I picked up a little book from the library by Collette White called “Lunch box solutions“.* Turns out Collette has an empire of “Cut out the Crap” book and a blog. Collette’s recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and preservative-free. This is lunchbox freeeeeedom.
I based this Rosy choc fudge on Collette’s Choc mint fudge. Mine went rosy because I didn’t have any food-grade peppermint oil and my standard peppermint oil said “do not ingest”, so I thought I’d add some drops of rosewater instead. I also skipped the medjool and just put in ordinary pitted dates that were on special at Harris Farm, because I’m cheap like that. Then I tried the recipe a few different ways until it tasted amazing. Dates, even the non-Medjool kind are amazing.
The kids really thought this was chocolate. I managed to get 24 pieces out of the recipe and I rationed the kids over three lunchboxes and two afternoon teas. Otherwise the whole thing would have been gone in one session. It’s really, really yummy, really, really easy and super healthy to boot. Trifecta!
Trifecta rosy mint fudge
2 ½ cups of pitted dates
2 cups desiccated coconut
½ cup pepitas
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbs cacao (or cocoa)
1 Tbs chia seeds (or poppy or leave out altogether)
2 Tbs maple syrup
6 drops rosewater (or food-grade peppermint oil or leave out altogether)
Line a 20 x 20cm slice tin with baking paper, leaving enough on the sides to fold back over the top (more on this later).
Put all of the ingredients except the rosewater and blitz on high until smooth. Time this takes will vary depending on your food processor, but with an S blade in my crappy old thing it took about 4 minutes with a couple of scrapes down the side. A Thermomix will probably do the job in 1.2 seconds.
Once completely smooth and combined, put the processor onto low and slowly add your drops of rosewater. Blitz for another 10 seconds or so to make sure it’s all combined.
Press the mix into your slice tin, pushing it all in firmly with your hands. Smooth the top with a large metal spoon.
Refrigerate for about an hour before slicing into small squares or rectangles (or circles – whatever takes your fancy!). This also freezes well for about a month.
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* Em, there’s a one word / two word for you… I use ‘lunchbox’ but I know Kidspot uses ‘lunch box’ and so does this book! What say you?
Do you like dates? What about the food kind?