A four-ingredient chocolate spread that doesn’t involve a food processor and takes 5 minutes to make. It doesn’t get simpler than that!
I currently don’t have a food processor, but that doesn’t stop me from making sauces, hummus, spreads, or energy balls, it’s all about being creative and using easy-to-blend ingredients to create amazingly delicious food.
The simplicity of this vegan chocolate spread recipe doesn’t reflect the rich citrusy flavor you’ll get from this delicious and healthy cacao spread. The smooth texture makes it perfect to pair with toast, crackers, banana bread, or fruit. And why not enjoy it by itself as a vegan chocolate mousse? That’s exactly what I did it when I ran out of crackers.
The combination of chocolate and orange creates a perfect zesty taste and vibrant aroma.
I often spread it on toast and top it with sliced bananas and strawberries with a sprinkle of coconut flakes - Perfection on a plate. And you won’t even believe how healthy it is! Packed with Omega 3, potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants, it’s probably the healthiest chocolate spread (or dessert!) you can have.
Yield: 1 cup
Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 0
Total time: 5 min
Vegan. Gluten-free. Nut-free.
4 tsp chia seeds
4 tsp cocoa or cacao powder
½ tsp orange zest
Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
½ tsp brown sugar
1. In a bowl, mash the banana until smooth.
2. Add chia seeds, cacao powder, and orange zest. Don't skip on the orange zest! It complements this recipe beautifully.
3. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gel.
4. Reserve some orange zest to garnish, and that’s it! Spread it on toast, crackers, or fruit.
5. Optional: Add a sprinkle of coconut flakes.
- If you’d like a sweetened version, add ½ tsp of brown sugar to the mix.
- Best enjoyed fresh but you can store it in an air-tight container in the fridge.
$1.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.
*Chia seeds are one of the best sources of Omega 3 on a plant-based diet. On top of that, they’re high in antioxidants and fiber (40% fiber by weight!), which feeds good bacteria in the gut to maintain a healthy digestive system.
*A study analyzed the evidence to date that flavanols (found in dark chocolate and cocoa, among other foods) may benefit human brain function. Flavanols are plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Also, studies show that cocoa lowers blood pressure and improves blood vessel function.
*Orange peel is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, which boost your immune system and protect cells from free radicals. Additionally, orange peel contains flavonoids, calcium, several B vitamins, and vitamin A.