Since I keep getting asked for this recipe on Facebook, I thought I ought to do a post about it. I’m pretty sure I got this coconut oil fudge recipe off the Tropical Traditions website – they have a TON of great coconut recipes there. It has no refined sugar (it’s sweetened with honey) and is loaded with healthy coconut oil. (Yes, coconut oil is good for you!)
Coconut Oil Fudge Recipe with Nuts and Fruit
Preparation time: 15 minutes
• 2 cups unrefined coconut oil, softened
• 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
• 1 cup organic cocoa powder
• 7 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
• 1/4 cup chopped dried organic cherries or dried, unsweetened coconut
• 1/4 cup chopped dried organic cranberries
In the bowl of a standing mixer stir coconut oil until creamy with no lumps (if oil is too thick set bowl in warm water). (You want the oil soft, not liquid. If it is liquid, the other ingredients will settle to the bottom of the pan instead of staying mixed with the oil. If this happens, you can warm the whole thing and remix.) Add cocoa powder and sweetener, mixing after each ingredient. Mix in the dried fruit, (coconut), and nuts.
Spread fudge into 7″x11″ or 9″x9″ inch pan and refrigerate or freeze until firm. Cut into squares and serve. Keep refrigerated.
That’s it! This makes a velvety smooth fudge that melts in your mouth (and on your fingers – be warned – no candy coating).
Still worried about eating so much saturated fat? Organic Facts lists the health benefits of coconut oil:
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
Since reading “Eat Fat, Lose Fat“, I’ve been eating a tablespoon of coconut oil before most meals, and I’ve lost 20 pounds. Don’t fear the fat!