Have you ever been so hungry that you would try anything so long as it was food and tasted good? Or that you were craving something so much that you were willing to do anything to at least replicate it, if not have the actual thing?
You have!! Me too! In fact, it is that feeling that has inspired so many recipes over the years. So far, my favourite has to be these maple syrup frosted nuts. I’ve made them for colleagues, parties, and my mum has already requested them for Christmas (again). Clearly a family favourite as well as a personal one.
From Nakd Bar Cravings to Chocolate Fudge Reality
Okay, I know from a cold-pressed fruit and nut bar to fudgey deliciousness is a little farfetched but stay with me.
It all started one day after work. I realised I had no snacks for work the next day, beyond plain nuts. But it wasn’t almonds and cashews I was craving. It was Nakd bars. Those chewy bars of crushed nuts and dates were all I could think of. Unfortunately there were none in the house and I didn’t fancy walking to Morrisons just for some fruit and nut bars.
Well, when you spend as much time thinking about food as me, it’s obvious. You make your own version. Only mine didn’t turn out quite like a Nakd bar. I went a little overboard with the number of ingredients I had to hand. By the end there were three things my creation had in common with Nakd bars:
- All the ingredients have straight forward names
The problem was that I had too much choice. My kitchen was filled with all kinds of yummy, natural ingredients. I wanted to include ALL OF THEM! That included my secret ingredient… Cacao butter!
Cacao Butter + Dates = Chocolate Fudge
This recipe isn’t can’t as simple as just two ingredients. I wish it was. However, it is the combination of sticky dates and melting cacao butter that lends this dish it’s fudgey consistency. The dates gave a lovely soft texture to what could have ended up as a solid bar of chocolate. Just the kind of fudge that you could sink your teeth into. The cacao butter, however, is what really bought everything together. Whereas a Nakd bar is only bound by dates and you can see the pieces of nuts. By blitzing everything together thoroughly, including the cacao butter, the fudgey texture is created.
The other key parts of this chocolate fudge are the chocolate-ness and all the goodness crammed into it. With oats, plant-based protein powder, milled flax seeds, and several types of nuts, it is jam-packed with all the important macronutrients as well as several micronutrients. They key with all these delicious ingredients is to make sure that you blitz everything up as small as possible, to get that fudgey texture we all love.
Fitting in with Female Health
Now, I love all things female and hormonal health-related. I’ve mentioned it before here in regards to going dairy-free. Now, this fudge is also dairy-free/vegan. But the benefits to your hormonal health doesn’t stop there.
By incorporating cacao powder, flax seeds, oats, and nuts, this chocolate fudge contains several key nutrients for women during the later part of our cycles. Iron for when we’re losing blood while menstruating. Essential fatty acids and magnesium to help prevent those cramps. Folate to keep your gut healthy all month round. And that’s just three nutrients!
So basically, chocolate fudge that is 100% natural, dairy-free, and good for your hormonal health. Oh, and it has chocolate in it! What is not to love?
And all because I was hungry and allowed in the kitchen.
- 1/2 Cup Cashews/Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Pecans/Hazelnuts
- 1 Cup Dates
- 1/3 Cup Ground Almonds
- 1/3 Cup Milled Flax Seeds
- 1/3 Cup Plant-based Protein Powder
- 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 3/4 Cup Cacao Butter
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Dsp Maple Syrup
- Blitz cashews/almonds and pecans/hazelnuts into a "crumb" using a food processor.
- Add dates and blitz until well mixed.
- Add other dry ingredients (not cacao butter or maple syrup) and blitz until well mixed. Should be somewhere between a crumb and dry paste.
- Melt cacao butter over a how heat.
- Add maple syrup and stir into the melted cacao butter until fully combined.
- Slowly pour melted ingredients into dry mix while blitzing the mixture again, Final consistency should be like a stiff paste/dough.
- Smooth into a lined tray and score/slice into squares.
- Freeze until solid. Once solid, store in a fridge or freezer.
- Use any types of nuts in any combinations. Be as creative as you like but keep the proportions the same.
- This recipe requires a strong food processor to blitz the nuts. If you want to make more nut-based/clean eating snacks, I highly recommend investing in a good make.