Easy Raw Fudge (Vegan, Paleo)


Classic fudge has always been one of my favorite holiday treats.

stack of easy raw fudge slices

In fact, this raw version has been one of my favorite everyday treats, too.

When I first started dabbling in the world of raw foods, the nut-butter based freezer fudge recipe from Raw Food, Real World quickly became my go-to evening dessert. Loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, and a dash of nutrient-rich maple syrup, it’s the kind of treat that leaves you feeling truly satisfied. Since almond butter can be a little overpowering in flavor, I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe, using raw cashew butter as the base, instead. The result is ultra-creamy and decadent!

I hope you and your family will prefer this healthier alternative to traditional fudge this holiday season!

Easy Raw Fudge (Vegan, Paleo)
makes 16-20 pieces

Adapted from Raw Food, Real World

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together the nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. (This works best if the ingredients are slightly warm! Alternatively, you could blend them together using a food processor.) Add in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla, and stir until smooth and creamy.

Transfer the mixture to a dish lined with plastic wrap, for easy removal.

making raw fudge

Note: I use a non-standard sized container for preparing my raw fudge– it’s a rectangular shaped dish that I’ve had for years, measuring about 4″ x 8.” You could easily double this recipe to fill an 8″ x 8″ pan, if you’d prefer.

Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for at least an hour before slicing and serving. Thanks to the coconut oil, this raw fudge will melt quickly if left to sit in a warm room, so it’s best served directly from the freezer.

Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the freezer. (As far as I know, it will last indefinitely in the freezer– but mine never lasts too long!)

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Easy Raw Fudge (Vegan, Paleo)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, and a dash of nutrient-rich maple syrup, this is the kind of treat that leaves you truly satisfied!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. (This works best if the ingredients are slightly warm. Alternatively, you could blend them together using a food processor.)
  2. Add in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla, and stir until smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a dish, lined with plastic wrap for easy removal, and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for at least an hour before slicing and serving. Thanks to the coconut oil, this raw fudge will melt quickly if left to sit in a warm room, so it's best served directly from the freezer.
  5. Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the freezer. (As far as I know, it will last indefinitely in the freezer-- but mine never lasts too long!)
Recipe Notes

I use a non-standard sized container for preparing my raw fudge-- it's a rectangular shaped dish that I've had for years, measuring about 4" x 8." You could easily double this recipe to fill an 8" x 8" pan, if you'd prefer.

Substitution Notes: If you’d prefer to use almond butter for this recipe, I recommend using raw almond butter, which has a sweet and mild flavor when compared to the roasted version. I also don’t recommend using Trader Joe’s brand, because the texture is far too grainy and gritty. (I’m afraid of breaking a tooth when I bite into that stuff!) You can make your own almond butter as a cheaper alternative.

For nut allergies, you can easily use sunflower seed butter, too!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite holiday treat? Are you a fan of fudge? My family used to make the recipe on the back of the marshmallow fluff jar– but I think this raw version is much easier, and tastes better!

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Comments

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

Love this recipe! So excited that it’s paleo too. Can’t wait to give it a try!

Lisa

I adore fudge. I’ve been making pumpkin fudge that I can’t get enough of. Love that this is raw as well!

    Arla

    Lisa, would you please share the pumpkin fudge recipe?

    Kelly

    yes please share the pumpkin fudge recipe

kaity @ kaityscooking

i love fudge, cant wait to try this recipe!

Ingrid King

I’ve made your almond fudge before and love it, but it’s hard to give as a gift because it melts so fast (somehow, presenting a box of fudge along with an ice pack doesn’t look so festive :-)…). Do you think this recipe would still work if I substituted something like Earth Balance for the coconut oil?

    Megan

    I’m not sure Earth Balance would make it any more shelf stable, but you never know until you try! Please let us know if you have any success!

    Helene

    You could try ghee (clarified butter, casein-free), since it’s solid at room temp

A

Any recommendations for stevia replacement of the maple syrup?

    Megan

    Since stevia varies so much, you’ll have to add it according to your own personal taste. Luckily, you can taste as you go with this recipe!

purelytwins

Always a fan of anything chocolate or fudge related 🙂

JP

Any ideas for a substitution for the coconut oil for people with coconut allergies?

Lafemmeroar

Yum! I will make it, then eat the whole thing all by my lonesome … being vegan isn’t all that healthy when the eater loves her chocolate! Will definitely try this recipe 🙂

Erika Henry

Is there something you can substitute for the coconut oil. I am not a fan of coconut or coconut flavored things???

    Megan

    Please see my FAQ page for substitution options.

    Omi

    Hi Erika, if you use ‘refined’ coconut oil, it wont taste of coconut, at all. Unrefined or raw coconut oil will taste of coconut. Hope this helps. 🙂

HCT

Thank you for this recipe. I made this and it is delicious! I haven’t had fudge in so long. This doesn’t taste like it is actually healthy! The only problem is that I can’t stop eating it! I think before it is frozen, this will make a good “glue” for a healthy gingerbread house.

