health benefits of peanuts
Peanuts feature an array of nutrients that are believed to promote heart health along with monounsaturated fat content. Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant found in red grapes and red wine.
** I got the inspiration for this recipe from one of my favourite food blog Green Kitchen Stories
Preparing the Chocolate spread
Dates : 250 gm
Chocolate powder: 40 gm
Roasted peanuts : 100 gm
For better paste like consistency, soak washed dates in water overnight. Peel off the outer cover, (you can save a bit of the water to be added during blending, if needed). Remove seed from dates.
Put peeled dates and chocolate powder (you can use dark chocolate bars instead, if so melt them by double boiling and use) in the mixer jar and mix for a minute. Then add the roasted peanuts and mix until blended smoothly.
Add a spoon or two of sugar if you like it to be more sweet. Transfer to a container and refrigerate. When need, use it with you favorite dishes and enjoy!!!
***For those who don’t like chocolate flavor can omit chocolate powder. Dates and peanuts alone mixed, also makes a healthy spread.
Note: You can substitute peanuts with any other single or group of roasted nuts as cashew, almond etc…. Also any other natural sweeter can be used instead of dates. But the taste will vary accordingly.
Note: When selecting chocolate powder try to use a brand with minimum ingredients, preferably one ingredients ie. Cocoa powder. The more the number of ingredients the more it will be treated with chemicals.