The holidays are upon us…and for some the dreaded season of overeating!
Stay trim this holiday season by taking charge of what foods you eat and make your own treats to bring to holiday festivities, like these perfectly rich yet guiltless date and almond butter fudge squares. ♥
For Thanksgiving this year, I went to my family farm in NC as we have done ever since I was born, but this year I finally got to bring my own dish. I decided on this date and almond butter fudge as it’s decadent, rich, and satisfying, yet people would never guess its filled with healthy ingredients! The usual dessert table is filled with pies, cookies, and truffle bites, so I wanted to bring a bit of hidden health to the table of sugary sin.
This fudge is SO incredibly simple to throw together. It only has 5 ingredients, all thrown into a food processor, with no baking needed whatsoever. I mean, does it get any better? A dessert, that’s good for you, tastes like heaven, and takes 5 minutes to make! I don’t think there’s anything better. Not to mention its vegan and gluten free, with ingredients thrown together by love from the earth. No hydrogenated oils, fatty butter, or white table sugar here!
- 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
- 1 cup roasted raw almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of sea salt
- 1-2 TBSP sesame seeds for topping
- (other topping ideas: raw cacao nibs, cinnamon, coconut flakes, more chopped dates, etc.)
- Add all ingredients except sesame seeds to a high powered food processor, blending until a thick, smooth paste forms.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Spread fudge mixture into dish spreading evenly.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into small squares and serving cold.
- Can store in fridge for up to 1 week and in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Want to make this a chocolate fudge?
Simply add a little less almond butter, and 2-3 TBSP cup raw cacao powder and 1-2 TBSP of raw cacao nibs to give it a smooth, chocolatey flavor! That will be my next treat to make for christmas time…maybe I’ll even add a little peppermint oil to the mix to have some mint chocolate fudge…oh the ideas are flowing!