So, as you may know, I pretty much want sweets all the time. However, as they have a propensity for...errr..not so good-for-you-ness...I do try to limit myself. Key word here is "try". Usually this fails. I'm pretty sure that if I were to cut out all sweets in my diet, I would be about 97 pounds. Which, for several reasons is pretty alarming and downright disconcerting. Obviously, this will never happen. A family member once told me they'd never have to worry about me being anorexic because I love food too much. Ummm, thanks...I guess? I was also told that my parents knew they'd never have to worry about me doing any drugs because I'm much too stubborn and peer pressure never bothered me the slightest. I'm pretty sure it was just a nicer way to say that I'm super obstinate and aggressively autonomous. *squinty face* I guess they're right about both. I really do love food, and I've never done any illicit drugs.

In my roundabout sorta way, what I am trying to tell you is that I am super excited to present you with a delicious, vegan fudge bar that is so good you'll want to eat the entire pan.

These really are quite deceiving...and somewhat upsetting. I could have been making this amazing fudge all this time and it's healthy!? I feel somewhat betrayed by the universe, and the Patron Saint of Healthy Desserts. I looked it up, and there is not a patron saint for desserts, let alone healthy desserts. But, there is one for Bakers, Cooks and oddly enough...Radiologists. Alright! 

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana Fudge

Enough nonsense.  Whole food, vegan fudge bars with a nut-date crust and a creamy chocolate filling. Deceptively addictive and completely rich and satisfying. They even have flax seeds! The only thing that I wouldn't really consider as "healthy" is the maple syrup. That's not really healthy. But we'll let it slide this time. Yep, this is definitely my new favorite, easy dessert!

Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana Fudge

Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie

Serves 16

  • --Crust---
  • 11 large medjool dates, pitted (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. whole flax seeds (or ground)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • --Filling--
  • 2 ripe bananas (one of them frozen, if you want)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • tiny pinch of kosher salt
  • finishing salt (for topping)
  • --Notes--
  • Feel free to substitute any mixture of nuts you'd like. 

In a food processor, add all the crust ingredients and process for about 3 minutes, or until the crust is well blended.

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Transfer to a 8 x 8 inch baking dish and press it with the back of a spoon until it is firm and even.  

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana FudgeWash out the processor and add in all the filling ingredients except for the finishing salt. Process until smooth and silky, then pour over the crust. 

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana FudgeSmooth it out evenly with a spatula.  

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana FudgeProduce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana FudgeCover and place in the freezer for about 5 hours, or until firm. It does take a while to firm up. Once firm, garnish with the finishing salt and cut into 16 squares. 

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana FudgeServe straight from the freezer or allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving. Keep the leftovers in the freezer. 

Produce On Parade -  Healthy Peanut Butter Maple Banana Fudge

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