With my sweet tooth in the Christmas spirit, big time, I’ve been seeking out healthier options that still feel indulgent. Ones that still taste like Christmas, you know? Enter this ‘Health Fudge”. Actually, we’re calling it Mom’s Health Fudge.
A few months back, my brother sent me a true piece of our family history. My Mom’s spiral cooking notebook. It’s filled with clippings from newspapers, recipe cards from church friends and, most importantly, handwritten recipes by both my Mom and my Grandma.
As a chubby kid who spent a big chunk of her childhood in the kitchen with my mom, my little life revolved around this book. I was always pointing out one recipe or another that I wanted my Mom to make or, when I was old enough, would make myself. Mostly, I wanted cookies. 😉
Not to get all serious and sad on you, but today would have been my Mom’s birthday. We lost her to cancer over twenty years ago, but every December 19th I still silently pay my tributes. Christmas was never really the same after she passed away. I try not to dwell on it and instead focus on all of the wonderful blessings I do have, but I still miss her and remember how much effort she would put into our family Christmas dinners. It shows you the power of creating memories and how food can play such a role. The holidays can seem like it’s all commercial, yet it was the wonderful turkey dinner with stuffing and gravy and my Mom’s apple pie that I remember much more than the gifts under the tree.
So this year, in her honour, I’m staring my own tradition. Food related of course. This was one of the few healthy dessert recipes (which, let’s face it, wasn’t common in the 70’s-80’s) I found taped onto of the pages of my Mom’s book. I adapted it to what I had on hand.
*Note the recipe card on the left. It’s for Flo’s Balls. Had to.
Back to the fudge.
It’s fairly easy. Just mix up your cocoa and honey for some beautiful natural sweetness. I also used a combo of sunflower seed butter and peanut butter. The original recipe called for sunflower seeds which I didn’t have, so the sun butter seemed logical. It turned out to be the best part of this fudge! We highly recommend using it. There was this ever so slight saltiness that just tied everything together. Press it all into a loaf pan and chill well in the fridge.
It slices into the best little squares. Both the taste and texture of this Health Fudge was bang on. We totally loved and absolutely devoured these bites of goodness.
We think you should too. My Mom would like that. She had a great love of food. Especially the sweet, chocolaty things. 🙂
Maybe this Health Fudge recipe will become tradition in your house. Not just for the holidays either. This healthy option can be enjoyed year round.
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup crushed nuts I used a combo of brazilnuts & walnuts - reserve some for pressing into the top of the fudge
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, melt together the sunflower seed butter, peanut butter and honey. When it's blended together and liquidy, remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and mix well
Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well again
Press into a parchment lined loaf pan and top with some extra coconut and crushed nuts
Refrigerate for about 2 hours then slice into squares
Store covered in the fridge