Chewy cocoa date fudge

Chewy cocoa date fudge

The Sugar Hit!
20 small squares
Chris Middleton

If you are a fan of chocolate, please meet your new best friend. I know this might seem like faux-food – dates and cocoa powder pretending to be brownies or something. But it’s not, I swear. It just tastes good. The caramel taste and texture of the dates with the savoury pecans, the bitter cocoa and smoky maple syrup; all these things combine to make something so much greater than the sum of its parts. It’s like the cartoon characters, Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Heart – their powers combine to summon Captain Planet! But in this case, you don’t get an ice-blue super hero, you get fudge.


Quantity Ingredient
300g pitted dates, (pitted medjool dates are great, but regular dates work perfectly)
200g pecans
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2-4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes


  1. Line a 20 cm square baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Put the dates and pecans in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture begins to look like breadcrumbs. Stop the processor and add the cocoa, as well as 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and the sea salt. Process again until the mixture changes colour and begins to clump together. Carefully taste a small amount. If you would like it to be sweeter, you can add the rest of the maple syrup. Give the mixture a final pulse.
  3. Pour the mixture into the lined dish and press it in. Place in the refrigerator for 2–3 hours to firm up. Slice into small squares and eat!


  • This mixture can also be rolled into 2 teaspoon-sized balls and tossed in cocoa powder to make a completely delicious raw truffle.
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