Healthy Homemade Fudge: A Great Gift!

IMG_6843Need a simple easy treat to give away this holiday? How about some delicious healthy fudge that is incredibly easy to assemble? I adapted this recipe from Kimi’s edition of healthy fudge. I don’t use coconut sugar, so I had to do some experimenting to use with honey. I used raw honey to sweeten and it is a delicious combination of three simple ingredients -cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey! Whip it up in your blender and solidify in the fridge, and you are set! This is a great little nutritious gift idea for him or her (especially the guys!) and also an very easy dessert for guests. I have served it several times over the last few months and always received great reviews.

1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup coconut oil, divided (virgin unrefined coconut oil is recommended for its nutritional value), palm oil or butter
3/4 cup honey (raw honey is recommended again for its nutritional value)

Gently melt half of the coconut oil in a small saucepan. Allow too cool slightly. Place the remaining 1/2 cup solid coconut oil in your blender with the cocoa and honey. Carefully add the melted coconut oil and pulse a few times till smooth. Make sure not to over blend or else it can seperate. Line a bread pan with a layer of parchment paper or saran wrap. Carefully pour the fudge into the pan. Place in your refrigerator until solid, about 1 hour. Gently remove from pan and cut into squares. Makes about 12-15 squares. Store in refrigerator till ready to serve.

Note: I found that if I melted all the coconut oil, the final result was a very stretchy, wet fudge. For the more solid fudge like texture, I melt half of the oil, just enough so that it blends together well, and this seems to work perfectly.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

86 Responses to Healthy Homemade Fudge: A Great Gift!

  1. Suzy Q December 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I love the simplicity of this recipe and I can’t wait to try it. A few years back I had heard of making fudge using pinto beans but when I looked it up all I could find was recipes that called for powdered sugar… here’s an example:
    Bill’s Bean Fudge

    1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
    1 2/3 cups mashed pinto beans
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 pounds powdered sugar
    Melt together unsweetened baking cocoa and butter. Mix in thoroughly drained and mashed pinto beans, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
    Place in a large, buttered, shallow baking pan with sides and chill until firm.
    Makes 24 pieces

    How could you adapt this?

  2. ~M November 19, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Lindsay,

    This recipe looks great! I plan on making it today as a trial for a cookie exchange/holiday tea that I’ll be attending in early December. I have all the ingredients on hand and love that it’s so healthy/nutrient-dense. Thank you!

    When you say “a bread pan,” do you mean a loaf pan? For the tea, I’d like to double or maybe even triple the recipe, so do you think it would work to line a lasagna size pyrex baking dish? Basically, how thick should the “batter” be over the surface of the dish?

    Also, does this fudge recipe freeze well? It would be great to have on hand for a pregnancy treat/craving! :)

    Last, have you ever tried making this into peppermint fudge by adding peppermint extract? I have some from Flavorganics. :) I also wonder about adding a bit of cinnamon since cinnamon and chocolate is a great combination! I guess I could taste-test the “batter” since there are no eggs.

    • Lindsay November 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

      Yes, a loaf pan is the same thing. I would say to triple the recipe for a 13×9 inch pan. I would imagine you could freeze it. Haven’t tried that yet…it’s always gone so fast! Peppermint fudge would be a lovely idea!

  3. Sara September 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    I made this today and of course read the recipe wrong. I thought it said blend it a long time so it doesnt separate instead of blend it a little so it doesnt separate, so of course it definatly separated, but surprisingly it was still AMAZING!!! Love it, will definatly be making this again, and following the directions correctly next time :)

  4. chanelleneilson April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    I'm trying to cut out sugar and am thrilled to find this recipe! Thanks!

  5. Kathy Lee March 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    I tried this recipe in my Cuisinart tonight and loved the results! These were so rich and yummy, I cut the pieces very small. I didn’t notice any coconut flavor (used EV coconut oil, raw honey and cocoa powder). It was a little expensive (used all organic ingredients), but worth it! (I had been surprised to read that conventional cocoa farming uses lots of pesticides, so it was worth buying organic to me). Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  6. scdkat March 13, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    I am way too obsessed with this recipe! I made this many times and wanted to share what I do. Instead of parchment paper I use muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups. It makes 12 good sized chunks of fudge, I filled about 1/2″ in each tin. This works great when you don’t have parchment paper, and they’re easy to store by folding the muffin papers over and stacking them one on top of the other! I have actually been able to reuse the paper liners a couple times as well.

