April 6, 2016

Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge!

Everyone has a different take on their favorite recipe, whether it be their preference on how the amount of salt and seasoning, choice of sweetener or methods of preparation! This recipe I am sharing with you is essentially a revised version of my previous "Chocolate Date Fudge!" post if you would like to check that out before reading more!

Of course, one picks up new tricks and strategies with more use of a certain recipe on a day to day basis. In this case of chocolate fudge, one might crave chocolate more than the last time. Another might want the texture of the fudge to be more gooey. Maybe the sweetener needs to be changed with something more satisfying!

No matter what the reason may be, there is always room for altering a recipe to fit your own personal needs. Besides, nothing is written in stone! Whatever recipe I have to offer on my blog, I hope you use it as a stepping stone, a beginning foundation for whatever you want to create in your kitchen!

That is why I feel it is appropriate to post another version of one of my recipes. Why? Because my preferences changed as well! Just the other day, I came home and I was really craving something chocolatey. The first thing that came to mind was chocolate date fudge and so I set up my Vitamix and filled it up with the necessary ingredients.
But this time, I wanted the fudge to be a little sweeter. So I took out some organic coconut sugar and put a few spoonfuls into the mixture. Spotting a jar of honey on the counter, I thought why not go ahead and add a few squeezes? Maybe I'll add some more dates this time and that will really add a sweet kick as well.

After adding all the necessary ingredients for optimal sweetness, I also decided to add more cacao powder for a bigger chocolate kick. Once evenly blended, I noticed how the extra amount of powder had made the mixture more solid and stiff. So instead of opting for water, I took some electrolyte, potassium-boosting coconut water out of the fridge to pour in the blender and give the fudge a more soft and gooey consistency.

At the end of my experimenting, the fudge turned out to be a darker shade of chocolate and softer to mold into squares. It also tasted sweeter than ever before so it was the perfect late night dessert for a long day!
So here is the list of ingredients for my new Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge! *All measurements are based on my own judgment and personal preference so feel free to alter them as you see fit!*

Ingredients

Dates - up to 15
Unsalted Nut Butter of choice - spoonful
Cacao Powder - 3 spoonfuls
Himalayan Salt - a couple pinches
Coconut Water - up to 5 tablespoons
Honey - 1 tablespoon
Coconut sugar - 3 to 5 tablespoons

Preparation - 8 to 10 minutes

1. Evenly blend all ingredients (I use a fork to scoop the mixture back into the center and blend over and over until I'm satisfied with the consistency)
2. Scoop out the mixture with a spoon, and then using your hands, form whatever mold you want your fudge to be: squares, balls, bars, etc.
3. Place the fudge on a fancy plate if you're feeling classy enough and you've got your own homemade fudge to enjoy!

Are you willing to come to the dark(er) side of fudge? (Stars Wars reference, couldn't resist!)
If so, I hope these ingredients set the perfect base for your own personal version of vegan fudge!
Cheers to more creative kitchen experimenting! Who knows what special treats are still waiting to be formulated...



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