Rich, chocolaty, vegan fudge with a smooth, creamy texture… you would never believe that this simple fudge recipe is healthy, contains no refined sugar, and is paleo, vegan, and dairy free, AND is ridiculously easy and ridiculously delicious. Follow my tips below to make this fudge even better.
For this recipe you will need: nut or seed butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup.
This post was updated April 2019
Vegan Fudge Backstory
It seems like as soon as Halloween creeps in, candy and cookies and pies and everything in between is all you can find. At our house, we try to keep it healthy the majority of the time, but allow some room for treats.
I try to keep a healthy balance. But then your three-year-old starts begging constantly for treats (and I mean alllllllll day long) and you realize you have to pull in the reigns on how many treats a little child might be getting. Anyone else deal with this?
But a healthy treat is definitely something I can get behind. A chocolaty, sweet dessert, like this simple fudge recipe, is something we get excited about. Plus, it hits the sweet spot without that making you feel like junk.
I know what you are thinking: “why vegan fudge, Amy? You aren’t vegan!” Truth! But since we are mostly dairy-free (butter doesn’t affect us like milk does), we will frequently use vegan recipes.
If you ever have made regular fudge, it is a process. We actually learned how to make it in college when I was studying to get my bachelor’s in nutrition… odd, right? And regular fudge is pretty tricky. That’s why I love this super easy, vegan fudge.
Chocolate Fudge: a Holiday Tradition
Fudge is really delicious, but for some reason, it always gets made during the holidays. Basically, the only time I ate fudge growing up was during the holidays, and when we went on our annual family vacation to my grandparents’ house in Florida. There was an amazing little fudge place next to the bay that we loved.
As an adult, I’ve realized something… Fudge doesn’t just have to be a holiday thing or a Florida thing; I can eat it for breakfast if I so desire. Sometimes being an adult is awesome.
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Tips for making Vegan Fudge:
You can use any type of smooth nut butter. If you are allergic to nuts, use sunflower seed butter.
To make peppermint fudge add a little bit of peppermint extract or a few drops of peppermint essential oils.
Line your pan with parchment paper to make it easy to remove and slice. Trust me.
To make it truly vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey.
Vegan Fudge FAQ
Is this fudge vegan?
If you use maple syrup instead of honey, then yes, it is vegan fudge.
Can you use a different nut or seed butter?
Yes. You can use whatever you want, as long as it is a smooth, creamy nut or seed butter. Crunchy butters would change the consistency.
Does this taste like coconut?
Yeah, it has a hint of coconutty flavor. If you are not a fan of coconut, you could swap out coconut oil for a refined coconut oil.
Can you add nuts?
Sure, if you are into that kind of thing. If you want other ways to switch it up, you could add chocolate chips (I love these), peppermint candy chunks (that would make it not paleo or vegan anymore, FYI), or top with a caramel sauce. Ohh now I want to top this with caramel sauce.
You may need:
Medium Saucepan, baking dish (I used a 9×5), measuring cups and spoons, cocoa powder (like this one), coconut oil and a few other things.
How To Make Vegan Fudge
Are you ready to make this ridiculously easy fudge recipe?
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, place all ingredients and allow to melt.
Whisk together and pour into a container lined with parchment paper. Chill for an hour or stick it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Lick the bowl clean.
Slice and store in a container in the fridge. This fudge will melt if it gets too warm.
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Combine coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey or maple syrup, and nut or seed butter into a medium saucepan.
Turn heat to medium-low and allow to melt, mixing frequently (make sure that seed butter dissolves).
Once combined and melted, take off of heat and add vanilla extract. Combine well.
Pour fudge into a parchment lined dish (I use a 9x5 dish) place in the fridge until firm. Should take about 30-60 minutes.
Cut and enjoy. Try not to eat them all yourself.
This recipe is pretty sweet. If you want to make it less sweet, take the honey or maple syrup down to 1/4 cup. It should still work just fine.Pop them into the freezer for 20-30 minutes for faster cooler time. Don't leave them too long or they will get really hard.Store them in a cool place. They will melt if they are too warm.