Desserts Recipes

Apple-Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge was one of my favourite treats as a kid. I grew up in Canada where maple fudge is a staple, and seeing as I was even more of a sweet tooth back then as I am now, you betcha I munched on my fair share of lil fudge squares. When I went vegan I kept seeing all these vegan fudge alternatives everywhere, but never really bothered to try. In my mind the reason why fudge is THAT good is cuz it’s essentially a block of sugary butter. Sugar + butter = guuuuuuud fudge. So try sell me some sugar-free, dairy-free fudge? Like naahhhh I’m aight, I’d rather treat myself to eating peanut butter out the jar. When trying to come up with some fall recipes however, maple fudge just popped into my mind, and I could hardly get my mind off FUDGE. But instead of attempting to make maple fudge with whatever imported maple syrup I can find here in the grocery store, I decided to use gorgeous in-season, Swiss apples and try my hand at an apple-peanut butter combo. Gonna be totally honest, it’s not quite the same texture as normal fudge BUT it’s just as delicious IF NOT BETTER. Oh AND it’s not sickeningly sweet as fudge often is, it’s dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free…meaning you get your fudge without “fudging” up your heart-health WOOHOO what a win hey! 

Ingredients (makes 10×3-inch-by-3-inch fudge squares)

  • 6-7 small dates
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 apple 
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats

Method

  1. Soak your dates overnight in the fridge or 15-20 minutes in hot water
  2. Place dates, coconut oil, apple sauce, peanut butter, spices and salt in the food processor
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth
  4. Chop the apple into small pieces, add to the fudge mix and blend again
  5. Add oats and blend again until smooth
  6. Pour fudge mix into a cake pan and place in the freezer for a few hours (you can top with any decos you wish such as chopped nuts, dried apples, a drizzle of peanut butter etc.)
  7. Let de-freeze in the fridge for about an hour before serving

 

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