Raw chocolate fudge with green mandarin ganache

Gooey, rich + moorish. I CAN stop at one piece, as it is so satisfying!

This is definitely going to be served over the christmas festivites this year. A decadent, sweet treat that has some highly nutritional ingredients (cacao, coconut oil, cashews, walnuts) + is healthy-ish! 100% gluten free, dairy free + whole food based.

Can you believe that December is here on the weekend?! The actual official start of the festive season! I’ve  already started planning the christmas lunch menu, something that gives me so much pleasure! It is also my husband’s birthday on Christmas Day, so it’s always double the celebrations. I love, love this time of year!

ingredients

base:
2 cups raw cashews
2 cups organic shredded coconut *unsweetened
16 pitted dates
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts

ganache:
1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
8 drops doTERRA green mandarin essential oil *food grade (You can purchase here)

fudge:

Blitz the cashews + shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles sand. Add the dates, cacao powder, sweetener, vanilla bean paste + salt. Process until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved.

Press the fudge into a lined loaf tin (I like nice, thick pieces) + press the walnuts pieces into the fudge all over. Place in the fridge.

ganache:

Wash out the food processor, then add the coconut oil, sweetener + cacao powder. Blitz until combined + silky. Add the green mandarin oil + pulse a couple of times.

Gently pour the ganache over the fudge, dust with a little cacao powder + place back in the fridge to set (a couple of hours). Cut into bite sized squares + store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long!)

As always, enjoy my loves.

In good health + pure happiness,

 

Kristy xx

 


 

 

Cherry Ripe Slice

If you loved cherry ripe’s as a child (they were my favourite chocolate), then you are going to LOVE this interpretation. I haven’t eaten a cherry ripe for years, or any other confectionary for that matter… these days I am creating healthier, nutritional, homemade treats to have. Made with whole food ingredients.

This is the perfect thing to serve up over the holidays for unexpected guests, as you can make it and leave it in the freezer. I actually prefer it eaten straight from the freezer, and, with the summer heat – it is a beautiful cold treat.

I AM in love.

Gluten free, refined sugar free + can be adapted to be dairy free, if you omit the chocolate topping and replace with a cacao/coconut oil/maple syrup version. Then, it will also be completely RAW.

Ticking all the healthy dessert boxes.


ingredients

base
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup organic shredded coconut
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp raw organic cacao powder
1 tbsp filtered water
pinch sea salt

filling
1/3 cup pitted dates
1 cup organic shredded coconut
1/3 cup melted organic virgin coconut oil
1 vanilla bean
1 & 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries
1 tsp beet powder

topping
100g organic green + blacks 70% dark chocolate

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Add the base ingredients to a food processor and blitz until it comes together. Scrape down the sides to ensure it is all combined.

Press the mixture into a lined square tin (I use the back of a spoon) and place in the freezer.

Wash the food processor + add all of the filling ingredients (except the cherries). When all the mixture is combined, add the cherries and pulse a few times (you want a nice textural finish with the cherries).

Spoon the filling over the base and spread evenly. Return to the freezer for at least an hour.

Melt the dark chocolate and pour over the slice. Return to the freezer once and again.

Slice into squares when set. Serve straight from the freezer.

Raw fruit & nut choc slice

I LOVE making raw slices. They are so quick to whip up, nutritional and healthy! They are absolutely satisfying – made with whole food (real) ingredients, so 1 piece is usually more than enough!

I usually have an array of staples already on hand (cacao, coconut oil, dates, nuts etc), so I can make them whenever I feel like a sweet treat.

You can utilise what ever nuts and seeds you like in this recipe, below is what I used. (Think brazil nuts, pistachio, chia and so on…)


slice
1 cup dates
1 & 1/2 cups nuts/seeds (almonds, raw cashews, pepitas & sunflower seeds)
1 tbsp raw honey
1 & 1/2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder

topping
1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
1/2 cup melted organic cold pressed coconut oil
2 tbsp raw honey

method

Blitz all of the slice ingredients (reserve 1/2 cup nuts/seeds) in a high powered food processor. Once combined and sticky, stir through the remaining nuts/seeds. This will give the slice a nice crunchy element.

Press into a lined loaf tin. Be sure to leave a little hanging over the sides so that the slice is easier to remove from the tin.

Place the slice in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl, stir until silky smooth and pour over the slice. Return to the fridge to set.

Cut into bite sized pieces.

This can be stored in the fridge and or, freezer in an airtight container.