Since my sugaraholic days are over, I work hard to have healthy treats around during the Christmas Holiday Season like Healthy Christmas Cookies, Almond Joy Bars, Chocolate Truffles, and No-Bake Cookies.
Now I'm thrilled to add this healthy fudge recipe from Sarah of Little Fig to our repertoire. She brings us a beautiful Healthy Paleo Fudge, a perfect snack for anytime of year, but especially nice for Christmas.
As I shared over at Little Fig the other day, one of my family's Christmas traditions that I particularly treasure is gifting homemade presents.
I get a great kick out of gifts which are both truly enjoyable AND nourishing. I love the fact that it enables my kids to participate fully in the joy of giving too, and have taken to bookmarking recipes that we can enjoy trying out together (I've also started pinning ideas to this pinterest board, do follow along :-)). I also love whipping up allergy-free goodies for friends who might be missing certain treats.
The two dairy-free gifts that I have been working on this year (as an added bonus, they are also gluten free) are Christmas Spiced Fig ‘Butter' and the Festive Coconut Fudge that I am sharing with you today.
More On this Paleo Fudge
Coconut butter gives this fudge its richness and texture. Besides being super easy to make at home, it provides the creaminess that my earlier coconut oil-based fudges were lacking.
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I have used beautiful New Zealand manuka honey as a sweetener (note from Adrienne: this is the manuka honey brand I am using right now, and I love it). Manuka honey has strong antibacterial properties and is always present among my arsenal of natural remedies (no sugar needed to get that medicine down!).
You can add whatever fruits, nuts or flavourings that you like to this base, but in keeping with the Christmas theme, kiwifruit and raspberries provide festive colour.I dehydrated the kiwifruit to intensify its flavour, but if you don't have access to a dehydrator you could use fresh fruit too.
Organic freeze-dried raspberries are a good choice with their nice red colour and flavour, but you could opt for freeze-dried plums or even fresh berries instead.
Enjoy, and much peace and joy to you all at Christmas!
For those on special diets, this fudge is easily adaptable. See notes for details.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions for this Paleo Fudge
- This recipe is a crossover for those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
- You could use 1 scoop stevia extract instead of honey for a low-carb option (see How to Use Stevia).
- You could substitute plums, acai, or pomegranates for the raspberries. Organic dried goji berries and organic dried cranberries are the best low-carb options.
- If you need to restrict carbs, omit the kiwifruit.
Simple Paleo Coconut Fudge - dairy & sugar free with natural colors
This Easy Paleo Fudge is naturally colored and loaded with healthy ingredients. Pretty enough for company and gifting, easy enough for every day eating.
Place softened coconut butter, coconut oil and honey into a blender or food processor and whizz briefly to combine.
Pour out half of the mixture into a bowl and add the raspberry powder, stirring until evenly combined.
Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
Add the dehydrated kiwifruit (if using) and either spirulina or stevia to the blender or food processor.
Blend until well combined with the coconut mixture.
Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
Spoon into moulds, filling half way up the sides.
Spoon the raspberry mixture over the top, and smooth.
Let the fudge set in the refrigerator for half and hour, then press out of moulds. Voila!
Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month (or for two weeks if using fresh fruit).
From Adrienne: Isn't the fudge gorgeous? I have some freeze dried pomegranate powder I use for an antioxidant boost to smoothies. I think I am going to have to try this!}
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Sarah is a Kiwi mum of two and a ‘Real Food' convert. She is currently studying a Diploma of Nutritional Science at a naturopathic college in New Zealand. Sarah started her blog, Little Fig, to share her passion for wholesome and probiotic foods, and to celebrate the local food heroes and heroines in her corner of the world.