– How about a little guilt-free raw vegan fudge? –
My doctor is always telling me to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet. I eat healthy in almost every way, but sugar is that insidious little gremlin that always seems to get the better of me. It’s not easy when you’re surrounded by things like tart and tender vegan lemon bars, you know? And I’m tired of snacking on celery sticks slathered in peanut butter. Sure, they’re good… but you can only eat so much celery. I mean, seriously.
Today, Carmella over at The Sunny Raw Kitchen posted a recipe for fudge that she found on the Raw Freedom Community. I’ve always been skeptical of raw chocolate desserts, which usually leave me underwhelmed with their chalky texture or bitter aftertaste, but I had all of the ingredients in the kitchen so I decided to give this one a go.
Wow! I was literally shocked with the finished product. The taste and texture are amazing, very similar to my grandmother’s traditional chocolate fudge. It can be chilled to create a true fudge-like texture, or it makes a great chocolate sauce if poured right from the blender. This recipe is definitely going into my mega-yum file.
Now, I must mention that while this vegan fudge does not have any refined sugar in it, it is not a sugar-free dessert fit for diabetics or a low glycemic diet. But if you are just looking for a healthier, unprocessed alternative to a chocolate fudge, this recipe will make your heart – and taste buds – sing.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit, (optional)
- Blend coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate in a blender until super smooth. You can adjust the amount of sweetener and chocolate to suit your tastes.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in chopped nuts. Feel free to add other goodies, such as coconut, berries, seeds, etc. I added dried blueberries to one batch I made with wonderful results.
- Spread fudge on a plate lined with parchment paper.Place the plate in the freezer to cool. Once the fudge is solid to the touch, cut into squares and chow down.
This content was originally posted on FearlessFresh.com.