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Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge

Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge
This is the time of year when Chris and I fight about Halloween candy. I want to buy Sour Patch Kids and Skittles for trick-or-treaters because I hate Sour Patch Kids and Skittles. Chris wants to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars because he loves Reese’s and Snickers. So basically, I don’t want to eat the Halloween candy and Chris does.

So I thought maybe this year we could compromise a little and I’d make some healthy-ish candy for us and we can hand out Skittles to the kids in the neighborhood. Compromise! That’s what marriage is all about: compromise and me getting my way. I’ve never done a Halloween post before, but I had the idea to try to make a healthy version of Ice Cubes and I figured this was a good time of year to tackle it. You know those little German hazelnut chocolates that melt in your mouth? Chris loves those and when I was thinking about them a few weeks ago, I realized that they must be made with coconut oil–that was the only way to explain their melty yumminess. And after a little bit of Googling, I realized I was right! So knowing they were made with coconut oil, I figured it would be really easy to make them myself.

Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge
…and I was wrong! I couldn’t figure out how to replicate the exact texture of Ice Cubes. But I did accidentally stumble upon the best vegan chocolate fudge I’ve ever tasted. I’ve had vegan fudge before, made with nut butters, and while they’re good, the texture wasn’t quite like fudge. And, of course, the fudge tasted like nut butter. This fudge is different–the texture is creamy and rich and it melts in your mouth, just like fudge made with dairy butter. It doesn’t have that buttery finish that real fudge has, but it does have a faint coconut flavor that makes up for it.

I was super excited about this recipe and so was Chris, but he gave me the side-eye when I told him it was healthy. Okay! Fine! It’s healthyish! It’s not an apple or a head of broccoli. But the ingredients in this fudge are healthy. You shouldn’t eat a whole slab of it if you’re counting calories, but you’re better off eating a square of this fudge than a square of traditional fudge.

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Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge

Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rich vegan fudge made with hazelnuts, raw cacao powder, and coconut oil.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 24 squares

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature, not melted)
  • 1/3 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fleur de sel or cacao nibs for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and process until mixture is completely smooth. This might take several minutes, kind of like when you make nut butter. Be patient! Transfer the fudge mixture to a small rectangular baking dish that’s been lined with parchment paper and use a spatula to spread it in an even layer. Sprinkle tops with fleur de sel or cacao nibs, if using. Refrigerate until solid, then remove the fudge from the baking dish and cut into squares.

Notes

Store the fudge in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer. If you freeze it, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square

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116 Comments

  • Reply
    jordan
    February 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    So, I don’t have hazelnuts.. Do you know of anything else I could use as a substitute? this no dairy diet is killing me, haha.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      February 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      If you have cashews, those would be the best substitute. Failing that, almonds would work, but they’ll give the fudge a nuttier flavor. Kind of like chocolate-flavored almond butter.

      • Reply
        Sheila Pearson
        April 11, 2014 at 4:14 am

        I just made this recipe with cashew nuts – it turned out fantastic.

        • Reply
          Kiersten Frase
          April 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          Thanks for the feedback–I’m glad it turned out well!

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    Cecile
    February 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I’ve tried to make them last night and followed exactly the recipe but for some reason the mixture didn’t turned out the way it’s suppose to…it was more like a weird paste with the coconut oil dripping from it…! I was so sad because it looks SO GOOD !!! Do you have an idea of what I did wrong?? I want to try again!!:D

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      Kiersten Frase
      February 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      I haven’t had it happen with this recipe, but I’ve made truffle recipes with coconut oil where the oil doesn’t incorporate fully at first. I think it’s because the ingredients get a little too warm in the food processor, so usually I let them sit for a little while (or pop the food processor bowl in the fridge for a few minutes), then try again. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you!

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      Emma
      June 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      The same thing happened with mine. Not sure why though.

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    Img
    April 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t have a food processor powerful enough to handle nuts. What if i use hazelnut butter? It’s needed for texture, and if the fudge tastes nutty, even better.
    What do you think?

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. You might want to start with a smaller amount since the measurement for hazelnuts won’t be equivalent to hazelnut butter.

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    Fatima
    July 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

    The fudge squares look great and I can’t wait to try them out!
    My only concern is that I’m following a strict diet recipe, and because of it, I can’t use maple syrup. Is it fitting if I used agave nectar as a substitute?
    Would the fudge turn out the same?

    Hope you can reply soon πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      I haven’t tried it with agave nectar, but I think it should be fine. You may want to start with a smaller amount and add more as needed. πŸ™‚

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    Cara
    August 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    What are the options to replace the hazelnuts if allergic to nuts and dairy?

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      I think you’re going to have to find another recipe – you could substitute other nuts for the hazelnuts, but since this is a nut-based fudge, any other substitutions would completely change the recipe.

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    Denna Dodds
    September 28, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I’m going to try this. I have a family member allergic to dairy. Thanks.
    And if you do come up with a recipe for “Ice Cubes” my FAVORITE I’d be interested. πŸ™‚
    Happy experimenting.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      September 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      I haven’t come up with one yet, but if I ever do, I’ll post it here! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Mouse
    October 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hi there,

    just wanted to say I made this on the weekend and it was absolutely delicious!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh I love making fudge! I made a really yummy peppermint fudge last year that I want to make again this autumn/winter.

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    Laney DeJesus
    December 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    What is the shelf life on this or storage time? Can it be frozen at all? Looking forward to making this for a few Vegan friends of mine. Thank-you for posting this recipe! πŸ™‚

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    Melissa
    December 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    These did not come out for me at all, they totally coagulated and the oil separated leaving the chocolate all lumpy. Had to throw the whole batch out.

  • Reply
    Bella P
    April 16, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Made this with my thermomix & omitted the maple & vanilla & instead added 4 tbsps of date paste (to make it sugar-free), & topped with dessicated coconut, soooo good!
    Would you mind if I posted my version on a thermy FB page I follow (vegan & raw recipes)?? I’ll post a link to this site of course! =)

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Yes, that’s fine. I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    MC
    May 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Starting on week 2 of a plant based diet and I was having a very intense craving for something rich and delicious. This fit the bill perfectly. Thank you!

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    SuzyQ
    September 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I made this recipe. First, I followed it to the letter (except that I couldn’t find hazel nuts, so I used cashews) and it turned out way too oily. I used virgin, unrefined coconut oil, maybe that was the problem. Anyways, the second time I made it, I used half the amount of coconut oil that the recipe called for and it turned out wonderful! It really is a good recipe, but maybe you should use less coconut oil if you live in a hot, humid environment like I do. I live in west central Florida.

  • Reply
    Amber
    January 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    This is way late, but perhaps chickpeas might sub for nuts for Cara? Although some nut allergies are legumes allergies also…

  • Reply
    Kate Eastmead
    January 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Will this fudge melt or get squishy if left out at room temp? I need to be able to wrap the squares in plastic wrap and hand them out in goodie bags. Will this work? Is it possible to bake this recipe like dairy fudge so it becomes more solid at room temp?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Baking the recipe wouldn’t work and it does get really soft at room temperature; this is definitely different than regular fudge!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I had a separation problem and believe that it was due to heat generated by my food processor. The next time I make this, and it will happen, I will blend the dry ingredients first so that the nuts will be blended with the chocolate. And then add the rest. These are so good!

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      ALLI HOGAN
      December 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Chopping the nuts in the blender first helps. I used egg beaters to mix everything together. That works.

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    ALLI HOGAN
    December 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I added 1 TBSP more syrup and 1 t sp more vanilla. I like my fudge sweeter.

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