What's all the FUDGE about!? (Faoiste Folláin)
Ever hear the phrase "You can't have your cake and eat it too"?
In life there are always occasions with sweet treats around-Birthdays, Halloween, Christmas, Weddings Christenings to name a few. We are bombarded by variety and special offers in shops, cinemas, restaurants, even the office/school vending machine!
Many people fall into an 'all or nothing' approach. This is where they are really strict on themselves for most of the time but in occasional moments of weakness they feel that they go over board and over indulge. In fact THIS is one of the key faults of restrictive diets. Restrictive diets may seem to work initially but eventually the individual ends up caving in. Research shows that these feelings of guilt and failure as a result of giving in to cravings can lead to vicious cycles of yo-yo dieting. Years of life are wasted by many (especially women) by this hectic lifestyle.
So rather than trying to constantly run away from the less healthy treats such as sweets, crisps, cake, chocolate (because they are ALWAYS around) a more valuable approach might to be to learn how to have a balanced relationship with food.
The 80:20 rule is one such approach whereby you learn to eat healthy 80% of the time so that when you have your treats 20% of the time, they won't make a significant difference to your weight/health.
My recipe for a healthy fudge below is actually quite nutritious but also delicious. There is no added sugars, only a natural liquid sweetener.
It contains the all and mighty cacao (cocoa) which is rich in iron, calcium, Vitamin C, some caffeine for an energy lift and theobromine which helps to release serotonin. Serotonin is our happy hormone which may be one of the reasons why chocolate makes us feel so happy!!
It literally takes minutes to make, very little effort and is a creative gift to bring to any occasion without the expense of boxes of chocolates/biscuits!
So you CAN have your cake and eat it. Enjoy!!!!
EAT YOUR CAKE FUDGE!!!
Makes 12x15g cubes
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
-240g Nut butter (eg.almond/cashew/peanut/hazelnut)
('Fiona's Nutterly Nutritious' Nut butters are FAB flavours for making FUDGE. Click on pic for details)
-2 tablespoons 100% cocoa powder
-3 tablespoons Maple/Agave/Date syrup or honey (natural liquid sweetener)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add in your own favourite ingredients to make it like you like it!! Here are a few ideas:
Pecan Pie=Omit cocoa. Add pecans, blitzed dates. Use cashew nut butter.
Snickers=Use blended dates to give a caramel flavour. Add in with peanuts. Coat in melted dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa).
Bounty=Use desiccated coconut instead of cocoa. Use a mixture of coconut & cashew nut butter. Coat in melted dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa).
Cherry Bake well= Use almond flour instead of cocoa. Blitz dried cherries and use almond butter.
Banoffee Pie= Omit cocoa. Use blitzed dates as caramel (& sweetener). Add banana and pecans. Top with melted dark chocolate.
Add crunch: Quinoa/Rice cereals, nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs
Add chew: Goji berries, Dried fruits, oats
Method to my madness:
1.Line small tin with parchment paper/cling film.
2.Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
3. Pour into prepared tin.
4. Freeze for 20 minutes or until solid.
5. Slice into cubes. EAT YOUR CAKE AND ENJOY IT!!
Refrigerate/freeze leftovers as it can melt at room temperature.
Faoiste Folláin AS GAEILGE:
-4 spúnóg bhoird ola chnó cócó leáite
-240g im almóinní
-2 spúnóg bhoird 100% púdar cócó (gan siúcra sa bhreis)
-3 spúnóg bhoird meala (nó síoróip mhailpe/agave)
- 1 taespúnóg fanaile
-Gráinne salainn (roghnach)
1. Ullmhaítear stán beaga le scannán cumhdaithe.
2. Measc na comhábhair ar fad le chéile.
3. Cuirtear an meascán isteach sa stán agus ansin isteach sa reoiteoir ar feadh 20 nóiméad.
4. Nuair a bhí an meascán soladach, tóg amach é ón reoiteoir agus gearr ina ciúbanna é.
Baint taitneamh as!!!! Coinnigh na faoiste fágtha sa cuisneoir/reiteoir.