Graham Cracker Fudge has invaded my
cookie jar dorm room!
They have also invaded my fridge, but I welcome such invasions ;)
Remember how I had some crust leftover from my Key Lime Pie? Well, that was one delicious crust and it made for some great snacking--so moist and packed with flavor--too bad it only lasted me a couple days. I knew I had to make the crust again, but I didn't have time to make a whole pie. I needed something fast and easy, I needed something that I could take on-the-go.
These fudge bites fit the bill. I slightly tweaked the crust recipe and pressed the dough into a nonstick mini brownie mold and was awarded with twenty-eight cute baby bites for sweet snacking! I crossed my fingers and hoped that they would last for more than two days.
They kind of look like square buckeye balls, but I swear, these are graham crackery, not peanut buttery. I didn't get the hit of cinnamon that I was looking for so next time I'll add an additional 1/4 tsp. Other than that, these adorable fudge cubes are perfect, they are simple and they are delicious. And the fact that they are nutritionally balanced (have fats, carbs, fiber and protein), unlike regular graham crackers, makes me more than glad to eat them...
Which I did,
four cubes one cube at a time... yeah, they didn't last as long as I'd hoped...
Graham Cracker Fudge: [no bake, high protein, GF, vegan*]
(makes 28 one-inch bites)
192g (2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
48g (1/4 cup) Sucanat
124g (4 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
112g (1/2 cup) Coconut Butter
294g (1 cup - 2 tbs) Honey or Agave
28g (1 tbs + 1 tsp) Molasses
1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or vanilla extract)
10 drops Stevia Extract
1oz Dark Chocolate (or 3-4oz if you want to coat the cubes entirely)
1. In a large blender, blend the oats and sucanat until flour-like and pour into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the protein powder, cinnamon and salt.
2. Microwave the coconut butter, honey and molasses in a microwave-safe bowl at 15 second intervals, stirring between each one, until the coconut butter is melted. Add the extracts and stir.
3. Pour the microwave mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together until mixture is even (I used a rubber spatula, but you can definitely get in there with your hands)
4. Press the mixture into a brownie mold with 1" molds, or line a standard brownie pan with parchment paper and flatten the mixture into it. Freeze for 30 minutes.
5. Microwave the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until chocolate is melted, let cool slightly.
6. Take your beloved fudge bites out of the freezer and pop each one out of the mold onto some parchment paper taped to a cookie sheet or large, flat plate. If using the standard brownie pan, slice the fudge into little squares with a sharp knife.
7. Dip each square into chocolate and place on the parchment paper. Return the bites to the fridge (or freezer if you want the express route) until chocolate is completely hardened.
Now, it's time for the giveaway! I told you guys another one was coming ;) Plus, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and a little present would be nice, right? This time, I am giving away four large bottles of stevia extract and picking two winners (so two bottles each). Liquid stevia extract is a natural, calorie-free sweetener that I use in many of my recipes. It isn't dangerous like aspartame, and it's natural, unlike many other calorie-free sweeteners out there. Stevia is very potent, so only a few drops will sweeten a food or drink easily and instantaneously, so you don't have to fuss with a bunch of sugar packets!
Stevia saves you a lot of calories and prevents those dreaded sugar rushes and sugar crashes, as it doesn't affect blood sugar levels. It has been a godsend to me when I removed processed sugar from my diet and when I lowered my overall sugar intake. I have received comments in the past about how stevia is hard to find in the grocery store, many times it isn't even sold in stores, so I thought this would be the perfect giveaway! I myself have never seen stevia in a regular grocery store, only in health food stores, so I usually buy it off of Amazon.com ... a website where everything imaginable is sold. The bottles I buy are pretty large and they both usually last me a few months, so it will probably last half a year or longer for the winners... you see, I successfully bake on occasion, and I fail at baking quite frequently--sad, I know--so I go through the bottles at a faster pace than a normal
human being baker would.
--GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED--