I adore using unusual ingredients in my creations. You can probably imagine my delight when I discovered Hemsley &Hemsley’s recipe for BBtella: a chocolate hazelnut spread using black beans as a base rather than just nuts and chocolate. Genius. Those fabulous beans increase the protein and nutrient content while simultaneously decreasing calories. Winner.
The result is super delicious. Chocolatey, decadent, luxurious and creamy. So more-ish. Needless to say the jar didn’t last long.
Can I just say how much I adore both Hemsley and Hemsley cookbooks! They are full of amazing information (soaking nuts and grains, how to make nut butter, etc.) and they very cleverly substitute less healthy ingredients with nutritional superstars. Their paradise bars (healthified bounty bars) are to die for and I also adore their pea-peppermint ice cream. Peas in a sweet desert. What a clever idea!
Back to the topic on hand – the vanilla spread with a twist inspired by the above mentioned BBtella!
The other day I made a batch of cashew butter with nuts that I had roasted a little generously. Too lazy to sift through them and discard the mega charred ones I hoped for the best but ended up with very dark cashew butter indeed. The taste was also a little burnt to be honest… Not bad enough to throw out but definitely not my finest creation. After reading the Hemsley and Hemsley recipe for BBtella I had an epiphany. If this works with chocolate, black beans and hazelnut butter it should also work for vanilla, white beans and burnt cashew butter! Ding dong!
Off to the kitchen I went and the result is amazing. Seriously. Plus, I have found the perfect way to use up my burnt cashew butter. Clever girl!
In addition to being super delicious, this creamy, dreamy spread is also healthy to boot! Here’s a little bit of nutritional info for you.
These little white pulses contain lovely folate, which are great for ladies wanting to get pregnant or those who are actually pregnant. In addition folate is great for cardiovascular health.
Apart from being super delicious, these yummy seeds contain lovely amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid needed for serotonin production in the body. We need serotonin to sleep properly and feel happy.
I highly recommend making this ASAP but be warned – it’s utterly addictive!
- 300g white beans (drained weight)
- 100g Cashew butter
- 4-5 TBS maple syrup
- 2 TBS vanilla extract or ground vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blitz until creamy!
- Fill into a sterilised jar and keep in the fridge
- This spread doesn’t keep as well as nut butter so use up quickly or freeze some of it