Looking for a healthy treat to include in a lunch box or two this school year? The following Heathy Fudge recipe is the perfect fit!
One of my families great vacation memories was from a beautiful island in Northern Michigan called Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island holds the title as the Nations Fudge Capital. This is a small island less than 4 square miles. The best part of this island? There are no cars allowed. Transportation depends on bicycles, horse-drawn buggy, or your feet! While my family loved that there were no cars on the island, what they really enjoyed was the fudge. There are about 15 fudge shops on this tiny island. You can stop by any of them to sample fudge all day long. You also get to watch them make fudge on huge marble slabs. It is very fun to watch.
Mackinac Island throws you back to the time of horse and buggy.
The island has a wonderful bike path that circles the entire island, which is much-needed after eating all that fudge!
The path is quite magical. There are cairns – little man made stone towers – built everywhere the eye can see. These surround the island following the whole path. Of course we had to build some of our own. 🙂
There is a purpose for sharing my vacation memories with you today. It ties into the Recipe Redux theme for August.
A Vacation-Inspired Recipe –
Start unpacking your favorite vacation memories. Think about a trip you took state-side or internationally and create a healthy recipe from an unforgettable meal you enjoyed. Or, create a recipe from a native ingredient you saw or tasted on your travels.
When I asked my children about what vacation food we should recreate I thought they would go with more recent trips we have taken. Nope. Their memories took them back to Mackinac Island and the fudge. Now, I am sure they said this because they thought we would be making indulgent Mackinac Island fudge – which is a treat that is only made at Christmas time in our home. When I explained we would be making a healthy version of fudge they grumbled a bit, but were still excited to get to try fudge in summer. I reviewed several healthier fudge recipes and settled on adapting one from Super Healthy Kids. It has some surprising ingredients yet is really delicious. It does not taste quite like Mackinac Island fudge, but as a much healthier alternative, it hits the spot.Healthy Fudge? Click to see what the surprise ingredient is!Click To Tweet Watch as Alex shows how easy this healthy fudge is to make!
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- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 large banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 TBSP Nestle pre-melted unsweetened chocolate
- 2- 3 TBSP maple syrup
- 1. Add all ingredients to high speed blender or food processor.
- 2. Puree until smooth.
- 3. Spread in an 8x8 pan. For thicker fudge use a smaller pan.
- 4. Freeze for 30 min or until hardened.
- 5. Slice and enjoy.
- Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate chips stirred in after pureed.
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