By Cassie Johnston
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo
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I’d like to introduce you to a little recipe that we make it our house way more often than I care to admit—coconut oil fudge. It’s our absolute favorite healthy dessert (in moderation, of course), and we almost always have all the ingredients we need to make it stocked in our pantry. And it’s actually not doing this recipe justice to call it my favorite healthy dessert. It’s pretty much my favorite any kind of dessert ever. And it just so happens to be healthy. It’s that good.
This fudge is different from regular fudge in the fact that it is much lower in sugar (and uses more natural sources of sweetener), is totally dairy-free and vegan, and is packed with healthy fats thanks to a good chunk of coconut oil. Like most of my “healthy” recipes (in quotes because healthy is a totally relative term—what it means to you might be different), this isn’t a low-calorie recipe. But it is packed with nutrients and good-for-you stuff.
The idea behind this fudge is that property that all coconut oil users know well—coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but anything above that, and it’s a velvety smooth liquid oil. To make this fudge, you simply stir together the (warm and melted) coconut oil with cocoa and sweetener, and then pour it into a pan. Then you chill that sucker, and out pops the most velvety, dense, and smooth fudge you’ve ever had—without a single second of cooking time. No boiling hot sugar on the stove. No microwaving something for 10 minutes. Just five minute, deeply chocolatey fudge—with a gloriously awesome hint of coconut flavor.
This coconut oil fudge is so smooth, that it’s almost the same texture as those ice cube chocolates you used to eat as a kid. Remember those? They looked like an ice cube? And they were so smooth and creamy that they almost felt cold on your tongue (hence the name)? Yup, this fudge is a lot like those.
The kooky idea for this coconut oil fudge came from my husband, who was, like any good partner in life, desperate to help his wife with her chocolate craving. We had no chocolate in the house. It’s 800 years to the closest grocery store (#countrylife). So he got resourceful. Necessity is the mother of invention, and all that.
Half an hour later, there was a plate of fudgy chocolate pieces made with coconut oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder in front of my face. And a half second later, they were in my mouth, and I was a very happy camper. Chocolate craving squashed.
This version doesn’t have peanut butter, but you can mix that in too, if it makes you happy. Adding in peanut butter just makes it a little less solid—but not less delicious. If you want a true fudgy square of fudginess—leave the PB out. If you aren’t so worried about texture, add PB (or any other nut butter) to your heart’s content.
Now, I do have to warn you about this stuff. It is dangerous. Capital D. Angerous. It’s so easy to make and so delicious, that you’ll want to make it all the time, but it’s also super easy to polish off an entire batch on your own if you are a chocoholic of my caliber (although, it did take over three decades of intense training to become as good at eating chocolate as I have).
That’s one of the reasons why this is a small batch recipe. You aren’t going to get a big, party-sized plate of fudge out of this recipe. But you are going to get enough to squash any surprise chocolate cravings without giving yourself a stomachache. Enjoy!
3.5 from 2 reviews
Think healthy fudge is an oxymoron? Not true! This Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge is naturally sweetened, dairy-free, vegan, and packed with nutrients and healthy fats.
I don’t recommend making this any of the “regular” size baking pans, because the resulting fudge will be very thin (this is a small batch recipe). I like using a small square food storage container. If you happen to have a mini muffin tin, you can also use that for pre-portioned fudge bites.
Keywords: chocolate, fudge, small batch, desserts
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Hnnnngggh these look amazing!!!! This is getting made tonight and will undoubtedly not make it through this snowy weekend.
Is it too much that I want to eat this fudge with some hot chocolate while I watch the snow come down?
Saw this and made it 5mins later! Just tried it…. Amazing. And it’s richness stops me eating too much! Fab. Thanks!
So glad you like it! I’m jealous of your willpower. Richness just seems to make me want it even more! Ha!
Hmmm… The richer the better! Or that just with men??? LOL I can’t wait to make this!!!!
Made this last night and it was fantastuc, thanks for the recipe! I added a tbsp of PB2 to make it peanut buttery without softening it and it was fab!
Awesome idea on the PB2! You can’t beat peanut butter and chocolate!
I was thinking about this. did you just add the pb2 or did you replace some of the cocoa with the pb2?
I love that this recipe doesn’t have marshmallow! I can’t wait to try it!
You know, now I kinda want to add a few mini marshmallows to the top. :)
I can’t wait to make this, I love coconut oil, and really love healthier alternatives.
