Recipe: Raw Vegan Fudge

Pure whole food ingredients come together in this raw vegan fudge that’s free from the most common allergens.* It also features coconut oil, full of healthy saturated fats, and cocoa, which boasts antioxidant flavanoid content. Sunflower seed spread (or the nut butter of your choice) packs protein, fiber and additional healthy plant-based fats, while coconut nectar helps this treat keep its overall glycemic index low.

One of the best parts? It only takes 10 minutes to throw together! It’s perfect for a last-minute dessert or as a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your next dinner party. Note that while the recipe doesn’t call for much hands-on preparation, you should allow time for the mixture to set in the freezer. The biggest challenge? Limiting yourself to one (or two) squares!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 30 squares
Serving Size: 2 squares

Ingredients

¾ cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened sunflower seed spread
1 cup cocoa powder
1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
Optional: ½ cup chocolate chunks (I like to use bars from Theo, Chocolove or Endangered Species, which can be found at certain Pharmaca stores) or chopped walnuts

Instructions

Melt coconut oil in pot over medium-low heat on the stovetop (45-60 seconds in the microwave will do the trick, too). Add to large mixing bowl, then add sunflower seed spread, vanilla and salt, and stir until well combined.
Add cocoa powder and coconut nectar and mix until smooth. Add chocolate chunks or nuts, if desired.

Pour into parchment-lined casserole dish and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Once set, remove from freezer, let rest for a few minutes, then slice into squares. Store any leftovers in the freezer so fudge maintains consistency.

Feeling creative? Try these substitutions!

  • Exchange sunflower seed spread for any nut or seed-butter of choice. Cashew and almond butter are particularly tasty in this recipe.
  • Swap coconut nectar for agave, maple syrup or fresh local honey.
  • Mix up your mix-ins:
    • Try chopping up a chocolate bar loaded with raspberries or pretzels (Chocolove, in stock at all Pharmaca stores, has fanciful flavor options).
    • Mix in chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
    • Fancy it up with sliced pistachio nuts and dried cherries or cranberries.
    • Top with finishing salt (sea salt, black lava salt, Himalayan pink salt, etc.)
    • Serve with fresh berries.

Enjoy your decadent treat and feel free to share with a loved one!

*Milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts (almonds, etc.), peanuts, wheat, and soy.

Natalie Sober loves integrative health in all of its aspects, especially its emphasis on a balanced lifestyle and good nutrition. A long-time lover of movement (check out our yoga blog series here!) and healthy eats, she loves to experiment in the kitchen, particularly when concocting “health nut treats.” She also happens to be a member of Pharmaca’s marketing department.