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Raw Fudge: Not Just for Vegans

One of my best friends left his job. His workplace took him to lunch, but I wanted to help him celebrate too. What better way, than with homemade goodies? One caveat; my friend was in the midst of celebrating Passover, so I needed to think of an unleavened treat that would tempt his taste buds and satisfy his sweet tooth. I knew he loved coconut too. A friend shared with me this really easy fudge recipe; no marshmallow fluff required. However, it takes a little extra prep time if you want to save some cash. Who doesn't like having some extra greenbacks in their pockets? The great thing about this fudge is that it is for everyone. You'll love it if you are:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Follow a Raw diet
  • Breathing

This is a no bake (Raw) fudge that requires no stovetop, only a food processor, blender (if you have a high speed but, I can't guarantee the results), or a Vitamix (more on that later). You're only seven ingredients away from sensational fudge. For this recipe you'll need coconut butter. Coconut butter is not the same thing as coconut oil. Don't substitute the two, and don't buy it when you can make it for ¼ of the price. Amazon sells Artisana brand 100% raw coconut butter for $13.98. Yikes! You can make one cup of it for about $1.50. Here's what you need: 8oz unsweetened coconut and... that's it! You'll be amazed at how simple it is to do yourself. I buy mine in the bulk food section of an Adventist store. Most health food stores and Co-ops should carry it in bulk too. Simply pulse the coconut in a food processor for about 8-12 minutes until it resembles whipped butter, stopping every three minutes or so to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Did you buy a Vitamix through the Flaming Vegan offer? If you did, then it will only take you 3-5 minutes.

If you can't find (or can't afford the $22/lb price tag) raw cacao powder, then you can use the regular unsweetened kind. I do.

Vegan Raw Fudge

½ cup coconut butter

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

2 small bananas cut into 1" pieces

¼ cup raw cacao powder

3 Tbsp agave nectar

1 tsp vanilla

A pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor for five minutes. Pour into a sealable container (I like the Ziploc containers with the blue lids) and freeze. I recommend keeping the uneaten portion in the freezer, as it will become soft if put in the fridge. My friend loved it! It's great for vegans, those with various dietary restrictions, and those who will eat just about everything.

Tidbit: Did you know the amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao? Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep.

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After my tonsillectomy at age four, my doctor jokingly said, "No more hamburgers for you, Libby." Little did he know he was right! While I did eat meat on and off until college, I was lucky to have parents that supported my values. I am a teacher by trade with a passion for baking. While eggs and cheese (and chocolate, of course)are my mainstay in my diet, I am enjoying the challenge of proving that dairy-free baking can be delicious.

