Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I found a recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie and it is called Healthy Eatmore Fudge and I thought wow this sounds terrific how hard could it be. The first time I made it the dates didn't want to be puree'd and the nuts were hard to get fine. So the more I experimented with this recipe the more I decided to CHANGE it to fit our family and to make it more fudge like.
3 cups pitted dates
1.5 cups pecans, unsalted
3/4 cups walnuts, unsalted
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Right now you are looking at the ingredient lists and going well she hasn't changed much but wait there is more!
3Tbs cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1) Take your 3 cups of dates and place in a LARGE bowl and fill bowl with water and let the dates soak for about 2-3hrs. My dates are always dry and the original recipe says 30 minutes which isn't long enough to get the dates really soft so that you can puree them.
2) Take the nuts in 3 different batches and add 1/4 cup cocoa powder with 1/3 of your nut mixture and place into your food processor. Once this mixture resembles a meal remove and repeat for the remainder of your nuts and cocoa powder. Place the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
3) Now that your dates are all nice and soft take 1/3 of your dates and place into your food processor and pour some of your coconut oil into the dates. Your dates should be mush when you do this. Now add 1/3 of your nut and cocoa mixture to your food processor. If your mixture doesn't want to mix add a little bit of your coconut oil until you can get it to mix. Be careful not to add too much oil as it won't taste good and will be really oily. Now the magic happens you should get a really nice looking mixture. Take this and place in a separate bowl. Repeat this step for the remainder of your dates and nut mixture.
4) Take a 9x12 pan and place wax paper on the bottom and then spoon out your mixture. Use a spatula to spread and level out your fudge goodness.
5) Take your 3Tbs cocoa powder, honey and coconut oil (room temp do not melt) and whip with a mixer will be nice and creamy. Place this over your fudge you made and place in the freezer if you want to eat in the next 30 minutes or place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
You can play with this recipe to get it to your liking. Our kids didn't enjoy the taste of banana's on their fudge hence why I completely changed the topping to fit our family needs. Plus I was having issues with the dates and figured coconut oil wouldn't hurt the recipe and it doesn't makes it more creamy!