Wahls Fudge from The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life – Delicious Paleo Fudge Recipe

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Introducing Dr. Terry Wahls

I’m sure she doesn’t remember, but I actually shared a table with Dr. Terry Walls at the speakers dinner at Paleof(x) a couple of years ago (when I did a cooking demo for my Berry Mojito Salad from The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book). I had already heard her story via her TedX talk in which she shared the profound healing she experienced from her MS symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. At one time, Dr. Wahls was confined to a wheelchair, even as she continued her work as a doctor. She can now walk without a cane and even ride a bike! Her first book, The Wahls Protocol, outlines the steps she took to reclaim her life and she has since helped thousands of others with MS and other autoimmune diseases do the same by using this protocol.

The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing her BRAND NEW book, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life, a sort of cookbook companion to her first book (well, not sort of…that is exactly what it is!) makes The Wahls Protocol practically foolproof. Before we get too far, though, let’s talk about what exactly autoimmune diseases are and about The Wahls Protocol. I do not suffer from any autoimmune conditions myself, so I don’t often discuss this topic on the blog. The list is a long one, though, and I would venture to guess that you or someone you love may suffer from one of these conditions. Let’s take a look at a list of common autoimmune diseases:

  • Celiac disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vitiligo

(this list is not exhaustive, these are simply some of the more common disorders)

What is the Wahls Protocol?

The Wahls Protocol has three levels (more on that in a minute). Each of these levels has Dr. Wahls’ two-pronged approach in common; to eat foods that fuel the mitochondria, thereby building healthy cells for strong cellular function, and to eat foods that calm internal inflammation. These two things together help the body to heal, rebuild, and, hopefully, return to a normal level of functionality. The first level , The Wahls Diet, focuses on high-quality foods and a high intake of fruits and vegetables, omega-3 rich seafood, protein-rich meats, and healthy fats like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. The second level, Wahls Paleo, builds on the first level, but also removes all grains, dairy, and soy. The third level, Wahls Paleo Plus, is a ketogenic diet, which means it includes lots of healthy fats and lower levels of carbohydrates (no grains, legumes, or sweeteners, and low levels of fruit and starchy veggies). The idea is to start with The Wahls Diet and only progress into the more difficult to follow levels if you need additional healing that you are not able to achieve on the first level.

It may sound that these levels would be difficult to follow, but in The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life, Dr. Wahls really makes it so simple. There is a guide on how to stock your kitchen, basic recipes for foods you’ll always want to have on hand (like bone broth), tips on foraging for edibles (seriously!), and even some yummy treats like the one I’ll be sharing with you today!

Wahls Fudge from The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life / Paleo & Wahls Protocol Approved

You will love this Wahls Fudge recipe

This Wahls Fudge recipe is to-die-for delicious and totally healthy, whether you have an autoimmune condition or not. I know being on a special diet can sometimes feel limiting so I love that Dr. Wahls includes treats like this fudge. If you know someone with an autoimmune condition, I think it would just be the sweetest thing to make them a batch of this fudge and share it with them next time you get together. On that note, if you do know anyone with an autoimmune condition, or if you have one yourself, I cannot recommend Dr. Wahls’ books highly enough! You can get The Wahls Protocol and The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life through Dr. Wahls’ website.

Wahls Fudge from The Walls Protocol Cooking for Life

Yield: 20 servings

From Dr. Wahls: This is one of the most popular recipes from The Wahls Protocol, so I felt it would be nice to include it in The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life with an added variation for white fudge. Wahls Fudge tastes like an indulgent, sweet treat but it’s much more nutritionally dance than candy, parties, or other sweet desserts. In my house, Wahls Fudge makes any day feel like a holiday! Wahls Fudge is calorically dense, so it’s excellent for those who are losing too much weight. If you are trying to lose weight, enjoy it sparingly.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup walnuts, preferably sprouted
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth, then press the mixture into an 8x8-inch glass baking dish and refrigerate or place in a freezer for 30 minutes to firm up the fudge.
  3. Cut into 20 squares and enjoy. I usually store it in the refrigerator so it stays firm.
  4. The fudge keeps for about three days, but it rarely lasts that long.

Notes

Mexican Chocolate Variation: Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for a Mexican Chocolate flavor. White Chocolate Variation: The avocado is optional for the variation. Omit the cocoa powder. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds. Swap raisins for golden raisins.

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7 Responses

  1. I’ve watched my grandmother, among many others, suffer from autoimmune disease and it’s terrifying. I do what I can to suggest helpful changes to diet/lifestyle, but it’s hard for them to listen to me when I tend to be younger than those I’m advising. I think seeing this book would really open some eyes to my loved ones. And that fudge looks amazing! Maybe that’ll be my Easter dinner contribution… 🙂

  2. I am very interested in this book. I have thyroid disease and would love to know more about cooking great meals for my health.

    • That is wonderful that you are interested in supporting your health using healthy food – good luck and I hope you find it helpful!

  3. Amy Malone

    natural herbs have helped alot.

  4. This recipe should include 1 cup of soaked walnuts, as listed in Wahls book.

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