Sometimes I just want dessert! I mean really, really, a real dessert!! I don’t want a piece of fruit or some dried fruit. My brain is actually thinking about a pound of See’s Dark Chocolates. But I haven’t been eating ANY chocolate since starting the Auto Immune Protocol diet. I am not even to a point where I want to try to re-introduce anything. The joint pain in my hands is much better than before I started AIP but it is not gone. My right elbow joint is also a little painful. But I digress. Chocolate, chocolate CHOCOLATE on the brain!!! Chocolate IS NOT AIP!!! Carob is AIP. Oh, I remember my mom, in the Seventies, trying to pass off carob as chocolate. My husband remembers the same. Yuk! Yuk! Gag!!
I never thought the day would come when I would willingly try it. But that day came with AIP and I have learned to make carob taste a little more like chocolate. A while back, I Googled “how to make carob taste like chocolate”. I found a post that talked about adding chicory to the carob. I already had instant chicory that I was drinking instead of coffee. I started to experiment and had some successes. These Fudge Bombs are one of them.
AIP Fudge Bombs
- 24 dates, pitted
- 1 – 7 ounce package creamed coconut
- 1/3 cup carob powder
- 1 tablespoon instant chicory
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract(for AIP, see ** below)
- 1 tablespoon plantain flour
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup shredded coconut (for rolling fudge bombs in)
Place dates and creamed coconut into a food processor and process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, except shredded coconut, and process until a dough forms. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll each ball into the shredded coconut.
**Do not despair over not being able to have vanilla. This post from Autoimmune Paleo came out recently that discusses some of the common foods that people may or may not think are allowed on the AIP. It is a very informative read.
You can also “spice” these fudge bombs up by adding a couple drops of essential oil. Try peppermint oil for a minty fudge…or use your imagination.
If you are making some of these for non-AIP’ers, you can roll them in ground walnuts instead of coconut.