Who says you can’t enjoy a healthy treat while celebrating one of the best holidays of the year, Halloween?
Sure, we all love candy, but the REAL MAGIC happens when you can indulge in a dessert that is 100% cruelty-free, gluten-free, and void of all those pesky dyes and preservatives- making you guilt-free while you munch!
Add in a sprinkle of Harry Potter love, and you have yourself a match made in Halloween…heaven? (Bloody hell.)
Because Harry is so much more than a fictional character, especially in my house. He has bewitched my heart as well as inspired my culinary obsessions. And it is for that reason that I bring to you one of my FAVORITE healthy treats today: Harry Potter Vegan Treacle Fudge. (You can start squealing now.)
Any admirer of Harry knows that he is a fan of anything treacle (particularly treacle tart). If you are in the dark about what treacle actually IS, well, basically it’s British molasses.
Let me tell you, molasses deserves more respect here in the states than just the occasional use in gingerbread cookies or homemade BBQ sauce. Besides the fact that is tastes AMAZING, molasses is also super healthy too, helping boost your immune system, your nervous system, and aiding in relief from diabetes, cancer, stress, headaches, anemia, and more*.
Oh, and ladies? Molasses can also ease that time of the month, so bliss out on some fudge will ya!?
Just one more reason to tip my invisible hat to Rowling for opening my eyes (and taste buds) to the ways of the treacle.
Our first introduction of treacle fudge is in book two, “The Chamber of Secrets”, post Ron’s backfiring spell. Hagrid offers Harry some treacle fudge while a queasy Ron pukes slugs into a bucket. Yes, super gross.
The treacle fudge is described as being so sticky that it cements Harry’s jaws together, making it difficult to talk- not my aspiration for my own version mind you.
To give you a little backstory, my first attempt at making this fudge was straight out of “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook”, which I bought knowing I’d have to make a WHOLE lot of vegan substitutes along the way. Luckily the fudge was a snap to “veganize”, and it turned out to be as delicious as carnival fudge (and complete with cement glue texture).
Successful though it was, I felt totally food stoned due to the fact that it was made ENTIRELY of sugar, which was like eating a slab of crack cocaine. And then I gave it to my five year old. You can imagine the madness that ensued.
I now know why she wrote that an 8 x 8 square of fudge would equal 60 servings. *Ahem.*
And so, the quest for a healthier version began, with many attempts, successes, and failures. Finally, I was able to figure out the perfect ratio of ingredients, as well as proper execution. The result is truly a sticky, moan-worthy fudge that pops with treacle (molasses) flavor, while also keeping it 100% HEALTHY and refined sugar-free. Did I mention there’s no coconut oil either!?
The majority of vegan fudges out there rely heavily upon coconut oil to hold it all together, and while I am a coconut fan, I wanted to keep the tropical taste (and added oil) out of it.
By using pecans and cashews, you get plenty of healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants, as well as flavor and texture. The dates add a natural sweetness and work as a binder, while also supplying you with plenty of vitamins such as calcium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Dates can also help regulate the digestive process, and can help prevent abdominal cancer*.
This Halloween, “have your fudge and eat it too” with this healthy alternative- I’m sure Hagrid (and Fang) would approve.
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