Addictive (Healthy) Raw Chocolate Fudge! Be Gone, Winter Blues!

P1060631Thank God I never liked commercial fudge growing up. It tastes so gross. Even though I didn’t like it, somehow this raw chocolate fudge gives me such satisfaction, bite after bite after bite.

Make it. In bulk. It will disappear quickly! But that’s cool because it’s made with 4 simple ingredients that carry great health benefits: nuts, cacao powder, honey and coconut oil. Now go read a label on a box of commercial fudge and feel your tummy turn.

Recipe

Blend two cups of your favourite nuts on medium speed for about 15 minutes until it turns to butter. You will need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender until you incorporate all the little bits of nut that stick to the sides of the blender. Your nutter-butter production will go through several phases:

ground nut flour – paste – thick creamy paste – oils release – full liquid

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Coconut butter (solidified)

Please bear in mind that not all nuts behave well as butters. Macadamia is a dream to work with, turning into butter before you even reach ten minutes. Cashews are very starchy but turn out a good butter. Almonds are difficult because they turn into a thick paste and don’t easily release their oils. If this happens, do stop blending and just use the paste as you would a butter.

Once your nuts have turned to butter, add 2 tablespoons of honey and raw cacao powder (or more), then blend until it is incorporated. Using a spatula or spoon, remove the thick, sticky mass from the blender into a bowl and give it a final squeeze and mix with your hands.

Pull out your favourite ice cube trays (with shapes) or simply line a square or rectangular-shaped container with plastic and press the fudge mass into the container. Flatten with your palm and neaten the edges so they are flat and straight. Refrigerate while you make the chocolate coating. If you’re using ice cube trays, leave enough space at the top to finish with chocolate coating. I use 1 tablespoon of fudge for each mould. photoChocolate Coating

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted over low heat, double boiler style)

4 tbls raw cacao powder

4 tbls honey

Mix all together until smooth. Take fudge out of fridge and gently spoon the chocolate over the fudge if you used mould. If you used a container, simply pour the chocolate over. Let it set it the fridge for an hour then un-mould or turn out of the container and slice into squares.

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Artisanal Tree Nut Cheeses

Delicious Taipei retails delicious tree nut cheeses anywhere in Taiwan. Tree nut cheeses are dairy-free and cultured with  home-brewed, brown rice (gluten-free) or rye seed-based probiotics in Summer and a gluten/dairy-free store-bought probiotic in Winter. Probiotics are good bacteria that cleanse and protect the digestive system from bad bacteria.

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This is a batch of home-brewed probiotics made from sprouted seeds. The process takes about 1 week.

Our gourmet tree nut cheeses are made with cashews or macadamia. Here’s why they’re good for you:

Cashews: Two most important things about cashew are that they are magnesium-rich (the heart and head love magnesium) and they’re also the best dietary nut meaning that they are a great aid to weight loss because of their high fibre and dense energy.

Macadamia: It contains a good oil and they are rich in minerals magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron. Also, they’re divinely rich and creamy

This is our delectable range of tree nut cheeses:

cashew original

cashew original

cashew sundried tomato and olive

sundried tomato and olive

 

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

onion and garlic

onion and garlic

Aged Macadamia - the cashew will have a similar look

Aged Macadamia – the cashew will have a similar look

plain cashew NT700
sundried tomato/ olive cashew NT750
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary cashew NT750
onion and garlic cashew NT750
 aged cashew NT850
plain macadamia NT900
sundried tomato/ olive macadamia NT950
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary macadamia NT950
onion and garlic macadamia NT950
 aged macadamia NT1,050

To order, email/call prish(at)delicioustaipei(dot)com/0975-021-931