This decadent, yet secretly good for you, mouthwateringly delicious fudge is made with superfood ingredients; nuts, himalayan salt, and coconut butter! It just so happens to be vegan, raw, grain-free and refined sugar-free also!!! It has the same slightly gooey, melt in your mouth texture as fudge made from dairy. No one would guess it was actually healthy!!!
If you’ve never tried coconut butter, well, brace yourself…this is quite possibly the most amazing ingredient on the planet. I can’t get enough of it!
Coconut butter is made from raw, pureed coconut meat. “Coconut butter is to coconut oil as butter is to ghee; it’s made from whole coconut flesh, with all the delicious fat and the solids included. The oil and flesh meld together to form a creamy texture that spreads well.” Coconut butter has a ton of nutritional benefits. It’s high in lauric acid which is a powerful immune booster. lauric acid gets converted to a biologically active molecule named monolaurin which effectively kills disease causing bacteria, virus and fungi.
Coconut contains 17 amino acids, it’s exceptionally high in threonine, an amino acid which protects the liver, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, aids the body in the healing process, and supports the formation of collagen (just to name a few). Coconut also happens to be rich in antioxidants, fiber and healthy minerals like manganese, selenium, copper, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc! Coconut’s nutritional benefits are hard to beat!!!
•1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
•1/2 cup coconut butter, melted or softened
•4 tbsp coconut nectar
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/2 tsp himalayan salt
•2 tbsp walnuts, cashews, almonds or pecans, optional (highly recommended for protein and satiety)
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender, blend until mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into a parchment lined food container, bpa-free silicone mold/tray, or small loaf pan. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge or freezer to solidify. Keep refrigerated, or If you prefer your fudge extra soft like I do allow to warm to room temperature and they will melt in your mouth 🙂 Enjoy!
PS: this fudge also makes a decadent frosting — just allow to get soft and spreadable.