I always have fudge on the mind during the holidays. When I was a kid our across the street neighbor always made fudge for the holidays and I was probably single-handedly responsible for eating most of it (I should probably apologize to my family for that!…Better late than never).
I have been working on this black bean based recipe for a while now and think that I have finally come-up with a suitable guilt-free substitute for fudge. The funny thing is that this fudge doesn’t take on the texture of fudge until after it has been baked and then put in the fridge overnight. Something magical happens in the fridge.
Keep in mind that the texture of this fudge will not be as smooth and creamy as “real” fudge, but it also does not have all of the sugar, fat, and cholesterol (i.e. GUILT) of said fudge.
This is my new favorite dessert recipe and I have been consuming A LOT of it lately.
INGREDIENTS14 dates 1/3 cup nut butter (cashew and peanut work well) 4 oz jar baby-food prunes 2 Tbs. Organic Decaf freeze dried coffee crystals 2 Tbs. hot water 50 drops (approx 2 dropperfuls) or Vanilla Crème liquid stevia 2 Tbs. flax meal 15 oz. can sodium free black beans, rinsed 1/2 cup + 1Tbs. cacao powder 1/3 cup almond flour
Dissolve the coffee in the hot water. Place the dates, nut butter, prunes, coffee mixture, stevia, and flax meal in the food processor and process until very smooth. You will need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides with a spatula several times during the processing.
Once the above mixture is smooth add the black beans, cacao powder, and almond flour to the mixture. Again process until smooth scraping down the sides as needed.
Pour the fudge mixture into a very lightly oiled 8 x 8 pan, spread the mixture evenly, and bake at 225 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Cool and then refrigerate overnight. You can either cut the fudge into bars and then refrigerate or refrigerate the pan and cut the fudge into squares after refrigerating.
I store my fudge in a Glasslock container in the fridge and stack each piece on it’s cut edge to help prevent sticking.
For a printable version of this recipe click here.