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!

Cacao pumpkin fudge bars garnished with sea salt.

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

Try adding:

  • Chopped nuts or nut butter
  • Mint leaves
  • Spirulina for some extra vitamins
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raspberries or other fruit

What to do:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse/blend for 20-30 seconds, repeating until everything is combined.
  2. Press into a small dish or pan (the smaller the dish, the thicker the fudge pieces!)
  3. Refrigerate.

Stack of pumpkin fudge bars with sea salt garnish.

When you’re ready to enjoy,┬ácut 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!)