Before kids, my husband and I lived in Ireland and made many life-long, dear Irish friends. After we left Ireland we backpacked through South America where we decided to ‘just get married.’ Now when you’re travelling, you have no idea what the date is, so we were really thrilled when we realised that we just happen to share our vows on St. Patricks Day (a lovely co-incidence).
So given today’s double special occasion, I thought I should share another of my favourite treats, a raw Mint Chocolate Fudge that I can’t make too often because I just can’t stop eating it! This green delight is for all my nearest and dearest Irish mates too – Happy St. Patricks Day.
Why is it healthy?
Macadamia Nuts contain numerous health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness. They are a great source of protein, fibre and essential fats (and are my favourite tasting nut). The health benefits of coconut I’ve written about here and coconut oil here. A little spinach adds anther source of plant-based nutrition and is a wonderful natural ‘green’ colouring.
160 gram (2 cups) desiccated coconut
300gram (2 cups) macadamia nuts
10-15 drops food grade peppermint oil (I used DoTerra) – I like a strong minty flavour, but you can adjust this to suit your taste by adding and tasting.
85 grams (¼ cup) sweetener (rice malt syrup or coconut nectar)
Handful of baby spinach leaves, stalks removed (optional)
200 gram (1 cup) raw cacao butter OR raw, extra virgin coconut oil (or a combination of 100 gram of each), melted. I used 100% coconut oil for this slice. You could also just melt dark chocolate if you’d prefer.
30 grams (⅓ cup) cacao powder
2-4 tablespoons of brown rice syrup (you can adjust the sweetness to your taste)
Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener.
Cashew nuts work well too.
No Mint oil
You can sub peppermint essence or even fresh mint to replace the spinach (I haven’t recipe tested this, but keen to next time I make it).
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