Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dark Chocolate and Salted Almond Freezer Fudge



Ok, I'll make this quick and dirty. I can't take full credit for this one, because I have seen versions of this recipe all over the internet. It's quick, easy, and over the top rich. It's an indulgence, but life is stressful, and sometimes you need some damn chocolate. And quick. I live in a small town, and I have searched all the stores, and all the chocolate bars but ONE have soy lecithin in them. Why do I not eat soy? It's bad for you! Read 170 reasons why here. And soy lecithin? It's especially disgusting. It's made from the sludge that is the byproduct of soybean oil production. Ew. If you don't believe me, read THIS eye opening article that I just read yesterday.

 Anyway, that one bar of chocolate in this town that DOESN'T contain bleached sludge is $4.50. And I know I can get it cheaper than that -- like half the price. And it's not my favorite, so I only spend $4.50 on it when it is a true chocolate emergency. I can get good dark chocolate for cheaper on my weekly trips to the big city, but it is Thursday, and I probably won't get to go until next week sometime, so I needed a substitute. I can't remember where I saw the original recipe for homemade chocolate, but it goes something like this:

1 part Cocoa Powder + 1 part Honey + 1 part melted butter + freezer = CHOCOLATE FIX!!!

So last night I couldn't sleep, and I was catching up on my Bloglovin App and I was reading the a recent post by the Paleo Parents about their upcoming book, Beyond Bacon. I want that book like a fat kid wants cake. And I used to be a fat kid, and I always want cake. I can't wait til they release it! They also have a freezer fudge recipe in their book, and it contains lard from pastured pork. I flipped when I saw it. I'm obsessed with lard and all things pork. I started the hastag #porkobsessed and I want people to catch my fever. Before you judge me, good lard is good for you. Go stalk those Paleo Parents if you haven't already. They know their stuff, and are a huge inspiration for me. They have a great podcast, and even mentioned me in their "Follow Up" episode. I was kinda stoked...

So today, I wanted chocolate, and I kinda mixed up my own freezer fudge based on these inspirations.

Melt Together:

4 Tablespoons of Kerrygold Grassfed Butter
1 Tablespoon of pastured pork lard 
3 heaping spoonfulls of Trader Joe's Cocoa Powder
4 Tablespoons of Raw Honey, local if possible
pinch of Sea Salt

Pour mixture into single serving ramekins and freeze for 15 minutes until mostly set. Remove from the freezer and top with toasted almonds and an extra sprinkle of salt. Return to the freezer until you are ready to serve them. YUM.

Do I feel bad about my chocolate fix? No, and here's why: Cocoa is a good source of magnesium, and I've been reading a lot about why we need more magnesium. Lard from pastured pork and grass-fed butter are excellent sources of Vitamin D and CLA, also good things most Americans are lacking. Raw local honey is good for allergies and inflammation, and sea salt contains great minerals essential to the body. Win, win, win, win, win. Go make this now-- your body and taste buds will agree on this one! And go pre-order that Beyond Bacon book... it looks amazing.

See? I told you I'd try to blog more...


12 comments:

  1. where can pasteurized pork lard be found?

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    1. I make my own. I buy fresh fatback here:

      http://cawcawcreek.com/order-online.html

      Then, I render it into lard. I cut it into small chunks and cook in a dutch oven on low until it all melts, and then pour it into glass mason jars. I store it in the fridge. :)

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  2. Do you think this would work with coconut oil instead of Pork lard?

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    1. Yes, and I think it would be pretty tasty :)

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  3. Or how about duck fat, tallow, or palm shortening?

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    1. Yes yes and yes :) #healthyfatsrule

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  4. This might be dumb but can bacon grease be used as lard? It's pig fat, right?

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    1. not a dumb question! it's a great idea! I must try that!

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  5. I make a very similar item, using coconut oil as the only fat. Yummy! Adding in a little cinnamon and espresso powder is pretty good too :)

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    1. coconut oil is awesome :) love the espresso idea!

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  6. I use coconut oil and it is AWESOME! I have also added melted almond butter, nuts and unsweetened coconut flakes.. With the coconut oil there isn't a need for honey.

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    1. Sounds yummy! I love how this recipe is so versatile!

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