Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella just shared a heavenly, five-ingredient chocolate spread on her Instagram story, and despite the treat's indulgent appearance, it's surprisingly healthy. The mix—which just contains dates, plant-based milk, cacao powder, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt—looks pretty fancy, but it doesn't require much effort.
To make the spread, first: stop drooling over the photos. Then, Woodward says to place 200 grams of pitted dates—the "soft, squishy ones, like medjool"—in a pan over medium heat and pour in 2.5 cups of almond or coconut milk. Cook the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes until it forms a paste, stirring occasionally.
Once you have the ooey-gooey paste, add 4 Tbsp cacao powder, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, and a pinch of salt into the pan, and stir. Next, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool before placing it into a food processor, where you'll blend until it's nice and smooth. "You can spread it onto toast, eat it from the jar, add it to breakfast bowls, and dip fruit into it," Woodward says.
And if you don't gobble it all up in one sitting, the spread stays fresh in the fridge for up to five days—just make sure it's in an airtight container. That means you'll have plenty of sweet snacks and breakfast options to try out all week long. Talk about a meal-prep win.
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