Healthy Holiday Fudge

yummy fudgeThe Christmas carols are playing on the radio, and snow is softly falling outside.  I am quickly getting in the mood for holiday baking.  I would like to share a simple, wholesome alternative to the traditional fudge usually made at Christmas time.  This nourishing recipe includes raw honey in place of refined sugar, and virgin coconut oil, as spotlight ingredients.  It’s simplicity is amazing!  The fudge can be prepared in less than 5 min. and needs to chill for about 20 min. in the freezer.  That’s all there is to it!!! The taste is outta this world……Gotta love it!!!

Healthy Holiday Fudge

1/2 c. melted raw, virgin coconut oil     (*I use green label from tropical traditions)

1/2 c. unprocessed cocoa

1/2 c. natural or homemade peanut butter

1/4-1/2 c. raw honey

1 t. vanilla extract

*Additional stir-ins are chopped nuts, seeds, spices, dried fruit, etc.  Get creative, I have used smoked sea salt, chipotle, pepitas, dried fruit, and sunflower seeds, besides the usual almonds, walnuts, or pecans….Go Wild & throw it in, you really can’t ruin chocolate can you???!!!!!  There have been some amazing gourmet results from some of these combos, so don’t be shy you just might come up with a new family favorite!!!!  For the less adventurous souls, the plain recipe is absolutely delicious as well.  😉

Place melted, liquified coconut oil, cocoa, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and any additional spices you would like to add, into your food processor fitted with the blade attachment.  Process for 20-30 seconds, just till it is all well blended.  (You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times if your peanut butter is sticking).  Stir the love in by hand, and any nuts, seeds, or dried fruits you would like to add.  Pour into a parchment lined loaf pan.  Sprinkle top with additional nuts and spice and everything nice…..(makes your fudge look really fancy and gourmet and besides a little extra love never hurts!)   Place pan in freezer for approx. 20 min. to set.  Cut into 1 inch squares to serve.  Store in the refrigerator.  Enjoy & remember to share the love!!!fudge add ins

**This recipe is so simple that I have decided to not post step by step pictures along with it, but let me know if pictures would be helpful…I can always add them!