Nut-Free “Nutella” Spread
This luscious chocolate spread is made with sunflower seeds instead of hazelnuts to sidestep allergy hazards in gift-giving. Store in sealed jars at room temperature to preserve the spread's glisteningly smooth texture.
1 Preheat oven to 350˚F.
2 Spread sunflower seeds on baking sheet. Roast 7 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool 10 minutes, or until easy to handle.
3 Meanwhile, melt together chocolate and coconut oil in double boiler or microwave on low power. Set aside.
4 Blend warm sunflower seeds, sugar (if using), and salt in high-speed blender until a thick, smooth paste forms. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla, and blend until smooth. Transfer to jars, and cool. Store at room temperature.