I admit, I use recipes as suggestions not rules. Rarely do I make something exactly the same- that's too boring, right? I throw things together and the majority of time, it tastes amazing. Just like finding your perfect ultralight set-up, you can do endless recipe tinkering before perfection is attained. Here are some suggestions:
Chocolate Nut Butter
2 cups raw whole almonds, soaked for two+ hours
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey
dash of salt
0 - 1/2 cup water
Drain almonds, then grind in a food processor or vitamix. Add cocoa powder, honey (or maple syrup), and salt. Depending on what you plan on doing with this mixture (spread it on bread, mix in oatmeal, eat with a spoon...) you can add zero water or up to a 1/2 cup. I suggest using walnuts, pecans, even peanuts. Hazelnuts are a tad expensive, but yummy as well. The mixture doesn't get as creamy as nutella, but it is quite a bit healthier.
There is also a great recipe called Super Spackle in this fabulous BPL article.
Raw Date Ball Cookies
2 cups date paste or 4 cups whole (pitted) dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips or crushed chocolate bar
dash of salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder for rolling
If you are using whole dates, use the food processor to grind them into a paste. Put the paste in a bowl and add the shredded coconut, chocolate, and salt. The mixture should be sticky. Use your hands to form the mixture into balls. Roll each ball in cocoa powder, so that the cookies don't stick to each other. Even though these cookies have no added sugar, they are as sweet as my stomach can handle. Warning: be sure to drink a lot of water when you eat these, to wash down the cocoa powder.
Feel free to tinker with these recipes- I'm sure you can make them better and I'd love to hear how.