I wanted to make a pretty fudge for my holiday dessert table. As promised this one is loaded with non-heme iron from the cacao, raisins and apricots! Start with a base of almond butter and combine it with some cacao and agave. The addition of chopped apricots, dried cranberries, golden raisins and pecans make it a festive looking addition to your table!
A quick note: I originally tried to use raw honey instead of agave in this recipe. It was a good lesson in why agave is good alternative to other sweeteners. Because of the sweetness level of agave, you can use 1/4 to 1/3 the amount of other sweeteners. 2-3 tablespoons of agave gave me more sweetening power than 3/4 cup of honey.
There has been so many negative things written about agave but if you use an agave from a reputable company (my favorite is Xagave), you can trust that you are getting an organic, raw product, made from the juice of the agave cactus, by using enzymes and a slow dehydration process.
While I am sure there are sub-standard agave products on the market, there are good ones too. It is important to do your research to find out which ones are best. While I can support Xagave, as I have spoken to them and done much research on their product, I can not speak for any other agave product. I would suggest that if you want to know how a particular company is making their agave, you contact them and ask. If they are not willing to give you the information, reconsider using it. (note: I do not receive any advertising money from Xagave, I just love the product).
- 1 recipe almond butter, recipe here: Almond Butter (1 1/4 cups)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried golden raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Make almond butter.
2. Mix in cacao, agave nectar and coconut oil.
3. Mix in dried cranberries, apricots, raisins, and pecans.
4. Press into 8 x 8 pan and refrigerate until set. Cut into 1 inch squares.
Makes 64, 1-inch pieces.