During the time of year when cookies are plentiful, date fudge is a healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth During the time of year when cookies are plentiful, date fudge is a healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth Israeli Kitchen During the time of year when cookies are plentiful, date fudge is a healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth. (Photo: Anna Norris)

Healthy date fudge

Dense, sweet and oh-so-chocolatey – all of your favorite things about fudge, without the guilt.

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  • Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 small squares
  • Level: Easy
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

With the holidays around the corner, we're often inundated with sugary sweet recipes for festive treats. But a healthy and sweet dessert is easier than you think! All it requires is a food processor and a little patience.

With a low glycemic index, dates are a great substitute for other sweeteners. They not only satisfy your sugar craving, but they also keep you satiated longer than palm sugar does.

Date paste and date honey are easy to incorporate in any dessert. This recipe focuses on processing dates into a paste and adding a few key ingredients for a delicious, chocolatey after-dinner bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 30 min
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

Remove the pits from the dates with a knifeRemoving the pits from dates is easy. Just slice along the center and pop out the pit! (Photo: Anna Norris)

First, you'll want to make sure your dates are pitted and soaked in warm water for about 30 minutes, so they are easier to process. You'll need to melt the coconut oil as well.

Next, grease a brownie pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper.

Combine ingredients in food processor until smoothCombine all ingredients until the consistency is smooth, resembling the appearance of a brownie batter. (Photo: Anna Norris)

Combine everything in a food processor. Start with the dates and melted coconut oil, pulsing for about 10 seconds until you have a smooth base to work with, and then add in the other ingredients. Go ahead and taste it! You may want more cocoa powder. To make the fudge even sweeter, add a little honey or maple syrup to taste.

Carefully press the mixture in the pan and top with whatever nuts, seeds, sprinkles or chocolate chips you desire.

Place in freezer for 1 hour or until firm.

Cut and serve! Make the squares as big or small as you like. I prefer smaller, two-bite squares.

Healthy date fudge will satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday seasonWhether you eat it plain or topped with mini dark chocolate chips, this date fudge is the perfect amount of sweet. (Photo: Anna Norris)

Freeze leftovers immediately! This fudge can get a little messy when left at room temperature.

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