If you're like me, having healthy snacks around is a must to keep you on track with your special diet, and they need to be low carb if you are dealing with candida. Some of our favorites include my Homemade Protein Bars, Green Bean Chips, Almond Joy Bars, and “Dorito®” Popcorn, but this healthy fudge recipe is a fun new addition.
It's an all-natural dairy-free fudge recipe that is colored with a surprise ingredient.
Coloring foods for special occasions is fun, but on a whole foods diet, regular food colorings just do not make the grade.
It's always hard for me to take my kids to the grocery store and see them ogle the multi-colored “foods” and feel like I'd love to make them something fun like that, but I just don't want all those mystery chemicals going into their bodies.
Healthy Fudge–a Naturally Healthy Treat
And we love fudge, but since regular fudge is loaded with white sugar and other things that aren't great for us, they leave me feeling less healthy than I'd like to once I've indulged.
What's the answer?
This Mint Fudge Recipe.
This healthy fudge is:
– loaded with healthy goodness and
– colored naturally.
See–God's provided plenty of colorful options for us creation so we don't need to lean on Aluminum Lake #3, Red No. 40 and the like :-(.
For Saint Patrick's Day this year (or for any day, for that matter), why not have some Dairy-Free Mint Fudge colored with-
parsley (and no, you won't taste it :-)!)
See? When you're a whole foody, you can have festive treats with added nutritional punch.
Oh, and for more Healthy & Delicious Fudge Recipes, check out:
- Coconut Oil Notes: Use organic expeller-pressed coconut oil if you wish to avoid the coconutty flavor
- Seed / Nut Butter Options: For nut or seed butter, I used pumpkin seed butter as this adds natural green coloring. Substitute coconut butter for AIP (here's how to make Homemade Coconut Butter).
- Sweetener options: Any equivalent sweetener, liquid or granulated to taste, will work instead of xylitol. You do, of course, have to reduce the amount if using stevia extract. One scoop = 1/32 tsp. See this post on How to Use Stevia. Use the healthiest sweetener you can.
- Chocolate Alternative: You can melt my Homemade Chocolate Chips instead of chocolate.
- Trim Healthy Mama: This recipe fits in as an “S” on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
Secret-Ingredient Mint Fudge - low carb, vegan and sugar free
- 1 1/2 cups organic coconut oil
- 1 1/5 cups nut or seed butter (soaked and dehydrated, if possible. See Recipe Notes)
- 1/2 cup xylitol (or other sweetener. See recipe notes)
- 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes (or more)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp organic peppermint extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- melted chocolate (for optional drizzle)
- Melt coconut oil in small saucepan. Add remaining ingredients to blender, add coconut oil and blend until smooth.
- Pour into an 8x8 baking pan and freeze until solid.
- Store in refrigerator to prevent softening.
This low-carb fudge is a nice sweet way to celebrate this holiday that is near and dear to my heart.
To find our more about Saint Patrick's life, and to see my connections to the Emerald Isle (I'm 1/2 Irish), read my post on Saint Patrick's Day ~ History and Simple, Healthy Celebrations.
What is your favorite treat for Saint Patrick's Day?