5-Minute Vegan Fudge.

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in food, recipe, vegan | 58 comments

If there was a city wall surrounding my three favorite flavors – banana, chocolate and peanut butter – protecting them from evil flavor intruders, coconut would be the fourth straggler trying to fight its way inside the perimeter via moat, horse and cannon. He, is, determined.

That’s how much I like coconut. A lot. But perhaps not as much as my beloved banana-chocolate-peanut butter trio. You gotta admit, they do have a good thing going on and I’m not one to disrupt it.

BUT, this recipe gives my top three a serious run for their money because although my flavor three musketeers are included in this decadent recipe, coconut is the true star. And oh my what a star it is.

You see, this fudge is a simple mix of purely delicious ingredients.

Coconut.
Cocoa powder.
Peanut butter.
Banana.
And a few other touches for more depth of flavor.

And somehow when you bite into a square, you can taste almost every element involved. It’s kind of, magical.

Now this fudge isn’t made like traditional fudge. Obviously, because it’s vegan for starters.

But there’s no cooking.
No butter.
No refined sugar.
And requires nothing you probably don’t already have in your pantry right now.

Plus, it comes together in 5 minutes and can be eaten straight from the blender, if you dare.
But I recommend giving it a freeze so it’s like fudge ice cream. Mmmmm, fudge ice cream. Who wouldn’t love that?

I was a little skeptical at first when I plunged my finger into the mix and gave it a taste.
Fudge? Yeah, it tasted kind of like fudge but I didn’t know if the finished product would be anywhere close to the real thing…

But after some serious time in the ice box, my opinions changed.
The freeze seemed to magically transform this otherwise healthy batter into pure fudgey heaven.

The coconut is apparent first.
And then you get a hint of chocolate.
And next, the peanut butter dances on your tongue.
And last you’re left with a few rich chocolate notes from the chips on top.
Ahhhh, pure delight.

Pure, pure delight.

Find the full recipe over at Cookie and Kate.

I followed her recipe closely, making my own coconut butter from unsweetened coconut flakes. The only changes I made were adding 2 more Tablespoons of peanut butter {crunchy style}, and sprinkling a few chocolate chips on top {keep these dairy-free if going vegan}.

Kate noted that if you refrigerate the fudge it takes on more of a mousse-like texture, which I didn’t try. But I was very pleased with the frozen version. I let it set out for 10 minutes before slicing and digging in. And oh my, I think I’m in love.

 

Enjoy! -Dana.

 

 

58 Comments

  1. Oh wow that looks good! I love that the bananas are the “sugar” in the recipe :-) I can’t decide if I want to try the refrigerated mousse version or the freezer fudge first….

  2. Gasp!! Heavenly. Absolutely heavenly.

  3. Shoot! The recipe link is not working for me. Is it working for anyone else?

    • Ah shucks! Kate’s site is apparently down right now. It should be back up soon though. Sorry! But essentially it’s this:

      1/2 cup coconut butter
      2 small ripe bananas
      1/4 c cocoa powder
      3 Tablespoons agave nectar
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      3 Tablespoons peanut butter
      pinch of salt
      (chocolate chips on top optional)

      Blended together in a food processor, spread into a 9×9 pan and freeze for several hours.

  4. You’ll always wheel me in by tempting me with chocolate. But what intrigued me the most was that you MADE your own coconut butter? I foolishly thought I had to pay 10 bucks for a jar of that stuff. No? How’d you do it?

  5. Yummm! I saw that recipe and I’ve been meaning to try it. Thanks for reminding me!! Yours looks delicious!

  6. Ho-lee. Cow. That looks great. Virtual high five!

  7. So glad you enjoy the fudge, Dana! It looks like yours turned out wonderfully. I actually snuck a few bites of my leftover after breakfast this morning, before lunch. My blog is stillll downnnnnnnn but I have a tech guy working on it now. Hoping he fixes it in time for me to publish my post this afternoon/before I go crazy.

  8. Oh, and your photos are looking incredible! Has the book helped?!

    • Thank you! And YES! The book has helped TONS. I’m still reading through it but already it’s been a huge help. Helene has so much insight and she inspires me so much. Thanks again for sharing it with me!

  9. Mmm that looks delicious, I think I’d even prefer it to normal fudge! Divine. And your photos are just beautiful. How do you get such wonderful light?

  10. so easy!! and I have all the ingredients! Friday night dessert!

  11. O.M.G. I will definitely be trying this one out!

  12. This looks absolutely delicious. Would love for you to share your gorgeous pictures with us at foodepix.com.

  13. Absolutely love this dessert! Such simple ingredients, but I’m sure they tasted great together!! Love your blog!

    • Thank you! I’m so encouraged by that. Hope you’ll come back and say hello again!

  14. Magical! I can’t believe you can come up with an easy, great looking fudge with your free fave ingredients. They taste perfect on their own but I would like to have a bite of this fudge and taste the mixture of exciting flavors. Yummy!

  15. Love your recipes and your pics, so beautiful and yummie!

    • Thank you! You’re so sweet!

  16. I love this idea and it really is a treat to feel good about!

  17. Gorgeous photos!! :)

    • Thank you, Katie!

