This Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge tastes like a decadent treat, but it's actually GOOD for you! Made with just FOUR ingredients, it's easy to assemble, and there's NO baking required for the final product.
Can the words healthy, peanut butter, and fudge all be in the same title? Indeed, they can.
I've been making some variation of this recipe since I began blogging, it's THAT good!
What's even better is that it comes together very quickly, and it's ready to satisfy your peanut butter cravings before you can say Jack Robinson.
As I'm in Arizona, and the hot summer days are upon me, I'm looking a bit more to cold treats like Nice Cream and today's no-bake fudge to satisfy my sweet tooth!
This earned a big thumbs up from everyone except Sammy, who isn't a big peanut butter fan. I know, the horror!
What's in it?
Just four ingredients are needed to whip this up.
I love peanut butter, and, as such, have tried quite a few different brands. As this recipe is heated, the peanut butter chosen doesn't necessarily have to be runny. Here are my top three favorite brands:
- Laura Scudder's - I've been a huge fan of Laura since I was a kid! It has a great taste, the perfect amount of salt, and it comes in a glass jar, NO plastic!
- Trader Joe's - There's something about the cheap TJ's brand that gets me, and, strangely enough, this brand seems to agree with me better than others. It gets my overall vote for second place.
- Crazy Richard's - This brand is on the Detox Project's glyphosate-free list, which is awesome considering that crap is in EVERYTHING! I love the taste, and the price is economical as well.
I use salted, natural peanut butter, so I don't add any extra salt to the recipe. If you use an unsalted variety, you might need a few dashes of salt.
I like to use any virgin coconut oil for this. I typically buy the Trader Joe's coconut oil in the glass jar (I like glass jars!) or the economy size tub from Costco.
If the coconut taste is an issue, I've read that the refined coconut oil doesn't have that distinct taste.
Pure maple syrup is the best sweetener. Honey will work, though anymore, I find it can overpower a recipe.
I love adding vanilla to pretty much everything, and in particular, I love this vanilla powder when working with no-bake recipes.
Vanilla powder is a splurge, I'll admit it, but it lasts awhile and can be such a luxurious addition to recipes like this one.
If you're not into the cost, vanilla extract can be used as well.
How to make peanut butter fudge
Add the peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Heat the ingredients over low heat and stir until melted and well combined.
Line a small glass dish with parchment paper, and pour the mixture into the dish.
Freeze the fudge until solid, about 20-30 minutes. Cut and serve!
You can use anywhere from 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup for this recipe. I like it right in the middle at 1 1/2. A few drops of stevia can provide some extra sweetness, but generally, I make this recipe without it.
The fudge is best stored in the freezer, otherwise it will melt! I just keep it in the same container I freeze it in, as it has a fitted lid, and it's convenient!
If you like peanut butter, you might take a peek at these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. They're rich and fudgy with some delicious texture from the added oats.
Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1 cup natural, salted peanut butter creamy works best
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- Add the peanut butter, oil, and syrup to a small saucepan.
- Heat the pan over low heat.
- Stir the mixture until melty and well combined.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Line a small baking dish (I use a 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish) with parchment paper.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the dish and spread it out evenly.
- Freeze for 20-30 minutes or until solid.
- Cut and enjoy!
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!