NO-COOK VEGAN FUDGE
- 1/2 cup coconut butter*
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter**
- 2 small ripe bananas, cut into one-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder*** or regular cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, roughly five minutes or so.
- Use a spatula to pour the mixture into a flat, sealable container.
- Place the container in the freezer. The fudge needs to be super cold in order to retain its shape, so I find that it’s best to store the fudge in the freezer. If you store it in the fridge, it will have a semi-solid mousse-like texture.
- *To make your own coconut butter, pulse 8 ounces of shredded, unsweetened coconut in a food processor until smooth, which will take 8 to 12 minutes. Please note that 8 ounces of coconut will yield 1 cup of coconut butter, which is twice what you need for the recipe. I recommend 8 ounces because I have not had any luck making smaller batches in my food processor; too many flakes stick to the side. Perhaps a very smaller food processor could do the job. If you make 8 ounces’ worth, you can save 1/2 cup of coconut butter for later (it’s great on quick breads, muffins and more), or you can double the batch and toss twice the remaining ingredients into the food processor after making the coconut butter. Just pour the mixture into a bigger container and refrigerate/freeze as directed.
- **Use raw peanut butter (here’s how to make your own) if you want truly raw fudge.
- ***Cacao powder is ground from raw cacao beans. It is not as processed as regular cocoa powder, which means that it is higher in antioxidants and nutrients and also tastes more intense than cocoa powder. You should be able to find a bag of it at your local health store or in bulk online. It’s great in smoothies, too.