I was super-eager to make it, but I didn’t have any sweet potatoes on hand. Being a frugalista, I decided to make do with what I had, rather than taking an extra trip to the store. What I had was pumpkin! Used in place of the sweet potato, it worked perfectly. And what’s most amazing? It doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all! It tastes like sweet, delicious, coconut-chocolate fudge!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin is one of those amazing foods that I overlook too often. It has tons of vitamin A, which helps your eye health (think carrots) and boosts your immune system. It’s loaded with carotenoids, which fight off free radicals and keep your skin glowing and young-looking. It’s high in magnesium, which I’ve talked about before: a crucial mineral for regeneration and relaxation. It’s also high in potassium, which also helps regulate and rebalance your body after a long and hard workout.
Add to that the essential fatty acids of coconut oil, which help the body recover in dozens of different ways, and raw cocoa powder, which has several times more antioxidants than blueberries, and you’ve got…
THE PERFECT POST-WORKOUT SNACK. Yes!!!
Of course, it’s also the perfect post-dinner dessert, or the perfect sweet breakfast treat, or the perfect … anytime fudge :-)
You can eliminate the shredded coconut, or do as A Real Food Lover did and sprinkle it on top instead of mixing it in. I liked the texture of it all blended together, though. If you make this, I’d love to hear about your own variations!
No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin, canned or cooked and pureed
- 1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash of sea salt
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.
- Line your dish dish with parchment paper.
- Press fudge into pan.
- Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Enjoy!
Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.
Do you eat after working out?
Do you use pumpkin in your sweet recipes?