Okay you guys. I know I have been adding pumpkin to all-the-things this fall, but this dessert is off the charts amaze-balls. What I had in mind was a pumpkin and chocolate swirl fudge and while that is not quite what it looks like, I don’t even care because the flavor is on point! This Paleo Pumpkin Spice Fudge only takes about 15 minutes to make and it’s an icebox raw vegan fudge which means there is ZERO cooking involved (virtual high five right here).
Better yet, it’s loaded with a slew of secret ingredients. You know how I love to throw stuff in my recipes, right?! Well, today I am featuring UPLIFT Daily Uplifter in this tasty dessert (Shop for it here).
We all know how probiotics are good for our gut. They feed our good bacteria and help with IBS, constipation, diarrhea and various digestive disorders. There is even evidence to suggest that all diseases start in the gut, which means a healthy stomach is the key to a healthy life. But what we don’t hear about as much are prebiotics. Prebiotics are natural fibers and resistant starches that help feed the probiotics to allow them to continue to flourish. Uplift’s Daily Uplifter has both probiotics and prebiotics to keep your stomach happy and healthy.
Probiotics: The Science Backed Benefits
- Assists with a healthy immune response
- Helps several digestive disorders including diarrhea, constipation, IBS diverticulitis, among others.
- Helpful with several infant conditions including colic, NEC and sepsis
- Helps prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease
- Prevents and treats various allergies
- Reduces occurrence of acne
- Prevents UTI’s
- Improves memory
- Associated with healthy aging
- Prevents liver disease
- Prevents and treats colon cancer
- Potentially assists in treatments with mental health disorders including schizophrenia
More and more research is coming out about our gut microbiome and the results are overwhelmingly positive regarding probiotics and our health. Keep in mind, heat kills the bacteria so it’s important to note that if you cook with them, you need to keep the recipes heat-free. That is why this Paleo Pumpkin Fudge pairs perfectly with these delicious powdered pre and probiotics.
Don’t have Uplift? The recipe does not need it. It’s just a little nutritional booster 🙂
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Fudge
- 20 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup cashew butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 scoop Uplift Daily Uplifter pre and probiotic support optional
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tbs unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Add ingredients through uplift probiotic powder into a large food processor. Pulse until combined. Add any type of nut milk until smooth. 1 tbs at at time. It should be very thick. I thought it needed a bit more sweetness so I added 1tbs maple syrup and 1tbs almond milk.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave on 30 second intervals until smooth.
- Press fudge into a lined 8×8 pan (I lined mine with parchment but you could use nonstick foil as well). Top with melted chocolate and use a knife to swirl in and a spatula to smooth the top.
- Place in the freezer overnight. Cut into squares. Store the leftovers in the freezer and pull out whenever you want a treat.
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Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences. 2019. Probiotics: A Potential Immunotherapeutic Approach for the Treatment of Schizophrenia.
National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. Probiotics: What you need to know.