Are you like me and have a hankering for a small square of chocolate after dinner and after you've put the kids to sleep?  This fudge is absolutely delicious and so easy to make without any fancy equipment.  They keep for months in the fridge so all you have to do is pull a square out to satisfy your chocolate craving in the healthiest way possible!  Increase the cayenne to 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon, or to your preferred 'heat' if you would like to turn this recipe into chilli chocolate fudge.  I love to add a few drops of peppermint, or orange food grade organic essential oil to really kick things up a notch!

Ingredients

(Makes 30 Pieces of Fudge)

2 Cups (208g) Cacao Powder (Sifted)
1 Cup (222g) Melted Cacao Butter (2 Cups shaved, then melted bain marie style)
1/2 Cup (135g) Almond Butter (or your favourite nut butter)
1 Cup (164g) Pistachios (or your favourite nuts, or seeds)

3/4 Cup (252g) Coconut Nectar (or your favourite liquid sweetener)
1 tsp (5g) Vanilla Bean powder 

12 Drops Vanilla Liquid Stevia (or add 3 more Tbsps of your favourite liquid sweetener)

2 tsps (10g) Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp (3g) Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt 
Pinch Cayenne (optional)
Pinch Cayenne (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl pour in melted cacao butter, vanilla powder and salt.  Whisk together until well combined.

Add to bowl, all wet ingredients, vanilla extract, coconut nectar, almond butter and liquid stevia.  Whisk together until well combined and there are no lumps.

Add to bowl, sifted cacao powder and pistachios and whisk until all ingredients are well combined.  Add in cayenne (optional).  Use your hands to work the dough.  Consistency is a thick fudge dough.

If liquid begins to harden (depending on room temperature) soften using bain marie style and continue with the recipe.  

Prepare a 9 Inch square pan with removable bottom lined with parchment paper, or 2 sheets of plastic wrap overlapping.  Press fudge dough firmly into the pan and place into the freezer for 30 min - 1 hour to set up.

Remove fudge from the freezer.  Lift out of pan and transfer to a cutting board.  Slice fudge vertically then horizontally into pieces, or into desired shape.  

Enjoy this decadent low glycemic chocolate treat!  

Variations:  Try adding in a few drops of food grade essential oils such as peppermint, or lavender, or orange for a totally different take on this classic fudge recipe.  You can also try swapping out the pistachios for dried cherries, or your favourite dried fruits, or try and fruit and nut combination.  Yummy!

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