This is fudge. Fudge is my friend. If you’re drooling, I don’t blame you. Chocolate is my weakness too. I’ll have days where nothing at all can possibly solve my problems (not even a solution to the problem) except one bite of chocolate for a hot minute. Of course, this is probably/usually followed up with instant regret, because it’ll never just be just the one bite if you are a chocoholic (Oh my god, how did I already ingest half a day’s sugar intake??). Can anyone relate?
If you looked at this and thought, there’s no way this is “healthy,” you’re absolutely right. It’d be better for your body not to have this at all: but you run the risk or running out to the convenience store on the corner and buying three Kit Kat bars and eating them which binge watching Gilmore Girls (if you haven’t watched it, do yourself a favour, people). If you’re craving chocolate, you should crave chocolate this way. This fudge is lighter, free of white sugar, and trust me, your craving will be satiated.
Here’s why I like eating a piece of this fudge when I have a craving for chocolate or anything sweet: it’s so rich, you’ll only be able to eat one piece (ok, maybe two). The goal for my healthy eating habits is not to cut out all food that’s not a super food, the goal is to master the art of portion control. This fudge automatically does it for you.
Remember that fudge is very decadent: what I’m proposing is making as an alternative for unhealthier sweets. One piece will only contain 6 grams of sugar, and like I said, you’ll be satisfied with one because of the richness.
Tip: You’ll want to cut it with a very hot knife, or hot cookie cutter (run under very hot water), and you’ll also want to cut into small, bite-sized pieces. For those of us obsessed with coconut, here’s another little tip. You’ll notice in the pictures that the coconut hasn’t sunk into the fudge- sprinkle the shredded coconut over the fudge 15 minutes into setting!
It’s also really easy to make with kids! The lovely part is, you can make it any shape with cookie cutters (again remember to heat the cookie cutter under hot water before cutting). I suggest making little Christmas trees for the upcoming holiday season with red and green sprinkles to garnish!
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla coffee creamer or vanilla extract
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- Heat your coconut oil in a pot and slowly stir in your other ingredients on very low heat
- Once loosely combined, remove from heat and stir vigorously to combine completely
- Line a small square or rectangular pan with parchment paper (VERY important to line it!!)
- Pour in fudge batter and refrigerate for at least an hour (if using coconut, sprinkle 15 minutes into setting)
- Cut with a hot knife or hot cookie cutter
- Store remaining pieces in the fridge