Fudge is one of my favorite holiday desserts and is usually loaded with butter and sugar… To start the new year off right, this version is a healthier alternative that feels indulgent but is less processed and draws on more nutrient dense ingredients. Healthier fat comes in the form of homemade peanut butter (you could use any nut butter) and coconut oil and sweetness comes in the form of natural maple syrup and honey. You can pack this fudge for a protein boost on the go or store it in the refrigerator as a chilled sweet treat. It comes together in about 10 minutes and is very adaptable to other flavors – try adding cocoa powder for a chocolate fudge or sprinkling chopped pistachios and dried cherries over the top.
- 1 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
- 1 cup coconut oil (softened)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup carob chips
- Sea salt to sprinkle on top
- Mix together all of the ingredients except the sea salt in a medium bowl until completely smooth.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper, folding it into the corners. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle with sea salt and carob chips.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until completely hardened. Cut into squares, and serve.