I don’t know about you but, with all the stress going on with covid 19 quarantine, I have been struggling with emotional eating. I have been trying to keep healthier options around for better choices. This Chocolate Mint Fudge Squares recipe really filled the bill for me. Normally I don’t follow a recipe for this one but, since several people have asked me for a recipe, I thought I would put together some basic directions. It’s an easy one to change up in all kinds of ways.
I make several flavors of low carb fudge using coconut butter or nut butter as the base. This one is chocolate mint squares. I added cocoa butter to this recipe to make it set up firmer, like a candy bar. I usually do that when I am using chocolate.
Chocolate Mint Fudge Squares
Coconut Butter Base
1 cup raw coconut butter Sometimes I use coconut manna. I think it’s the same thing. Not sure. 😉
2 ounces cream cheese
3 TBS monk fruit or other natural sweetener of choice
Several drops liquid stevia
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces cocoa butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Other essential oil flavors that go well with chocolate: cinnamon, orange, tangerine, lemon
I always mix 2 sweeteners. I tend to prefer less sweetness so I taste to get the level of sweet I like. Add more sweetener so get the level of sweetness you like.
In a mixing bowl, add coconut butter (or other nut butter) and cream cheese. Let it sit at room temperature until softened.
Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.
Melt the cocoa butter and slowly pour it into the coconut mixture. Mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into 8 inch square pan lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate for an hour or so when using cocoa butter. This allows easier cutting into squares.
I slice the fudge in long strips, then, cut the first strip into squares. Next, with scissors, cut the parchment paper so the fudge stays sitting on the paper. Repeat with all the strips. This allows them to be stacked in a container in the fridge.
Return to the fridge until its completely set.
Use peanut butter or other nut butters using this same recipe. Chocolate peanut butter fudge is another really tasty treat.