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Chef Ray: Black Almond Fudge

With the sweetness provided by dates with no processed sugar, this fudge is a the perfect treat.

From: Dixon, Jeremy (2013) The Revive Cafe Cookbook 3

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1x 400g can (2 cups) black beans
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup slithered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chilli or chilli flakes
  1. Soak the dates in the boiling water for around 5 minutes to soften. Drain.
  2. Put all ingredients (except slivered almonds) into food processor and blend until a thick lump bounces around the machine.
  3. Chilli goes well with chocolate so add some if you like a little heat.
  4. Add the slivered almonds to the mix but do not blend.
  5. Choose a baking tray around 15x25cm (6x10in). Line with baking paper and spoon in the mixture. Flatten with a spoon.
  6. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares using a sharp knife.

You may need to add more oats or a little water to get the right consistency or if the food processor is having difficulties.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

For more great recipes like this get the Revive Cafe Cookbook 3.

The founder of Revive Cafes now reveals some of Revive’s secret recipes. Jeremy has a passion to share with others how to add vitality to their lives through his cafes, inspiring weekly e-mails, cooking demonstrations and now his cookbooks. His career has included ten years as a cereal marketer and over six years running Revive.


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