Many people like the taste of chocolate, but not always the results. This is especially so if you are careful about your food quality and sugar intake. Does that mean you have to swear off a treat like chocolate fudge forever?
Well, perhaps not.
Below is a recipe for what the presenter calls superfood fudge. I’ve tried it and not only is it delicious but it can also add nutrients you are not getting in your normal diet that can be of positive benefit to your health.
You kill three birds with one stone:
Below is a video covering the recipe. Below that I will cover some additional suggestions and information as to how you can modify this to suit your needs:
Here is a list of the ingredients:
Select the highest quality ingredients for the best health results. Go for the raw, organic, non-GMO variety. Many choices are available.
Coconut oil is loaded with benefits if you choose the organic, unrefined virgin oil versions. To date, there have been over 2,000 studies showing how coconut oil is one of the healthiest superfoods on the planet.
Coconut oil has a healthy type of fat known as MCFA’s. Research has shown that 62 percent of the oils present in coconut are composed of three incredibly healthy fats: caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. These three healthy fats are known as medium-chain fatty acids, and they’re the perfect source of sustained energy.
MCFA’s support healthy brain functioning improving mental alertness at any age. One healthy way to get this benefit is through a tablespoon of MCT oil daily. The best versions are tasteless and filled with MCFA’s from the medium-chain triglycerides which feed the brain with the right kind of fat.
MCT also appears to reduce fat and is used in the protein emphasis ketone diet which many have successfully used as a weight reduction program.
Cacao is simply another name for raw cacao beans. Cocoa is finely ground cacao beans. It is a very good source of magnesium and contains iron in an appreciable amount as well above the minimum daily requirement for men and meeting the MDR for women per 100 grams (about 3 teaspoons).
An alternative to cacao is 100% organic cocoa that has been infused with immune boosting organic medicinal mushrooms for the added benefits that medicinal mushrooms bring. It also has some low-glycemic coconut sugar as well.
Maca powder is a superfood that has been known to be a natural energy booster that surpasses caffeine without the crash. It is rich in antioxidants like glutathione which is important to keeping your energy-producing mitochondria working and also serves as a detoxifying agent.
It is also known to uplift your mood because of its high levels of flavonoids. Maca also is loaded with over 60 micronutrient vitamins and minerals including one’s not commonly found in your daily intake.
Raw organic honey is important. If you can, locate a local source.
Raw because commercial honey is pasteurized with high heat which removes many of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes. The bee farms of commercial farms are limited to controlled areas and produce flowers of only one kind that is also grown with pesticides and fertilizers as well.
Raw honey, especially local, draws pollens from a variety of wildflowers and helps inoculate you against allergens in your local area. Do a search for local, raw organic honey and you will likely find a producer you can buy from in your local area.
You will get higher quality honey and also help yourself with allergies as well.
BTW, if allergies are a problem try using bee pollen on a daily basis. It is also an immune system and brain booster. A teaspoon or a couple of capsules will do. You can sprinkle it on your morning cereal if you don’t encapsulate.
If you don’t want to use honey because of blood sugar issues try monk fruit extract powder.
It is said to be 300x sweeter than sugar with no bitter aftertaste as with stevia. The sweetness comes from mongrosides which are powerful antioxidants which means it doesn’t spike the blood sugar. It can be used in a variety of recipes as well due to its convenient powder form.
Select the highest quality of vanilla extract you can find. I used the type used in the video, organic M&B Spices variety which is available in Whole Foods or from Amazon.
Nut butter can be varied to suit your taste. Use raw and organic with no sugar added. I substituted raw organic almond butter. There are other choices as well. such as hazelnut, cashew, and sunflower butter.
There is also an almond superfood spread that contains, hemp seed, goji berries, chia seeds, and coconut sugar (2 grams per tablespoon).
Additionally, the recipe suggested adding peanuts. I substituted 2 tablespoons of raw, organic sunflower seeds with no reduction in enjoyment. I also added a tablespoon of organic, shredded coconut as well.
Overall, the finished product was well worth the small amount of effort used to make up this dessert. After assembling the ingredients, the whole process took less than 15 minutes, not including the time for solidifying (about an hour or so in the freezer) and cutting.
Anything in excess can have the opposite impact of the intended effect. This recipe provides the template for you to construct a healthy substitute that you can use to satisfy your sweet tooth or chocolate cravings.
However, it is still high in sugar. Albeit a healthier kind with benefits over refined, commercial white or brown sucrose but will still elevate the blood sugar which is something to keep your eye on.
Keep your own needs in mind and remain aware of your health responses. If you note symptoms arising limit or reduce your frequency and amount of this dessert.
Only you know what your limits and present needs are. Be your own physician and take responsibility for your health through awareness.
The benefit of this recipe is its flexibility. You can create a wide variety of fudge from the basic recipe (feel free to share your discoveries and concoctions below) through variations.
You can choose the healthiest ingredients available or the cheapest versions and the quality of the end product will reflect it through its impact on your health.
The keys are:
Select the highest quality ingredients you can afford. Adjust all to your taste and needs.
If you have a blood sugar issue, try the Monkfruit sweetener above and see if that helps you to resolve your sweet tooth or chocolate desire without compromising your health.
With all of this in mind, I still suggest trying this one to boost your immune system, health while satisfying that sweet tooth. You can come up with a variety of tastes that will never get old. My guess is that it will always go fast in your household, especially with children in the picture.
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