Balancing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars w/ Adoptagens

I’m gunna be real with you. These bars taste like snickers. At least what I remember snickers tasting like. Its been over half a dacade so I might not be the best judge. You might be wondering how they balance you out or reduce stress like their name suggests. The secret stress reducing sauce is made up of adaptogens.

Adaptogens are everywhere these days. These super herbs and fungi have made there way into just about everything. If you’re anything like me then you spend a good portion of your day knee deep in an instagram scroll hole. There I’ve seen adaptogens put in soup, smoothies, coffee, tea, energy bites and now they are going in dessert.

If you’ve been following along for awhile then you know that I don’t make sweet recipes that often anymore. However back in the day when I started blogging it was all I made. If you scroll far enough down my IG feed you will see what I’m talking about. One of my raw vegan cakes was even featured on Mind Body Green once upon a time.

The first food blog I followed was Emily’s from This Rawsome Vegan Life. Not only did she inspire me to start a food blog, one of her recipes was what I used to make my first raw vegan dessert. These bars are adapted from her recipe. Emily- cheers to you and all the people you inspire with your words, recipes and photography.

So back to the food.

I added some super herbs to the mix making them a lil more Caras Kitchen style. Who doesn’t want roots and herbs in their fudge? Rhetorical question, obviously ’cause that sounds really gross but I promise you, you can’t taste it at all.

These are nurturing, full of magic and just darn good.

 So what did I put in these bars? Lets discuss!

Ashwaganda is the most praised herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It has specific adaptogenic properties that help your body respond to stress or a changing enviorment. It helps the body cope with external sressors like enviornmental toxins or internal stress like anxiety or insomnia.

Brahmi is another herb revered for its mind-enhancing properties. It has been found to claify the mind, improve memory, support a balanced emptional state and is great for healthy skin and hair. Ladies rejoice.

Pearl might be the best kept secret in skin care. It has been used in Asia for centuries and regarded by the hard core health gurus as a top tonic for beauty. However I adore it for is spirit-building qualities which help relieve nervousness, anxiety and tension- not ironically things that contribute to aging.

Mucuna is an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as well and it too supports the bodies ability to handle stress. Its also is great for libido supporting female and male reproductive systems. Just an FYI.

Passion Flower not only has an emotionally charged named it has the ability to effect our moods and emotions as well. According to Dr. Axe “Studies have shown that passion flower may be just as effective as synthetic drugs for generalized anxiety disorder.” The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that it can help lower blood pressure.

And dont worry you dont have to go out and buy all those herbs on their own. I use a pre-made mix called Mellow Mood from Lifehouse Tonics and Elixirs– one of my favorite places to get healthy potions and tonics in Los Angeles. CCCCheck it.

So why might you want to add adaptogens to your diet?

For many of us, myself included, stress and anxiety are real and prevalent in our daily lives. If you are looking for a natural and proven way to get a handle on your energy then try adaptogens. They help keep my hormones in check and in a general state of calm and bliss. I put them in my morning coffee as well to help counter act the caffeine which can give me carzy brain if I drink too much.

Keep in mind that they work over time, its not like popping a xanex and 15 minutes later you’re so zen buddah would be jealous. Encorporate them daily as they work over time.

Feel free to eat as much of these as you please because they are made with 100% wholesome, raw, real ingredients. No fake stuff ever, you know the drill.

Think:

protein & fiber rich almonds

brain boosting coconut oil

energizing caoca

anti-parasitical dates

PH balancing Himalayan sea salt

and peanut butter cause peanut butter. Duh.

Stress Reducing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

May 17, 2017
Serves 8-9 bars
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
1h 30m

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 1
    heaping cup dates, pitted
  • 1 Cup
    hot water, not boiling
  • 1 Tablespoon
    coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Teaspoons
    Mellow Mood Herb Mix
  • 1/8 Teaspoon
    pink salt
  • 1 Cup
    almond flour
  • 1 Cup
    shredded coconut
  • PEANUT FUDGE LAYER
  • 1/3 Cup
    peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 3 Tablespoons
    coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup
    maple syrup
  • 1/8 Teaspoon
    pink salt
  • TOP CHOCOLATE LAYER
  • 1/4 Cup
    coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup
    cacao powder, scant measurement
  • 1/4 Cup
    maple syrup, scant measurement
  • 1/4 Cup
    nut milk, I used almond
  • pink salt

Instructions

  1. For the Crust: In a large bowl, pour hot water over dates and coconut oil and let sit for 10-15 minuites.

    Then add everything for the crust ingredients including the water into a food processor and blend everything into a smooth thick paste.