  18. I’m actually not a fan of fudge, but this is one fudge recipe that I would definitely like to try! Banana, coconut and peanut butter are probably my top three favourite flavours…I wonder if I could leave out the cocoa for a non-chocolate version

    • I bet you could! The cocoa is likely optional. I would just take it easy on the banana in that case so it doesn’t get too moist :D

  19. i didn’t have any peanut butter but i just used a little more coconut butter and it was perfect! currently enjoying a square melted into some oatmeal. delishhhhh!

    • Yay! Great to hear! So glad you liked it. I’ll have to keep the no peanut butter option in mind in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Anything that has peanutbutter dancing on my tongue I must try.

  21. Can we use almond butter instead?

    • Yes!

  22. I cant believe anybody likes this. I’m not trying to be a downer, but it is bad (sorry :( ). The author talks about how you get a taste of coconut then choclate then peanut butter (or whatever order it was), but the only flavor is bannana. It is overpowering. I cant taste anything else. The batter tasted bad, so i thought i would wait for the magic of the freezer to transform the mixture. Nothing! It tasted like frozen bad badder. Im pretty sure i didnt do anything wrong, considering there are only four ingreedients. The pics are beautiful and so is the writing, but i could not recommend this recipe.
    P.S. I’m not a sweets person, so it is not the lack of sugar and other artificial sweeterners that i am missing, it is just not an enjoyable treat.

    • Sorry you didn’t like this. Everyone has different taste so I’m sure this just wasn’t your style. The batter itself I could give or take, but when frozen and enjoyed as dessert, I think it’s awesome. I will definitely be keeping this on my favorites list. I found it irresistible!

  23. Looks simply delicious. Must have a try at it

  24. that sounds too simple and too good not to try! love the choc chips on top!

  25. I’m never going to be a skinny vegan if I keep finding recipes like this ….

    • haha, same here! portion control. It’s all about portion control :D

  26. I tired making this today and it didnt turn out! of course i sued diff ingriedients. can you mybe tell me why? I used…

    pack of semi sweet chocolate chips, melted.

    i can of coconut cream

    2 tsp peanut butter

    1 bannnanna

    1 tsp honey

    I left it in freezer for about 2 hours and still was nearly soup like :(

    • yeah, probably the coconut cream and melted chocolate chips did the trick. Too soupy. Sorry! Give it a try closer to the recipe and I bet it’ll work better for ya!

      • darn….i had a feeling. i was stupid enough to believe chocolate chisp got hard again once melted. it was all i had to work with though. hmph. think ill make brownies with it instead. love your blog though!

        • Thanks Kay! Let me know if you give it another go. Hopefully it works out better. Or maybe we could brainstorm alternative ingredients on future recipes if need be :D Gooday!

  27. The banana, peanut butter, chocolate trifecta is a big one for me too! Great looking recipe!

  28. well i turned the same ingriendeints into AMAZING VEGAN BROWNIES.:) thanks to your recipe for the inspiration!

  29. I’m so happy I found your blog on pinterest!! You have such a great blog, Im in love with your recipes! I can’t wait to give this fudge a try, I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegan recipes into my diet and these look like a delicious start!

    • Hi Kristina! Thanks so much for reaching out to me with such kind things to say. It really means a lot. I too an seemingly always incorporating more vegan and vegetarian recipes into my diet and I’m loving the way it makes me feel. Hope you come back and say hi often!

  30. This looks awesome and quite hilarious with the post I have coming tomorrow.

  31. where does one buy agave nectar?

    • any grocery store or health food store should have it!

  32. Can you leave out the peanut butter, and would it stil work – I absolutely HATE peanut butter :(
    Every version of healthy snacks seem to contain peanut butter….

    • mmmm, I would sub another nut butter, or just sub in more coconut butter : ) Play with the consistency as you go. Hope that helps!

  33. Absolutely loved making and eating this!!! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and got the same results. This was my first go at fudge and I am so glad that your recipe guided me! THANKS! :)

    • Lovely! So glad you liked it :D

  34. I made this today, but my coconut butter took about 18 minutes to come together- for a while I was worried that I somehow messed it up. The fudge was really good and I plan on posting about it on my blog late in the week, but I wanted to ask what size pan did you put your fudge in? I thought about using a bread dish, but ended up using a 8×8 and they look a lot thinner than your’s. Next time I might make individual pieces by using a mini muffin pan.

    P.S. Tomorrow I’m posting a recipe for Coconut Chocolate Pudding that’s both vegan and gluten-free for my 18th birthday.

    • Rayna, glad you liked the recipe! i used a glass 9×9. Hope that helps!

  35. I couldn’t find any coconut butter at my grocery store . Could I just use coconut flakes or cocunot oil? Thanks!

    • Yes! Just process the coconut flakes into coconut butter – should be listed in the instructions.

  36. This indeed was quick to put together and so yummy. Thank you!

  37. I made this and my husband thought it was great! Only thing he said, “it needs more choc chips.” The man can’t get enough chocolate!!! Thanks for sharing this healthier recipe. I used one med size banana (what I had) and it came out perfect!

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