Fudge has always been a favourite treat of mine, it’s the kind of dessert no matter how full you are you can always make room for! This healthy version, has become my new favourite thing, everybody loves them which is fantastic as they really are so easy to make. I can whip them up in minutes, which means we have a constant supply of them in the fridge, in case any one gets the nibbles!
Instead of refined ingredients, and all sorts of other nasties shop bought fudge does contain, this healthier version only requires 5 totally natural ingredients. We use cashew butter and a little banana for the thickness, coconut oil to make the fudge set, cacao powder for the wonderful rich chocolate taste and then a little date syrup (you can use another natural sweetener) for the incredible sweetness. All these ingredients, don’t just make an amazing treat together, but are all wonderful for you in their own right.
Cashews are a great source of plant protein and provide a wealth of minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron and folate – which supports healthy, strong bones. Essential if still growing, eating a plant based diet or your suffering with bone deficiencies. If you can’t find cashew butter in health food stores (or in Waitrose who now stock’s it in the UK) then have a look at my almond butter recipe, and substitute it for cashew’s and make your own! You can of course, use any other nut butter you like for this recipe.. almond butter does work a treat!
Coconut is a great source of fibre. Fibre is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system. It also helps to regulate bowel movement, stabilise blood sugar levels and keep you fuller for longer. It’s nutrient rich, and provides a great source of energy.
Cacao is one of my favourite products, as it’s one i use all too much (As you’ll know if you have downloaded my free chocolate ebook!) Cacao is the unrefined, unprocessed version of cocoa powder, they are derived from the same bean but cacao contains a million times more nutrients and therefore is far more beneficial for you. If you can’t find cacao you can use cocoa powder, I suggest adding a little more than in the recipe as it’s not quite as rich as the raw version.
Finally we add a little fruit syrup to this recipe. I love my raw date syrup, as it’s full of goodness whilst giving an incredible caramel overtone to the fudge. You can use pure maple syrup, agave syrup or runny raw honey – whatever you prefer!
This recipe keeps well in the freezer, and the fridge, so be warned if you leave it out too long it will melt!
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup coconut oil,
1/2 of a banana, mashed
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup date syrup (you can use pure maple or agave syrup)
Start by melting the coconut oil, and mashing the banana. Blend everything until smooth and pour into a mini loaf pan, lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer to set and transfer to the fridge.
If you don’t have a blender then mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a a mixing bowl, or melt in a pan over heat until smooth.