Healthy Fudge Recipe

April 28, 2014

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Fudge is delicious, decadent and rich, and it’s pretty much off-limits for those who are working to improve their diets by cutting out refined sugars and processed carbohydrates. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a piece (or two, or three) of dense, delicious fudge from time to time, especially if it’s a healthy fudge.

Yes, you read that right. This fudge isn’t just luscious and tasty. It’s also good for you. But before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients that make this fudge as good for your body as it is for your soul.

Almond Butter

Almond butter, especially if you make it yourself by combining two cups of almonds in a food processor with a drizzle of honey, contains more protein ounce for ounce than meat. It’s also full of antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your cells against aging, monounsaturated fat to reduce bad cholesterol and protect against heart disease, and minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium to lower your blood pressure.

Raw Cocoa Powder

The benefits of cocoa are fast becoming mainstream knowledge, and raw cocoa powder is the ideal vehicle for getting all the nutrients from cocoa without the calories that come with chocolate. Raw cocoa powder has been shown to help control blood pressure, promote the health of the blood vessels, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease.

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Raw Honey

Naturally high in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, raw honey helps promote digestive health, strengthen the immune system and stabilize blood pressure. Raw honey, unlike the regular honey that lines the grocery store shelves, hasn’t been heated, pasteurized or otherwise processed, which kills many of its natural nutrients.

Coconut Oil

The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil increase your body’s fat-burning capabilities, and the fatty acids improve heart function and reduce inflammation. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which kills bacteria and viruses when it’s digested.

Vanilla

Vanilla extract is nice, but scraping the goop out of a vanilla bean ensures you get all of the flavor, vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in vanilla, which is particularly dense with the B vitamins that improve metabolism and increase energy.

The Recipe: Healthy Fudge

Add ¼ cup of raw cocoa powder to two cups of almond butter and stir until it’s well blended. Add ½ cup of raw honey, a tablespoon of very soft coconut oil, a pinch of salt, and mix again until it’s creamy and smooth.

Slice a vanilla bean down its length and use the side of a knife to scrape the seeds out of each side of the pod. Add the seeds to the fudge mixture and incorporate it fully. If you don’t have a vanilla bean, substitute two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

Spread the fudge in a 9 x 12 pan and freeze it for at least 24 hours.


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