  7. Natalie March 11, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I have been experimenting with this recipe and found that melting a square of baking chocolate in with the coconut oil really gives it a much richer chocolatey flavor. Also, I noticed that with my higher quality coconut oil the texture was far better than when I made it with the cheap stuff.

  8. scdkat February 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow this was good!

    I prefer using less sweetener in my recipes and was running low on honey so I reduced the honey to just under 1/2 cup. I also added 1/2 tsp of vanilla. It was extremely creamy, rich and delicious! Exactly the texture you would want out of fudge.

    Thank you for creating this wonderful treat!

  9. Megan February 20, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    This looks amazingly yummy. I look forward to sharing it with others who are also health-conscious.

  10. alexis February 14, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Lindsay, just wanted to let you know that my son and I made this as a special V-Day treat for my husband, at it is the absolute BEST fudge we’ve ever eaten! Wonderful results, a definite new family favorite. thanks so much for the recipe…so nice to eat fudge and NOT feel guilty.

  11. Jana @ the summer house February 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. jennifer bickerton February 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    awesome! By the way, I am SO excited for your family about your husband’s new job! God is good! Enjoy all the new benefit it brings!

  13. Mama__B January 7, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Now that’s an interesting use for coconut oil. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Lisa Beth W. January 4, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    I just made this for a friend who has special diet needs, and she said it was “exquisite”! Thank you so much, Lindsay, for sharing your wonderful recipes. It was such a pleasure to make my friend a treat and bless her like that. I hope that you are making progress in your struggle with insomnia and are having a good rest. God bless you.

  15. Crystal December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    I just shared this with my facebook friends. Hope that was ok. :)

  16. Crystal December 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these with my GFCF son. :) They came highly recommended. :)

  17. Erin December 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    I made this for an ‘alternative’ cookie exchange (she can’t have white sugar) and while the flavor was good and it was smooth, it is so ridiculously soft…even after putting it in the freezer for a few hours, after 2 minutes at room temp, as soon as you touch it it just ‘melts’ under your fingers. I made a double batch with half butter and half coconut oil. I thought about rolling it into balls and dipping in chocolate to make truffles but I’m too lazy haha…so I think we’re going to melt down what’s left and use it as a ‘fondue.’

  18. Mamasong December 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Oh… my… goodness! I just made the fudge and am in roll-your-eyes-back chocolate heaven! I should have made this while everyone was out of the house so I could eat it all with no one knowing. I just wanted to thank, thank, thank you for posting this. One of my children is on the autism spectrum and we’re slowly making the switch to a GFCFSF diet so this one is a DEFINITE winner!!!

  19. niki December 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    I was wondering how you package this for gift giving?

    :)

    • Lindsay December 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

      I pick up those cute Christmas cookies tins in various shapes from my local Goodwill, line it with tissue paper and cover with the tin lid. So easy and cute!

      • Christie December 21, 2009 at 11:37 am #

        Today I was thinking what could I make that the whole
        family would enjoy? Fudge crossed my mind and then
        I found your website. I’m a health counselor
        and so appreciate your recipe. Can I add vanilla
        extract? Thought that would be tasty.
        Thanks.

  20. Aelinn December 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Delicious. Luckily, my husband doesn’t like coconut, so this was all mine (and he happens to love peanut brittle, so I’ll be trying your other recent recipe soon, and that one will be all his!)

    I used half cocoa and half carob… and this was the first time I used the carob and didn’t mind the flavor! The coconuttiness was sooo good. I also melted a little of this fudge into coffee, and that was okay. Not amazing, but worth trying if you run out of cream. ;)

  21. Kimberley December 13, 2009 at 5:27 am #

    The last time I had fudge as when I was in primary school! It was always sold at out Christmas concerts and our teachers would get every student a little brown paper bag filled with different pieces. I think I might try to make some before Christmas. Thanks for sharing this!

