Gluten-free | Sugar-free | Dairy-free | Vegan Friendly | Probiotic
Makes: 12 serves
Cuisine: Bridget's Healthy Treats
Course: Healthy Treats / Dessert
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 60 minutes
Fudge was one of my favourite sweet treats as a child, with chocolate fudge coming in a close second only to Russian fudge. Since my health journey started, I've said goodbye to refined sugar and dairy, which meant I also had to say goodbye to my buttery friend. Or did I?
My love of the decadent treat had me creating and testing fudge recipes that I trialled in my kitchen for days on end until I finally produced a treat that's so magical you'd be called crazy to say it was healthy. This recipe only uses four ingredients yet still resembles the taste and texture of its traditional chocolatey relative. It also possesses some fantastic health benefits that make this fudge a true magical wonder.
My Healthy Chocolate Fudge is great for your gut your brain and can even help boost athletic performance. It also has anti-ageing, immune-boosting, heart-healthy properties. It can help promote the release of hormones that signal your brain to tell you that you're are full and satisfied. All of that in a piece of fudge? Well, yes. A piece of fudge that's also sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly - It's trickery, I tell you!
Hints, Tips & Tricks
This recipe calls for inulin powder, a soluble fibre derived from plant-based sources. It is prebiotic, making it a fantastic ingredient for our gut health, and it's also a healthy alternative to sugar. You can read more information about inulin powder --> here. Or, if you're wondering where to purchase some, we sell 100% Chicory Inulin Powder for home delivery*! Find out more --> here.
Health Benefits of MCT Oil
For this recipe, you can either use coconut oil or MCT oil. MCT oil will produce a softer result, so keep that in mind if you prefer firmer fudge.
MCT oil, which stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, is refined coconut oil that fuels both the body and the brain. It avoids digestion in the stomach as it travels straight into the liver, where it's converted into usable energy for the body, which helps to improve athletic performance. As well as energy for the body, the liver also converts MCT's into ketones which is fuel for the brain, helping to improve cognitive functioning, memory, concentration, and anti-ageing.
MCT oil is also suitable for those watching their weight as it promotes the release of hormones responsible for telling our brain we are full and satisfied. It also encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and is great for our heart health.
You can purchase MCT oil from your local health food store or down the health food aisle of a good supermarket.
- 100 g (3 .5 oz) almond butter or a nut or seed butter of your choosing
- 50 g (1.7 oz) coconut oil or MCT oil (see above)
- 70 g (2.4 oz) sugar-free, dairy-free chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp inulin powder
- Place all the ingredients into a small metal or glass bowl and position the bowl over a small pot filled with 5 cm (2 inches) of gently simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir the ingredients with a spatula until the ingredients are melted and liquid-smooth.
- Line a small container or dish with baking paper (I used a small rectangle plastic takeaway container) and pour the warm ingredients into the container.
- Cool the fudge in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge for 60-90 minutes until hard. Portion the fudge by slicing it into 12-14 pieces. You can store it covered in the refrigerator for two weeks.