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… )
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- Melt coconut oil and mix with cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, maca powder, and shredded coconut.
- Line small baking dish or glass container with parchment paper and pour mixture into dish.
- Sprinkle sea salt and additional cacao powder (if using) over the top.
- Refrigerate about 1 hour, or until solid, then slice and serve.
- Store in the refrigerator until eating and use within 5 days.
- 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.)