By Jessica Ehrlich
Healthy dessert… Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Believe it or not, it’s true and it’s Fudging Awesome! No really, it’s called Fudging Awesome.
When I first stumbled upon a vague version of this recipe, it had a few “unhealthy” ingredients. I was determined to make it into something I deemed healthy.
The final result was nothing short of wonderful in my eyes. I could eat an almost guiltless amount of it every day and feel like I was actually doing something good for my body. Much to my surprise, it even became a favorite of my clients and family as well.
The best benefits of this guilt-free dessert is that it is:
- Virtually sugar free
- An appetite suppressant
- An excellent source of healthy fats
- Contains antioxidants and iron depending on which ingredients you choose
- No sugar highs or lows/energy crashes
There are many substitutions that you can use for this recipe. Really any nut butter will do. Peanut butter is an amazing substitute – almost tastes like a Reese’s cup. I’ve also used sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) and cashew butter.
As for added sweetness, I prefer blackstrap molasses because of its smooth rich flavor. It is also an excellent source of iron. However, you can use pure maple syrup or honey as well.
Best to use a liquid source as regular sugar and powders tend to make the fudge a harder consistency and sometimes do not dissolve enough which can result in a grittier texture. Please avoid using agave nectar as it is bad for you. Ideally, the less sweetener your taste buds can tolerate, the better. I’ve gotten it down to 1 to 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses that even my family still enjoys.
“Sugar tolerance” is a progression from one end of the taste spectrum to the other. One side being super sweet/unhealthy and the other and being bitter. The less sugar you have in your diet, the less sugar you need/want/crave and the closer you move to the bitter/healthier end of the spectrum. For more details on sugar and it’s harmful effects, read my article Sugar: Public Enemy #1.
You’ll love the versatility of this desert as well – there’s a flavor for everyone! Enjoy!
- 16 oz jar almond butter
- 2 C unrefined coconut oil
- 1-1.5 C carob powder or cocoa powder
- 5 T Maca powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 C or less blackstrap molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla
Optional flavors – 1 tsp each:
- Orange oil
- Peppermint oil
- Almond oil
Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
Pour into flat glassware.
After an hour, cut/score it for “perfect” edges and easy to remove pieces.
Makes approximately 24 bites.
Jessica Leigh Ehrlich is a personal trainer from Austin, TX. With over two decades in the industry, she has used her passion for wellness to teach hundreds of people fitness, nutrition, yoga, and pilates. You can catch her meal plans, wellness tips, and daily shenanigans on Instagram @jessicaleighe.