Healthy – Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (or Oatmeal Fudge Cookies)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter – only peanuts and salt; avoid those that contain sugar. Peanut butter is naturally gluten-free, but if you have special sensitivity you may need to check your peanut butter to make sure it is manufactured in gluten-free environment.
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (slightly melted, but not hot) or butter (consider whether or not you consider butter to be “healthy”. Some are OK with it. Some may also like the flavor better.) Note: I’ve started using 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 1/4 cup of melted butter.
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Alternate: 1.5 cups oatmeal (I’m thinking of trying granola.)
Line 4x 8 glass casserole with wax paper
Put all ingredients in a bowl of your food processor. Whisk until everything is smooth and well combined. Don’t over mix.
Pour the liquid fudge into the casserole dish. It will be about ½ inch thick.
Put the casserole into the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the fudge has hardened.
Remove the wax paper with fudge from the casserole, cut into pieces. Enjoy both the great flavor and the knowledge that this is a healthy dessert! “Healthy” in this case means no processed sugar, all natural ingredients, relatively acceptable fats, gluten-free.
Store in the refrigerator. With the low melting point of coconut oil, this is definitely a “melt in your hand” dessert. You may want to eat it with a fork.
Alternate: After mixing all the ingredients except oatmeal til smooth, add the oatmeal and stir until oatmeal is coated. Using a spoon, dollop onto a wax-paper lined cookie sheet, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so. (I prefer these chocolate oatmeal “cookies” over the fudge.)