Saturday, September 14, 2013

Primal Fudge Bars

This may become your new favorite snack! Try with Coconut Crack Bars for an extra delicious treat!

   Getting into the time of year when there are sweets in abundance and the urge to get some sugary treats can be one of the tougher things you will do while working on your fitness and practicing a more controlled way of eating. It becomes tough watching so many people snacking on those sorts of snacks that they, and you, know are something that really should be moderated a little.

   Fear not, this treat will hit your sweet tooth, deliver some fats that are healthier than those you would normally get and believe it or not it is also free of additonal sugars that are mixed into so many snacks on top of other ingredients without tasting like it! That is to say it is sugar free! Primal Fudge bars contain only simple natural ingredients that all have a part in helping your health and can be a great treat for after a workout (especially running or other vigorous cardio that has a strong fat burning affinity - and remember, although you may be trying to lose weight at some point, you need to fuel your body to keep it from going towards a catabolic state, eating certain fats will actually help your metabolism).

   The recipe can be found here: Practical Paleo. We used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder and then in place of using an almond butter or peanut butter my wife and I made our own walnut butter that although higher in fat than most nut butters also adds Omega 3's and helpful antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory property (again, good for after long runs when your body has taken a pretty good beating). Being home made it also means we can nix the addition of sugar. The natural sweetness of the walnut plus the other ingredients in the recipe add enough sweetness on their own.

How we made walnut butter:

1 cup walnuts
1 Tbsp refined coconut oil

Put walnuts and coconut oil in food processor and blend until mostly smooth.

Then you can just mix the remainder of the Primal Fudge recipe in with your butter and complete the recipe. Easy and no extra dishes to be made either!

Nutritional Facts for 1 small bar of Primal Fudge (at 20 servings instead of 10) using walnut butter and Dark Chocolate cocoa powder the Maple Syrup option:

Calories: 105
Carbs: 5 (there are the natural sugars in maple syrup)
Fat: 10
Protein: 1
Sodium: 26

1 comment:

  1. Sounds so good! I'm always looking for healthier dessert options (with chocolate). :)