Monday, February 27, 2012

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

With two attempts, this healthy dessert keeps getting better.  Incredibly easy, you just need a few ingredients and a food processor.

  • 1 cup organic cacao powder (preferably organic, definitely non-alkaline extraction)
  • 1 cup raw, virgin, organic coconut oil (available at Trader Joes for $6)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Raw Organic Honey / Raw Organic Agave Nectar  (could sub stevia, since no baking, not sure amount)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Nuts (your choice, almonds and walnuts are always good)

Heat some water in a saucepan.  Put the coconut oil in a heat safe bowl, and set in sauce pan just until about half of the coconut oil has turned into a liquid state.  You don't want to heat this really, just bring it up to 78 degrees or so to change the solid to liquid state.  Set aside.

Process cacao powder and nuts.  Add coconut oil.  Try not to over-blend or separation may occur.  Taste, add honey until sweet enough. 

Spread into a parchment lined loaf pan.  Chill for 30-60 minutes in the freezer.  Cut into ~24 pieces, individually wrap, and store in fridge.  Coconut oil based products should not be stored at room temp, they will melt. 

This provides a tasty and convenient way to consume healthy fat.  Coconut oil is a special medium chain fat with amazing health benefits.

Nutrition Info:
Calories - 115
Fat - 10.7
Sat. Fat - 9.2
Carbs - 4.2
Sugar - 2.1
Protein 1.1

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