One of my best friends left his job. His workplace took him to lunch, but I wanted to help him celebrate too. What better way, than with homemade goodies? One caveat; my friend was in the midst of celebrating Passover, so I needed to think of an unleavened treat that would tempt his taste buds and satisfy his sweet tooth. I knew he loved coconut too. A friend shared with me this really easy fudge recipe; no marshmallow fluff required. However, it takes a little extra prep time if you want to save some cash. Who doesn't like having some extra greenbacks in their pockets? The great thing about this fudge is that it is for everyone. You'll love it if you are:
- Follow a Raw diet
This is a no bake (Raw) fudge that requires no stovetop, only a food processor, blender (if you have a high speed but, I can't guarantee the results), or a Vitamix (more on that later). You're only seven ingredients away from sensational fudge. For this recipe you'll need coconut butter. Coconut butter is not the same thing as coconut oil. Don't substitute the two, and don't buy it when you can make it for ¼ of the price. Amazon sells Artisana brand 100% raw coconut butter for $13.98. Yikes! You can make one cup of it for about $1.50. Here's what you need: 8oz unsweetened coconut and... that's it! You'll be amazed at how simple it is to do yourself. I buy mine in the bulk food section of an Adventist store. Most health food stores and Co-ops should carry it in bulk too. Simply pulse the coconut in a food processor for about 8-12 minutes until it resembles whipped butter, stopping every three minutes or so to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Did you buy a Vitamix through the Flaming Vegan offer? If you did, then it will only take you 3-5 minutes.
If you can't find (or can't afford the $22/lb price tag) raw cacao powder, then you can use the regular unsweetened kind. I do.
Vegan Raw Fudge
½ cup coconut butter
1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
2 small bananas cut into 1" pieces
¼ cup raw cacao powder
3 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
A pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a food processor for five minutes. Pour into a sealable container (I like the Ziploc containers with the blue lids) and freeze. I recommend keeping the uneaten portion in the freezer, as it will become soft if put in the fridge. My friend loved it! It's great for vegans, those with various dietary restrictions, and those who will eat just about everything.
Tidbit: Did you know the amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao? Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep.