This sweet slice is a not-so-naughty alternative to classic buttery fudge. Photo / Babiche Martens

Easy Vegan Tahini & Nut Fudge

This sweet vegan slice offers all the indulgence of a guilty pleasure, minus the guilt

Surprisingly rich in taste is tahini, which makes a great base to this healthy, fudgy vegan slice. There’s a little bit of sweetness from the dates, plus a few other bits whizzed up into a delicious snack. Get creative and add your favourite nuts and seeds. I keep it in the freezer but do leave it on the bench for five minutes before eating to bring out the creaminess. Once you have made this, you are sure to double the recipe the next time! 

Makes 16 pieces

1 cup dried dates
½ cup tahini
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ tsp vanilla essence
1 cup desiccated coconut
½ cup ground almonds
¼ cup cranberries
¼ cup macadamia nuts

1. Line a 20 x 15 tin with baking paper.

2. Pour boiling water over the dates and soak for 20 minutes. Drain.

3. Into a kitchen processor place the dates, tahini, coconut oil and vanilla. Blend until smooth and fudgy. Add the coconut, almonds, cranberries and nuts blending again until roughly chopped.

4. Spread the mixture evenly into the tin. Cover and freeze for 4 hours. Cut into small pieces. Place into a container and return to freezer.

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