Almond butter banana 'fudge'(Read article summary)
Trying to cut down on sweets or maintain a healthier lifestyle? It may not be traditional fudge, but give this almond butter banana fudge a try and your sweet tooth won't know the difference.
Beyond the Peel
I like to keep a healthier treat at home for those times when all I crave is a major kick to the face with sugar. Often I get cravings for a small bite of chocolate or something sweet. A weakness of mine is ice cream (a reason why I never have any in the house).
I also think it is crucial to have a small little treat around if youâ€™re making your way over to a whole foods diet â€“ especially in the beginning stages. When processed foods get kicked to the curb in favor of whole natural foods, the outcome is a huge reduction of sugar and salt. These two key ingredients trick us into thinking these foods taste good. So as you eliminate processed foods youâ€™ll no doubt be craving sugar and salt in a way you havenâ€™t before because they were previously hiding in everything processed that was being consumed.
Arm yourself with some healthy or at least natural sweets, so when a sugar fix attacks you like a sale does to a shopaholic, youâ€™ll have a stash of these to get you by. Your sweet tooth will be soothed and youâ€™ll have successfully averted a grab for the Haagen Dazs.
Unbelievable almond butter banana â€śfudgeâ€ť
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter
Â 1/8Â to 1/4 cup of raw honey
1/2 of a banana, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients in a small pot. Heat over low heat until things get melty, about 30 seconds. Blend with an emulsion blender until the mixture is smooth. Alternately a food processor would work and you can skip the melting process but blend for longer.
Pour into a small 3- x5-inch mini loaf pan lined with parchment paper or pour into silicone molds. Allow the mixture to cool in the freezer or fridge into solid. Slice into small 1- x1-inch squares or slices. Because of the coconut oil, these will melt if not kept in the fridge or freezer.
Other â€śfudgeâ€ť flavor options:
Maple walnut fudge:Â Substitute maple syrup for honey. Blend until smooth and fold in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.Â For a lovely version of a Chocolate Peanut Butter â€śFudgeâ€ť, see Mindy at The Purposed Heart forÂ this tasty version.Â Kimi at The Nourishing Gourmet featuredÂ this delightful fudgeÂ a few years ago if youâ€™re more of a classic chocolate fudge kinda person.Â Over at Chocolate Covered Katie youâ€™ll find all kinds of desserts to kick a sweet tooth in a more natural way, andÂ her fudgeÂ inspired the banana in my recipe. Thanks Katie.