  22. tina b December 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Quick question…if you were to use butter, would you still melt half of it? I’m going to make a double batch with 1 cup coconut oil, and 1 cup butter…but not sure if I should just melt 1/2 cup of the coconut oil?? Thanks!

    • Lindsay December 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

      It really depends upon what your blender or food processor can handle. If it cannot mix it well without melting, then try melting a small portion until it mixes well.

  23. Janelle December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    I tried this and it was DELICIOUS! The coconut oil separated a lot…like someone else mentioned. Is there anything to do about it?

    • Lindsay December 10, 2009 at 10:43 am #

      I added further instructions above. I think the key here is not to over blend it and make sure the melted coconut oil is cooled somewhat.

  24. Aubrey December 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Would it be possible to use agave in place of the honey?

    • Lindsay December 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

      Sure, I just don’t normally recommend agave nectar (Read more here).

  25. lori December 9, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    can you taste the coconut?

    • Lindsay December 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

      Somewhat…but it really blends in nicely with the cocoa. If you don’t like coconut, try it with butter or half and half.

  26. Michele December 9, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Oh my gosh! Yet another wonderful Christmas goodie staple, but a healthy one!! Thank you for your creations! Can’t wait to try!

  27. Liz December 9, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    Thanks for your reply Lindsay, peanut brittles also look yum and a good prezzie idea.

  28. Erin Wilson December 8, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    I made this tonight and it was fabulous!! I agree with Tiffany’s hubby that it reminded me of Almond Joy and I will be trying her suggestions too. I am trying to find healthy treats to bake for my neighbors and this will be perfect!

  29. Jentree December 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    wow, i can even share this one at the raw potluck if I use raw cacao powder….raw or not, I definitely want to try this one!

  30. Deanna December 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    I tried it Kimi’s way and liked it. I used granulated palm sugar because it is low on the glycemic index (important for me with PCOS). It came out a bit grainy so I will have to experiment a little more to get the right texture but it tasted great. Thanks, Lindsay!

  31. JenE December 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Thanks for this recipe!! Super easy and delicious! I was able to make it in my small food processor. Talk about “licking the bowl”! Yum!! : )

  32. Jill A. December 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    I think I need to make this like Tiffany (comment #16) did! I love Almond Joys and this would be a healthier version!

  33. Selena December 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting these! I am so excited to enjoy some holiday treats without the garbage! Yeah!!

  34. Amber Lee December 8, 2009 at 1:43 am #

    Oh, I’m excited to try this! I really enjoy chocolate, as does my husband.

  35. Tiffany December 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    We just tried your fudge recipe….YUM! I did have some of the coconut oil separate out, which I did not mind, since it was like another kind of candy, but it appearance wasn’t very nice. Any suggestions?

    Also, when my husband tasted it, he commented that it reminded him of Almond Joy bars, so I took some shredded coconut, honey, and coconut oil and mixed it to a nice paste consistancy. I made a little spoon sized portion and put an almond on the top before I drizzled some of the fudge on it. This was delicious! I will be making more!

  36. Chaya December 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    It looks delicious and easy to make. Healthy is a essential bonus.

  37. CoconutRecipes December 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    This is a very nice simple recipe! Please consider submitting it for publication on the FreeCoconutRecipes.com website: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_submission.cfm

    We have a couple of other fudge recipes, but this one is a nice simple one and you have a nice picture. We too prefer honey as a sweetner. Most people don’t realize that to harvest coconut sugar you are sacrificing the flower on the coconut palm tree that would become a coconut. So a tree being used to harvest coconut sugar cannot produce coconuts – and the world’s supply of coconuts is fast diminishing as older trees are not being replanted due to years of bad press for coconut oil. So it is not a very “sustainable” product (coconut sugar).

    • Kathy Lee March 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

      Thank you, CoconutRecipes, for sharing that information about coconut sugar! Very good to know.

  38. b. December 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    Neat-o! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. Question: Would melting the honey instead of the oil create an even better consistency?

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

      First off, heating the honey would destroy it’s nutritional value, so I would prefer not to do that. Secondly, the consistency is perfectly smooth with this recipe, so no need to worry about that!

