Lately, I’ve been craving chocolate a lot. As I am feeling great on my low carb diet (yummy cake, soup to name a few recipes) I was looking for a recipe that fits both criteria. I wasn’t very lucky when I glanced over a few on the Internet. Luckily my wife was! After a few tries and changes on the recipe, I’ll share with you what ended up being a delicious paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge – best served warm!
Paleo Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge: What’s Paleo?
A question best asked when you have plenty of time, as it is a subject that remains very speculative and isn’t as easily defined as the ketogenic or vegan diet (vegan muffins anyone? No? How about vegan brownies anyone?). The way I see, understand and live the paleo diet and make it my own is easy and simple.
Paleo means to live by what is seasonal and locally available. Besides that, it also means to me to reduce processed food and carbohydrates through refined sugars to a minimum. The part about the carbs follows the logic that ages ago sources of carbohydrates weren’t easily available, especially not in the quantities we have nowadays. But I do eat carbs, trying to have as unprocessed sources as possible. That basically eliminates most of the recipes containing flour and in my case potatoes (because I don’t like the taste much).
If you want to know about the paleo die check out what Robb Wolf has to say about it. He’s top of the class when it comes to paleo.
Paleo Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge: Chocolate? Local? Fool!
Well, I like to indulge every now and then too. Rest assured, I understand that chocolate isn’t exactly local. That being said, I am a human being, living in a complex and interconnected world and I am not going to beat myself up for that. On another side, baking isn’t paleo either. The good thing about diets is that you make them your own and live by it. Feel free to share your thoughts on that.
Paleo Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge
The paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge won me over instantly. Not only does it contain delicious and nutritious dark chocolate but also hazelnuts. If I love anything, in particular, it’s hazelnuts (well and almost every other kind of nut because I’m #nutsaboutnuts 😀 ). So it’s a great combo for me and to top it off it the flavour gets enhanced by eggs and butter. For this recipe, I substituted brown sugar with erythritol but you could also use maple syrup or raw honey to make it sweeter. Just do me a favour and don’t use white sugar.
The basic recipe is already great, but you can be creative with it. I shared add-ins that I used in the latest version of it. It’s a combination of chocolate chips and spices. Let me know which add-ins you prefer.
Paleo Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge: Calorie Bomb
As we have plenty of different sources of fats in this paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge I want to share a word of caution. A portion doesn’t look like much but it’s a calorie bomb and you should eat it with this fact in mind. It’s when you really want to indulge a little or need the extra calories.
That being said, I am sure that you’ll enjoy the paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge. It is really easy and fast to make and I suggest you eat it when it’s still warm. I also ate the paleo hazelnut chocolate fudge when it was cold and after re-heating it. Both work and still taste good, but freshly out of the oven (after it cooled down a little!) will give you the best taste.
Now enjoy and share your results with me 🙂