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Is Healthy Fudge an Oxymoron?

fudge

 

I found a number of different recipes for raw vegetarian fudge online so I played around and came up with my own. It doesn’t exactly taste like traditional fudge but it does taste like a  dark chocolate mounds bar. With this recipe in my arsenal, I don’t feel the need for commercial candy bars; this is way better. Keep it in the fridge because it will turn back into a liquid if you don’t (I learned that lesson the hard way). It isn’t vegan because of the honey in the recipe. Obviously this is very high in fat and calories so indulge in just a bite or two now and then. Enjoy!

Coconut Fudge

1 cup coconut oil (virgin, organic)

1/2 cup honey (raw, unfiltered)

1 TBSP. vanilla

3/4 cup cocoa (organic)

1/4 cup shredded coconut (organic, unsweetened)

Place the coconut oil in a glass container and set in a pan of hot water to warm the oil. Place all ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a blender and process until smooth and thoroughly blended. Pour into a pie pan or baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge until firm (it won’t take long).

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Fermented

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I keep hearing and reading about the many health benefits of fermented foods and beverages. They seem to be one of the biggest trends right now. You know what I’m talking about; kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurts, apple cider vinegar, fermented sodas, etc.. Check out all the research; the benefits are indisputable. Probiotics are fantastic for your body. I decided to visit a cute little dairy about 1/2 an hour from me where they specialize in raw dairy products, free range eggs and grass-fed meats. They had pint bottles of kefir and quart jars of kombucha for sale, so along with some milk and cheese (which I sampled and were both yummy) I bought some. An expensive mistake! Both are going into the garbage! I can’t tolerate the taste or smell of fermented foods/beverages. I guess I have a very sensitive palate because I cannot seem to down any form of vinegar (even vinegar based dressings), sauerkraut, yogurt (even flavored ones), and now strawberry kefir and kombucha. I only drank a spoonful of each and feel quite sick to my stomach. I guess I’ll be consuming my probiotics in pill form for now.

Nut Butters

I took 2 of my boys/men (24 & 18) to the Sprouts market today. I’ve never been there before; the closest location is about 30 minutes from my house. I wanted to check them out and try a few foods that as a recent consumer of  SAD food I had never eaten before. I bought Coconut based yogurt and Almond based yogurt. They were ok but not great, but then I don’t much care for yogurt anyway. Then I checked the ingredients lists on both and didn’t like what I saw. I bought some organic grapefruit and tomatoes, some Himalayan sea salt and a bunch of walnuts to try out in a special recipe. I got 5 little trial packets of raw nut butters and tried them out as soon as I got home. WOW!! I probably should have lived in ignorance of such wonderfully deliciousness. They were especially yummy mixed with a tiny bit of raw honey. I meant to post a picture but . . . . sorry they’re gone. But here’s a link to the brand website. http://artisanafoods.com/