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This simple recipe requires no cooking. It can be used as a spread, as a dip for fruit, or eaten straight from the spoon.

“Brownie Batter” Spread

(makes about 16 servings, 2 Tbsp each)

  • ​​1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) hot water
  • ¼ cup (64 g) almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp local honey
  • Dash pure vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Soak the dates in hot water for about 30 minutes to help them soften. Drain, and set liquid aside. Place the dates and 2 Tbsp of the water into a food processor. Puree until smooth, adding extra water if needed – it should be the consistency of a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until it reaches a smooth consistency. If it’s too thick, add a few drops of the remaining soaking liquid. Scrape out of the food processor and serve! Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.