Raw fudge–who knew??? Well, clearly lots of people, but not me. Until today.
This super chocolatey fudge could be called Million Dollar Fudge, because the ingredients are a bit pricey and also because it is worth every penny. I’m here to tell you that this recipe is really great. It is gluten-free, vegan, free of refined sugar and absolutely chock full of healthy ingredients. Prepare to be amazed!
I have been wanting to try some more raw recipes after out Clean Energy Bar success and I had heard a lot about raw cacao powder. Processed without heat, raw cacao is full of anti-oxidants and trace minerals like magnesium and vitamin k. Being a chocolate lover, I was ready to try some recipes that use it to its full advantage. I love fudge, but it usually has way too much sugar in it for me, making me tired and feeling bloated.
But I was really jonesing for some chocolate.
And I found THIS recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen.
Seeing as how my local grocery (and even Trader Joes) don’t carry raw cacao, I trekked out to Whole Foods with Tom. It was a crazy experience. First, why in the world are cashews so expensive there? $13.00 per pound is crazy talk for nuts (they are $7.99/lb at Trader Joes). We asked several store employees where raw cacao powder was and no one had a clue. Not the baking aisle. Not the chocolate area. Not the bakery itself. Turns out, it is in the beauty aisle. Why? I still have no idea. But at least we found it (thank you, nice store employee with the many piercings!) and, after a trip to Trader Joes for raw cashews, we were in business.
Did I say this fudge is amazing? It is smooth, rich, chocolate-y and very filling. One square was definitely enough to satisfy my chocolate craving. I see this becoming a favorite in our house! The ganache recipe is something we have used for several other raw desserts–it is very delicious.
This recipe is easy to make and comes together very quickly. You definitely need a 7 cup or larger food processor to handle the mixing, but that is really the only equipment you need!
Double Chocolate Raw Fudge (makes 24 squares, 2″ x 2″)
Each square has approximately 186 calories
- 2 cups raw, organic cashews
- 2 cups unsulphured, unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup organic dates
- 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
- 1 cup raw, organic cacao powder
- 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
- 1/4 cup organic, virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs (optional)
- To make the fudge, start by lining an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
- Process cashews in a food processor until very finely chopped.
- Add the coconut and pulse a few times.
- Add the dates and process until the dough just starts to come together (about 2 minutes).
- Add the maple syrup and cacao powder and process until the dough is smooth and sticky. I had to scrape down my food processor several times to keep things going.
- Press the dough down into the prepared pan, making sure it is evenly distributed. Park in the fridge while you prepare the ganache.
- Wipe out the food processor. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil and cacao powder. Blend for about 30 seconds, until smooth.
- Pour over the fudge and spread evenly. Sprinkle cacao nibs on top.
- Return to the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Cut into squares and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.