Day 6 ~ 7-day Desserts and Snacks Challenge ~ Orange Chocolate Fudge

orang choc fudgeHave you ever had orange flavoured chocolate? I know that the combination may sounds a little strange at first, but trust me when I say that the bright, clean and crisp flavours of citrus really adds a special sparkle to the natural earthiness of chocolate.

These fudge squares are much easier to make than traditional fudge, and does not require a candy thermometer or precise temperatures. All you need to do is melt a little chocolate, blend a few other ingredients, mix and you’re good to go!

I know that the instructions tell you to wait until this glorious mixture is cooled and set before consuming, but if you are a little too impatient to wait for that, we will understand.

Orange Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups dry shredded coconut
  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 orange, zested then peeled
  • 2 cups Fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

1. Line 6×6 baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Place cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and cinnamon powder in a bowl and combine. Zest orange zest into cocoa powder mixture. Peel orange and discard the peel.

3. Place coconut in high speed blender and blend until a smooth butter forms. Add your peeled orange and dates. Continue to blend until well combined. Add to your cocoa powder mixture

4. Place a small pot with 1-2 inches of water over high heat. Place a glass or metal bowl over the pot, making sure that the water does not touch the bowl. Add chocolate chips and almond milk and melt chocolate until fully melted. Stir melted chocolate into coconut orange date mixture.

5. Mix well then transfer to lined baking dish. Place in freezer for a few hours. Slice and enjoy!

6. Makes 1 6×6 baking dish worth. Can be frozen for several months.

Day 4 ~ 7-Day Dessert and Snack Challenge ~ Simple Raw Apricot Crumble

Simple Raw Apricot Crumble
Simple Raw Apricot Crumble ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

Baking can be fun, but sometimes you just want a simple dessert that comes together quickly and does not require that you heat up the whole house by turning the oven on. If you are in a warmer climate or it is still summer weather where you are right now, I have a feeling you are going to really enjoy todays recipe.

This crumble takes advantage of the natural sweetness of dates and fresh apricots or peaches to create a stunning dessert that will take you less time to make than it would for you to preheat your oven. You can also use peaches, plums, pears, nectarines or even thinly sliced apples in this recipe if you do not have access to fresh apricots. Get creative and have fun with this one!
Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup Fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 tbsp dried shredded coconut
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 7-8 apricots, pitted and diced or 2-3 large peaches
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

1. Place ½ cup dates, 2 tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 pinch salt and 1 apricot in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture over remaining chopped apricots, toss and set aside.

2. Place walnuts in a blender or food processor and pulse a few times to chop. Add your remaining dates and pulse until a sticky mixture forms.

3. Remove date walnut mixture from blender or food processor and place in a bowl. Add coconut, remaining maple syrup, remaining vanilla, remaining cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Combine with your hands.

4. Crumble date walnut mixture over apricot mixture. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

5. Makes 4-6 portions – can be frozen for 1-2 months if well sealed.

 

Day 3 ~ 7-Day Desserts and Snacks Challenge ~ Hot Fudge Sundae (Makes 1 serving)

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Banana Sundae ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

Is there anything more decadent than a warm, chocolate sauce drizzled over cool, sweet, creamy ice cream? Today’s dessert is going to have you licking your bowl clean – and don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

The sauce for this recipe is super fudgy and will have you forgetting all about the sugar and chemical filled chocolate sauces of your past. And you may even discover that you enjoy the way banana ice cream makes you feel so much more than the way regular ice cream makes you feel, that you make it a permanent fixture in your life!

When I was first transitioning towards a whole food diet, I actually ate banana ice cream with a different sauce every night for about six months, and never got tired of it! I am sure that you are going to love it was much as I do.

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas – 2 frozen, 1 fresh
  • 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut or cacao butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts of choice

Directions: 

1. Place two frozen bananas in a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches a creamy ice cream texture. Transfer to a bowl and allow to set in the freezer while you make fudge sauce.

2. Place cacao or cocoa or carob powder, coconut or cacao butter, maple syrup, salt and vanilla into a blender and blend until smooth. The friction from the blending should heat your sauce.

3. Slice your fresh banana in half the long way. Place in a dish. Scoop ice cream in between the sliced banana, top with your sauce and chopped nuts

Day 2 ~ 7-Day Snack and Dessert Challenge ~ Toasted Coconut Truffles

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Chocolate Toasted Coconut Truffles ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

In our world, you should be able to have your chocolate and have your health too! These toasted coconut chocolate truffles are just what the doctor ordered if you are looking for something dense and satisfying that won’t totally weigh you down.

You may also be pleasantly surprised how flavourful these truffles are even tough they only contain 5 simple everyday ingredients. Enjoy these with a nice cup of tea at the end of your day, or as a pick me up snack during your day, or both!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dried shredded coconut
  • 3 cups Fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • cacao or cocoa or carob powder to coat

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place coconut in an even layer on baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes or until coconut is brown and toasted. Be sure to watch it as it can go from brown to black in a very short time!

2. Remove coconut from the oven and transfer to a high speed blender or food processor. Blend with coconut oil until a smooth butter forms.

3. Add pitted chopped Fresh dates and process again until thick mixture forms. It is OK if the dates don’t get full blended in, having a few date pieces in your truffles can be tasty!

4. Remove mixture from blender and let cool in the fridge for 15 minutes.

5. Roll your mixture into 1 inch balls and coat in cacao, cocoa or carob powder.

6. Place on lined baking tray and cool in the freezer or enjoy as they are!