Eleanor Roosevelt said “Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product” and I agree. Be it a by-product of hard work, persistence, charity or giving back to community; I’m certain fudge probably wasn’t on her mind when she said that, but I can’t deny that for my Hubs, happiness was the by-product of some darn good fudge. We are on day 15 of a strict PALEO diet, hubby and I, and things are going very well. While I do not have a sweet tooth, dear Hubs does so I wanted to make him a sweet “treat” to reward him for his discipline.
There are a lot of interesting & yummy paleo “fudge” recipes out there. I played around with several, adjusted and experimented, added and omitted, until I found the “texture” that was most appealing to me and Hubs, my trusty taste tester. While Hubs did not love the addition of chia seeds, I did. I think if I had added nuts to the chia seed batch he probably wouldn’t have known they were in there.
Almost Guilty Pumpkin Fudge
¾ cup cacao (or cocoa) powder
½ cup coconut oil, melted
1 T chia seeds (optional, I personally like them, but hubby does not in this particular application)
1 T unflavored gelatin (you can omit this, but the texture will be different)
2 T maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Small pinch of sea salt
1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (the ingredient list should have one ingredient, pumpkin)
¼ cup dates or prunes, chopped
¼ cup toasted pecans (optional)
Add ingredients in the order listed stirring between each. Spread the fudge on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate. When set cut into small squares with a sharp knife.