Happy Valentine’s Day! There is love in the air and in my kitchen. Love is so funny. You don’t actually have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day but to just love. I love that It’s that day when you give that extra uhmph to the people you love by sharing your heart with them. Letting people know that we are all human and we do still love. Even strangers. By holding a door, saying thank you, carrying a bag, letting someone in line in front of you are just a few ideas of how we can show appreciation for each other. We all need to show compassion. It’s a beautiful thing to share with everyone.
I have been having so much fun in the kitchen making raw snacks and desserts. It makes me feel good eating better, healthier and well, different. Who would have known that raw desserts could taste so delicious? This recipe was a lot of fun to create.
First, I had to make my first batch of homemade almond butter. Have you ever tried? I don’t have the best food processor, it’s not top of the line. But I did put it to work. It took me a good 15-20 minutes, scraping down the sides and pulsing, again and again and again. On, off, on, off. Guess what, completely worth the time. I haven’t been this amazed in a while. (I think that’s what makes me a real foodie!) Place almonds in the food processor (2 cups makes about 1 cup of almond butter) and let it go: on, off, on, off until it all comes together. All of a sudden, probably after 12 minutes or so, the whole thing just picked up and started whipping. It looked like a tornado grabbing all the scraps and turned into a ball form. Rolling and rolling and rolling. Soon enough, it was almond butter. Seriously awesome. The thing with homemade almond butter – it’s a lot easier on the calories!
Pretty cool right? Almonds turning into almond butter? I loved watching the transformation! Okay, moving on!
(For the fudge)
- 1 cup homemade almond butter (or any nut butter, store bought is good too)
- 1 cup organic coconut shreds
- 1 avocado: peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup** (start with 1/2 cup and go up to 1 cup)
- sea salt
(For the ganache)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 banana: mashed
- 3 tbs cacao powder
Can you believe that this fudge has a beautiful ganache on top?! I KNOW! I was really excited to create it. I just can’t get over the fact that this rich, decadent fudge has avocado and banana in it! It’s fantastic!
Step 1: Combine butter, coconut, avocado, cacao powder, maple syrup and sea salt in food processor until a big dough ball forms.
*(Here’s the thing. If you read my blog, you’ll know how honest I am with food and when I mess up, when its delicious and when it needs a tweak. I truly believe that I should have let the fudge set with 1/2 cup of maple syrup. When you place it into your prepared pan, use your fingers to press the mixture down and fill the pan. I didn’t think of this and instead wanted to use my spatula to spread it. What a newbie move. The texture was perfect then I went and added an extra 1/2 cup of maple syrup. Why, because I wanted to spread it. This made it into a more pudding type texture. If you prefer more of a solid (what I envisioned this fudge) use only 1/2 cup and your judgement on texture.)
Step 2: Prepare a 8×8 pan with parchment paper and press mixture reaching all sides.
Step 3: Place in freezer while preparing ganache.
Step 1: Mash the banana with a spoon in a small mixing bowl. You want baby food looking kind of banana
Step 2: Melt the coconut oil (I used the microwave and a glass prep bowl)
Step 3: Combine coconut oil with banana and add cacao powder. Mix to combine.
Step 4: Take fudge out of freezer and pour banana coconut mixture on top. Spread it all around. Top with either more almonds pieces or coconut flakes.
Step 5: Place in frezer for two hours to set. I put it in the fridge about an hour before I want to eat it. But you can eat it from the freezer too.
Take out of fridge and enjoy! The top was very hard. Like a solid piece of chocolate and if you can see, the bottom was slightly mushy like a fudgey pudding. I highly recommend using 1/2 cup maple syrup
No matter what, these Raw Fudge Love pieces do not sacrifice taste by any means. They are rich, chocolately and delicious. The topping of the banana is what stands out the most I think. Kind of like a chocolate covered banana. Just down right good.
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#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Breakfasts, Apps & Main Dishes:
- Asparagus, Clam & Bay Shrimp Pasta from Galactopdx
- Bacon Double Cheese Burger Bites from In the Kitchen with KP
- Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni from Curious Cuisiniere
- Fried Heart Pizza from Mooshu Jenne
- Garlic Shrimp Bruschetta from MarocMama
- Green Olive, Goat Cheese & Basil Crostini from Hip Foodie Mom
- Indian Shrimp Pulao from Soni’s Food
- Individual Beef “Phyll-ingtons” from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Ranch, Bacon and Cheese Crisps from Daily Dish Recipes
- Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Rissóis de Camarão | Portuguese Shrimp Dumplings from Family Foodie
- Spicy Red Cabbage Quiche | Veggie Quiche Recipe from Masala Herb
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Sweet Eats:
- Banana Bourbon Blondies from The Messy Baker
- Banana Cream Napoleon from Food Lust People Love
- Brown Butter M&M Cookies from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Brown Butter Rolo Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies from Damn Delicious
- Cherry Pie Hearts from Home Cooking Memories
- Chocolate Baumkuchen from Webicurean
- Chocolate Bread Pudding from La Cocina de Leslie
- Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Baileys Banana Cream Sauce from The Lovely Pantry
- Chocolate Covered Bacon from I Run For Wine
- Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries from Country Girl in the Village
- Chocolate Mousse from Mom, What’s For Dinner?
- Chocolate Roll filled with Nutella Cream from Basic N Delicious
- Chocolate Truffles from The Wimpy Vetegarian
- Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce from Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas with Chocolate Sauce from The Roxx Box
- Coconut Sweetheart Cookies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Coeur a la Creme from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cream Cheese Mints from Simply Gourmet
- Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse with Coconut Cream from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte from Kelly Bakes
- Deliciously Baked & Festively Glazed Mini-Donuts from Mangoes and Chutney
- #GlutenFree Chocolate Almond Cloudless Cake from Cooking Underwriter
- Heart Shaped White Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Cream from Noshing with the Nolands
- Homemade Cherry Mash Candies from Juanita’s Cocina
- Maple-Date Bars from Diabetic Foodie
- Meyer Lemon Marmalade from Shockingly Delicious
- Mini Samoa Bundt Cakes from She Likes Ruffles, He Likes Truffles
- Molten Chocolate Lava Cake from Gotta Get Baked
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes from The Meltaways
- Pistachio and Chocolate Souffle from Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Raspberry Custard Tart from Kudos Kitchen
- Raw Fudge Love from Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Red Velvet French Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Red Velvet Fudge from What Smells So Good?
- Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars from Chocolate Moosey
- Red Wine Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting from The Urban Mrs.
- Strawberry Shortcake! from The Foodie Army Wife
- Strawberry Valentine Cake Hearts from Ninja Baking
- Tres Leches Tea Cakes with Honey Riesling Soaked Fruit from Neighborfood
- Valentine’s Bakewell Tarts from Happy Baking Days
- Valentines Chocolate Apples from Big Bear’s Wife
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Drinks:
- Blood Orange Vodka Martinis from The Catholic Foodie
- Bloody Raspberry Cocktail from My Cute Bride
- Strawberry Gin Fizz from girlichef
#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Tablescape: A Romantic Table For Two Please from An Appealing Plan
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