I’ve been trying to figure out ways to add more coconut oil to my diet. Since I’m pregnant, I’m a bit hyper-focused on nutrients and food. I’m not being obsessive about it, but I’m paying close attention and really trying to incorporate certain key foods. I’ll address that directly soon with a list, but right now, I’ll just share a recipe that’s helping me get more of what I want (and be really happy too because it tastes amazing!).
I don’t eat a lot of nuts, but when I do, I buy them raw, soak/sprout them, and then dehydrate them.
A couple days ago, I made almond butter with almonds I had just dehydrated, and I had an idea for what to use it in to try and increase both my coconut oil and gelatin intake. *The thing with this almond butter is that it is a little drier than normal almond butter you buy in the store—so if you make this recipe, you might have to adjust (decrease) the amount of oil you use or increase the amount of gelatin.
Cookie Dough Fudge
1/2 cup almond butter*
1/2 cup coconut oil (room temp–solid but still scoopable) – I like to buy coconut products here
1/2 cup collagen hydrolysate (gelatin that doesn’t gel when it gets wet — buy it here)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (I use grade B)
a few pinches of himalayan crystal salt (or good quality sea salt)
1 cup mini chocolate chips (I use this kind–they don’t have weird junk in them like soy lecithin)
In food processor, mix almond butter and gelatin. It will be dry and crumbly.
Add coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Mix until well combined. Pour into a mixing bowl, and stir in chips. You can spread this in a pan and refrigerate for fudge, or use the batter for fillings, sandwich cookies, ice cream mix-in, etc! It’s soft and like cookie dough if you don’t refrigerate it, and if you do it gets firm (due to the coconut oil) and has a fudge texture.
You could probably use protein powder instead of the gelatin, but I’m not sure and I haven’t tried it, so try that at your own risk!
Why I’m in love with the ingredients:
I gave this to Dave and didn’t tell him what was in it—I asked him what it tasted like. His answer was, “Chocolate chip cookie dough,” and his facial expression said, “Duh, why are you asking me this?” Then I told him what the ingredients were and he told me I’m a genius. Ha. I think I now have a bigger fan than my mom. It’s quite nice, actually 🙂
If I were in a coffee drinking stage of life, I’d eat this for breakfast with coffee on my patio. But that reminds me… I have something new I’m going to do with coffee. I’ll share it with you later next week if it works!