Chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge is a healthy treat that is so easy to make! 5 ingredient chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge is made with cashew butter, dates, coconut oil, cacao powder, and peanut butter.
My Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is:
- Refined sugar free
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
When I was growing up, fudge was one of my favorite treats to find when we went on trips. We would go into those spectacular candy shops, you know the ones where candy lines the walls? Every kids favorite shop. And I would always leave with fudge.
I always wanted to try new and exciting flavors, but I was a peanut butter fudge lover at heart. So I'd leave with a little brown bag of peanut butter fudge in hand. Years later, I still have that sweet tooth, but I know all too well what too much sugar can do to your health.
So, I came up with a healthy chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge! It is so delicious, so easy to make, and will surely satisfy your sweet tooth!
HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FREEZER FUDGE INGREDIENTS
- Cashew butter. Cashews are a great source of healthy fats, protein, and some fiber! I have been making it homemade lately and loving the results I am getting.
- Dates. I like to use dates as an all-natural sweetener. Plus, they're loaded with good for you nutrients!
- Cacao powder. If you want an extra nutritional kick, use cacao powder in place of coco powder! Cacao powder is minimally processed, leaving those beneficial nutrients in tact. You know when you read "chocolate is good for you?" Well that is thanks to cacao!
- Coconut oil. This gives my fudge an extra creamy effect. I love using coconut oil in my baking because it is very subtle.
- Pink sea salt. Hands down pink sea salt is better than conventional sea salt, it is not bleached or refined. Need I say more..
- Peanut butter. Make sure you are buying all natural peanut butter without anything added. The label should literally just say: "Ingredients: Peanuts."
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FREEZER FUDGE
LINE YOUR PAN WITH PARCHMENT PAPER. AND CRUMPLE IT UP TO MAKE IT STAY. I like to crumple mine up before I put it in the pan. When it is crumpled up, it stays in place 100x better. For real. Try it.
RUN YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR FOR 15 MINUTES. You will notice it will be "gritty" if you only let it run for 5 minutes. Letting it run longer will make a HUGE difference in how creamy your fudge turns out.
THAW BEFORE SERVING. Make sure to let your freezer fudge thaw about 5 minutes at room temperature before you cut it. The longer you let it thaw, the softer & "fudgier" it will be!
WHAT SIZE PAN TO USE FOR HEALTHY FREEZER FUDGE?
To go for thick or thin fudge hmmm.. that is the question.
Personally, when I think of fudge I think of a super thick slice. But, if you want it to be thinner you can easily make it that way!
For thin fudge: use a 9 x 9 square pan
For thick fudge: use a bread loaf pan
And for SUPER thick fudge: use a bread loaf pan and double the recipe!
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FREEZER FUDGE
First, grab your ingredients, a food processor, a bread loaf pan, and parchment paper!
Now lets get started!
First, prepare your pan with parchment paper.
MAKE YOUR HEALTHY CHOCOLATE FUDGE
In your food processor add:
- 1 cup cashew butter
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- Dash of pink sea salt
Turn it on puree and let it run at least 10-15 minutes.
Pour the chocolate layer into the parchment paper lined pan. Place it in the freezer to firm up while you prepare the peanut butter layer.
MAKE YOUR HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
In your food processor add:
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ¼- ½ cup pitted dates (more if you want it sweeter)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
Turn your food processor on for another 10-15 minutes.
Pour the peanut butter layer over the chocolate layer.
Place your chocolate peanut butter fudge back in the freezer for about 1 ½ hours.
Make sure to let it thaw ~5 minutes before you cut it.
The longer you let it thaw, the softer & "fudgier" it will be!
And there you have it! Easy healthy chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge!
Healthy Chocolate OR Peanut Butter Fudge?
Now, you don't HAVE to make this a layered fudge.
You can very easily make it either chocolate or peanut butter. In the recipe card below, I separated the two so that you can easily make one or the other!
If you want to just make one, I would suggest doubling the recipe so you end up with a nice thick slice of fudge!
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL FUDGE
Instead of freezing the chocolate layer right away, leave it on the counter while you make the peanut butter layer.
Once you make the peanut butter layer, carefully pour it across the top of the chocolate layer.
Next, use a toothpick or a sharp knife and swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate. Place it in the fridge for ~1 ½- 2 hours to firm up.
And there you will get a pretty dish of swirled peanut butter chocolate freezer fudge!
HOW TO STORE HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FREEZER FUDGE
I like to pre-cut all of my fudge at once. After it is cut, I put the pieces in an airtight container lined with parchment paper back in the freezer. This fudge can last in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Frequently asked questions about healthy freezer fudge.
IS PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE BAD FOR YOU?
Traditional peanut butter fudge is LOADED with refined sugar, which can be bad for so many conditions like acne, diabetes, PCOS, etc. We should only be eating about 25 grams of added sugars per day.
WHY IS FUDGE BAD FOR YOU?
Fudge, made the traditional way has tons of refined sugars and butter. These are okay in moderation. But, if you find yourself frequently craving sugar filled sweets, its time to look for some healthier alternatives! Your long term health and weight maintenance will thank you.
IS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE HEALTHY?
Peanut butter with dark chocolate is a healthy treat! Peanut butter has protein, fats and other minerals. Dark chocolate is loaded with minerals that are great for you! Make sure you go for at least 80% dark chocolate.
CAN I USE PEANUT BUTTER INSTEAD OF CASHEW BUTTER?
Yes! You can absolutely use peanut butter in place of cashew butter in the chocolate layer. Especially if you like more of a peanut butter flavor!
SHOULD I PUT MY FUDGE IN THE FREEZER?
This healthy freezer fudge recipe is made to be frozen! You will need to freeze it to set it and also to store it.
OTHER HEALTHY NO BAKE DESSERT RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
- Chocolate Cookie Dough Blizzard
- Vanilla Cookie Dough Blizzard
- Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl
- Healthy Cookies and Cream Milkshake
- Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding
- Healthy Mounds Bars
- Chunky Monkey Pops
- Chickpea Cookie Dough
- Healthy Cannoli Dip (or Balls)
- Healthy Cake Pops!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
- Food processor
- Parchment paper
- bread loaf pan
For the chocolate fudge:
- Start by preparing your dish for the fudge. Line the bread loaf pan with parchment paper. I like to crumple up a piece of parchment paper. When it is crumpled, it will hold its place in the pan better!
- NOTE: for thin fudge, use a 9 x 9 square pan. For extra thick fudge, double the recipe!
For the chocolate layer:
- In a food processor, add cashew butter, 1 cup dates, ½ cup cacao powder, ½ cup melted coconut oil, and the dash of sea salt.
- Turn your food processor on and let it run at least 10 minutes. I let mine run for 15 minutes so it was very smooth. Pour this into your prepared dish. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden up before you add the peanut butter layer.
- NOTE: If you want the 2 layers to be swirled together, don't put the chocolate layer in the freezer. Instead, you can pour the peanut butter layer directly into the chocolate layer and swirl the two together.
For the peanut butter layer:
- Clean out your food processor. Next, add the peanut butter, ¼ cup dates, and ¼ cup of remaining coconut oil. Food process another 10-15 minutes until it is very creamy and smooth.
- Pour the peanut butter layer over the chocolate layer. Freeze ~1 ½ hours until it is hard. Before cutting, let it thaw out ~5 minutes.
- NOTE: the longer you let it sit at room temperature, the softer & fudgier it will be. But be careful if it is hot out because it can melt very easily! Store it covered in the freezer to enjoy when you want it!