I love fudge, especially this easy fudge recipe. Throughout the day, I can pop open the freezer door to help myself to a piece and feel no guilt – only chocolate pleasure. If you’re thinking I’m sounding a bit like Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie, then you are right. I’ve been browsing her site quite a bit lately, coming up with fantastic chocolate ideas for my own recipe book.
Most fudge recipes have pasteurized dairy and plenty of sugar to get your blood sugar, and your insulin levels, skyrocketing. This increases inflammation, causes weight gain and increases the signs of aging. Not very tasty anymore, is it? Although this is by no means a perfect recipe (I have a really, really cool fudge recipe coming out later in the summer), it’s a great quick fix to have on hand when you’re having a chocolate kind of day.
- 1 cup homemade, full-fat coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut palm sugar
- 8 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped or grated
- ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- In a small saucepan, stir together the coconut milk and coconut palm sugar together until the palm sugar is completely dissolved.
- Stir in chopped or grated chocolate and melt completely.
- Take off heat and let cool for one minute.
- Stir in vanilla.
- With a hand rotary mixer, mix the mixture on medium speed until completely smooth.
- Stir in nuts, if using.
- Pour fudge in an 8x8" glass dish lined with natural wax or parchment paper.
- Chill in refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Coconut palm sugar is a low-glycemic, natural sweetener that isn’t loaded with fructose. It will not raise your blood sugar as quickly as regular sugar, making it a healthier alternative. You might be able to try xylitol, but note that I haven’t tried xylitol with this recipe. Honey might be another good option, but you must remember that this has a much higher glycemic load than coconut palm sugar or xylitol.
This dark chocolate fudge is dairy-free, since many of my readers avoid dairy, especially pasteurized dairy (as do I). Dark chocolate has been studied extensively, and has shown to have powerful antioxidant, anti-aging properties. Dark chocolate has the most health benefits, including:
- Reducing Heart Disease Risk
- Increasing Anti-Inflammatory Responses
- Reducing Diabetes Risk
- Protects Blood Vessels
- Lowers Blood Pressure (Despite caffeine content)
- Promotes Brain Function
All of these benefits are included in this dark chocolate fudge. More benefits are found in the coconut milk, which include medium chained fatty acids, shown to help in…
- Weight loss
- Thyroid function
- Brain Health
- Heart Health
Aside from the health benefits, this fudge is just plain tasty. I don’t know about anyone else, but if it’s healthy and doesn’t taste good, then what’s the point?
What are your favorite, simple treats? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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