Hanalei Bay Raw Fudge

raw fudge recipe

As soon as those first snowflakes start falling, I naturally think of Hanalei Bay located on my island of Kauai.

That’s because when it gets cold and my body stays active – think: skiing, snowshoeing, and shoveling large amounts of white fluff, I need fuel that will give me super powers. Plus whenever it gets chilly, I can’t help but dream about that sweet little vegan café in Hanalei where I had my first taste of raw fudge.

Let’s just say that within 24 hours, I was on a first-name basis with the employees the café. And since no one was giving up the raw fudge recipe anytime soon, I had to improvise on this raw fudge recipe until it was perfect.

Hanalei Bay Raw Fudge

1 cup pecans (or walnuts)

¼ cup coconut oil

3 tablespoons honey (I used local Abeez Honey)

Pinch sea salt

3 tablespoons raw cocoa powder

¼ cup chopped dates

¼ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup dried cranberries or goji berries

  1. In a food processor, grind the nuts until they are finely chopped. Add the coconut oil, honey, and sea salt and process for about 20 seconds.
  2. Next add the cocoa powder and dates – process the until the mixture pulls away into a soft ball. Add the coconut and cranberries and pulse two or three times.
  3. Roll into little truffle-sized candy balls and place in the refrigerator until firm.

As soon as you take a bite, you’ll probably say, “Mahalo.”  and I, of course, will say, “‘A‘ole pilikia!”



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Firecracker. That’s how my husband described me when we first met. I like to think that it was a compliment pertaining to my penchant for high-energy go-go. I am the token baby boomer in this group. The one who is stalling when it comes to elastic waistband pants and evenings in the recliner. This fearless desire to roam the earth started quite early, when as a toddler, my father would nail my bedroom door shut so that I wouldn’t head out in the wee morning hours going door-to-door in search of breakfast or a toy. True story. Today, our beautiful life consists of an empty-nested, second marriage, 10 children, 13 grandchildren, and a yen for travel and discovery. I ski. He golfs. And together we play tennis and work on creating memories and traditions that bind our collective hearts together. After years of shopping center marketing, ad agency ownership, and some social media giddy up for the education and medical esthetic industry, I’ve learned that I am most at home sharing my love for a good story and the next adventure.

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