Wait, what?! I know it sounds weird, but you’ve got to hear me out! With only four crucial ingredients, this healthy fudge recipe delivers the refreshing chocolate-pick-me-up you crave for only 60 calories per piece. And believe me, the richness of the cacao and pumpkin leaves you satisfied after just one serving.
I got the inspiration for pumpkin fudge from a Hungry-Girl recipe that uses only canned pumpkin and a box of brownie mix to make some excellent fudge-like brownies! Lately however, I’ve been getting into using fresher, more natural ingredients (and reinstating my vegetarian status, but more on that in next week’s post!). So, when I was handed a jar of cacao powder by my favorite boss-lady, it took me about a day to think of how to use it. This recipe saves the day when you crave something rich and chocolately, but cheat day’s still 5 days away!
What you need (serves 15):
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup cacao powder
- About 15 dates, soaked in warm water for 1-2 hours
- 2 Tbsp coconut butter
- Chopped nuts or nut butter
- Mint leaves
- Spirulina for some extra vitamins
- Chocolate chips
- Raspberries or other fruit
What to do:
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse/blend for 20-30 seconds, repeating until everything is combined.
- Press into a small dish or pan (the smaller the dish, the thicker the fudge pieces!)
When you’re ready to enjoy, cut 15 pieces and garnish with sea salt, mint leaves, or chopped nuts and serve!
Covered and refrigerated, your fudge will last for about a week. And every time you enjoy a piece, you can thank yourself for not only having chocolate in your life, but also for including healthy doses of vitamins, protein, and fiber!
Nutrition info (per 1 piece): 60 calories, 1.9 g fat, 0 g cholesterol, 6.3 g sodium, 9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4.7 g sugar, 1.9 g protein (Bonus: 128 g potassium and 38.7% DRV Vitamin A!)