Coconut cream fudge slice with prunes and lemon zest. Photo / Eleanor Ozich

Petite Kitchen's coconut cream fudge slice with prunes and lemon zest

Each Thursday Eleanor Ozich of Petite Kitchen will share her thoughts on healthy eating, with recipes and more. Today, her recipe for a wholesome fudge slice.

This recipe for seriously good coconut cream fudge slice is very flexible and easily adaptable. Make it once, get a good feel for how it works, then feel free to experiment with your favorite combinations of dried fruit and spices.

This slice is wonderfully nourishing, full of wholesome ingredients and good fats, making it an excellent choice for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. I have used a lovely combination of prunes, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon zest and rolled oats, but you could also use rice or quinoa flakes as a gluten free alternative.

Makes about 12 squares.

• ½ cup prunes
• ½ cup dried figs*
• 2 cups rolled oats (rice or quinoa flakes also work well for a gluten free option)
• 1 cup shredded coconut
• ¾ cup coconut cream
• ½ cup coconut oil, melted
• ¼ cup coconut or muscovado sugar
• zest of one lemon
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp vanilla
• ½ cup coconut flakes for topping

*You could also use dates, apricots or any other dried fruit instead of figs and prunes.

1. Add the dried fruit to the food processor, and pulse until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined.

2. Press evenly in to a slice tray lined with baking paper, and top with 
the coconut flakes. Press down slightly.

3. Leave to set in the freezer for at least an hour before slicing in to squares.

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