Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more superfoods into my routine.
And brown superfoods like cacao into Pudge.
Pudge is my fancy name for “Paleo Fudge.”
I’m probably not the first person to come up with this, but let’s pretend that I am for a minute.
How cool am I?
Cacao is a serious superfood. Some say it’s actually the number one most nutrient dense food on the planet. It’s higher in antioxidants that goji berries and acai berries and a great source of trace minerals. It’s also a really great source of magnesium—which is probably why a lot of us crave it at “that time of the month” because magnesium is good for relaxing muscles and getting rid of cramps.
Cacao is also seriously chocolaty.
Way more chocolaty than cocoa powder.
That’s why I like to use it in raw recipes.
Like this one for Pudge or Paleo Fudge.
- 3 cups raw walnuts
- ⅔ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ cup pitted dates
- ½ cup dried figs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Soak your dates and dried figs in warm water for about 20 minutes or until mushy.
- Place your dates and figs in the food processor and pulse until they become a paste.
- Add the walnuts and continue to pulse until they are finely chopped.
- Add cacao powder, vanilla and sea salt and pulse until well mixed.
- Press into an 8x8" pan, or roll into balls and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes until nice and firm.
- (If you put them in a pan, you should cut them after they chill)
This stuff is SO delicious. The perfect after-dinner-treat.
No, really—it’s high in magnesium, so it will help you relax after a long, stressful day.