  39. Jessica O. December 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    May I ask why you don’t use coconut sugar?
    Thanks…

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

      I don’t use coconut sugar simply because I don’t have a source for it and I like to keep just a simple stock of sweeteners in my home. Honey and sucanat meet all my needs.

  40. Amy Best December 7, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    How does this fudge hold up at room temp? Does it get really soft?

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

      It does start getting soft after sitting out for awhile. It will not fall apart on you but it will get soft to the touch. I think it depends upon the temperature too. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees…so if your home is warmer than that, it will probably get soft quicker.

  41. Katie December 7, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    I make my fudge almost exactly the same! I tend to add more cocoa powder for an even richer taste.

  42. Liz December 7, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    Hi there

    Thank you so much for all the resources on your website, I love it!!! And you are converting me slowly but sure into wholesome food…I feel better already and it’s such a positive exercise for me even if it takes a little longer.

    I wondered do you have a substitute for the coconut oil, if you do would you be so kind to give the quantity of the substitute for this recipe, I know it wouldn’t be as healthy, but it’s so difficult and pricey for me to obtain at present

    Liz

    P.S I have two things soaking downstairs, I love it!

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 10:36 am #

      I would use butter in equal quantities.

      • Amy December 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

        Lindsay,
        I’m feel that I’m being called to a transition in our lifestyle, and have found your blog to be an inspiration. I have a question about Coconut Oil. I bought refined to make some body products with, and I understand that it is not as nutritious, but can I cook with it? Is it consumable and food-grade, safe, etc? I’m a beginner! I purchased it through your link to Mountain Rose. I know the unrefined, virgin oil is better, but I just wanted to ask.

        • Lindsay December 9, 2009 at 6:55 am #

          Mountain Rose Herbs recommends their refined version for cosmetic use only. I know others have used various brands of refined expeller pressed oils for eating, so I think it is up to you.

          • Melissa December 9, 2009 at 9:02 am #

            I bought a gallon each of refined and extra virgin coconut oil from MRH several months ago, and my refined gallon says for food or cosmetic purposes. I think the current catalog says the same. They may have changed the quality of the refined to serve both purposes. I agree it’s definitely not the same nutritional quality, but I don’t think it’s going to hurt you, especially if you want to experiment with a few recipes. If I know a recipe is really good, I will use the good stuff, while often using the refined if I’m just testing a recipe.

  43. Emily December 7, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    I’ve also found the original recipe to be rather wet and stretchy. I will definitely try making it this way; it looks much fluffier, like traditional fudge. Thanks!

  44. Zofie December 7, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    This looks yummy and easy. I think that I will be making a trial run of it this weekend as a Christmas favor for my co-workers. Thanks!

  45. Elizabeth from The Nourished Life December 7, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    That recipe looks so easy! A lot of fudge recipes I’ve found look complicated, but this one looks super simple. Definitely a plus for making fudge as gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Ami December 7, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    What type of cocoa powder do you recommend? I’m headed to an amish bulk foods store this week, and I usually just get the cheap cocoa. I’m trying to transition our family to eating less food that’s higher quality, and enjoying it more.

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 10:36 am #

      I honestly usually just use a normal cocoa powder from the store or through Azure Standard.

  47. Amanda December 7, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Yummy! I’ve been wanting to use Kimi’s recipe for awhile, but have not found coconut palm sugar, and was nervous to try the honey. Is the honey taste strong, or does the cocoa cover it up sufficiently? I might as well try it. Fudge is one of my favorite treats over the holidays =)

    • Lindsay December 7, 2009 at 10:37 am #

      It tastes great to us! No strong honey flavor.

  48. tina b December 7, 2009 at 6:21 am #

    Hi! This recipe looks great! I will be making it for my husband’s secretaries this year – they LOVE chocolate :o ). I’m just wondering if there is a reason you left out the vanilla that was in Kimi’s original recipe?

    Thanks for sharing this!!

  49. Vanessa December 7, 2009 at 4:54 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to try this out. I’ve had to avoid dairy products since my little one reacts to it, and finding decent chocolate has been difficult – fudge impossible! I’m so excited.

  50. Isabelle December 7, 2009 at 1:16 am #

    Wonderful! This could be some really good tasting alternative to chokolate.
    Thank you for sharing…