Healthy Chocolate Mint Fudge

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If you are a fan of sneaking in a healthy vegetable ingredient into a decadent dessert recipe, then these Healthy Chocolate Mint Fudge bites are just for you!

What is the secret healthy vegetable ingredient that you would never know was in them?

Pumpkin!

Yes, it’s true!

The pureed pumpkin doesn’t really give it a flavor, but adds a smooth creaminess to this healthy dessert.

While I’m a big fan of anything chocolate, a chocolate-mint combination just can’t be beat.

 

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5 Fast Facts About Pumpkin:

  • high in beta-carotene
  • full of iron, zinc and vitamin C
  • rich in anti-oxidants
  • contains 246% DV of vitamin C
  • good source of B-complex vitamins, niacin and thiamin

5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:

  • contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc
  • super high in anti-oxidants
  • contains essential fats
  • can help to decrease blood pressure
  • contains 4 different neuro-transmitters that promote a positive outlook

5 Fast Facts About Raw Honey:

  • contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • immune boosting anti-viral properties
  • super high in B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6)
  • contains natural anti-oxidants
  • promotes restorative sleep

5 Fast Facts About Cashews (Cashew Butter):

  • packed with dietary fiber
  • rich in “heart-healthy” mono-saturated fatty acids
  • rich source of minerals
  • high in magnesium and copper
  • high in anti-oxidants

 

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Tip #1:  You can substitute any sweetener you like to make it vegan or even low-sugar.  I’ve used raw honey, maple syrup, non-GMO xylitol and even raw coconut crystals and all were good.

Tip #2:  The original recipe calls for it be put in the freezer prior to serving and to store in the freezer, but I actually like mine straight from the refrigerator because it gives it a softer mousse-y type texture.

Tip #3:  You can substitute organic peanut butter for the cashew butter.  I’ve used both and they are both really good.

Tip #4:  The original recipe shows an option to add protein powder to add extra nutrition and I’ve also added a tablespoon of maca powder to mine before.

Tip #5:  The original recipe calls for it to be put into an 8 x 8 glass dish, but I put mine in a 5 x 9 glass bread pan so they would be thicker.

 

Healthy Chocolate Mint Fudge (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

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Ingredients

For the fudge

  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree (15 ounce can)
  • 1/3 cup organic cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao
  • 1/8 cup organic raw honey (or sweetener of your choice for vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic mint extract

For the topping

  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup vegan/gf chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand)

Directions

Step 1 Put all ingredients for the fudge (pumpkin puree, raw cacao, sweetener, mint extract, cashew butter) in a medium sized bowl and stir until well combined.

Spread the mixture in a 5 x 9 glass bread pan.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips on the top.

Put in the freezer for 2 - 4 hours or until hardened.

Cut into squares and serve. Store in freezer.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe adapted from:  http://www.damyhealth.com/2011/12/clean-eating-chocolate-mint-fudge/

 

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16 comments to Healthy Chocolate Mint Fudge

  • Wow… I have a feeling that if (WHEN) I make these… I might eat them all in one sitting!! YUM!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Brittany! If you do, don’t feel bad because I have almost done the same!

      It wasn’t too bad when I pre-cut them into small square sizes because I would just eat one at a time.

      But another time I made them and didn’t pre-cut them, I just scooped it out by the spoonful and before I knew it, it was half gone lol!

      That’s when I had it in the refrigerator instead of the freezer and it was soft almost like a pudding…it’s easy to get carried away ;)

  • I’ve never even heard of pumpkin purée, but I’m so excited now, this looks absolutely amazing!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Yvonne! I think pumpkin puree is the same as scooping out the inside of a pumpkin, so getting it in an can is really convenient especially when it’s not pumpkin season…and a lot less messy too!

      These are super easy to make and I hope you enjoy them if you try out the recipe ;)

  • Karielyn, I made a version of this yesterday and it is AMAZING!!! I can’t even taste the pumpkin (I’m not a huge pumpkin fan), and the texture and flavor was just like fudge. Thank you for sharing it on Healthy Vegan Fridays! :)

    • Karielyn

      Hi Carrie! Yay! I’m glad you liked them! Isn’t it amazing how you’d never know the pumpkin was in the recipe?

      Thanks for having the Healthy Vegan Fridays…I’m so happy to be able to participate ;)

    • Karielyn

      Carrie..I forgot to ask you when you made it if you liked your’s straight from the freezer (firm) or from the fridge (softer).

      I liked mine right out of the fridge ;)

  • […] 2. Healthy Chocolate Mint Fudge from The Healthy Family and Home (I made this earlier this week and used dates to sweeten and left out the chocolate chips…it was fantastic!): […]

  • I know what I’m doing when I get home from work today… :)

  • Wow – I just saw your feature on Healthy Vegan Friday – this is GREAT! I’m so tired of Vegan sweets that are loaded with Coconut Oil (I try to avoid excess oil) – this one looks truly healthy and perfect! Can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing : )

    • Karielyn

      Hi Anna! I know, I love the simple ingredient list on this recipe too!

      Although I’m a big fan of coconut oil, my husband isn’t (he always asks before eating something “does this have coconut oil in it?” lol), it was a nice change of pace like you said to have a treat without coconut oil.

      I hope you like it and thanks for the comments ;)

  • Sarah

    Hi there! I am allergic to nuts. What do you suggest substituting for the cashew butter? :)

    • Karielyn

      Hi Sarah! I haven’t tried this but I bet some sunflower seed butter would work good with this recipe.

      I hope that works so you can make and enjoy them ;)

  • Laurie

    Do you think coconut butter would work? Or almond butter? Thanks!

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Laurie! I’m thinking the coconut butter wouldn’t work very well so I would go with the almond butter and it should be fine. You could even use peanut butter, which I’ve done before, and I liked that just as much.

      Thanks for the question and I hope you enjoy them ;)

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