I’ve been seeing raw desserts around the blogosphere for a while now and am kind of late in joining in on this remarkable food trend. I finally made the first raw dessert recipe I ever saved after I started seeing it in varied forms on other blogs. And I was blown. away. I’ve made other raw desserts since, and these are still my favorite.
These things are called Cocoa Nibbles on the blog I nabbed them from, but I think Katie’s name for them, Fudge Babies (same ingredients, slightly different recipe), is much more apt. Because they really do have the consistency of fudge! And they’re healthy. Gluten-free. Fruit-sweetened with no added sugars. Vegan. Simple. Easy. Perfect for a summer treat because there’s no cooking involved, and they’re served cold. And did I already say they’re amazing?
Printable recipe with picture
½ cup raw cashews (or any other nut you love)
1 ¼ cups Medjool dates, chopped
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Optional add ins: vanilla, 6 leaves mint, chopped; ¼ – ½ tsp chili flakes; 1 tbsp chopped candied ginger; 1 tbsp raw cocoa nibs; 2 tsp freshly grated orange rind; ½ tsp cinnamon, or play with other spices of your choice
In a food processor, process the nuts, dates and cocoa until you have what looks like a fine meal. Sprinkle with optional add-ins, if using, and continue to process until the mixture comes together as a ball that rolls around the edge of the processor bowl. The “dough” is ready when, if you pinch some and press it between your fingers, it sticks together readily and looks a bit shiny. (If you are using regular dates, the mixture might be too dry to produce this type of dough, in which case you can sprinkle up to 2 teaspoons water and proceed as above).
Pull off pieces of dough and roll into truffle-like balls, placing on a plate. Go ahead and eat one while they’re room temperature and give a little sigh of pleasure. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours or overnight. They are much better cold, as they firm up considerably and will attain the texture of a dense fudge.
Makes 16 fudge babies
Per fudge baby: 61 calories; 2 g fat; 12 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g fiber; 1 g protein; 2 Points Plus
Recipe source: slightly tweaked from The Copycat Cook, while the name came from Chocolate-Covered Katie, who uses a similar recipe.