Friday, February 24, 2012

Healthy Fudge

Yes, you read correctly, this is healthy fudge.

AND it tastes good--honest!

I have this problem--I love high-quality desserts. No candy and Snickers bars for me, I'm all about creme brulee and chocolate truffles.

BUT I also like healthy food. I cook with pretty much all self-ground, whole-wheat flour, we reduce our sugar intake, (in fact, we have "no sugar week" the first week of every month--with some exceptions) and we try to eat lots of produce. LOTS of produce.

So, I regularly have this conflict in my mind--wanting to whip up a batch of molten lava cakes but thinking I should probably just eat a smoothie instead. Balance--it's all about balance.

Well, sometimes I try to strike that balance with "healthy" desserts. Now, I know some of you would snear at the thought of ruining a perfectly wonderful dessert by trying to make it healthy, trust me, much of the time I am the same way. BUT I figure I can have dessert more often if it is healthy sometimes. :) right?

Plus, I really like making healthy desserts with the kids. My older one is starting to realize the difference, but for the most part, they still think that smoothie popsicles and "jello" jigglers made with Knox pectin and real fruit juice are the best desserts out there. Score for me.

So, with all this background in mind, when my friend Jamie said she had a healthy fudge recipe, I was interested, but quite doubtful (sorry I doubted you Jamie). I mean, go ahead and make some desserts healthy if you can, but chocolate--don't mess with chocolate.

However, I gave these a whirl one week for one of our family night treats, and was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. I was not impressed after the first bite, but once I realized that it isn't really fudge and it won't taste that way so don't expect it to, well then I liked them a good deal.

Then I couldn't stay out of them!

Then I ate half of the pan! And mmm mmm did I enjoy it. :) The kids loved them too. I made them again and we ate them with fresh strawberries, TO DIE FOR!

So, here's the recipe for ya. Give it a whirl; I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Healthy Fudge

1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup soy milk (or rice milk)
1 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Begin by soaking the dates and raisins in the milk so that they chop easier. In food processor, chop dates and raisins until very fine. Pour chopped mixture into a bowl and mix in remaining ingredients. Press into an 8x8, lined with wax paper, glass baking dish. Refrigerate.

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