Twenty years ago hardly anyone would have recognized a single product on the Navitas Naturals website, aside from perhaps the cashews. But now, it reads like a who’s who of superfoods. Goji, maca, chia, and one I had the pleasure of trying, Organic Acai Powder.
To start, here are a few facts about Acai from Navitas:
Acai is a small, dark purple berry which is the fruit of a native South American palm tree.
Nutritionally, acai is considered a true antioxidant powerhouse, and is loaded with healthy monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The berries are also a great source of vitamin C, and posses many other micronutrients including polyphenols and flavonoids.
On its own, the flavor doesn’t wow, but in this choclate-free acai fudge, it was amazing. This acaid fudge was wonderfully sweet, and surprisingly fudgy … without a bit of chocolate added. I was in shock.
I enjoyed it so much that I made a second batch. On the second go around, I added an ounce of ground cashews (also from Navitas) to mellow the sweetness and up that fudgy texture, and I also added a handful of their Cacao Nibs. Both batches were delightful.
Special Diet Notes: Raw Acai Fudge
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.
- ½ cup acai powder
- 4 to 5 large pitted medjool dates*
- 1 tablespoon melted food-grade cacao butter or or coconut butter
- Put the acai powder, dates, and cacao butter or coconut butter in a food processor. Process until the dates are fully incorporated with the acai. (If you don't have a food processor, you can actually mash the ingredients by hand once the dates are nice and softened.)
- Flatten the mixture into a large one inch thick rectangle. Cover and refrigerate it for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Cut the acai fudge into small squares and enjoy. For best results, keep it refrigerated.
Alisa's Optional Add-Ins: Add 1 ounce of ground cashews and/or some sweet cacao nibs [I broke the larger nibs up, but you can leave them whole]