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Healthier Holiday Fudge

As a gift for the holidays, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes with you. It’s a delicious carob fudge that contains no sugar or chocolate and is perfect for the holiday season.

Ingredients

3 or 4 Tablespoons Carob Powder

1/2 stick Organic Butter

1 teaspoon of Liquid Stevia or Erythritol (adjust for preference)

1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

3 or 4 teaspoons of hot water

Directions

1. Get butter out ahead of time and let it sit at room temperature until soft.

2. Put Butter, Stevia and Vanilla in a bowl and mix with a fork until blended together.

3. Stir in Carob powder.

4. Drizzle with water until desired consistency.

5. Should look and feel like frosting you put on a cake.

6. Put it in the freezer until it hardens into fudge.

7. After it hardens, you can cut it with Christmas cookie cutters into a desired holiday shape.

Options

  • You can adjust the carob powder and water to make it whatever consistency you desire. You can make it thinner or thicker depending on your preference.
  • You can also eat it at room temperature for a softer texture or put it in the freezer for a while and turn it into fudge.

Each of these has a different texture in the mouth and tastes a little different. I like it both ways.

  • You can also add nuts, pieces of fruit or other flavorings like peppermint or orange in place of the vanilla for a little variety.
  • Add a teaspoon of your favorite nut butter and that will give it a richer flavor and different texture.
  • You can also make different shapes for various holidays. For example, on Valentine’s Day, I made one for my son and I shaped it into a heart. Then I made a smiley face on it with raisins and sprinkled it with coconut.
  • For Easter, you could shape it like an egg and decorate it with raisins, nuts and coconut. You could make a double batch to make a really big egg.

Be creative and shape it whatever way you desire and decorate it with whatever you desire. Have fun!

However, do be aware that carob is in the legume family, which means it contains a variety of anti-nutrients that are not healthy for us, it is relatively high in carbohydrates, and not part of the Paleolithic diet, so it should not be eaten on a regular basis. It should only be used for special occasions like a holiday or birthday.

Happy Holidays!

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