Fudge is typically an indulgent treat – sugary, buttery and downright rich. When we think of fudge, many people think of state fairs in the Midwest or quaint seaside vacations on the East Coast. As such, fudge is a completely guilty pleasure, able to be indulged only a few times a year, especially if you're concerned about eating healthy foods and staying trim. But what if fudge were a little less sugary, a little more protein-packed and still completely delightful? We'd probably eat it much more often! If you want a treat that has some good-for-you elements, check out the following recipe using Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate protein powder for brownies that are about as guilt-free as they come:
1/2 cup of natural or organic peanut butter
4 scoops of Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate
1/3 cup pure cacao powder
1/4 cup milk – almond, rice or dairy
chopped walnuts and dates (optional)
sea salt (optional)
This is a no-bake recipe. Line a 9-by-9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix in the peanut butter, soy powder, cacao and milk until fully blended. If so desired, chop walnuts and dates in a food processor. Walnuts will add more protein and healthy omega-3 oils, and dates can add a nice natural ingredient if you find the mixture needs a bit more sweetness. Pour the mixture into the parchment-lined pan – it should be between the consistency of cookie dough and cake batter. Sprinkle sea salt on top if you wish for that perfect salty-sweet mixture of flavors. Place the pan in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours to harden and then serve. It makes 12 guilt-free servings!