PALEO – VEGAN – RAW – GLUTEN FREE
Preparation Time – 20 minutes; Fridge Time – 1 hour
Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet here… actually screw that! – get me my trumpet, my trombone and even my flugelhorn god-dammit because this is my most successful clean living recipe yet!!! It is vegan, paleo and raw not to mention being chockablock full of superfoods. And while I am sure there are many recipes that boast the same credentials this one is so unbelievably tasty that you would never believe it was good for you! I would gladly serve this as a dessert option to the most devoted of junk food eating, sweet tooths. It is a perfect healthy alternative for the 3pm sugar rush or as an after-dinner treat. It is so indulgent that you only need the tiniest amount to satisfy yourself.
Can you tell i’m proud of this one? I sound like i’m on an infomercial! “And if you make one slice today… i’ll send you these 3 attachments FREE!” So, while i’m selling it, here are the superfoods you’ll find within its chocolatey walls:
Goji Berries – filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses including heart disease. Also boosts the immune system and lowers cholesterol.
Raw Cacao – filled with iron, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. Helps oxygenate the blood. A rich source of magnesium, which helps in balancing brain chemistry. It is also rich in sulfur, which builds strong nails and hair, and promotes beautiful skin.
Cacao Nibs – Refer to raw cacao benefits above.
Raw Cashews – decrease risk of heart disease, full of dietary fiber, good source of protein anf full of magnesium which promotes burly bones, nerve functioning and a natural heart rhythm!
Coconut Oil – contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid and has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. Therefore helps to maintain cholesterol levels, aids weight loss, increases immunity, helps proper digestion and metabolism and provides relief for a host of diseases (including kidney problems and heart disease).
Himalayan Pink Salt – Other than being pretty this salt is a natural, chemical free alternative to table salt containing 84 essential minerals. Himalayan salt has no additives and can alleviate the symptoms of a variety of conditions
If you need any more convincing than that I give up!
(Aim for as many organic ingredients as possible and try get cold-pressed coconut oil)
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 260g medjool dates (pitted)
- 100g goji berries
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt (I used a whole teaspoon because I love the combination of salt and chocolate but if you are trepidatious add it bit by bit and taste the mix as you do. Remember, the ganache icing will be sweet so it will balance that out!)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (try get cold pressed for ultimate health benefits)
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- Generouse pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- Raw cacao nibs
- Goji Berries
- Place cashews in the bowl of food processor and grind until very finely ground (be careful to not over process the nuts into butter
- Add the shredded coconut and process until well combined and fine in texture.
- Add the pitted dates and goji berries and process until a soft paste forms.
- Add the cacao powder – process again.
- Finally add the maple syrup and the salt and process to combine until you have a nice creamy texture!
- Press firmly into a dish lined with baking paper.
- Place in fridge while making the ganache topping.
- In the food processor, blend together maple syrup and coconut oil until well combined.
- Add in cacao powder and a pinch of salt and process until smooth.
- Pour over fudge base and spread out evenly over the top.
- Sprinkle with cacao nibs and goji’s and return to fridge to set and firm for at least one hour.
- Cut into squares and serve the fudge cold. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
These will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months (though I doubt they will remain uneaten that long!) and you can also freeze them if needed.