    It will resemble a thich cookie dough recipe.

    Press into the bottom of a small lined bread pan. Put in the freezer.

  2. For the Peanut Fudge layer put all ingredients into a small suace pan over low heat and using a whisk stir everything together.

    Pour this over the crust layer and put in the freezer to cool. It should take about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Chocolate Layer: Put all ingredients except the milk in the same sauce pan used for the peanut layer and heat over low heat. Whisk everything into a smooth mixture.

    Slowly stir in the milk. Once peanut layer has cooled, pour the chocolate on top and sprinkle with some pink salt if desired. Leave the in fridge for an hour or over night.

    Slice and serve.

    It probably keepss well in the freezer for a long time, but I wouldn't know because I ate them all in a week... Opps.

*** NOTE: Pearl is not technically vegan because it comes from an oyster, so omit if you want this to be 100% vegan.

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  • Nicole

    Well these bars look delicious! I love that you used ashwaganda in them. I’ve been drinking tea that has that + maitake mushroom powder, which sounds super weird, but it tastes good to me!

    • Hi Nicole- It sounds good to me to LOL! I love that all us foodies are adding these super herbs and mushrooms into our daily routines- I really feel it in every fiber of my being that we are part of a really large movement to heal our country from the effects of the S.A.D. and the over-use of pharmaceutical drugs 🙂

  • Oh my gosh these sound amazing. You had me at peanutbutter fudge! The stress reduction part is just a bonus. They look so great!

    • Hey Ruby! Oh yeah girl- the peanut butter fudge is the star of the show but the best behind the scenes crew are the magic herbs and adoptagens, lol 🙂 xo Have an awesome Monday

  • Marie | Yay! For Food

    Your peanut butter fudge looks so tasty! Also PB and chocolate is one of my favourite dessert combinations! I must be living under a rock because I am not very familiar with adoptagens so this post was very informative! Thanks Cara!

    • Hey Marie! yes PB and Choc is really hard to beat in my opinion, its so good. I am glad this post was informative, adaptogens have really been making a difference in my ability to handle stress and anxiety. xoxo thanks for stopping by

  • last week and yesterday were rough, and i definitely could have used some ashwagandha in my life, lol. chocolate and peanut butter always work, and these almost look like unrobed twix bars. all of that to say that i don’t think anyone would know that they would be eating such nourishing things (;

    • Aw Heather- i feel you girl. I hope your having some better days now! You know I thought they tasted like snickers, but they might also taste like twix lol. Thanks for swinging by babe, xo

  • Now that’s a keeper. You make dessert that looks tempting, and yet filled with all the goodness of nutrition. Using ashwagandha… that’s epic!

    • Kankana, Thank you! the more taste and health in a dish the better 🙂

  • I haven’t had a snickers bar in years I don’t crave candy bars anymore I rather opt for fruit or something a little healthier. I totally want roots and herbs in my fudge lol. OMG this post is super informative I had to pin it. I’ve used pearl serums on my face and it does wonders for my skin. I’m making these Stress Reducing Peanut butter Fudge Bars today!

    • That is so awesome that you have used Pearl before! It was new to me until buying the herb mix I used in this- youre ahead of the curve for sure! I hope you love em when ya make them 🙂

  • THESE LOOK AMAZING. I have ashwagandha at home but i usually just throw it in smoothies, this seems a lot more fun 🙂 The ingredient list made me happy too, minimal and I have most of this stuff! Will definitely have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing the lifehousetonics site!

    Xo

    • Hi Joline, thats awesome that you already have most of the items on hand! its such a quick and easy recipe to put together. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Adding adaptogens into dessert is pretty much genius. I love reading your posts because all of this stuff is so new to me. I was trained in how to cook food but not what health benefits are in the food. But seriously, these are swoon worthy.

    • Stacy my girl, thank you. Everything you make looks amazing so you were taught well! I am all about the health, for me it makes eating more enjoyable 🙂 thanks for popping by

  • Laura Dembowski

    I have heard a lot about adaptogens but I haven’t tried any yet. You have made me really excited to check them out, especially if they can be a part of something so delicious.