This is the BEST Gluten-Free Vegan No-Cook Healthy Holiday Fudge recipe ever! You only need 5 clean, real food ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
Vegan Holiday Desserts just can't get any easier than this Healthy No-Cook Fudge recipe!
Gluten-Free Vegan No-Cook Healthy Holiday Fudge
Here's why this recipe works - my top 3 reasons:
- Can be prepared in about 5 minutes
- One-bowl recipe with only 5 ingredients
- Healthier than traditional fudge
Can Be Prepared In About 5 Minutes
If you need a quick and easy no-cook dessert recipe for the holidays, this one is for you!
Most traditional homemade fudge recipes have to be heated, cooked, boiled, use a candy thermometer, etc. to prepare.
But my healthy fudge recipe can be prepared in about 5 minutes by simply adding all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stirring everything together.
After that, you only need to let it firm in the freezer for about an hour before enjoying which gives you time to work on something else in the kitchen.
One-Bowl Recipe With Only 5 Ingredients
As I just mentioned, you can mix this recipe in one-bowl making clean up a breeze!
And you'll love the short ingredient list with easily accessible ingredients like raw cacao powder, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Healthier Than Traditional Fudge
Everyone loves fudge during the Holidays, but it's not the healthiest dessert by far.
Let's take a look at the typical ingredients you will find in store-bought and homemade fudge recipes:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) 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
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 these highly processed ingredients:
- An entire jar of marshmallow cream (corn syrup, sugar, water, egg whites, artificial flavor, cream of tartar, xanthan gum, artificial blue color 1)
- 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)
Do people really still use margarine?!
These store-bought and homemade recipes are made with highly processed ingredients that contain GMO's, refined sugars, preservatives, and food colorings.
My healthy version is made with real food and is plant-based, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, no refined sugar and there is no cooking involved!
How To Make No-Cook Healthy Holiday Fudge: Step-by-Step Instructions
Here is how to make this recipe and I'll show you with step-by-step instructions below.
Before beginning, prepare a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 1: Melt The Coconut Oil
Firstly, the coconut oil will need to be melted before adding it to the other ingredients.
I add mine to a small saucepan and melt it on the stovetop on the lowest heat.
Step 2: Mix All Ingredients Together
Secondly, add the melted coconut oil with the remaining ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl and stir together until it's creamy and smooth.
Taste and adjust the sweetener to your preference.
For example, you may like your fudge on the sweeter side and you can add 1-2 tablespoons of extra maple syrup if you prefer.
This is a basic fudge recipe, but here are some optional add-ins you could use and add in this step:
- Macadamia nuts
- Chopped pistachios
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Step 3: Transfer The Fudge To A Loaf Pan
Thirdly, transfer the fudge mixture to the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
Place the loaf pan in the freezer for approximately 60 minutes, or until it hardens.
Step 4: How To Store The Fudge
Lastly, store the fudge in an air-tight BPA-free container in the freezer until ready to serve.
This is important because the fudge will get soft and lose its shape if left out at room temperature.
Keep this in mind as this would not be the ideal dessert to make if you will be traveling with them or will be somewhere where they couldn't be stored in a freezer.
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions for No-Cook Healthy Holiday Fudge
Here are some expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
Raw Cacao Powder: I use organic raw cacao powder for my chocolate in all my recipes, especially to keep them "raw", but feel free to use regular cocoa powder.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is used in this recipe in place of butter. I like to use "refined" coconut oil instead of "unrefined" coconut oil because it doesn't taste or smell like coconut.
Maple Syrup: I used maple syrup as a natural liquid sweetener, but you could also use organic date nectar, coconut nectar or a sugar-free liquid sweeter to make this recipe keto-friendly.
Almond Butter: I used almond butter because it has a neutral flavor, but you could also use another neutral flavor nut butter like cashew butter. Or, if you want a chocolate + peanut butter combination, use peanut butter(yum!) or try my Peanut Butter Fudge recipe!
Loaf Pan + Serving Size: Here you have three options.
- Use a 9 x 5 loaf pan and the following recipe which will make about 18 small, thick squares of fudge.
- Use an 8 x 8 baking pan and the following recipe which will make more servings, but they will be thin squares.
- You can double the recipe in the 8 x 8 pan and you can have more servings and thick squares.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based No-Bake Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars
- Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
- Raw Snickers Bars
- or my Clean Eating Cookbook with healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
Gluten-Free Vegan No-Cook Healthy Holiday Fudge
- 1 cup organic refined coconut oil (melted/liquid)
- 1/4 cup organic cacao powder
- 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
- 1/4 cup organic almond butter
- 1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
- Prepare a 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt the coconut oil:
- Add the coconut oil to a small saucepan and melt on the lowest heat. Another option is to add the coconut oil to a small bowl and then place the small bowl inside a larger bowl filled with hot water to melt it.
Prepare the fudge:
- Add all ingredients, including the melted coconut oil, to a medium-size mixing bowl and stir until it's well combined and has a creamy and smooth texture.
- Taste the mixture and add 1-2 tablespoons of extra maple syrup if you'd prefer it to be a little sweeter.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
- Place the loaf pan in the freezer for approximately 60 minutes, or until the fudge is hardened.
- Store in an air-tight BPA-free container in the freezer until ready to serve because it will get soft and lose its shape if left out at room temperature.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.