We are back this week with another wonderful holiday treat to either keep on hand as a healthy alternative to the season’s temptations, or to bring along to gatherings to serve to family and friends! This recipe in particular is insanely simple to make, and healthy in ingredients – so a total win-win for “having your cake and eating it too”.
This recipe is brought to us by May from Loveurbelly – a fermenting expert, talented recipe developer, and a wonderful resource in the Paleo community. May lives in Vietnam and shares many global resources on her site to help others pursue an organic, grain-free lifestyle no matter where they live.
We stopped buying prepackaged treats a few years back, and since then I am always creating recipes that taste amazing and can last awhile. This can get tricky when using real ingredients, so unless it is a baked treat, which can last a few days, they are usually frozen treats, as these last the longest. They are also convenient sitting in my freezer for the kids after school and for me when I need a special treat!
This raw cacao and almond butter fudge is really simple to make and keeps for around a month in the freezer. Not only does it taste yummy, it’s nutrient dense with really good fats from the coconut milk and coconut oil. I use raw cacao powder (different from cocoa powder) which is un-roasted, retaining a lot of its beneficial properties. Not only is it high in anti-oxidants, it’s rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese.
I rely quite a lot on our food to help heal us and keep my family healthy, so it’s important to me that most of what goes in our mouths does something great for our bodies – and this little treat does just that!
- 45gm raw cacao butter
- ½ cup full-fat, coconut milk
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp raw honey or coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- good pinch of cayenne pepper(optional)
- Chop the raw cacao into smaller chunks and place in a medium-sized stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until melted, then remove from heat.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and combine well.
- Line a glass container with baking paper and leave both ends over-hanging (to make it easier to remove from the container).
- Pour the contents into the container and freeze for 2 hours or until set.
- When completely frozen, use a warm knife to loosen both ends of the baking paper and lift the fudge out.
- Cut into even squares and store in the freezer for up to one month (they will melt if left out).
- If you have any raw cacao butter left over you can also try making my coconut fudge.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MG_4054-5.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]I am a mum, foodie, traveller and blogger. I started my Paleo based lifestyle back in 2012 and created www.loveurbelly.com to share my passion for real food and living. When my then 4-year-old was really sick with conventional medicine failing us and my own health was declining after having my three boys, we discovered how food and especially fermented foods could help heal and strengthen our bodies. We succeeded in clearing my son’s recurrent C.diff infection with fermented foods and continue to see him thrive with our real food lifestyle. Born in Saigon, a refugee at 6 months old, I grew up in Sydney, Australia. Now living back in Vietnam with my three boys and spreading the love for foods that heal, I run workshops on how to make kombucha tea, fermented foods and kid friendly healthy snacks here in Vietnam. You can read more about my journey here or follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.[/author_info] [/author]