Most of us have many happy memories associated with a good ol’ fashioned chocolate fudge. It might be a memory from our childhood, or in my case it’s a recollection of a girl I used to work with who made a kick-ar*se chocolate fudge. This decadent (but can you believe it, healthy) treat will help you rekindle those fond memories.
- 1 ½ cups almond meal (or dehydrated almond pulp from making almond milk)
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder (unsweetened)
- 2/3 cup pitted dates
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut butter (recipe below)
- 1 teaspoon ground coffee (optional)
- 80g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped macadamias (or any nut)
- Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor – if you prefer chunks of chocolate/nuts then leave out the last two ingredients, and fold them into the mix once it forms a soft “dough” – otherwise just whizz everything together.
- Press into a lined loaf pan, and let it chill in the fridge and “set”.
- 1 cup dehydrated/dried strawberries (or any dried fruit – cranberries/cherries would be great)
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (or any liquid sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Quickly pulse everything together in a food processor, leaving it reasonably chunky.
- Spread thinly over the set fudge, and return to the fridge.
- Carefully cut into small bars/squares once set.
- Store in the fridge.
All you need to do is get yourself a bag of coconut shreds (at least 3 cups, otherwise it’s way too frustrating). Chuck in your food processor and process, process, process. Patience is a virtue, yes as this tends to take a little time, but you will reap your rewards in the end. The coconut goes through a few stages….clumpy as the oils release. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and give the motor of your machine a break every now and then – “don’t go blowing up appliances on my account,” says Louise.