Heavy Hedonist

So glad I found these ideas, and your site! I googled “flourless blondies” and there you were, with a peanut butter GF blondie, and more menu delights everywhere.

Now that I have GF family members and am going slowly raw-ish myself, your recipes and research are oh-so-helpful. Hope you don’t mind if I link to your site on my own vegetarian foodie blog. If so, just say the word and I’ll remove it.

Peace, and a Happy New Year,

Mari

    Megan

    Glad you found me, Mari! Hope you and your family enjoy the recipes! 🙂

Robyn

I just made them with tahini. Yum its like Chocolate halvah!

Janelle

Do you know how many caleries per piece? I love these so much but don’t want to wast all my caleries on these:)

Alexandra @ Creative Simple Life

These look so delicious! I am always looking for cane sugar-free desserts. Thanks for this recipe. I’ll be making it soon!

Sia

I love the recipes on your site. I wish I knew about them and the paleo diet years ago. Being lactose and wheat intolerant doesn’t make life easy and having a sweet tooth is torture, but looking through your site I can see heaps of recipes I can make. Can’t wait to make this one. Yum!

    Kay

    Carrot juice saves my life when I’m craving sugar!!

Erika

This fudge is incredible! My boyfriend couldn’t believe it is raw and without sugar!

Dawn

5 STARS! Just made your fudge and it is delicious! I love chocolate though i never eat it so this fudge is a great substitute for me to have occasionally. it is devine! Very easy recipe. Thanks for turning me on to Cashew Butter! I was so tired of the strong flavor of Almond Butter.

Alicia

In place of the maple syrup, I used two overly ripe bananas that I keep in my freezer! You still get a little sweetness with the added bonus of banana flavor (if you like them). I also used the double boil method so that it’s easier to combine all of the ingredients without the stickiness.

Delicious either way!

FW

My first tahini experience. This fudge is guilt-reduced yummy goodness. Thanks for the recipe. I did not have any maple syrup so I substituted 1/2 honey + stevia to taste. The substitution works well, but fudge still melts at room temp.

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Kate

I just made these tonight with Sun Butter due to a tree nut intolerance and it was delicious! In regards to food combining, what would be a good meal to eat than follow up with these as a dessert??

Kathy

It was so delicious, I added 1/2 cup chopped pecan for nutty texture. Oh god, it was so good too!

Kiana

I tried it with Stevia..it was delicious..maple syrup has a glycemic load of 68-126..depends on the brand..kind of defeats the purpose of healthy.

    Megan

    A homemade fudge sweetened with a touch of pure maple syrup and loaded with protein and fiber from the almond butter has a much lower glycemic load than traditional fudge made with powdered sugar and chocolate chips. So, even as written, this recipe is much healthier and shouldn’t be discounted for those who are transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.

    But, I’m glad you enjoyed it with the stevia!

Kiana

No Thank You!..this is a wonderful recipe and i love it..didn’t mean to sound so blunt♥

Penny

Just made this fudge for the millionth time, this time using tahini. Trust me, you have to try it! We are huge fans in this house!

Amy

Maple Syrup isn’t raw is it? I guess I am confused as to the definition of raw. It’s a wonderful recipe though!

Kelly

This is absolutely deliciously fabulous!

brittney

I just made this with tahini butter and fine pink Himalaya sea salt…I also added a couple of pieces of melted bakers chocolate 100% cocoa and a spoonful of organic coconut palm sugar. I just put them in the freezer but if they taste anything like the batter did then the final results will be uhhmazing!

Jo

Hi – Just had to say thanks for the recipe – have made it and it’s crazy good 🙂 – YUM!!! – Thank you 🙂

Della

I understood Paleo to be only that which one could hunt or gather. Why is maple syrup among these things?

Tatiana

this was so!!! Good. I had to hide it from my fiancé.

Katrina

Can I use corn syrup instead of maple syrup?

Paula

So yummy. Not sure I can wait for it to set up.

Abby

I just made this with raw almond butter and it is amazing! I hope I can make it last a week, since I know almond butter has a lot of calories, but my mouth is already watering again. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Karen Lynne

I made this using homemade cashew butter. Processed almonds into butter. Added coconut oil. Fine. Added the other ingredients and blended. I had a think chocolate mixture sitting in a pool of liquid??? I couldn’t get it to incorporate by food processor or by hand… Any ideas?

Carrie

Maple syrup can be gathered quite easily by tapping/sugaring. We learned how as kids in at a nature center/retreat. http://www.tapmytrees.com/

Grace

Do you know how much Valerie’s the fudge is? Maybe an estimate? My friend was wondering 🙂

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