This is a simple recipe for some heart “healthy” fudge. I know you are thinking “how can fudge be healthy”, right? Let’s take a look at some of the healthy ingredients in this fudge.

Raw cacao powder is considered a super food. Cacao is loaded with manganese, copper, potassium, zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium. These nutrients may contribute to normal bone health and healthy immune function. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present. The precise blend of all these elements combined serve to kick in naturally occurring phytochemicals that have incredible benefits throughout the body, such as lowered LDL cholesterol, improved heart function, and reduced cancer risk. I use the Sunfood brand. They use organic cacao beans, which have never been genetically modified. They use a cold-pressing process that reduces the fat content of the cacao. This allows the beans to be ground down to a fine, richly flavored, easy-to-use powder. This low temperature process allows the delicate nutrients to be preserved.

Coconut oil is beneficial to heart health. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats. The saturated fats in coconut oil may increase “good” HDL cholesterol in your body, but also help convert the “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form. Coconut oil may protect against heart disease.

Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Studies show that polyphenols in honey may play a role in preventing heart disease.

Walnuts contain minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. Walnuts also contain the following vitamins: vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin A. Carotenoids found in walnuts include beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Scientific studies prove that the inclusion of walnuts in any diet helps prevent coronary heart disease by favoring a healthy lipid supply. Consumption of walnuts lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL).  Daily consumption of 25 grams of walnuts would provide 90% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of essential fatty acids, which in turn lowers the risk of high blood pressure and heart diseases.

This is a super easy recipe for healthy fudge; we enjoy one piece every day after dinner. In my recipes, I want to share how easy it is to use whole foods to nourish our bodies, while sharing how healthy the ingredients are to our bodies. By eating a whole-food diet, avoiding as much processed food as possible, we can restore health and wellness to our lives. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you try the fudge and how you like it. If you want to receive future posts directly, subscribe to the blog. I don’t share emails with any other sources.

Ingredients for Heart-healthy fudge

Yummy heart-healthy fudge

Heart-Healthy Fudge Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 35 one-inch squares

Serving Size: one-inch square

Calories per serving: 102

Heart-Healthy Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Line a small dish with parchment paper. My dish was approximately 5" x 7". Set aside.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small sauce pan, add the honey (or maple syrup), and stir till combined. Don't let the mixture go above 110 degrees. This will protect the nutrients of the raw honey. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and sea salt until very smooth.
  4. Pour mixture in to the prepared dish. Sprinkle the walnuts on top and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. The fudge can be stored up to two weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long).

Notes

This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free.

http://www.chroniclesinhealth.com/index.php/2017/03/08/heart-healthy-fudge-recipe/

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Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits#2

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-walnuts

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/cacao.html

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