“A truly dramatic shift in Americans’ eating behavior is playing out in the area of fat consumption. Animal fats, demonized for decades as prime contributors to obesity and heart disease, are being rehabilitated as new research calls their culpability into question. The emerging generation of Millennial consumers has embraced animal fats for their chemical-free purity, and at the same time the Food and Drug Administration has outlawed artificial, plant-based trans fats. The net result is a big, fat renaissance for classic ingredients like butter, lard, beef tallow and more.” ~Nancy Kruse, Nation’s Restaurant News, March 28, 2016. Nation’s Restaurant News, March 28, 2016.
GOOD FAT FUDGE
We are nearing the end of one of the worst man-made disasters in human history. Our epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and many other illnesses and conditions coincide perfectly with the advent of fat phobia. Good, natural fats are back in vogue and many of us are making up for lost time. We are no longer avoiding fat, but are actively seeking ways to get more healthful fats into our diet to make up for what is missing in our modern food supply. Butter coffee and fat “bombs” have become popular to keep us burning fat instead of burning sugar and storing fat. Here is a recipe with a mother-load of good fats!
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter, (the pale-yellow fat from cocoa beans)
- ½ cup total clarified butter from grass-fed cows,* at room temperature
- ¼ cup cream cheese or goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons MCT oil (an extract from coconut oil)
- ½ cup unsweetened, Dutch process cocoa powder**
- 1/4 cup powdered sweetener with bulk, such as xylitol, oligofructose, or erythritol
- Hi-intensity sweetener, such as liquid monk fruit or stevia to equal 2 tablespoons of sugar or to taste, if needed
- 1/4 cup collagen powder from grass fed animals, such as Great Lakes brand
- A pinch of salt
- ½ cup espresso, strong coffee, or water
- 2 teaspoons sugar-free vanilla extract or vanilla seeds
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped, optional
Grease a 3- x 5-inch glass container (slighter larger if you use the optional nuts) and line with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over on two sides to facilitate removal. Grease the paper also.
Chop cocoa butter into small pieces so it will melt easily and place in a heat-resistant bowl. Cut up butter and coconut oil and add to bowl. Stir in MCT oil and vanilla and any liquid sweetener, if using.
If using a granular sweetener, grind it to a powder in a food processor or coffee grinder. Add cocoa, collagen, and salt to powdered sweetener and pulse or whisk until blended.
Make espresso with a rounded ½ teaspoon of espresso powder and ½ cup boiling water or use ½ cup strong, hot, brewed coffee. Place in a second bowl.
Stir butter, cocoa butter, and cheese into hot coffee and stir until melted and smooth. Reheat as necessary until everything is melted. Stir in vanilla and any liquid sweetener, if using.
Add dry cocoa powder, sweetener, collagen, and salt mixture into coffee and fats mixture and whisk or beat with an electric mixer until thickened.
Stir in optional chopped nuts, if using. Pour fudge into the prepared container. Cover and refrigerate for several hours until set. Cut into small squares as it is very rich. For firmer fudge, store in freezer. Can be eaten frozen, chilled, or at room temperature depending on how firm you like it.
Makes 12 Servings.
Nutrition Data: Calories: 150.6; Fat: 17.8g; Protein: 2.2g; Net carbs: 2.6g; Fiber: 1.4g; Net carbs: 1.2g
Sweetener is not included in counts. Most have little impact.
*You can use granular xylitol or erythritol for sweetener if you first grind it to a powder in a spice grinder, coffee mill, or food processor. Some bulk sweeteners, like Swerve, are already powdered. (Don’t use sucralose for this recipe, because it may taste bitter when combined with chocolate.)
**Dutch process cocoa has been alkalized by washing with a solution of potassium carbonate to neutralize the acidity of natural cocoa. It is milder and darker than natural cocoa and has fewer grams of carbohydrate. Since this recipe is not cooked, natural cocoa gives it a sharper, more acidic, “raw” taste. Dutched cocoa makes smoother, more mellow tasting fudge.
** You can replace the grass fed butter with coconut oil (the fat from coconuts) or use a combination in this recipe.
© 2016, Judy Barnes Baker