Why, Hello Gorgeous! And yes, I’m aware the name of these is a mouth full, but it brought you to this page so I’m ok with that! 🙂 I bring to you the perfect low sugar treat to indulge in without going on a blood sugar roller coaster (Not afraid to admit it- I really hate roller coasters!) I’d much rather be using up my adrenaline having a dance party in the kitchen while I’m waiting for these to freeze up!
In all seriousness though, whenever I’m having a craving for something sweet, I always go for a nourishing fat based treat like one of these fudge cups because I know they’ll satisfy my craving and cut my hunger.
I am so glade that people are starting to hop on board with promoting healthy fats in our diet, but still so many people are scared of eating fats post the 90’s low fat everything craze. I can’t even tell you how many clients I see that ask me “are you sure it’s ok to eat this much fat” (meaning a portion size not the whole jar of peanut butter). My answer is always the same and I’m here to tell you, fat is your friend- and a very kind friend too! We NEED fat in our diet. Fats help us balance hormones, keep us full, absorb fat soluble vitamins, improve our heart health, and the list could go on but I’m gonna stop it here because I think you’re getting the point.
Now I am usually not one to label food but there are still fats I would consider really unhealthy such as trans fats, hydrogenated fats, and too many saturated fats, which are in most baked goods, packaged goods, and margarines. Now it does not mean you are a bad person if you eat an unhealthy fat. It’s called being human. Still, we want to limit these in our diet since they affect our cholesterol levels and increase the risk for heart disease. The healthy fats that will help us thrive and give us those amazing benefits come from olives, avocados, coconut, nut seeds, and oils (avocado, olive, algae, coconut- are some of my favs).
Now fat is higher in calories than carbohydrates and protein, since it has 9 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram. However, a little fat goes a long way and it will keep you full for sooo long. I think of more calories in this case as more energy! Not to mention all the other benefits I just mentioned.
We know by now that a calorie is not just a calorie, all foods affect us differently. I would much rather have one of these delicious fat filled fudge cups than a piece of a candy bar or lays potato chips because with those I know I “can’t have just one.” Where certain foods will force you on that blood sugar roller coaster (and IDK about you but I don’t like to be forced to do nothinnn), these fudge cups will have your blood sugar smooth sailing.
So if you’re having a craving or need something to hold you over between meals, this is a perfect go too! The recipe is versatile if you switch up some of the ingredients: for example use a different nut butter or change up the toppings. For this recipe, and really in general, I loveee Lily’s chocolate or eating evolved for a higher fiber / low sugar chocolate, but any kind will do. Make sure if you want this recipe to be vegan you use vegan chocolate.
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
Dark chocolate bar of choice
Stevia (optional) Can also sub for maple syrup
Step 1: Mix cashew butter and coconut oil together until evenly combined. May need to microwave for 10 seconds to mix easier.
Step 2: Add stevia or other liquid sweetener of choice to taste, if desired. I sometimes make it without this step and still love them, but it’s up to you!
Step 3: Place batter into mini muffin pan and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
Step 4: Melt chocolate bar and take pan out of freezer. Drizzle chocolate on the cups and sprinkle sea salt on top. Then continue to top with any other ingredients if you want. I’ve done granola, nuts, seeds, coconut, etc. All are delish! Try to do this step quickly so they don’t start to melt from the hot chocolate.
Step 5: Place back in freezer for another 30 minutes. Store in freezer and enjoy!