When I first made these, I got really excited and tweeted about them and posted them to Austin Post and said they were amazing.
I now feel compelled to issue a disclaimer. But I’ll let you enjoy my excitement first … if you just want the disclaimer, scroll to the bottom.
I first stumbled upon these Fudge Babies on Chocolate-Covered Katie. She went on and on about them and how much everyone loves them and how easy to make they are and sinless … and I was kind of like, oh, shut up. But as the world turns, I am now going to turn around and do the same.
4 ingredients: walnuts (1 c.), dates (1 1/3 c.), cocoa (4T), vanilla (1t).
1 utensil: food processor, blender, magic bullet, whatever
Takes under ten minutes to prepare from start to finish. Pull everything out of the pantry, blend, roll into balls. Done.
These things taste like fudge. They’re rich and satisfying. Amazing!
My roommate/brother is subject to all my baking experiments and tried one and said, “good.” He chewed for a minute more and said, “Not as good as cakeballs, but better than the other stuff you make.”
No, bro, these are BETTER than cakeballs because while cakeballs have all sorts of poisonous things in them (white flour, sugar, preservatives, things I can’t pronounce, icing with more of the same, coating with even more of the same, reese’s on top with MORE of the same … you get the idea), these have FOUR things in them. FOUR things found in nature (is vanilla extract found in nature?), FOUR things Grok could have eaten, FOUR things that make your body happy and clean (while potentially raising your blood sugar).
I digress. I think these are the PERFECT solution to holiday dessert woes–just serve ’em up with all the other desserts and see if anyone can even tell they’re different. I mean, they’ll obviously KNOW they’re different, but I don’t think anyone would consider these “weird health food.”
And hit up Chocolate-Covered Katie for variations … or sub in any combo of nuts and other fun raw ingredients!
By the end, they didn’t even taste like Fudge Babies anymore. They tasted like walnuts and dates and cocoa powder all blended up.
Bottom line: don’t let this happen to you. Keep the Fudge Baby allure alive by NOT EATING THE WHOLE BATCH.
.. at least it wasn’t an entire batch of cookies (flour, sugar, butter, chocolate chips), right?