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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!”