This Vegan Fudge is easy to make by just mixing ingredients and leave it in the freezer. No stove is required. It's so delicious that once you eat it, you would be addicted to it.
I highly recommend this fudge who love chocolate and can't stop eating it. The rich sweetness and nuts will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Recommend this recipe for
- someone who is vegan and love chocolate
- someone who wants to make fudge easily
- someone who look for healthier version of fudge
First I'm going to explain ingredients i use and then move to how to make it later on. Let's get started.
Ingredients for Vegan Fudge
Here are the ingredients(amounts is in recipe card below).
- Your favorite nuts >> I usually pick almond and walnut but other nuts like peanut, pecan nut are good too. Use unsalted roasted nuts.
- Dates >> I prefer to use whole dates(with seed) but seedless one(pitted) is also ok
- Peanut Butter >> I use regular peanut butter but if you care about sugar intake, please use sugar-free one.
- Coconut Oil >> I use cold pressed virgin coconut oil
- Cacao Powder >> I use organic cacao powder
- Cacao Nib >> I use organic cacao nibs for topping. If you don't have it, you can omit it.
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Are you familiar with these ingredients except peanut butter? If not, I will explain in details for each ingredients in the following section so please continue reading.
What is dates?
Dates is a dried fruit that is commonly eaten in the Middle East and North Africa.
Compared to other dried fruits, it includes high nutritional value such as dietary fiber and minerals and so on.
What is the taste like? It's sweet and gooey.
It has a natural sweetness so you can just eat it as snacks and also use as a substitute for regular sugar.
People in Japan says the sweetness is similar to okiwana's brown sugar and the soft texture is similar to dried persimmon. Both are healthy natural food.
By the way, first time I got to know dates was when I was a college student. I saw my Tunisian friend eating as a snack during Ramadan. At that time, I had never seen or heard of it, so I remember that i was so curious about it.
Dates is not common in Japan but i love it and i use often for making dessert or smoothie.
How To Choose Dates
There are many types of dates available such as Medjool, Sayer, Diglet etc and You may not sure which one to choose.
I only tried several of them but they are all sweet, tender and delicious. Especially I like Madjool. It has a rich sweetness and make you want to taste it at slow pace.
There are also options, with seeds or without seeds.
I have purchased both and I prefer to buy the one with seeds. Here is the reason.
Without Seed(pitted) is cracked to remove seeds, so after sometime, the inside will get dry.
With seeds, you have to remove the seed on your own but the quality does not change after a while, the inside is soft and moist, and you can eat deliciously until the last piece.
I'm not dates expert and i can only talk from my experience. I hope this help.
How To Eat Dates
Let's just eat as it is!
When you get the munchies, eat a couple pieces with warm tea or black coffee and you will feel satisfied and calm.
If you get tired of eating it as it is, you can put it in a smoothie or eat with yogurt. I also recommend to add it to handmade granola.
Also, if you use it for sweets like this vegan fudge recipe, you can make good use of it.
Coconut oil is being popular for a while so I think you may be familiar with it.
You can use it for a wide range of usage such as everyday cooking and making sweets, hair care, and skin care.
When it comes to making sweets, coconut oil is great substitute for butter. I use it for baking such as muffins, cakes, granola or bread.
If you don't like the smell, unscented coconut oil is also available at a store.
Cacao powder is made by removing fat from roasted cacao beans and milling.
Cacao's health benefit is well known these days. The polyphenols contained in cacao are essential for maintaining good health, such as aging, prevention of arteriosclerosis, and lower blood pressure.
It is recommended to take cacao every day.
Sometimes cacao powder is confused with cocoa powder. Cocoa is processed at high temperature on the other hand cacao is at low temperature and remain nutrients. So these two are different ingredients.
Cacao powder is indispensable for my cooking. In addition to this vegan fudge, I also like to make Vegan Brownies, Cacao cookies, and muffins.
Cacao nibs are small chips made by crushed cacao beans. This is 100% Dark chocolate which is bitter and flavorful.
It's bitter to eat as it is, so it's good to use it for topping or mix in cookies. Another idea is to put it in a smoothie then you can have cacao flavored drink.
How To Make Vegan Fudge - Step By Step
Do you have all the ingredients? Ok then let's start cooking!
- Chop nuts >> Put nuts in a food processor, blend until finely chopped.
- Add dates >> Put dates in the food processor, blend until smooth and transfer to a bowl. If the dates is hard, the food processor may move so it's better to hold it down.
- Add liquids >> Put peanut butter, coconut oil, cacao powder into the bowl and mix well with a spatula. If coconut oil is solid, let it melt in a microwave before using it.
- Pour the dough into a cake pan >> Pour the dough into a cake pan, spread the surface evenly. A cake pan that can take off the bottom is convenient, but you can also use an oven dish or glass container. In that case, place a parchment paper and pour the dough then easy to take it out.
- Topping >> Top with cacao nibs and press lightly with the spatula
- Let it freeze >> Leave it in the freezer for about an hour until firm
And cut it to the size you like and enjoy!
Coconut oil melts at room temperature, so be sure to put it in a container and store it in a freezer. I recommend to eat within two weeks.
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You may not familiar with some of the ingredients in this recipe but that's ok, they are easy to use.
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- 60 g Nuts, almond, walnut etc
- 100 g Dates, 13 pieces
- 90 g Peanut Butter
- 30 g Coconut Oil
- 30 g Cacao Powder
- Some Cacao nibs for topping
- Put nuts in a food processor, blend until finely chopped
- Add dates in the food processor, blend until it becomes a paste and transfer to a bowl
- Put peanut butter, coconut oil and cacao powder into the bowl then mix well with a spatula
- Pour the dough in a cake pan, spread the surface evenly and top with cacao nibs
- Let it freeze in the freezer for about an hour until it's firm
- I use 15cm spare cake pan
- If the date is hard, soak it in the water to make it soft
- Coconut oil is solid in the cold temperature so please let it melt before using
- If you don't have cacao nibs, you can omit it
- Be sure to store in a freezer as it will melt at room temperature
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