Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

I live down the street from this really amazing French bakery which I have to pass by two times a day.

The downfall? This means that two times every day I have to resist the amazing smells coming from this place and not think about chocolate croissants.

Chocolate croissants, people. Do you know what kind of mental willpower that takes?! Don’t even get me started.

When it comes to willpower, I think willpower is pretty fleeting. This is why we have to plan ahead.

I mean, willpower can only do so much when you’re hungry, tired, and just want some dang chocolate already. But, if you have this energizing raw coconut maca fudge waiting for you at home? Then that chocolate croissant doesn’t look so good now, does it? (Okay, that’s a total lie. It still looks good, but you get my point here… )

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

Please note: this fudge is not intended for cats. Although, if left unsupervised, you can bet that your cat will most likely find a piece and make a mess by batting it around for awhile. Some things can’t be helped.

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

Have I told you before about how I’m not great at baking? It’s true.  It also doesn’t help matters that my oven is completely out-of-whack and likes to frequently alternate temperatures.

This is exactly why I love these raw fudge bars: no baking and no fuss. Just heat a little coconut oil, stir in some ingredients, and refrigerate.

It’s almost too easy. Almost.

Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge

So what’s the deal with maca powder? In case you’re not familiar, maca powder comes from the maca root, which has been used by Peruvian populations for centuries.  Maca powder contains a variety of phytonutrients which are said to support the body’s endocrine system.  Maca is not only used to give your body an energy boost, but it can help with chronic fatigue and low libido. Maca powder also adds a nice malty taste to recipes. Maca powder can be purchased at any health food store or ordered online through Amazon.

One of my favorite things about this fudge is that because it is made of coconut oil, these little bars literally melt in your mouth. Yum! They’re also pretty rich so I love how I feel satisfied after just eating one and don’t feel the need to overindulge. Enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Energizing Raw Coconut Maca Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt
  • Extra cacao powder for top, optional
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and mix with cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, maca powder, and shredded coconut.
  2. Line small baking dish or glass container with parchment paper and pour mixture into dish.
  3. Sprinkle sea salt and additional cacao powder (if using) over the top.
  4. Refrigerate about 1 hour, or until solid, then slice and serve.
  5. Store in the refrigerator until eating and use within 5 days.
Notes
- For a low-sugar version, reduce maple syrup and use only 2 tablespoons, or substitute with stevia as needed.
- Please know that cacao powder is slightly different than cocoa powder, but cocoa powder can also be used in this recipe.
- The smaller the baking dish or glass container, the thicker and denser these will be. (I used a 6x6 glass dish.)

 

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Comments

  1. Kathy says

    Oh thank you for this awesome recipe! These are going to be great. I am so tickled to get to see your sweet Kitty playing with one too…I am sure you know but just in case you or readers aren’t aware Chocolate in all it’s forms is poisonous to Cats. So be very careful with it. Thank you I enjoy your blog very much.

  2. says

    First of all, i want to compliment you for this great looking recipe. Tell me please, if I add more than one teaspoon of maca root, will it effect too much the taste of this fudge , as maca is known for its strong nutty taste. Do you know if in a process maca powder doesn’t lose its properties?

  3. Robyn says

    Dear Sonnet,
    I’m unaware of the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder (maybe also because English isn’t my mother tongue…) – would you mind explaining it?
    All the best and thank you for this great recipe, I’m going to try it out this afternoon!
    Robyn

  4. Nichole says

    I made these last night and they taste really good but not sure why mine came out really thin. There not nice and thick like the picture. Any ideas of what I could have done wrong?

    • Sonnet says

      Hi Nichole – yikes, this was a typo on my part. I just saw that I wrote 8×8 baking dish above and I believe the dish I used was actually 6×6. If you want your batch to be thicker, you can gentle reheat the mixture and cool it again in a smaller pan. I changed the instructions above, I’m so sorry for the confusion!

      • Nichole says

        Thank you Sonnet. Still tastes amazing even tho used wrong pan size. My husband and I love this recipe. Love your site. Glad I came across it. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Appreciate it.

  5. Yas says

    Hi! Each time I make these the maple syrup seperates to the bottom and just leaves a gloopy half with quite a flavourless solid top! Do you know why this is happening and what I can do to stop it?? Thanks!

    • Sonnet says

      Hmm, I’ve made these quite a few times and have never had this issue. That’s so strange. I just want to double check that you’re using pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff) and that it’s mixed thoroughly with the liquid coconut oil? If the coconut oil isn’t quite liquid enough I could imagine it’d be hard to mix. I wish I had more suggestions – I’m so sorry this hasn’t worked out for you! :)

    • Sonnet says

      Great question! Maca is a root vegetable and Peruvian superfood that is used to boost energy because it contains so many nutrients. This recipe calls for Maca powder, which you can find online and in health food stores. hope that helps! :)

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