You know what? I love chocolate. I crave it all the time. Funny thing, there was a (very small) time in my life, when I didn’t care for chocolate AT ALL. Crazy right? I got off the bandwagon real quick. My stepdaughter doesn’t really like chocolate either, but she’s got an excuse because she’s only 8. The 2 year old? She could pound a pound of the stuff before you could blink. Odd…
Anyway, I decided that since I can’t give it up, I need to learn how to have it in a healthier way, something that is so rich and delectable that I could have one piece and be done for the week. How’s that sound?
Recently I have been experimenting with natural sweetener options, honey, agave, stevia and yacon. Most of you have probably heard of most of those, but yacon was new to me. I got a chance to try it from the lovely folks at Life&Food, and was pleasantly surprised.
Yacon is actually a powerhouse of a little food. It assists in weight management, increases fiber intake and promotes good bowel function for starters. It lowers blood sugar, is a powerful Antioxidant and boosts your metabolism!
Yacon Syrup Facts
- Yacon Syrup comes from the root of the Yacon Plant, it’s grown in South America and looks very similar to sweet potato.
- It contains a natural sweetener called Fructooligosaccharides, which is unrecognizable to the digestive system. So it stimulates our taste buds without the added calories.
- Yacon Syrup does contain a small amount of natural sugar in the form of fructose, sucrose and glucose
- The syrup is low calorie with only about 20 calories per tablespoon.
- When Fructooligosaccharides reach your large intestine, it helps feed the good bacteria, these bacteria are associated with a lower risk of diabetes, better immunity and improved brain function.
You can read more about the health benefits of Yacon Syrup here.
So back to that recipe. After learning about all the awesome benefits of Yacon, why not use Yacon Syrup to create my fudge? The taste of Yacon Syrup is light and sweet, and even though the syrup looks like molasses, it has a taste similar to prunes or dates. I decided to combine all the health benefits of my kitchen to make something really yummy! Beware, this fudge is very addicting and delicious, and even though it is much healthier than other fudges, eating the entire pan isn’t!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup Yacon Syrup
- 1/4 Honey, or other natural sweetener, like Agave (for vegan)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (you might need a bit more, check the consistency as you’re mixing)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, plus 2 tablespoons more for the top.
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt flakes (like Maldon)
In a medium bowl, mix your coconut oil, sweeteners and cocoa powder until combined. Add peanut butter and vanilla, and a pinch of salt and mix again. Transfer to a small shallow baking dish and drizzle remaining peanut butter over the top. Using the tip of a knife, swirl the peanut butter into the fudge. Sprinkle with remaining salt and let set up in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Because coconut oil melts around 73*, it’s best to keep this in the fridge, because it will start to melt if left out too long. You could even take this mixture, roll it into balls and dust with cocoa powder for a delicious truffle!
This recipe is raw and vegan, so go on and feel good about having a treat!
Have you ever tried Yacon Syrup? Do you think it will be a good natural sweetener for your diet?
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