Yes, this sugar-free, healthy chickpea fudge recipe is real, and yes, it is everything you could possibly hope or wish a healthy chickpea fudge recipe topped with chocolate could ever be.
I met the lovely Saszali sisters, from Saszali Chocolates and I instantly knew that these girls were the business, because their business just happens to involve flavoured truffles and all sorts of other incredible deliciousness that you can find over on their blog. I must warn you, their blog will make you want to make things… fancy things… delicious things… things you never thought you would ever be able to make, like chickpea fudge, for example.
Before I get into the recipe part of this, you need to know the level of health that is happening here. Usually, fudge is not something you would associate with eating healthily, rather its something you stash in your basket while you’re waiting to pay at the till and guiltily hide it under some broccoli to try and make yourself feel better. Not this fudge, these guys are sugar-free and full of goodness like coconut oil, raw cacao powder and honey.
If you don’t already know this, coconut oil is pretty much a miracle ingredient and helps with everything from improving digestive functions to making your hair nice and silky smooth if you use it as a hair mask. Raw cacao (tell that voice in your head to read it as kak-ow) has some incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing benefits too. You want this in your life because anti-oxidants stabilize and ultimately destroy things called free radicals, in your tissue and cells. Free radicals are formed when your body breaks down environmental toxins, and can cause damage to your cells by interfering with cell membranes, DNA and altering other cell components. A build up of free radicals can accelerate aging, increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Seeing as we haven’t worked out the secret to immortality, sneaking some cacao into your diet in the form of chickpea fudge seems like a pretty good idea.
How to make delicious happen:
Chickpea fudge layer
1 tin cooked and drained chickpeas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter * this recipe is only sugar free if you use sugar-free peanut butter, obviously. My favorite at the moment is this one from Woolies.
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut milk
1/4 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp coconut oil
5 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
Chickpea fudge layer
1.Line a dish (approximately 26 cm x 16cm) with cling wrap. Set aside.
2.Remove the skins from the chickpeas – this is the only time consuming part of this recipe, my advice is to put on some nice music and shake your booty while you do this, it’s super fun and NOT weird, I promise. I soaked the chickpeas in some warm water and shook them around with my hands until the skins came loose. Get festive with it and pretend you are scratch patching it up like the good old days.
3.Blend the chickpeas in a food processor and add the peanut butter, coconut milk, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Blend it together until it forms a smooth paste.
4.Pour the mixture into the dish and place it in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours to set.
5.Heat the coconut oil and honey and whisk in the cocoa powder and pinch of salt.
6.Pour over the chickpea fudge (once it has already set) and place in the freezer for 10 minutes
7. Remove the fudge from the tray and cut it into bite size chunks.
8. Enjoy this gift you have made for yourself, and remember a gift of deliciousness like this must be used wisely.
PS, their chickpea stacking game is much MUCH stronger than mine that is why I used their photo in my cover photo, because really, it’s just way better 🙂