As a child, my breakfast of choice was bread and Nutella. I’m pretty sure I ate the same stuff for at least 10 years. It’s delicious, it’s iconic. It’s also half sugar and half palm oil, pretty much the worse thing you could eat.
My kids don’t eat bread an Nutella. The older one usually has some whole wheat cereal and our newest tiny addition has something new every day because we’re still introducing new and new solids.
But her favorite is a mash of avocado and banana. I don’t blame her it really is good, even for adults. Even though you’d feel a little weird eating that pudding-like consistency. Which got me thinking…what if I put this on a piece of bread?
It’s the avocado that makes it a spread. If it’s ripe enough and you mash it in a food processor, it’s a spread in itself. No flavor though.
So a couple of nights ago I got this insatiable craving for chocolate. Haven’t eaten any dinner by then. And the solution was standing right in front of me.
I also had some strawberries in the fridge so I just skipped the banana, added the strawberries instead, added some cocoa powder and voilà! A healthy chocolate spread. Of course, I made too much. Since this does not contain a ton of sugar and preservatives you cannot just keep it indefinitely on a shelf same as you would a jar of Nutella. But it does keep a couple of days in the fridge and there’s another use for this mash of awesome flavors. I simply added it to my overnight oats I was preparing for the next morning and I have to tell you when I woke up I could not wait to have breakfast!
There’s also a ton of variations one could do. I love the addition of strawberries because I like the sourness they bring. But if you want to go all out on the sweetness keep the banana.
The unsweetened cocoa powder is also not the rule, you could just as well use a sweetened one. It’s still miles below the sugar content of a store bought chocolate spread. and one must indulge a little every once in a while, right? Sweeteners are also another option but it’s not one I usually opt for.
So here is my version.