This post may contain affiliate links. Learn more here.
dessert recipes/ Desserts/ Recipes/ Snacks/ Vegan/ vegan recipes/ vegetarian recipes

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.

Print

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 1x
Scale

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

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us β€” we can't wait to see what you've made!

You Might Also Like

116 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristy
    October 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Wow! This looks so rich and decadent! Totally putting this on my “must-try” list. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I used to make this in 2009 and 2010 on my blog. No, I won’t provide the links. The photography….scary. LOL Mine was the same except I didnt use the nuts. Just coconut oil, cocoa powder, agave rather than maple, and vanilla. Yours is gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      I reshot a lot of my old photos last year. They were that horrific.

  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    October 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I buy sour patch kids and laffy taffy because I don’t like them, but I still end up sneaking a few. This fudge looks amazing, and I just tried coconut oil for the first time. Maybe I’ll make fudge instead of hand lotion with the extra…

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I do that too! And then I wonder why I did it because it’s never worth it.

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Your fudge looks like the perfect texture and I love that it’s dairy-free!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      The texture really is fudgy! I was surprised how similar it is to the real thing.

  • Reply
    Tracy
    October 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I love Ice Cubes so much I force my mind to suppress that fact! I could eat them all. So I eat one every 5 years or so. This fudge looks fantastic and I love your candy strategy. Smartie.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      They are SO good, aren’t they?! Melty chocolate deliciousness. πŸ™‚ It’s a good thing they’re so hard to find because they’re dangerous.

  • Reply
    Laura (Got Chocolate)
    October 22, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Good grief! I want to eat the computer screen. You had me at “melts in your mouth”.

    Beautiful photo, as always!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      You would love this for sure! πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Chocolate beats any other form of Halloween candy by a landslide. I’d love, love to swing by a house and receive fudge, especially a vegan version!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I feel like I might risk our house getting egged if I answered the door and told the kids to help themselves to some vegan fudge! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    October 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    wow! this looks delicious! i love hazelnuts and chocolate, so this is definitely happening.

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    October 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    You sound like me with your Halloween methodology. I always buy stuff I won’t eat! It’s the only way to make it through!

    I’m thinking since it’s healthy-ish, I can have two squares!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      You can definitely have two squares. πŸ˜‰ It IS hard to stop at one…

  • Reply
    Natalie
    October 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Looks so amazing for a vegan fudge, yum!

  • Reply
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    October 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This is almost cruel it looks so good!

  • Reply
    Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania
    October 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Lovely! I love hazelnuts and this looks so so good! I experiment with fudges often and so this is something I would love to try!

  • Reply
    Johanna
    October 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I made this today, and loved it. It, however, gets really soft if left out too long, and tastes more like ganache, which is okay, but it tastes better more firm.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Yes, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. I added a note to the recipe!

      • Reply
        Johanna
        October 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

        As I said, I wasn’t complaining per se, however if, say, I brought these to a party, as they sat out they would get pretty soft, and even picking them up would be questionable. No worries, really. I think they’re great, and I am going to make them again without altering the recipe. I like that they’re just sweet enough with so little sweetener.

        • Reply
          Kiersten
          October 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

          Yeah, I think the only way you could bring them to a party is if you refrigerated them right up until the time you served them!

  • Reply
    Richa
    October 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    look at all that fudgyness!

  • Reply
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    October 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This looks so yummy! And I love that it’s dairy-free!

  • Reply
    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    October 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This fudge looks amazing and I am excited to make it for my husband real soon. He is a chocolate lover!

  • Reply
    Nichole @ Green Cuisine Queen
    October 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I was oh so close to making this tonight, but turns out I don’t have hazelnuts! This sounds soo good and I love that it is dairy free. I’m making some Halloween treats and may have to do something like this!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      I think you could do a lot of variations on this same idea with other ingredients. I want to try making it with pumpkin too!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity
    October 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    This is the exact same debate my hubby and I have. Right down to the candy choices… scary. That fudge looks fantastic though. Completely drool worthy.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      That’s so funny! I guess it’s good that we’re not alone. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    October 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I know what you mean about nut butter fudge! I just tried making a small batch of pumpkin “fudge” that was made with almond butter and all it tasted like was chewy almond butter haha…I’m not a big chocolate person but this fudge looks pretty authentic and decadent, even though its made with healthy ingredients!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Yes! And chewy almond butter is good, but it’s not fudge. πŸ™‚ I was wondering if I could use this method to try to make a pumpkin fudge…

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    October 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I miss not getting trick or treaters at our apartment but it’s also nice not to have Halloween candy around – I don’t even like candy or chocolate but I know I’d still eat it all if it was there. This looks so much better though!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Yes! That’s my problem too. I don’t even LIKE Reese’s PB cups because they’re way too sweet for me, but if they’re around, I’ll eat 10 of them. Why?!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    October 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    OooOooooOo! Fudgy deliciousness! πŸ™‚ I love that there’s “clean” ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Shirley
    October 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t want to eat the Halloween candy either! I’m not even a big candy fan, and I get annoyed when we don’t get enough trick-or-treaters and we have this big pile left. But fudge, I’m always a fan of fudge. And hazelnuts. I like how easy this looks too!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Yeah, I’m big on GOOD chocolates, but regular candy doesn’t really tempt me. But when it’s in the house, I want to eat it…

  • Reply
    Freda Love Smith
    October 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    i made a batch of this fudge this week and it was simply amazing! this one will be in regular rotation forever, i think. thank you thank you thank you!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Woo hoo! I’m glad it was a hit. πŸ™‚ I’ve been keeping a batch in the freezer at all times myself!

  • Reply
    Diana
    December 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

    This fudge is so incredibly delicious!!! I scoured the web for a vegan chocolate fudge recipe because I watched my mom make fudge for my dad and I really wanted some that I could eat… This recipe is so easy and now I always want some in the fridge! I used macadamia nuts and also chopped up extra macadamia nuts to add some crunch. Amazing! Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I usually keep a batch in the freezer at all times–fudge is something everyone should have on hand always, right?! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Mike
    December 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Fudge looks great, but I noticed the ingredients only have maple syrup as a sweetener. I am hesitant to make due to the fact that I have tried online recipes before that didn’t turn out like they claimed, sometime due to leaving out an important ingredient, like liquid or sugar or salt, etc. So is it really sweet enough compared to “the real thing”? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

      No, that’s no mistake–there’s no sugar in the recipe. If you add the maple syrup and think it’s not sweet enough, you can add in more.

    1 2 3

    Leave a Reply