No-Sugar-Added Coconut-Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

No-Sugar-Added Coconut-Chocolate Fudge

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If you follow my Things I Love Thursday posts, you may recall my recent shout-out to A Real Food Lover, whose Raw Coconut Fudge recipe made me swoon.

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 Coconut-Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

No-Sugar-Added Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.
  2. Line your dish dish with parchment paper.
  3. Press fudge into pan.
  4. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Enjoy!
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Do you eat after working out?

Do you use pumpkin in your sweet recipes?

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15 thoughts on “No-Sugar-Added Coconut-Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

  1. Yum that sounds so good! I wish I had a food processor!

    I always have a protein shake/smoothie after working out. I havent used pumpkin before in sweet recipes, but I’ve read so many yummy recipes with it in it that I have to try it soon!

  2. oh.my.goodness. this looks immense. I’ve never actually made pumpkin as a sweet, but totally love it roasted and savoury. After my workouts I usually come home and have a meal, or make a ginormous shake depending on the time of day. But this would be a great change up to my normal post-workout eats

  3. I am making a (may I say delicious!) pumpkin soup tonight so I am definitely going to set some aside for this recipe! I’m trying to find things that fit within my food and I think with a bit of shuffling I can totally fit this in (I WILL fit it in!). There are so many great recipes around, I am finally getting the hang of how I am trying to eat but even more excited about how I can find sneaky but good ways to have tasty things (especially chocolate).

      1. Made it, kind of as I didn’t have some of the ingredients and so substituted, but it was delicious! So hard to not eat every bit of it in one go! I’ll definitely keep an eye on future recipes 🙂

  4. Ah this is killing me – amazing fudge! Yes, I do eat after a workout – especially a strength workout – but with something more cardio intense like a run, my body tends to need about 30 mins or so to calm down. Back home it’s so hot that usually you can only run before sun comes up around 6am (I am NOT an early bird!) or just before it goes down, between about 6-7pm. So I would always go for a run and come home and my parents would have dinner on the table. I always begged off for about a half hour. I just couldn’t face food right away! But sure enough, 30 minutes later I’m STARVING. lol Our bodies are pretty cool I think 🙂

    1. I’ve always found that so interesting, too! How after a run, I can’t eat anything for a long time… but after a swim in cold water, I’m STARVING. I read once that hunger after being cold (vs. non-hunger after running/sweating) is, as we suspect, directly related to our body’s cool-down mechanism, which is why once we cool down from that run, that intense hunger kicks in! Definitely pretty cool stuff to learn about 🙂

      1. It is! I also read that right after something really taxing like a hard run, the messages our body sends to tell us that we’re hungry are distracted, as they are too busy telling our muscles to repair, which is why the hunger is a bit delayed. We are very complex! haha

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