Healthy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

January 30, 2015

Healthy Recipes

My delicious and healthy recipe for reduced-sugar, nutrient-dense, “Super-Food” peanut-butter Chocolate Fudge

-Takes less than 5 minutes to make  (Updated recipe!)

Ideas for lower-calorie, reduced sugar desserts

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
Author of best-sellers:  The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

Today, I have one of my most famous delicous Lean-Body desserts or snacks that always helps to satisfy my sweet tooth while at the same time giving you TONS of quality nutrition.fudge

It’s my own special version of a healthy nut-butter-fudge!  We could even call it “superfood-fudge“.   Everybody RAVES about this recipe, and people that try it almost always can’t believe that this could be healthy — because it tastes so damn good!

In fact, there are NO refined sugars or artificial sweeteners in this fudge recipe, so it is MUCH lower in sugar than any fudge you would ever find at any store.  Plus, I make this recipe jam-packed with nutrient-dense additions to satisfy your body’s need for micronutrients, but also satisfy your sweet tooth!

If you don’t like (or can’t eat) nuts or peanut butter, you can simply leave out those ingredients and make a chocolate-only version. Pay attention, because there are specific ingredients that make this a LOT healthier for you than typical fudge.

I will say that this dessert / snack is not low-calorie per se, but it is loaded with quality healthy fats, protein, LOTS of antioxidants, and is relatively low in sugar and total carbohydrates (compared with typical fudge or other desserts), while also containing a decent dose of fiber.

Overall, it’s a great snack or dessert that helps curb your appetite, fuel your muscles, loads you up on protective antioxidants, balance your blood sugar and hormones, and quells that sweet tooth that often makes you overeat on refined sweets.

Geary’s Lean-Body Chocolate Peanut Butter “SuperFood” Fudge Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup organic canned coconut milk (NOT the watered down “light” version which just replaces some of the healthy coconut fat with water…use the real full-fat version)
  • 1 bar (3-5 oz. bar works well) of bakers unsweetened chocolate – 100% cacao content (if you can’t find 100% cacao bakers chocolate, look for at least 70-80% cocoa content on the label of any dark chocolate bar – to minimize sugar content)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of organic peanut butter or your favorite nut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, and/or macadamia butter, etc)
  • 3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional, but if you’re trying to go low-carb, keep these out)
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds or other nuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raw chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 scoop, about 25 gms of your favorite protein powder
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds, hemp seeds, and/or flax seeds  (optional, but adds crazy amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants…plus a nutty taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A little natural stevia powder to sweeten (add a small amount to achieve the sweetness you prefer)
  • add a small touch of real maple syrup if you want a more “blended” sweetness flavor (keep the amount small to keep sugar content low, such as 1-2 Tbsp max)

Note on coconut milk: don’t be afraid of the fats in this… coconut fat is mostly medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that are more readily used for energy and also contain a special fat called Lauric Acid, which is extremely healthy and supports the immune system.

Start by adding the coconut milk (cans of organic coconut milk are available at most health food stores and possibly even your grocery store) and vanilla extract to a small saucepan on VERY low heat — the lowest heat setting. Break up the extra dark chocolate bar into chunks and add into pot. Add the nut butters and the stevia, and continuously stir until it all melts together into a smooth mixture.

Then add the raisins or cranberries, nuts, seeds, protein powder, etc and stir until fully blended.  If the mixture becomes too thick or dry consistency, just add a small amount more coconut milk.  If the mixtures seems too wet, keep in mind that it will solidify a good bit once it goes in the fridge.

Spoon/pour the fudge mixture onto some waxed paper in a dish and place in the fridge until it cools and solidifies together (3-4 hours). Cut into squares once firm and place in a closed container or cover with foil in fridge to prevent it from drying out.

Enjoy small squares of this delicious healthy “super-food” fudge for dessert and for small snacks throughout the day. This is about as good as it gets for a healthy yet delicious treat!

Even though this is a healthier dessert idea that’s lower in sugar and higher in nutrition than most sweet treats, keep in mind that it is still calorie dense, so keep your portions reasonable.  Give this recipe a try and I guarantee that you’ll LOVE it… Everybody I know raves to me about this healthy, but delicious fudge recipe!

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