Isn’t coconut oil just the best? I use it for everything!
i was indulging in tofu fudge i made..but this will be made very soon.. lately, i have been slathering coconut oil on my skin..and its done wonders. (this is so off topic)
Not off topic at all! Let’s all celebrate the wonderful ways to use coconut oil! It’s great for my super-fried-I-really-need-a-haircut split ends. :)
I love recipes that are made from all natural , super food kind of ingredients so this one definitely looks amazing to me. I’m like crazy addicted to dark chocolate and LOVE how easy this looks!
I am definitely a dark chocolate addict, too! It’s totally healthy, right? *wink*
I think I’m going to try these with some sea salt on top!
You know I love me some dark chocolate with sea salt!
MIND. BLOWN. I made some of this fudge last week and HAD to bring it to work so that I didn’t eat the entire serving in one day… holy man, this is going to be a staple in my house from now on! I love how easy it is and how natural the ingredients are, and that I always have those ingredients on hand!! Thanks! :)
I’m so glad you love it! It’s way to easy to eat all of it!
Your husband is a culinary genius. This may be the best discovery of 2016… delicious!
Delish! Made this tonight. Easy, quick, and perfect for those sweet cravings. Thank you!
SO GOOD! The mini-cupcake tin is such a good idea! I put some cocao nibs in mine! this is the best recipe ever!
YUM. The cacao nibs is a genius idea!
Found this recipe on pinterest today and tried it immediately. It is perfect! The fudge is delicious and so easy to make. I will definitely be making it again.
Thanks for sharing!
So glad you liked it! :)
I had no syrup or honey, so, being the resourceful person that I am (wink, wink), used 2T of organic raspberry preserves instead. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!
Oh man, that is GENIUS! I bet it tasted amazing!
it was really good but I don’t like honey so much so next time I won’t put as much honey in it. I’ll Put some peanutbutter or something in it instead =)
This was very gross and a waste of time and supplies. Spit it out.
I was doubtful about this recipe, but I was having a serious chocolate craving. I can’t keep any chocolate in the house or I eat it all… and that is how I found this recipe. And it IS DELICIOUS!! It tastes like the inside of a dark chocolate Lindt truffle! YUM this will definitely become my new “emergency I need chocolate recipe.” Also, it is just rich enough that I couldn’t eat it all at once. I think I can make it last for two servings ;)
Really enjoyed this! I did, however find that the maple syrup and coconut oil separated so the top layer was bitter and the bottom super sweet. Do I just need to mix it better or is it because I tossed it in the freezer to firm up faster?
It might help to warm both the coconut oil and maple syrup a bit in the microwave or over a double broiler next time. :)
I will try this. Thanks!!!
Same happened to me when I used honey. I even heated both the oil and honey then mixed? The first time I made it I heated the oil but not the maple syrup. It didn’t separate but it was kinda lumpy. Both times it was delish! A great nondairy alternative
After reading the above post, I promptly pulled my stash out of the fridge and topped it with more maple syrup. Haha. We’ll see what happens!
Made these with cannabis infused coconut oil, I cut it 50/50 with uninfused oil. There is still a heavy flower taste but it’s very good! I will mix in peanut butter next time!
Now yer talkin. Just please warn people and/or provide un-infused chaser kind
Thats what I’m going to try this with! I have infused liquid coconut oil though, not solid, so I’m not sure if it will come out the same!
Love making fudge like this! And I second the added P2b or chocolate P2B! So good. Too good…like I shouldn’t make it very often lol. Thanks!
This looks so good! If making in a mini muffin tin would would you spray the pan or cut out mini parchment paper circles?!
Made this today absolutely beautiful we all enjoyed it thanks
Wow really enjoyed this fudge
Is it possible to sub the honey or syrup with Swerve or another keto-friendly sweetener?
This was seriously good! I saw square dish and used an 8×8″ pan and my fudge is far too thin (just like you said)! I cut the fudge into 16 pieces and they’re about 2″ each. I don’t have the container you use, but next time I might try a loaf pan. And there will be a next time! I added 2 drops of Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil by Young Living for a refreshing after dinner treat. I’m thinking you could also try Orange, Cinnamon or any other oil of your choice.
Just got diagnosed with diabetes last week and made this last night. SO good and SO easy!
I made this tonight with cacoa powder instead of the cocoa. So it’ll be even healthier…lol. I love healthy desserts!
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! I’m a so excited to find this recipe. Since they are dark chocolate, my family won’t eat it. It’s all mine *evil laugh* Thank goodness it’s a small batch too! Oh So Good!!!!!!!
I’m so happy I came across this recipe! I can’t eat dairy, gluten (anything processed) right now and when I saw this I made it right away. I love how I always have these ingredients on hand.. so will probably be making this recipe a lot haha. Thank you :)
Sub’d agave, Himalayan pink salt and Ghirardelli double chocolate powder. In the freezer at the moment. As a batter it tastes awesome so far. Will try various versions and report back. Thanks so much for the quick, healthy and decadent idea!
