Recipe: Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge
My sister Deema is the jack of all trades, master of many! Her resume includes Fire Dancer, Filmmaker, Thai Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Writer, to name a few. When she is not doing the above you can find her attending sweat lodges, camping with the bedouins, working on a permaculture farm or pursuing her dream of running away with the circus. A true free spirit to say the least. I wasn’t at all surprised when she started whipping up raw vegan fudge last year but I was surprised when I tasted it. The fudge was decadent and luscious, so special that I decided to make a batch with her in an attempt to learn the tricks of the trade.
Before we started, I was inundated with a history lesson on the importance of Cacao, not to be confused with Cocoa, which the indigenous people of Mesoamerica have been enjoying for hundreds of years. It was used as medicine and as currency where it was cultivated in the rain forests of Central and South Americas. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate a person can consume and it boasts a laundry list of essential vitamins and minerals.
It doesn’t end there, apparently cacao also has a spiritual side and has been known to induce a chemical euphoria, open the heart chakra, lower stress, stimulate the imagination and calls forth peace – yes please! This was by far the most important history lesson I’ve ever sat through, Deema has eternally justified my chocolate addiction, thank you very much!
I marveled at the delicious and nutritious concoction as we spontaneously poured several super foods in a variety of mixing bowls and got our hands dirty. When the ingredient list includes coconut oil, almond meal, honey and cinnamon – you can rest assured that this is a guilt free pleasure. To be fair Deema did most of the work and as any younger sister would, I obnoxiously dipped my spoon into every bowl to taste the cacao wonder and was on lick-the-bowl duty. This was taste bud euphoria.
I insisted on Deema’s recipe but she kept telling me that she has a “serious aversion to measuring things” and firmly believes that the more generous you are with your ingredients the better. Getting her to write down quantities and measurements was not easy so feel free to improvise and add in goji berries, hemp seeds or go heavy handed on the cacao or honey, we did. After all, its not just food, its medicine!
You can order Raw Vegan Fudge through Deema D’s Kakao if you live in Amman, Jordan, otherwise you’ll have to make due with the recipe below.
1 cup coconut powder
1 cup almonds meal or 1 cup of sunflower seed meal
1/2 cup date syrup
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
4 tbsp cacao
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
- Mix all the dry ingredients until all clumps are gone. They mix all the wet ingredients in a blender until everything is smooth. And them mix everything together, I like to use my hands to do this.
1/3 cup coconut powder
1/3 cup carob syrup
2 tbsp cacao powder
- Mix everything until smooth and put it on top of the cake as an icing
Put in the fridge for a couple hours and then cut into pieces and let sit outside of fridge for 30 minutes before you eat! ENJOY 🙂