12 Oct 2013

CHOCOLATE FUDGE BARS with PECANS & MACA


I made these with the sole goal of pleasing my non-vegan extended family members on pizza and movie night. Yes, we have pizza and movie night EVERY Saturday and we've done it since before I even knew the days of the week. My fam is the coolest. 


These are just delicious. 100% pleasing and 100% good for you. Make them for your loved ones (or not-loved ones) to show them that the raw vegan world of food and flavour is not all carrot sticks and grass! These are creamy, chocolatey, pecan-y (it's a word, okay) delight wrapped into cute little squares and anyone who doesn't like them is crazy.

Maybe that was a little critical. I'm sorry. I just love chocolate. But you already know this.


The base of this recipe is made up of raisins and pecans. Flavour-wise, pecans are probably my favourite nut... they might be tied with walnuts though. I also added a splash of homemade vanilla extract and a pinch of salt to bring out da flavas. The chocolate fudge is mainly dates, cacao powder, almond butter and coconut oil. I added some maca for secret hidden extra nutrition (did I just rhyme? Let's say yes).


I'd like to take a moment to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for the amazing and heartwarming messages I received after my last post. I cannot possibly show my gratitude enough. You guys are so special to me and now that I have you in my life - I don't wanna let go! Big cyber hug and kisses. P.S. you must listen to this song... I've had it on repeat for awhile.


CHOCOLATE FUDGE BARS with PECANS & MACA

Base:
1 cup pecans
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Pinch of salt

Chocolate fudge:
1 3/4 cups dates
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter (or any other seed or nut butter you like)
1/4-3/4 cup water, use as needed

To make the base: pulse the pecans into powder in your food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a lined baking pan and put in the fridge. 

To make the fudge: process or blend all the ingredients together until smooth and thick, adding as little water as possible. It will thicken up a little more in the fridge. Spread onto your base, decorate with pecans if you want, and refrigerate for 3 hours or over night. Cut and chomp! 

27 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. Those look so good. And guess what? I actually have everything in the house to make them! Doing a happy dance, LOL. Thanks for sharing the recipe. : )

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  2. OMG do you have butter pecan tarts on here too?! THESE LOOK SO GOOD

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  3. Just when I think this website can't get any more perfect, there it is. The Chocolate Fudge Bars with Pecans & Maca....OMG. But seriously, this website is the absolute best, and I hope you continue to do it FOREVER, because you're basically doing a public service by helping us all eat healthily & deliciously.

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  4. What an amazing blog! I have tried several of your recipes and they have all turned out so yummy! Just about to make your Chocolate-covered ice cream sandwiches. They will go down well in the heat here in Australia. Thank you! =)

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  5. This looks delicious! I have just had to change to a low FODMAP diet so I can't eat raisins any more :( Would it be possible do you think to swap the raisins for something like dates?
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

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  6. Right up my alley, have to make these!

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  7. oh they look so nice! i just realised, i think i've never tried pecan before ôO weird, right? love walnuts though, so i'm sure i'm gonna like pecans as well. aah, i just wish i was in the mood for those fudge bars, they look soo good and gooey! but unfortunately i got sick, which means it gives me nausea to think of anything sweet :( instead i am craving something salty... like a broth or something, but i'd really prefer it to be rawfood. do you know of any raw salty light dish that can serve as sickness-comfort-food? i find it always hard to eat anything when i'm sick because i lose my appetite, but at the same time i know that i can't just eat nothing :( blarg, i hate being sick! i'd rather just make fudge bars for lunch, that would be much more pleasant...
    oh well. there's still time to do that once i've recovered, luckily :)
    (by the way, i tried the Ancient Wisdom chocolate without Ancient Wisdom like i said and instead added a sprinkle of chili powder and a banana, and it was a-ma-zing! just lettin you know)
    gotta go now, snuggle up in my bed and listen to audio books or something like that. sniff.

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  8. Amazing! These are cooling in the fridge right now. The fudge section tasted amazing right out of the blender ;)

    I'm not vegan, but a few of my coworkers are and I always feel bad that they can't eat the baked treats others bring in. I love your blog, because it makes vegan sweets totally accessible!

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  9. Ermergerd. Can I have some please. Like now.

    I'm afraid I'll soon need either a food processor or a Vitamix blender because my poor wee Kenwood blender just isn't going to last much longer if I insist on pulsing nuts in it. I've already had to replace the blender bowl once in the last three years. At least I can still drool over your photos, though...

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  10. Well holy YUM! I just love your recipes Emily. Your ingredients are right on key with what I eat and how I approach food. Your pictures though- INCREDIBLE. You're one talented lady! Thanks for the constant delicious inspiration!

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  11. Done. These are absolutely getting made this week. Thank goodness I have all the ingredients on hand already!

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  12. I love all your food! I have always loved your blog, but never made anything from it for a long while (i live alone and im lazy) but my grandfather was recently diagnosed with a heart condition and had to start eating a lot cleaner. I make him one of you desserts every weekend and take it to him. He loves it and it is a great alternative to him eating chocolate and ice-cream. ( he has a real sweet tooth) I'm going to make this for him next weekend. I just wanted to say thank-you for writing this blog, it might help be helping my granddad live a lot longer :)

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  13. I totally agree, anyone who doesn't like chocolate.....well let's just say I cannot relate, not in the slightest!

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  14. I don't have maca powder. is there a sub or can I leave it out?

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    1. Any other super food-type powder, or more cacao :)

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  15. i'm trying this but with almonds instead of pecans.

    i just made this and it seriously took me like 10 minutes. i always look at your recipes and want to make them but then always think they will take forever to make because they have so many different ingredients that i never use. stupid right? well i'm glad i made this. now i just have to wait 3 hours for them to harden...

    thanks!!!

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  16. Looks Amazing!! :)

    /Evelinas - Evelinas Ekologiska

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  17. Dear Emily, I just want to leave here some words for you to read and receive my gratitude for you and your blog.
    I'm from Russia, I'm doing something between macrobiotics and raw vegan(Paradox I know) and your blog is the one that inspires me and make me keep going. I feel joy and almost happiness when I read your words and see your AMAZING photos because I know as soon as I got home from the office I'll make something super-delicious and beautiful as work of art.
    Thank you so much, You're the one I read. I wait for your cook book!
    Wish you the best,
    From Russia with love, xoxo, Anastasia.

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  18. im not even vegan / vegetarian but drooling all over your blog!

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  19. That little "kiss" of coconut that you sprinkled on top for the photos reminds me of a thin blanket of freshly fallen snow. Gorgeous.

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  20. dear Emily! I re-made your bars and they were fantastic!! I changed the recipe a little bit with the ingredients I had at home but it turned out great!! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!
    xox Amy

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  21. These are absolutely beautiful! Love your entire blog, it's fantastic :)

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  22. what is the maca powder for? I have never heard of it before

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  23. Been making this for a while with peanut butter... one of the best recipes in universe, thank you!!
    :)

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