Chocolate Fudge Base
2 cups cashews
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
2 cups cherries (pitted)
1/2 cup dates
1. Throw all chocolate fudge base ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend, starting very slowly and then increasing the speed. (You may need to stop and start it a bit if your blender is getting hung up. If your blades won’t move, turn blender off, create an air pocket down the side with a knife, and then blend again starting on low.) Keep blending until it’s very smooth, like a creamy chocolate fudge with no cashew chunks at all.
2. Pour chocolate fudge mixture into the final pans/molds and place in freezer (to let them firm up a bit while you are making the cherry topping).
3. To make the cherry topping, throw the cherries and dates into your high-speed blender. Blend until nice and smooth.
4. Hopefully your chocolate fudge base has firmed up a bit in the freezer (15 mins or so?), now use a spoon and plop the cherry topping onto the chocolate filling and smooth it out with the back of a spoon.
5. Place recipe back in freezer. Freeze until it reaches the desired (firm) consistency (5 hours or so!).
6. Store in freezer at all times. To eat, just open the freezer, slice and eat immediately.
The Rawtarian’s Thoughts
Although this recipe looks fancy, it’s actually quite easy. All you need is a blender!
If you don’t have cherries, you can use strawberries instead. In these pictures, I used frozenpitted cherries. Frozen berries will be harder to blend, but will work fine. (Refrain from using raspberries though, since they have so many little seeds your topping will be gritty.)
The biggest question mark will be deciding what kind of dish or molds to use. If you don’t have a lot of kitchen gear, you can just get a big brownie pan, cake pan or pie dish and dump the entire recipe in it (first the chocolate base, then add the cherry topping on top about 10 minutes later). Then freeze, and slice once frozen like a big cake. Easy!
As you can see in my pics, I made a few different sizes of cherry fudge cakes, from a little “cake” (using a mini springform pan) to two smaller versions using silicone molds (medium square molds and tiny round molds). I actually prefer the tiniest “bites”, because they’re a nice little snack in a small portion. Also, a tip if you’re using silicone molds, just fill them up and leave them in the freezer in the molds. Then pop them out of the molds just before eating.
One last note, these will melt really quickly so you must eat them frozen.