Monday, March 24, 2014

Homemade Sugar-Free Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge

I am totally addicted to these!!!  I have a carob bark recipe and I found some similar recipes to this chocolate.  I sort of combined them all and tweaked them a bit to be this...

Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge/Cups
  •  1/2 Cup coconut oil (melted but not hot)
  • 1/2 Cup raw cocoa powder (cacao or carob powder will work as well, make sure the ingredient label states no sugar!)
  •  1/2 Cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choosing, I used my own homemade almond butter, click here for the recipe)
  • 1/4 Cup honey or Stevia to taste (I like it best with local honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (no sugar or corn syrup added)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Heat coconut oil until melted, but not hot, on low heat, and mix well with the almond butter.
Remove from heat and add the cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and salt, mix well to combine. The batter should be more of a liquid than a solid. 
Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Add the almond butter mixture and fill each cup about ¼ - ½ inch full.  You should have about a dozen.  You do not need to spray the liners, I had no trouble get them out when I did not spray them.
Stick tray into freezer for about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from freezer, unwrap and enjoy!

~These can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a more of a solid chocolate or in the refrigerator for more of a fudgy type of bar.

I think when I made them with the carob powder that I burnt the carob a little bit and that's why it got a little gritty.  But I thought they were still ever so tasty with the carob powder!
I made another batch with Stevia instead of honey and the carob powder and they looked more like the picture at the top with the cocoa powder, so that's why I think I may have slightly burned the carob powder.  I actually just read that it is possible to burn carob powder.

I'd have to say I like them best with honey and not Stevia.  And either carob or cocoa powder.  I have not had cacao powder yet.  One website I was at said cocoa and cacao were the same and another said they weren't.  In making cocoa the beans are roasted and in making cacao the beans are not roasted.  Apparently in the roasting process you loose some nutrients.  I don't have cacao powder but I'm interested in trying it.

I don't normally consider things sugar free if they use honey, so I should say it's refined sugar free.  But if you use Stevia then it is sugar free.

If you love your candy bought at the store you may not be a huge fan of these, they are not your typical chocolate peanut butter cup.  I was sugar free for awhile when I was on the Candida Diet then after 6 months of being totally strict I sort of allowed myself some treats now and then.  I don't eat near as much sugar or candy as I did before I did the Candida Diet.  I do try to not eat sugar but I love chocolate and peanut butter.  And these are an amazing substitute for me!  It made my day that I've found these!  I will gladly eat these over store bought chemical filled chocolate!  But that's not to say that I will always be good and never eat the store bought chocolate again, because I know there will be times that I will.  But when the sweet tooth hits I'm so happy to have these!  I think they taste great and I really like them, maybe a little too much!  In my opinion they are way healthier then the chocolate you buy in the store!
My 2 year old daughter also loves these!

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