Chocolate lovers look no further!
Doesn’t sound like a healthy treat, does it?
So is ‘low fat’ really healthy?
Recent research is finding that “low fat” actually means more sugar. Start reading your food labels carefully. There is nothing healthy about a higher content of sugar or artificial sweeteners!
So if you’re like me and you like sweets, take a look at this fudge recipe …
Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Recipe
• 1/2 cup of raw walnuts, almonds or walnuts
• 4 or 5 tablespoons of your favorite organic nut butter (try cashew butter, almond butter, peanut butter)
• Extra bitter chocolate bar
• 2/3 to 3/4 cup organic coconut milk (excellent source of healthy saturated fat)
• 2 tablespoons of rice bran (source of additional fiber)
• 2 tablespoons oat bran (healthy fiber including soluble fiber)
• 1/2 cup of raw walnuts, almonds or walnuts (contains antioxidants and vitamins / minerals)
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• a little stevia for light sweetening (stevia is a non-caloric natural sweetener, see description below)
Melt the chocolate bar, nut butter, and coconut milk in a medium saucepan over low heat (I prefer to use a bowl over boiling water in a saucepan. This helps prevent the chocolate and other ingredients from burning)
Stir continuously with a wooden spoon or whisk.
Once all the ingredients have melted add the remaining ingredients.
Spread the mixture on parchment paper in a baking dish. Make sure the ingredients have been mixed well so that you can spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.
Place the baking dish in the refrigerator until the mixture solidifies.
You may have seen Stevia in many healthy recipes as an alternative to sugar. So I thought I’d help you explain it a bit more. The Stevia plant is said to be 300 times sweeter than sugar. The positive aspects of using Stevia instead of sugar is that it has little effect on blood glucose levels and it contains no calories.
You can buy Stevia in health food stores and also in many supermarkets.
This delicious treat is still calorie dense, but it’s super healthy, so keep the portions small and use it as a tasty mid-afternoon treat to accompany it until dinner. This great news is that fudge has fewer calories and sugar than the fudge you would normally buy from a store.