Let’s talk about a lil’ homemade fudge, shall we?
I’ve never made fudge.
This was a first. I usually like to bake desserts but I thought it’d be fun to make something a little bit different this time around. Plus, when all those boxes of stale chocolate pile up for the holidays, you just want something, well fresh n’ different. Right?
If you’re already thinking there’s no way you have time to make this fudge recipe on a weeknight, think again. I’ve always been a fan of make-ahead desserts and this one is perfect to keep in the fridge until your sweet tooth begs for a nibble or until your holiday party at work.
All you’ve gotta do to make this fudge is toss together a few ingredients in a food processor and then transfer it to a flat pan to chill in the fridge. Easy as pie. Or Easy as fudge, in this case.
O and did I mention that it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan? Ya, I forgot about telling you that. You won’t believe how creamy and tasty it is. Seriously. I thought I’d never say it, but it was one of the most succulent treats I’ve ever sunk my teeth into.
I like to top my fudge with a little lemon yogurt topping and sea salt. But almond butter and powdered sugar would be great, too!
So what are you waiting for? Get thee into the kitchen and whip up some fudge, people. You’ll be the hit of your holiday party, especially when all the gluten-free and dairy-free folks can actually eat your treat.
Plus, you can feel good about eating a lil’ square each night. I’m keeping a stash in my freezer for those midnight munchies. Ya know what I mean?
And don’t forget to head over to my Facebook Page where I’m hosting the ’25 Days of Christmas’ Giveaway Every Day. I’m giving away a new gluten-free gift everyday from December 1st-December 25th.
Enjoy and Good Luck!
- 1/2 cup coconut butter
- 1 Tbsp. well-stirred creamy almond butter
- 1 large ripe banana cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp. agave nectar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Simply Organic Almond Extract
- 1/2 tsp. Simply Organic Cinnamon
- 1/6 tsp. sea salt
In a food processor, combine all ingredients until smooth. Transfer mixture to a flat, 9 x 5 Tupperware container. Cover and place in the freezer for
Remove from freezer, slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
Share your thoughts
The texture was fantastic. I’m going to make it again but use vanilla in place of the almond extract which we didn’t care for.
So great to hear Martina! xoxx
What is the banana used for in this recipe? is it possible to replace it with another ingredient/fruit, and if so, what would be best?
Arden, I haven’t tried using a substitute for the banana but you could try avocado and stevia and see if that works. May be more like pudding though.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time and the ingredients are perfect for my diet lifestyle. Currently, I have to travel 40 miles to a restaurant to get fudge like this, but now I can make my own. It sounds easy to make and looks delicious and I can’t wait to make some. Thanks again.
I was thinking about subbing the banana with avocado because I can’t do bananas either. Any thoughts?
Thanks Dorothy; I didn’t try avocados but that sounds great to me. Let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!
Can’t wait to try this.
Thanks Heide; have a great week! Love the pretty spelling of your name.
yum! how did i miss this?!? thank goodness for foodbuzz…
Awe; thanks Lynn! So nice to hear from you. Enjoy! xoox
Hi – I have a silly question – what is the consistency of this fudge when you take it out of the freezer. Mine was solid but still a little soft and gooey on the inside. It still tastes pretty decadent though. I am wondering if it will soften up too much when it is no longer refrigerated? Could it be that I did not leave it in the freezer too long? Any suggestions or thoughts?
Thanks Lori; yes you may need to refrigerate the fudge for a bit longer but it is soft and gooey. I kept it in the fridge until ready to serve; I hope that helps! Happy Holidays!
Sounds delightful but I can’t do bananas. Any ideas for subbing that?
Hmmm; I’m not sure Lisa. I only tried this recipe with bananas but you can try to substitute the 1/2 mashed banana for 1 egg then do the conversion for the 2 Tbsp chia seed and 1/3 cup water combo for 1 egg depending on what you are making. That may work; but not sure!
How about prune puree? Or date puree?
It’s not bad; I’m not sure how it would taste in this recipe but you could try it! Let me know how it comes out; I think it would taste great!
Wow. These sound and look delicious!
Thanks so much; enjoy!
For coconut butter I use Helene’s recipe: http://www.superkitchenmachine.com/2011/11949/make-coconut-butter-thermomi.html#
It takes 4 minutes. I just didn’t have any coconut in the house last night. But the stores are open today and I plan to make another batch of this fudge for Christmas gifts, so this time I’ll follow the recipe and make the coconut butter first.
I also make nut butter using Jo Whitton’s recipe: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.ch/2010/09/nut-butter.html
Think I’ll go test a piece of that fudge now….
Sounds lovely Cheryl; Helene’s recipe sounds great.Thank you for sharing both recipes!
Excited to give this a try, super easy too! Might try coconut oil like others since it’s what I have on hand. Happy holidays!!
Thanks Diana; hope you enjoy it! Happy Holidays.
I’ve just made it! But I had to make slight changes: I only had coconut oil in my cupboard. It’s solid at room temperature but it’s not as firm as coconut butter. I whizzed up some nut butter using cashews and hazelnuts and to sweeten I used coconut blossom sugar and Medjool dates rather than agave nectar. Agave nectar can lead to insulin resistance, so I tend to use it sparingly. It’s setting in the freezer…….. I tasted a little, hmm delicious…… Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! This is my first time on your blog, looking forward to reading more.
Thank you so much Cheryl; great to know. Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy your fudge!!
you can make your own coconut butter! its just coconut shreds blended in a food processor for 3-5 minutes
Thanks Nicole; I love making this in the food processor!
Looks amazing, Amy! And a yummy flavor combo, too. Yay for fudge! Happy Holidays to you and yours! xo
Thanks Ricki! Have a great weekend and holiday! xoox
This fudge looks fabulous. Definitely going make this. Slight concerns about serving the fudge in newspaper – some inks used still today are toxic.
I agree Cheryl; the newspaper was just for the photo shoot- I would not suggest using it for wrapping! Use parchment or wax paper instead! Enjoy.
I WOULD LIKE TO TRY THIS BUT WHAT IS COCONUT BUTTER I NEVER
SAW IT OR USED IT. IS IS LIKE THE SUNBUTTERS ?. IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. OR CAN I SUB SOMETHING ELSE?
You can find this in the health food store or a Whole Foods Market. I would look there and see if you can find it; just ask and they will be able to show you. You can also buy it here:
LOVE this recipe.! One question: What would be a good substitute for the coconut butter? Would a little bit of coconut oil work?
Thanks Lori; The Artisanan Coconut Butter that I used has a different flavor and texture than coconut oil but I’m sure you could try it and see if it works!
This is such a smart treat! Looks like you got the texture right ~ big time! The banana in there ~ very nice twist.
Thanks Marla; have a great weekend! xoxo