We all need a little something sweet every once in a while, right? I think so! I make this delicious dairy-free fudge about once a month to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy and replenishing way. It is loaded with healthy fats and fiber, keeping your blood sugar balanced and your mood even keel. The beauty of this 5-ingredient fudge is in the nutrient-dense ingredients. Take a look at some of the health benefits and then whip up a batch for yourself! It takes 5 minutes or less.
**Raw Cacao powder**
Cacao is an energy boosting superfood. It is loaded with immune boosting antioxidants, and packed with critical vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It's health benefits include mood enhancement, stress relief, cholesterol improvement, and appetite control. I often add it to smoothies for added energy and a smooth chocolatey taste.
Coconut oil is for fat burning! Really? Yes! Since coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, it creates heat in the body, which helps to regulate overall body temperature and boost your metabolism. Coconut oil also helps your body absorb fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K. The healthy omega 3 fats found in coconut oil nourish the brain and are beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.
Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener, _when used in moderation_ : ). It is still sugar so don't go too crazy but it is a perfect alternative to regular cane sugar. Derived from the sap of maple trees, maple syrup is less tampered with and processed than regular sugar, upholding many of it's original nutrients and is known for its trace minerals and antioxidants. It also has a lower glycemic index number of 54, compared to regular cane sugar, which is around 65 so it wont cause your blood sugar to spike quite as high. Combining maple syrup with fat and fiber, like we're doing in this fudge recipe, will also slow down the digestion of sugar from the maple syrup, keeping your blood sugar levels more stable.
What you'll need
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (room temp, do not melt)
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
- Cacao nibs for topping (optional)
- Shredded Coconut
- Himalayan Salt
Combine all ingredients into a Vitamix or food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes. You will need to get in there with a spoon and stir to make sure everything combines.
Once, everything is smoothly blended, scoop the fudge into a small pan or pyrex dish and spread evenly. I like my fudge thick so I used an extra small dish.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours, until fudge is hard and set. Enjoy!
Note: Be sure to store fudge in the refrigerator so it doesn't melt!