Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge!

I have a sweet tooth. Not one where I feel like I need to change how I eat, but I certainly appreciate the occasional piece of chocolate- especially if it's dark!

I have been wanting to find something more nutritious that can satisfy my sweet tooth but sneak in some healthy fats for me and baby.

I give you Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge.  

Not only will this knock your socks off, but it will knock of your friends' socks too!  My husband and the company we have shared it with love it, and there is no reason to beat yourself up about having it.  Plus, it's easy to make and has a yummy, sweet crunch!  Not to mention, it is both paleo and vegan friendly.

You can't go wrong with a combo like almond butter and coconut oil.  Try to use a cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil, as the most health benefits can be found in unrefined (also labeled extra virgin).  Refined coconut oils can be treated with various chemicals and are processed in very high heat, compromising the health benefits.  In addition, cold-pressed is preferred (or expeller-pressed) because it is a chemical free method that extracts the oil from seeds and nuts.  It is important to remember that the more heat used in a method of extraction, the more nutritional benefits and quality are degraded.

Almond butter in itself is always a great snack option for anyone- especially preggos!  It is superior to peanut butter in nutritional benefits, such as Vitamin E, magnesium, and iron.  To get the maximum health benefits, opt for raw almonds over roasted.  It is rich in omega 3 fatty acids (great for those developing baby brains!), and one tablespoon contains as much protein as you get from the same quantity of most meats.  In addition, almond butter is an excellent source of fiber, which helps digestion and nourishes tissues.

So let's get to the good stuff- the recipe!  Here are the super easy steps:

Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge (makes as many and as little pieces of fudge as you like!)

1 cup fresh ground almonds/ almond butter 
1/3 cup organic coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic honey (I probably used a little bit less, titrate to taste)
1/2 teaspoon himilayan sea salt
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, mix together the almond butter and coconut oil until smooth (this works better if both are slightly warmed).  Add in the cocoa, honey, sea salt, and vanilla, and stir until smooth and creamy.
Transfer the mixture to a dish with a plastic liner for easy removal.  This dish can be a 4 x 8 or 8 x 8, depending on how thick you like your fudge.  Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for at least an hour before slicing and serving.  Keep in mind that because of the coconut oil, this raw fudge will warm and eventually melt if left to sit out too long.  Enjoy!


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