This Healthy Holiday Fudge recipe is probably the healthiest version of fudge you will ever find.
In fact, there are only 4 clean ingredients needed to make it.
It’s the perfect holiday treat to be able to enjoy and share, especially since it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
Here are the typical ingredients in store-bought fudge and homemade fudge recipes:
Russell Stover Walnut Fudge Candy
Ingredients: Sugar, Cream Dairy, Walnuts, Corn Syrup, Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Cocoa Butter, Butter Fat, Soy Lecithin, An Emulsifier, Vanilla, Vanillin, An Artificial Flavor), Sugar Brown, Palm Kernel Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Sorbitol, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Flavors Natural (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Traditional Homemade Fudge Recipe
Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups sugar, 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, 3 tablespoons butter, 1 cup half-and-half, 1 tablespoon corn syrup, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
I’ve even seen versions using an entire jar of marshmallow cream (corn syrup, sugar, water, egg whites, artificial flavor, cream of tartar, xanthan gum, artificial color blue 1) (source) and even margarine (liquid and partially hydrogenated soybean oil, water, buttermilk, contains less than 2% of salt, soy lecithin, potassium sorbate (preservative), mono and diglycerides (emulsifier), lactic acid, natural and artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene color) (source).
Do people really still use margarine?
These are highly processed ingredients full of GMO’s, preservatives and food colorings and they are loaded with refined sugar and GMO-dairy.
Plus, you have to heat, cook, boil, use a candy thermometer, etc. to make traditional fudge.
This healthy version is full of clean, unprocessed ingredients and is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and no refined sugars.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars, Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Raw Snickers Bars or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Tip #1: The only sacrifice you will have to make to enjoy this healthy version instead of the evil traditional version is they will need to be kept refrigerated until they are ready to be served. They can’t be left out at room temperature because they will become soft because of the coconut oil. This could make a challenge if you were traveling with them or were going to be somewhere that you couldn’t refrigerate them so just keep that in mind.
Tip #2: This recipe will make approximately 18 – 20 small, thick squares using a 5 x 9 glass dish. You can get more servings if you use an 8 x 8 glass dish but they will be thinner.
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