Made with just a handful of nourishing ingredients in less than five minutes (plus freezer time), this creamy almond butter fudge is a nutrient-dense, healthy fat-filled way to get your chocolate fix without the guilt.
Traditional fudge, although super delicious, isn’t considered a nutrient-dense food. This almond butter fudge, made with coconut butter, coconut oil, and cacao powder, totally is. Because it’s sugar free and filled with energy-boosting superfoods, it’s a delicious pre-workout snack, too.
Coconut Almond Butter Fudge Ingredients
Coconut butter, also called coconut manna, is made from the pureed meat of coconut. Containing fiber, healthy fats, plant sterols, and vitamins C and E, coconut butter is not your typical coconut oil. It’s a rich and creamy treat loaded with flavor and texture.
When purchasing coconut butter, look for an organic and minimally processed version. Coconut butter, like coconut oil, solidifies and separates at room temperature, leaving oil on top on coconut meat on the bottom. To combine, place jar of coconut butter in a warm bowl of water and let sit for 30 minutes. The coconut butter should be spreadable and creamy, like a smooth nut butter.
Coconut oil, like coconut butter, also contains healthy fats. These fats, also known as medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), are metabolized and used by the body for quick energy. Unlike saturated fats of long and short length, MCTs do not need to be processed by the digestive system.
Almond butter is another excellent source of healthy fats and makes this almond butter fudge creamy as can be. Almonds contain monounsaturated fats, which are associated with lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol, among others.
These nuts are also rich in protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and fiber. When purchasing almond butter, look for a jar without any added sugars, oils, or artificial anything – even better, make your own!
Cacao powder is a delicious way to enjoy the flavor and associated health benefits of chocolate. Minimally processed and unsweetened, cacao powder is packed with antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. Numerous studies have shown cacao and dark chocolate to promote heart health, reduce blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. Choose an organic, raw cacao powder and enjoy the chocolate goodness. (Note: a little cacao powder goes a long way in recipes.)
Four ingredients, zero sugar, a whole lot of goodness, this coconut almond butter fudge is a dream come true.
- ¾ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp cacao powder
- Add almond butter, coconut butter, and coconut oil to a small saucepan. Gently warm over low heat until all ingredients are combined.
- Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder until fully incorporated.
- Pour melted fudge into 12 lined cupcake tins or into a 6x6 pan.
- Place fudge in the freezer for 45 minutes to set. If using a pan, gently cut fudge into squares and place in a container to store in freezer.
- If using cupcake liners, remove from cupcake tin and store in a container in the freezer.
- Freezer fudge will keep in the freezer for up to 5 months. Enjoy!
Photos by Kate Gavlick