Another chocolate treat for you today, bringing with it some nourishment, balance, and deliciousness as always! Actually, this fudge is almost a little too delicious. The great thing about eating whole and real food is that delicious and nutritious don’t have to live at opposite ends of the street – in this case they are BFFs.
This gooey chocolate fudge is packed with antioxidants, firstly from the gorgeous raw cacao, and secondly with the addition of the maqui powder. You can very easily use acai berry if you prefer, or just leave it out if you don’t have it. It also happens to be loaded with the goodness of coconut oil, so add immune boosting and body nourishing to the list. Round out with some mineral rich protein from the nuts, seeds and spirulina (if using), and you have a delightfully decadent but guilt-free treat – just in time for Easter. The only down side is that is does not travel well, in that it will become soft and start to melt when it has been out of the fridge for a while. This hasn’t been a problem for us as it disappears way too quickly!
Nourishing Antioxidant Fudge
Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free
¼ cup almonds
2 tbs sunflower seeds
2 tbs pepitas
1 tbs chia seeds
½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons raw cacao (or ½ cacao, ½ carob powder)
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup rice bran syrup
1 tbs maqui powder
¼ – ½ tsp spirulina (optional)
Freeze dried raspberries, cacao nibs, any other nuts and seeds for garnish
Blitz the almonds in a food processor, then add the sunflower seeds and pepitas and blitz again to break them down a little. Add all the other ingredients and process to combine.
If you don’t have a food processor, blitz up the nuts and seeds in a blender, or crush in a mortar and pestle, and then add together with all other ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
Transfer the mix into a lined shallow dish, pressing down to make it firm and flat. Sprinkle with some crushed freeze dried raspberries, or any other topping you like, and press gently into the mix.
Pop into the fridge to set for around 2 hours, or longer if needed.
Slice into pieces, or wrap individually if you like, and enjoy! (Store airtight in the fridge)
Also a special thank you today. I am feeling super grateful to be nominated as one of the top 30 Health and Wellbeing bloggers as part of the Voices 2014 campaign, thanks Kidspot – too cool! I hope everyone has a fabulous week – I actually have one more recipe to share with you before Easter and will post it on Friday. x