Those of you who know me well, already know I am big on ‘homemade’.
Rather than buying products from the store, I prefer to recreate my own versions at home.
I am fairly certain this has been instilled in me from my childhood. Growing up with a single mum, funds were very limited. We didn’t buy name-brands, it just wasn’t an option.
This was not a trend reserved only for food – it was the same for clothing, jewellery, homewares, art.
If I wanted anything, I had a go at making it, or scouted the op shops for it. This general attitude has transcended into my everyday adult life.
I first noticed when my little boy would ask me for a new toy at the shops. My instant response, regardless of whether we had the money or not, is always, “No – how bout we make one when we get home?’. Being 5 years old, he still sees this as a win. Besides, it means we have a fun little project to work on together too. We make everything from homemade play dough to band t-shirts, stuffed toys, friendship bracelets, colouring pages, birthday cards, mixtapes, and most especially food.
I don’t buy treats down the street, I make them.
And for a long while I have been tempted by the healthy choc-nut spreads at the health food stores. You have probably seen them around, they are even creeping their way into supermarkets these days. Right next to the nut butters (yum!).
I first made one with almond-cashew butter which was truly amazing. Then I had the idea of using tahini as the base instead. Holy cow it is so good! Especially for a tahini lover like me. You can use whatever tickles your fancy really, I am sure peanut butter would also be divine.
This treat is perfect for the kids’ (and grown ups) sandwiches, drizzled on fruit salads, dolloped onto your morning porridge, and I must admit – straight off the spoon.
Be warned though – it is super addictive.
Choc – Tahini Spread
This little treat is raw, vegan and paleo friendly, and can be whipped up in a jiffy.
– 1/3 cup tahini
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
– 2 or 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
Whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.
Pour into a jar and store in the pantry, next to the other spreads.
Makes approximately 3/4 cup of deliciousness.
On suggestion by Deena Kakaya, I have just entered this recipe as part of a Fabulous Fusion Food challenge that she is running. You can check it out here if you would also like to enter, or perhaps find some inspiration for dinner tonight.