Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#Healthy Fudge #Recipe

Two weeks ago I attended a sampling at a local kids center geared towards children with sensory needs. I offered free samples of my products' chewables made from 25 fruits, vegetables, grains, berries and grapes. My product helps kids get more of their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. I had also prepared a healthy version of what my community likes to call fudge. It's a fun, easy and healthy recipe! You can definitely get the kids involved as there is no cooking. I would recommend children ages 3 and up. 

Cooking non-stick spray of your choice, Juice Plus+ Complete protein powder (or your choice of protein powder), walnuts, dried cranberries, peanut butter (or almond butter), hemp plus granola, and maple syrup. Here are the ingredients:

Mix together dry ingredients then stir in wet ingredients. (You may need some elbow grease at this point.) Press mixture into 9 x 13 pan.  Cover top with a layer of shredded coconut or sesame seeds (I omitted these); press into the surface of the mixture.  Refrigerate.  Cut into bars when mixture is solid.  Keep refrigerated between servings.

Allergens: gluten, nuts, milk (from the Complete pictured).
The Complete formula has been updated and is gluten-free. 

1 cup Chocolate Juice Plus+ Complete powder (non-GMO tofu, pea, rice & chickpea protein)
2 cups Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola (Omega 3s)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (improves cholesterol)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (antioxidants - protects cells from free radicals)
1 cup maple syrup (amino acids – essential to cell maintenance, function and regeneration)
1 cup creamy peanut butter (source of protein used to rebuild muscles)

Update April 14, 2013: Use organic non-stick spray or another oil to keep it from sticking to the bottom of pan, a silpat or unbleached parchment paper. Also be sure to use natural peanut butter as linked above. If you've been following my blog since 2009, you would have learned that I just started my wellness journey around that time. I always encourage people to start somewhere - baby steps moving forward is still progress! 

I handed out a sample of the fudge to all the parents of the children who attended the Early Bird special at the children's center. All but one accepted. The mother who refused said since her children couldn't have gluten she didn't want to sample. Everyone who ate a piece commented on how surprisingly delicious it tasted after hearing the ingredients. Try them for yourself! 

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