So, I’m kicking healthy eating up a notch at our house and trying harder than ever to provide my family with real food, whole food, clean eating food – whatever you want to call it.
My strategy, in addition to cooking with better ingredients and making them eat more fruits and veggies, is to provide more sweets. Yes, sweets.
You see, I think that if they can see that eating real foods isn’t all deprivation and hippie food (as my Charming # 1 son calls it), then they will more likely jump on board.
Also, we are on day six of being snowbound, and I’d cover a wasps’s nest in chocolate and eat it if it came to that. But fortunately it did not.
Behold HIPPIE FOOD FUDGE…
1 cup natural peanut butter.
1/4 cup coconut oil (maybe a little more)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (give or take 1/2 a cup)
1/2 -1 cup maple syrup or honey (I used maple syrup)
1/2 cups nuts (optional)
Okay, I know that Skippy Natural isn’t ideal. I need that peanut butter that you get from the bulk dispenser at the health food store. But since there was a massive ice and snow storm approaching and the nearest such dispenser is 60 miles away, I had to work with what I had. Same goes with the non-organic maple syrup. Still, I feel pretty good about these ingredients – at least better than I would about marshmallow fluff or sweetened condensed milk.
So, plop all the above ingredients into a sauce pan or microwave safe bowl and heat until everything is melted and stirs together smoothly.
I actually leave a little visible swirling of peanut butter and chocolate, but that’s just a personal preference.
Next, pour the luscious mixture into an 8×8 baking dish. I lined mine with wax paper.
Pop that into the fridge for a couple of hours and viola!…
Another option for is to pour the mixture into lined mini-muffin tins. When I did this I put the pan in the freezer to make the candy set up even better.
Quick disclaimer: I’m a bit of a plop, pinch and dash kind of baker. I’m also a huge taste-as-I-go kind of cooker. But this is not a souffle. Measurements needn’t be exact. To be sure your batch of Hippy Food Fudge has the right ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, I recommend keeping a glass of milk and an few extra spoons on hand while preparing this yummy treat. I find I sometimes have to taste and adjust as I go. Oh! The sacrifices I make for my children!
I’m not claiming Hippy Food Fudge is a health food, but it’s not without some healthy benefits. We all know that chocolate is good for you. Peanut butter is a great source of protein. Coconut oil is practically a superfood. And as it turns out, maple syrup is a nutritious wonder!
So, the next time you or your children want to really indulge, just whip up a batch of Hippy Food Fudge and feel great about not feeling guilty!