Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge with Fresh Berries

½ C natural almond butter*

½ C coconut oil

¼ C raw cocoa powder

1/3 C agave nectar or maple syrup**

Approx. 100g berries, sliced***

Salt to taste (optional)

 

    1. Allow all your ingredients to come to room temperature for easy mixing.

    2. Mix the almond butter, coconut oil, cocoa and agave in a medium sized bowl until smooth and well combined.

    3. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap or wax paper.

    4. Grind a pinch of salt over the mixture (optional) and lightly press fresh berries on the top of the mixture. Let the fudge set in the freezer for about 2 hours.

    5. Take out the mixture by lifting the plastic wrap out of the loaf pan. Cut into equal squares and serve!

*You can also use peanut butter for a less expensive desert, but the almond butter is recommended as it makes a significant difference in taste.
**Honey would also work if you are not vegan, but agave nectar is recommended. Agave can be found in the health section of most supermarkets or in health stores.

*** Any fresh berries will work here. I prefer strawberries and raspberries.

Even though this recipe is a treat, it is a wonderful way to increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet!
Just because coconut oil is considered a fat, doesn’t make it bad for you at all. There are more benefits to consuming coconut oil than you may realise. Saturated fat is an essential nutrient that the body needs in order to maintain healthy cellular function.

Coconut oil consists of 92% saturated fat, of which more than half of those fats are short term medium-chain saturated fats (MCFAs). MCFAs are metabolized much differently than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs), and contrary to most mainstream medical advice, MCFAs do not raise cholesterol levels. This fat has actually been proven to reduce chances of heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Studies have also shown that MCFAs helps boost metabolism, stimulates weight loss and protects the body from insulin resistance. This is because MCFAs are very easily digested and they are quickly converted into energy. They also do not spike blood sugar levels as insulin is not needed to help digest the oil. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

The good quality fats in coconut oil are more satisfying than carbohydrates and consuming these helps to fight sugar cravings. Constant cravings and hunger is a way in which your body tells you that it isn’t fed correctly. With the right amounts of healthy plant-based fats and proteins, along with enough complex carbohydrates, you can fuel your body and energy reserves properly.