If you are like us, you love giving homemade gifts this time of year. It is always so special when someone takes the time to make something by hand from their kitchen. But finding a healthy dessert recipe that tastes good enough to give as a gift can be a tall order. We love taking old recipes and putting them through our Sage and Celery filter to make them healthier, but it is really important to us that they taste fantastic. We have the perfect recipe that meets all of our requirements that not only you, but any receiver of this gift will absolutely love!
Homemade fudge, yep you read that right, we have a healthy recipe for fudge!! And not only does it taste delicious, it is so easy to make. So you don't have to be a veteran in the kitchen to give your friends and loved ones something fantastic that is made in your kitchen and from your heart.
If you look at traditional fudge recipes they are often made with loads of refined white sugar, butter, and condensed milk. Our version replaces the butter with coconut oil and we used a natural sugar instead of the refined white variety. Coconut oil has many health benefits; it has been shown to raise the good cholesterol known as HDL and lower high triglycerides levels. It also improves memory and brain function as well as energy and endurance. Don't just take our word for it though, here is a great article on the health benefits of coconut oil. And we promise you won't miss those other ingedients at all, this recipe tastes even better!
If you are looking for more homemade gift ideas, we have a Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix that makes a great gift as well. Or you could go crazy and make both because who doesn't love chocolate?!
makes about 12 squares
1 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
Topping: 1/4 -1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1.) Line small glass container with parchment paper. The one we used is about 5.5" square in size.
2.) In a bowl which together all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Keep whisking until the fudge is velvety smooth.
3.) Pour into prepared dish and put in the refrigerator to set for just a little (about 5 minutes) before topping with the chocolate chips. If you put the chocolate chips before the fudge has a chance to set, they will sink to the bottom. Allow the fudge to set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours and then cut into small square pieces and enjoy!