Last month we shared a wonderful recipe from Karen, her Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie. She’s back with another amazing recipe!
In case you’re tempted to sneak some Easter candy from your child’s basket or purchase loads of processed candy because it’s on sale – try this instead. This fudge is dairy, egg, grain and gluten-free, as well as vegan and has no processed or added sugars.
And now, for the good part – the part with chocolate, I’ll hand it over to Karen…
There is a photograph of me as a child, probably around two years of age, standing in Spring-green grass under the shade of a tree, wearing a billowy jumper. I have no memory of the event, but it’s clear from other details in the photo – a basket, the bright plastic egg in my hand, and chocolate smeared on my face – that I’m at an Easter egg hunt.
While I don’t remember that particular event, I remember egg hunts that followed, and the intense level of self-control required for me to resist stopping to enjoy the spoils long before the hunt ended. Even after I learned that the more I gathered, the more chocolate I could enjoy, it was still just so hard to wait. To this day, chocolate is something I can hardly resist. I keep a little in the pantry, a little in the fridge, a little in the freezer, and a little in my bedside table (I can’t believe I just admitted that!) to enjoy during crazy still moments.
Some people have a sweet tooth. I have a chocolate tooth.
My tastes have changed somewhat from the days of Reese’s Eggs and Chocolate Easter Bunnies. I much prefer dark, barely sweet, bitter chocolate to my former love, milk chocolate. And as I’ve chosen to eat more clean, unprocessed foods, I’ve cut out the packaged Easter candy. My unrelenting love for chocolate has driven me to find acceptable alternatives. Thank goodness for the dark, delectable richness of raw cacao. It doesn’t hurt that there are some wonderful health benefits to consuming raw cacao. It contains high levels of antioxidants that stabilize and remove cell-damaging free radicals from our bodies. In raw form cacao has metabolism-boosting fiber, protein, B-vitamins (among others), essential minerals like magnesium and iron and even has mood-boosting properties.
So if you’re like me, and chocolate holds a special place in your heart, perhaps you should whip up this easy, but incredibly rich raw chocolate fudge with chocolate ganache and cacao nibs. I love the word “ganache.” It sounds so luxurious and elegant. This recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates. It offers the benefits of healthy fats from cashews, walnuts, coconut oil, and shredded coconut. It’s simple and quick, so you won’t be waiting long to sink in to this lovely dessert.
Move over, chocolate bunny.
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