Raw Acai Fudge that’s Made with 3 Chocolate-Free Vegan Ingredients

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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:

Navitas Naturals Acai PowderAcai 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.

Acai Fudge

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.

Raw Acai Fudge
 
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I've made a few tweaks, but stayed true to Julie's recipe. The photo was shared with us by Navitas. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Allow time for refrigeration.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 generous squares
Ingredients
  • ½ cup acai powder
  • 4 to 5 large pitted medjool dates*
  • 1 tablespoon melted food-grade cacao butter or or coconut butter
Instructions
  1. 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.)
  2. Flatten the mixture into a large one inch thick rectangle. Cover and refrigerate it for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the acai fudge into small squares and enjoy. For best results, keep it refrigerated.
Notes
*These dates should be as soft and juicy as possible, if dates are drier, soak in water for 20 minutes prior to using in the recipe. If the fudge is still too dry, add a extra water, a teaspoon at a time, to get to a better consistency. If fudge is too wet, add additional acai.

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]
 

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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