How to Make Healthy Fudge That’s as Good as the Real Thing!
Fudge is one of the most delicious treats out there. The only problem is that it’s high in sugar and fat. You might have sworn off the stuff with your latest diet or decided that the short-term satisfaction isn’t worth the calories.
Thankfully, there are quite a few options when it comes to healthy fudge. Sure, this fudge might not be exactly what you imagine when you think of the treat, but it gets pretty close.
So the next time you have a craving for fudge, but you want to make it healthy? We’ve got you covered.
But first, a caveat: while these two healthy fudge recipes are better for you than the classic sugar-butter combos, they should still be eaten in moderation. Remember, health is all about balance!
Now let’s get to the good stuff.
Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
We found this recipe on the Minimalist Baker blog and had to share it. Not only is this fudge recipe a healthy alternative to traditional fudge, but it’s only got four ingredients!
The recipe also suggests toppings like crushed peanuts and coconut flakes. Try the coconut flakes to compliment the peanut flavour, or double down on peanut buttery goodness with the peanut crunch.
This peanut butter fudge is rich, creamy, and nearly melts in your mouth. Love peanut butter? Bookmark this recipe: you won’t regret it.
- 2 cups desiccated unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 3-5 Tbsp maple syrup
- Take a standard standard loaf pan (adjust based on size of batch you want) and line the inside with parchment paper. Set the pan aside for now.
- Add desiccated coconut to a juicer/food processor and blend on high until the coconut becomes creamy. This will usually take around 4 to 5 minutes. Stop to scrape the coconut down the sides if you needed.
- Add peanut butter to the coconut mixture and mix again. Add maple syrup to taste, but not too much, as it makes the mixture too thick. You can always add more coconut oil to the mixture if you encounter this problem.
- Add salt and vanilla to the mixture and mix again (if desired). Adjust the ingredients until you reach the flavour you want.
- Pour mixture into your loaf pan.
- Optional: add crushed peanuts or coconut flakes to the top of the fudge.
- Freeze for 15 or 20 minutes or until the fudge hardens. Cut the fudge with a hot knife and enjoy! Save the leftovers in a fridge or freezer. Make sure to let any frozen fudge stand for a few minutes before eating.
Healthy Vegan Fudge
We found another excellent healthy fudge alternative on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. This one is a five-ingredient vegan fudge, but it still tastes great and is easy to make.
The recipe uses almond butter and coconut oil instead of dairy products, so vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy the delicious, plant-based goodness of healthy fudge.
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 3 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk with Cashew
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt (for garnish)
- Line a standard loaf pan or glass container with parchment paper. Make sure the paper is large enough that the edges hang over the side of the container so the fudge is easier to remove once you’re finished.
- Add your chocolate chips, almond milk, almond butter, coconut oil, and sea salt to a medium saucepan. Turn the burner on low and stir to help melt the chocolate into the mixture. Stir until about half of the chocolate chips have melted. Use a spatula or wooden spoon for this part.
- After the chocolate has sufficiently melted, use a whisk to blend everything together. Whisk the mixture steadily to avoid scorching the chocolate.
- The chocolate mixture will start to become smooth and even after you whisk it for long enough. When this happens, take it off of the burner and add the vanilla. Whisk again until the colour evens.
- Pour your ingredients into the glass container or loaf pan with the parchment inside. Sprinkle sea salt on top if desired for garnish and flavour.
- Place the fudge into the refrigerator for two to three hours or overnight.
- Once the fudge has hardened, remove it from the container and cut it into slices. The number of slices you have will depend on the size of the batch you made and the number of fudge pieces you want.
- Enjoy your fudge and keep the leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. Allow any frozen fudge to thaw a bit for the best flavour.