Well… who doesn’t like fudge?! This Raw Chocolate Mint Fudge is delicious, deep in favor, but not so rich that you can’t enjoy it bite after bite. I have been taking a new (well to me) coconut oil test run, this time I am using Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil and I have to say that I just love it.
I am a huge fan of coconut and the first thing I do every time I open the jar is hold it under my nose and take a large whiff! Aah, I just love the smell. There are so many wonderful health benefits to coconut, so finding ways to get it into your diet is very beneficial! The Tropical Traditions brand is produced by coconut farming families in the Philippines. They use old-fashioned traditional methods that have been in use for hundreds of years. The coconut trees and family owned production facilities are also certified organic.
One of the major benefits of coconut oil is the nutritional value of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The percentage of MCFAs in coconut oil is similar to human breast milk. According to researchers to ingest an equivalent amount of MCFAs that a nursing infant would receive, an adult would need about 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. It is recommended that you consume this amount throughout the day along with foods that are high in fiber and protein. However, for those not used to coconut oil in their diet, it is best to start out with a much smaller dose, to see how your body reacts.
I want to share more about the health benefits of coconut oil but before I get into that, let’s jump into this recipe, whip up a batch so you can be nibbling on it while you snuggle down to do some more reading. :)
1 1/4 cups extra virgin coconut oil, melted (I used Tropical Traditions)
1 cup raw cacao powder or cacao butter (the butter would help the fudge stay firm at room temp)
1 cup raw coconut crystals, powdered in a high-speed blender (very important step)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 cup fresh mint, minced
Place the soaked nuts in the food processor and process until they reach a chunky stage. I like to have small chunks in my fudge but if you want it to be smoother, go ahead and process the nuts to a finer consistency.
Combine the remaining ingredients in the food processor along with the nuts. Combine and mix thoroughly to fully incorporate all ingredients.
Line your pan with plastic wrap leaving a couple of inches overhanging the pan.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan, and press to even out the mixture. You decide on the size of pan you want. The smaller the pan, the thicker the fudge. The larger the pan, the thinner the fudge.
Set pan in the fridge or freezer for about a half hour.
Once firm cut into the desired sizes. Keep in fridge or freezer until ready to serve. It does soften up a bit at room temp making it a bit messy to eat. But I don’t mind licking my fingers.
This fudge is wonderful to make in advance and keep in the freezer for those chocolate emergencies.
The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™
Raw Coconut Crystals add a “brown sugar” flavor to a recipe. Read about it (here).
For tips on working with raw cacao butter, click (here).
What is Himalayan pink salt and does it really matter? Click (here) to read more about it.
Is coconut butter the same as coconut oil? Click (here) to find out.
Learn how to make your own raw almond butter by clicking (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Hmmm, SOMEBODY was sneaky and snuck a snack!!!
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.