Healthy Desserts

$6.50 and 15 Minute Pumpkin Pie Fudge

In desperate need of pumpkin pie, but not all the calories and added sugar? Wish there was a healthy way to get the fall flavors you crave? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered with this perfectly dense, delicious and healthy pumpkin fudge. The entire batch of fudge, chocolate icing and all, only contains a little over 1/4 cup of sweetener and organic or pure ingredients. Plus, it only costs $6.50 per batch. Pass the fudge, please!

Ingredients (Makes a 4.5″ x 8.5″ Loaf Pan ~10 Servings):

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup of organic coconut flour
  • 15 oz can of organic pumpkin purée
  • 3 TBSP of pure maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP of pumpkin spice (3 TBSP cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 2 tsp allspice, 2 tsp cloves – secrets out!)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Toppings (Optional)

Tools:

  • Loaf pan (~ 4.5″ by 8.5″ – any sized pan will do, just increase the ingredients!)
  • Food processor
  • Small spatula or spoon

Instructions:

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper (see how in $7 and 30 Minute Key Lime Avocado Pie post!)
  2. Put the coconut flour, pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, and salt into the food processor. Pulse until smooth mixture is formed (~2 min).
  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the coconut flour-pumpkin purée mixture. Pulse until fully combined (~30 seconds).
  4. Press mixture into the loaf pan and even out the top with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  5. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate icing atop the fudge and then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and flaky salt.
  6. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes for the chocolate icing to set.
  7. Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks!

Total Time = 15 minutes

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Tips:

Step 2 – Add the dry ingredients (coconut flour, salt, pumpkin spice) first to the food processor and cover them with the wet ingredients (pumpkin purée). This will help the mixture combine faster by preventing the dry ingredients from poofing up like a cloud of dust when the blades start to spin.

Step 3 – Taste at the end of this step and add more of any ingredient if you want!

Step 4 – Don’t forget the corners!

Cost:

  • 3/4 cup of organic coconut flour – $1.25
  • 15 oz can of organic pumpkin purée – $2
  • 3 TBSP of pure maple syrup – $0.75
  • 1 TBSP of pumpkin spice – $0.25
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract – $0.50
  • Chocolate sauce – $1.50
  • Pumpkin seeds – $0.25
  • 1/2 tsp of salt – negligible

Total Cost per 4.5″ x 8.5″ loaf pan ~ $6.50

Cost per serving (~10 servings) ~ $0.65

Conclusion:

A perfect example of how “desserts” can be sweet and delicious by using only the best organic or pure ingredients and not going overboard on sugar. This recipe lets the flavor of the pumpkin purée and the pumpkin spice speak loudest while minimizing the sweetener required. By going light on the sugar while not compromising taste, you’ve created a “dessert” that’s a healthy choice for any time of day!

As always, make informed food decisions. Know your ingredients, know your costs!

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