I have made this recipe waaaaay too many times to get it just the way I like my fudge. So please know that this recipe comes with a lot of experimentation and a bit too much taste testing! ;)
Healthier fudge will never have the same texture as the more traditional sugary fudge, but this recipe tastes like the chocolate fudge I remember eating with my Dad at Christmas time.
It is still a sweet treat though and just because I haven't used refined sugar, it doesn't mean this recipe is an anytime, just go for it treat! It still has dates and maple syrup in it so cut into small squares (I share a trick to help you do this) and freeze some (it freezes well), give some as gifts or share with friends and neighbours and try and keep it to 1-2 pieces at a time!
The good news is that the fructose and glucose (in the dates and maple syrup) is very well balanced with lots of healthy fats in this recipe so it won't spike your blood sugar levels too quickly. Especially if you keep it at 1-2 pieces per serve!
This recipe is dairy free, grain free, gluten free, paleo, refined sugar free but NOT nut free.
The recipe also contains coconut butter. I buy mine but if you have a thermomix or similar, you can make your own. Some easy instructions from Jo at Quirky Cooking are "just blend up 400g desiccated coconut (preservative free) for 30 sec/speed 8, then add 30g coconut oil and blend on speed 8 until smooth."
Or you can buy it from health food stores and online stores.
What you need
1 cup of almond meal
12 medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup of dessciated coconut
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
80 grams of coconut butter (mine was quite hard so I had to get it out in chunks!)
4 tablespoons of cacao powder
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
And some nuts and/or dried fruit (like sultanas, sour cherries, goji berries) to decorate (optional)
What you do
Put all ingredients in a thermie, food processor or high powered blender and whizz on high until well combined and smooth. I used speed 9 for about a minute in my thermomix.
It will then come out like a big dough ball that you flatten and smooth with your hands on a lined baking tray until you have made a big rectangle about 1cm deep.
* TIP: put a variety of nuts, dried sour cherries, goji berries or sultanas in even rows to map out the small squares you are going to cut your fudge in when it's set. This is a great trick for keeping this sweet treat in small serves!
Refrigerate until firm and cut into squares with a knife!
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three weeks. The fudge can also be frozen.
I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as we have been!
Yours in Health,