5-Ingredient Healthy Vegan Date Fudge
Awhile ago I saw Cacao powder at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 and bought it on a whim. Unsure of what to do with it, I googled recipes and found this mouth-watering, healthy, vegan, easy (enough adjectives?) fudge recipe from the grapevine – literally! www.fromthegrapevine.com
I slightly altered the recipe to make it lower calorie, so you can alter it to fit your taste, too!
Enough chit-chat, let’s get to the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: 1.5 hours
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 Cup unsweetened cacao powder
2 TBSP coconut oil (melted)
1/4 CUP natural peanut butter
1/2 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract
Pit the dates and soak them for 30 minutes in warm water.
Add soaked dates and melted coconut oil into the food processor and pulse until smooth.
Add cacao powder, peanut butter, and vanilla extract and pulse again until combined.
Line a glass dish (with a lid) with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil and press the mixture into it.
Optional: Top with hemp seeds, shredded coconut, walnuts, or whatever!
Put it in the freezer for at least one hour. (Store in freezer when not eating – they get melty otherwise)
All items are from Trader Joe’s besides the vanilla extract from Target. Medjool dates, organic, fair trade, cacao powder, pure vanilla extract, organic virgin coconut oil (get triple filtered if you don’t want the coconut taste in your fudge), and creamy peanut butter. I accidentally bought peanut butter spread instead of all natural peanut butter – won’t be making that mistake again!
Dates are really easy to pit – I cut length-wise half-way through the date and pop out the pit. This is the dish I used to soak the dates and also store the mixture in the freezer. It is glass and has a locking lid with a great seal, which is important when storing something in the freezer.
Make sure your coconut oil is melted, otherwise it won’t mix well. Luckily I made this on a hot day and my whole jar was already melted. You can either microwave it in a microwave-safe dish or run the jar under hot water.
Once you combine all ingredients, taste it to see if you’re happy with the balance. You can always add more peanut butter if you want more of a peanut butter cup taste or more cacao powder for an even richer/bitter taste.
I added hemp seeds to mine and used parchment paper to make it easy to take out of the glass tupperware. Again, make sure you store it in the freezer so it doesn’t get goopy and melty. It will start to soften within a couple minutes of being out of the freezer for the perfect fudge texture.
I cut the fudge into small squares so they’d be bite-size and I could eat 10 because “they’re just so small!”.