Try this delicious, healthy, and easy dark chocolate fudge recipe on an almond cookie crust that is super simple to whip up and totally dairy free, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
Easy Dark Chocolate Fudge!
Halloween is just around the bend and I’m actually anticipating it with excitement more than usual. I started to enjoy the holiday a lot more after Hemsley was born because there’s nothing more fun than dressing up your baby or toddler in a super cute flamingo costume, or this year…a unicorn. Oh my goodness, the cuteness is almost too much to handle! Before having my daughter I wondered how we would manage the trick-or-treating and candy overload (it’s the nutritionist in me!) and now that we have a child, my hubby and I have come up with some pretty crafty solutions.
Healthier choices, made easier!
First, making a big batch of easy dark chocolate fudge or any other healthier alternative to the usual treats that crop up around the 31st is key, everyone gets to enjoy something sweet and there’s a little less emphasis put on the candy hoard that will soon come.
Second, the “Halloween Witch”. This is actually something I heard from my sister and I thought it was a brilliant idea. If you want your child to enjoy trick-or-treating like the rest of them, but don’t want the stomach-aches and sugar tantrums that inevitably follow, you introduce the “Halloween Witch” who comes around secretly in the night on halloween and replaces the candy with a present, such as a toy, book, or something in particular they’ve been asking for. Just like leaving a tooth for the tooth fairy, together you leave the candy haul out and in the morning the witch will have come and scooped up the candy leaving a fun and much more healthy present (with maybe a few candies she accidentally dropped on her way out!).
Isn’t that such a great way to move the focus off the candy and onto alternative fun and enjoyable things on Halloween?? I love the idea and last year Hemsley was a little small to understand but it went over well so this year now that she is much more spry I’m excited to try it! As for this delicious and easy dark chocolate fudge recipe, it’s also been a hit with my daughter, and my hubby…and my parents who are getting to enjoy all of my treats these days.
These simple fudge bars are made with a decadent and rich dark chocolate fudge swirled with peanut butter on top of a sea salted almond flour cookie crust. To whip up this fudge recipe in a matter of minutes I used my KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender from The Brick. I used this nifty little kitchen tool last month when I made my Fall Harvest Chopped Salad as it was the perfect tool to make the creamy salad dressing.
Today I am showcasing yet another great way to use this versatile small kitchen appliance that blends, emulsifies, pureés, and crushes ingredients in a matter of seconds.
To make this healthy and easy dark chocolate fudge recipe I added all of the fudge ingredients into the KitchenAid Hand Blender jar and used the blender to create a creamy mixture that I could pour into the pan to top the almond flour cooke crust layer.
Ingredients in the Easy Dark Chocolate Fudge Layer
To make the fudge I used the following ingredients which I added directly to the hand blender jar:
- organic cocoa powder, rich in antioxidants and minerals
- coconut cream (from a can of full fat coconut milk), a perfect dairy free ingredient to create richness in the fudge
- coconut oil, which helps create a perfect fudge consistency
- raw honey, for natural unrefined sweetness
- organic bittersweet dark chocolate chips (dairy free), for that extra dark chocolate flavour
These ingredients give the fudge a rich and creamy consistency while leaving out all the dairy and refined sugars, which is not at all like traditional fudge made with heavy cream and white sugar. For the peanut butter swirl, which is totally optional but a tasty and pretty addition I simply mixed together some peanut butter with coconut oil in a bowl.
Ingredients in the Almond Flour Cookie Base
For the almond flour cookie crust that makes the delicious base of the fudge (also totally optional as the fudge can be enjoyed all on it’s own) I used:
- almond flour, which brings in healthy fats and protein
- unsweetened shredded coconut, which adds in fibre and healthy fats
- vanilla, for added flavour
- coconut oil, to create the perfect texture and harden the crust
- honey, for a touch of sweetness
- sea salt, for a touch of saltiness
These whole-food ingredients make a wonderful base and remind me a little bit of shortbread. So yummy!
This tasty dessert is a must-make whether it’s halloween time and you want to enjoy some healthier candy or chocolate alternatives or as a decadent and crowd-pleasing treat to enjoy any time of year. This fudge is also great for parties and gatherings around the Christmas holiday season, there’s really no occasion that doesn’t allow for healthy fudge, right?!
A big thank you to The Brick for partnering with me on this post and being such a great source of fantastic small kitchen appliances suitable for even the most novice of cooks! As the Christmas season approaches I highly recommend visiting The Brick website often for gift inspiration. This KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender which comes in an array of colours, is a super affordable must-have tool that would be a wonderful gift idea for friends or family who enjoy being in the kitchen.
Do you have any healthy halloween alternatives you make for yourself or your little ones? I’d love to read about it in the comments below! Be sure to pin the photo after the recipe to save this one for later and of course, share the love!
Have wonderful Sunday!
Christal // NITK
DISCLAIMER: THIS POST WAS MADE IN PARTNERSHIP AND SPONSORED BY THE BRICK. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.