I love fudge! This looks delicious…I never would have thought to use coconut oil as an ingredient, but it’s a natural ??
I just flubbed my own website address ?
So, what is the measurement of the container that was used, please? The amazon link had over 10 containers in the set, without measurement. Thanks.
Just made these because they looked tasty and were crazy quick to make. I never expected them to taste so good! They’re incredible and will definitely be on my make again list. For the top I used the coconut on half and sea salt on the other half. Thanks for sharing. PS: my husband keeps sneaking in the fridge like a little kid to sample them over and over again. :). A big hit!!!
Best vegan fudge recipe, ever!!! Unfortunately, my husband and two daughter’s all loved it and I HAD TO SHARE :(
Thanks for the great recipe for a newly lactose intolerant family!
This stuff is unbelievably yummy!!!
Thanks for the post!
Do you have carb counts for these little gems, please and thank you!
I was wondering if corn syrup could be used in the place of the honey. My sister cant eat honey and I’m not to crazy about maple syrup.
I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if you do try it!
I just made these as a Christmas gift for my brother who is a diabetic. The mixture tasted so delish, i wanted to keep them for myself haha jk. .. Thank you so very much for this recipe! Next time I’m going to try the pb version as well:)
Do you measure the coconut oil before or after melted?
Did you measure the coconut oil before or after melted?
Have you ever tried doubling or even tripling the recipe and using a bigger container?
I would like to make a big batch for the Hollidays. :)
Thank you so much!
I made this, and it hardened so nicely, but was too bitter! Any suggestions?
Just add a bit more sweetener and you should be good. :)
Love this fudge! Especially with a fresh raspberry on top when I eat a piece!
Ooh, that sounds great!
Made it last night, one plain batch and one with hazelnut extract and a few chopped cashews…. oh my they are amazing!!!
Does anyone know what like a one inch square of it would be for weight watcher points???? Would love to know!! Thanks
Ooh, that hazelnut extract + cashews twist sounds amazing!
I tried this and the coconut oil would not mix in. It just stays on the top. Any suggestions?
Would a 9×9 pan be too big?
You could try it, but you may end up with some very thin fudge! The one Cassie used is about 6″ x 6″.
Oh my goodness. I made this right after reading since I had all.of the ingredients and it is so good! I left out the toasted coconut, and added on powder, a little extra coconut oil and some peanuts for some crunch and it is delicious. Also, I looked up the ingredients and if one pan is 9 servings there’s about 95 calories per serving. I was fine with a small bite and can probably get 20 portions for me, so 30 cals, not bad! Thank you!!
I thought you were hyping this recipe up. Oh. My. Dog. This is amazing. Its rich, smooth and decadent. I can’t believe how easy and simple this is to make. Thank you for sharing, and so glad I stumbled upon it.
So glad you enjoyed it!
Oh, my; I have all the ingredients on hand, so tomorrow after sunset, I”m going to make a batch of it JUST FOR ME! I didn’t find this until now, just half an hour before sunset (and the beginning of the Sabbath), so can’t do a thing about it, But watch out Saturday night…the fudge is coming!!
This would have been a 5 star but because you added maple syrup or honey its no good on my keto eating plan..if you had used stevia or erythrotol it would be ketogenic and you could just about eat the whole batch. Mind you you wouldn’t feel like eating anything ele for the day hehe. ..I am s chocochocoholic too??
Very rich and addictive and satisfied my chocolate craving!! Only thing is I used honey instead of maple syrup and I added a little peanut butter. I think it was a little too much honey. But overall, delicious and will make again!! I’m happy with this healthier alternative
Do you know the calories for 1 squares?
There are lots of great calorie calculators out there that you can use. Here’s one I like: https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
Super decadent. Thank goodness it was a small batch recipe. Filled up some mini silicone muffin cups halfway, added a small dollop of natural peanut butter, poured more of the fudge on to fill the cup. Thanks for the excellent recipe.
Can this be doubled so an 8 by 8 dish can be used?
I’m a diabetic so can’t use honey or maple syrup. Can I use a sugar sub, for ex. Sucralose or erythritol? Thanks
I’ve never tried it with either of those, sorry!
These are brilliant, I used small paper cake wrappers as I didn’t have any parchment, they were a bit flat but tasted perfect. Will have to try with peanut butter for Valentine’s Day. Thankyou!
Made these with canna-coconut oil. Best. Edibles. Ever. Lots of love from over here in Cali haha
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