This creamy and smooth fudge is easy to make and healthier than traditional fudge. You don’t need a candy thermometer or a stove to make it. This fudge is just 3 ingredients. It doesn’t contain any refined sugar or dairy butter. This fudge stores well and can be made ahead of time.
I’ve been craving chocolate a lot lately and this sweet treat is an easy way to enjoy chocolate fudge. I keep a container in my fridge and eat a piece for a snack or dessert.
- Unsweetened chocolate
- Peanut butter
Unsweetened chocolate: This recipe uses unsweetened chocolate. The chocolate helps create the structure for the fudge. If you don’t have unsweetened chocolate and you don’t mind the added sugar, you can also use dark chocolate.
Honey: Honey is used to sweeten the fudge. You do not want to use pure maple syrup or any similar thin, watery consistency sweetener. It needs to be a thick consistency like honey. Adding honey to this recipe will keep the fudge very creamy. If you use pure maple syrup or similar thinner sweeteners, the fudge will come out crumbly.
Peanut butter: This fudge recipe uses natural peanut butter for its base. The peanut butter replaces regular dairy butter to give this fudge a very creamy and rich texture. Make sure to use natural peanut butter which has only peanuts and salts in the ingredient list. Peanut butter can be substituted with natural almond butter.
How to Make Healthier Chocolate Fudge
The chocolate is first melted until it is smooth and creamy. The peanut butter is then mixed in until it is fully incorporated and the mixture is uniform in color. The honey is added in last. You do want to wait until the end to add the honey because adding the honey will slightly thicken the mixture.
Place the fudge into the fridge until set. Use a sharp knife to cut it into pieces. Store uneaten fudge in the fridge. The fudge will become a little too soft if it stays at room temperature so this fudge does need to be kept in the fridge.
Fudge Texture and Taste
This fudge has a smooth and creamy texture, just like regular fudge. The fudge is not very sweet though since this is supposed to be a healthier fudge. It has a bittersweet chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
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3 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Fudge
- 2 oz (57 g) unsweetened chocolate roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (160 g) unsweetened natural peanut butter
- 3-4 tbsp (44 ml- 59 ml) honey
- Line an 8 inch x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Add chocolate to a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Heat in 15-30 second intervals, stirring in between with a spatula until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. You can also melt the chocolate on the stove using the double boiler method.
- Add the peanut butter to the chocolate. Mix with a spatula until the peanut butter is fully incorporated and no streaks of peanut butter remain. The mixture should be smooth and uniform in color.
- Stir in the honey and mix until it is fully and evenly incorporated. You can start with 3 tbsp and taste and adjust as needed. I usually add 3-4 tbsp. You can add a little more than that but if you add too much then your fudge will not set. Your mixture should thicken slightly after stirring in the honey.
- Pour your mixture into your lined loaf pan. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly across the pan and smooth the surface.
- Place the fudge into the fridge until set. This should take about an hour. Once it is firm, remove it from the fridge and cut the fudge into pieces using a sharp knife. Fudge should be enjoyed soon after it is removed from the fridge. If it sits out at room temperature it will become a little too soft to hold so any uneaten fudge should be stored in the fridge.
- This recipe needs honey or a similar thick sweetener to work. See post for more details.
- If you prefer to use dark chocolate instead of unsweetened chocolate, you will need to use about 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips. You could also skip the honey if you find the dark chocolate provides enough sweetness.
- If you want to make this low carb or keto-friendly, you can substitute the honey with a keto-friendly honey or syrup. Just make sure it is a thick syrup and not a thin syrup. Alternatively, you can also skip the syrup and use a sugar-free sweetened dark chocolate. If you use sugar-free dark chocolate, you will need about 1 cup of chopped sugar-free dark chocolate.
- The estimated nutrition is calculated using 3 tbsp of honey and for the recipe as written (and not the keto or other alternatives).
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.