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  1. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    Ms Libby Treats this looks so delicious. I am always looking for a good fudge recipe around the holidays. Some of the other vegan fudge recipes I have tried in the past turned out terrible. They would not set up and I ended up throwing the entire batch in the trash. I will have to try this one. It sounds amazing. I have left you a vote here. Ms Libby a very kind person here told me that we are allowed to give ourselves a vote that this is not against the rules. I see you have forgotten to do this one. Please give yourself a vote for this wonderful recipe. Thank you Julie
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    1. LibbyTreats
      Thanks, Julie. This fudge is soft. I left a plate on the counter, and had to put it back in the freezer after an hour to harden. Perhaps next time I'll only use one banana. Still, it is tasty and better for you than traditional sugary fudge. I guess i should give myself a vote, but I feel a bit guilty about that. ;) I love your blogs. Keep up the great work, and enjoy your time and experiences in France.
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  2. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    This looks interesting.
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  3. Jose Rodriguez
    What a great recipe for fudge. I love fudge but don\'t eat it because it is way too sweet for me. This one looks perfect. Voted
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  4. No Name
    Libby this looks delicious. I found a fudge recipe not long ago that was vegan but used coffee. I tried this and threw the entire batch in the trash. It would not set and was not fit to eat. I have a river that runs in front of my house and normally the eels that swim in the river will eat anything you feed them. Well to tell you how good this fudge was the eel's refused to eat this. I have tried your cake recipe for your dog and yes it was outstanding. I could hardly part with this to allow my dogs to have a bite of it. The children were angry when I cut a piece for my dog and allowed her to eat it. They wanted the entire cake for them. I have been following you since the post for your dog's birthday and I enjoy all of your recipes and can not wait to try this one. Thank you so much Naya
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    1. LibbyTreats
      Wow, thanks Naya! I think my friends ate more of my dog's birthday cake than she did! This fudge is really good, although I might use less banana next time as the flavor does stand out. I hope you like the fudge as much as my friend and I do! That's pretty funny about the eels!
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      1. No Name
        You are so welcome Libby. It was funny to see the eels swim up to the fudge and turn and swim away. The fudge just sunk to the bottom of the river and stayed there for a little bit and then was gone. Normally eels that live in our river will eat all we feed them. They are fresh water eels that come down from the top of the mountains and live in the pools in the river bed. Here we try and dredge out the river so the eels have a nice place to live. The Tahitian says when eels live in the river that the river is still alive and not polluted. This one is true I have such a nice river that flows in front of my home. I love to listen to the river flowing by when I go to sleep at night. I did enjoy your cake and the children had me do it again for them. I think now I have made your recipe 4 times and only once did I allow my dog to eat a piece of your cake. It is very good. Thank you so much for sharing your cooking ideas here I enjoy trying your baking secrets. I like it when there is a lot of people who try this and report back on how good it turned out. I wait to try your fudge this weekend. It is my God Daughters birthday and I want to make this as a surprise for her.
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        1. LibbyTreats
          Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the "pup" cake. I plan to make it again soon! I was a bit concerned that the fudge wouldn't harden, as I was a bit impatient, and attempted to eat a bit about an hour after i put it n the freezer. it was a bit soft, and stuck to the container. However, a few days later, the texture is just like regular fudge, but a slight bit softer. By the way, I use a 9"x5" container, so the recipe doesn't make a very big batch if you want the thickness shown in my picture.
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  5. Scott Desmond
    I love fudge and this looks delicious.
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  6. Rebecca Lopez
    I adore a good fudge. If what you say is true then this recipe is excellent and I want to try this. I saw others have tried a vegan fudge recipe in the past and they can not eat this. I too have not had good experiences with vegan fudge recipe. I will follow your suggestion and only put in 1 banana instead of two. Thank you so much for this tip. I have to go and find your birthday cake recipe for your dog and try this one too. I see here that others love this cake and now I am curious as to what you made for your dog.
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  7. Ericka McGee
    What a wonderful recipe you have shared here. I have just found this site today. I am here trying to find alternatives for my daughter who is allergic to dairy. I just recently found out from our Doctor. I could not understand why she was sick so often and was never gaining weight. I have stumbled upon this site in my frantic search n the Internet to find recipes that I can cook for my family that she can eat. I think this recipe will be great for my entire family to have. I know that it sounds delicious and have read some of your comments. I will copy this recipe and add it to the others I have found. I like to try recipes that people leave comments on. I know there are so many out there today but how do I know if they are good or not. I like the idea of this site and a community of vegans sharing information. I think this source of information will be the one I use most often when cooking for my family. Thank you for sharing. I am now curious about your pup cake and will try and find this one to read it. I look forward to seeing more of your baking ideas and recipes. I now have to bake dairy free for my daughter and this means that my family will also be going through changes in their diets. I look at this as a positive move to ensure my family is eating correctly.
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    1. Ericka McGee
      Will you please forgive me. I can not vote for you until tomorrow. I promise I will come back because today I am out of time. There is so much to see on this site and I need to learn more. I did not realize that we cannot vote for all of the posts that we read and comment on. I receive a message saying I would get 10 more votes tomorrow. I counted the number of votes I made today and it was only 5. What happened to the other 5 votes they say I am to have?
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  8. Still Mind
    Still Mind
    Mmmm, fudge! :-D I must try. I've been looking for some snacks to make. I'll definitely be trying this, probably sometime this weekend. Voted! ^_^
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  9. Elaine Jackson
    Fudge recipes for vegans are so hard to find. I think I had the pleasure of trying the one Naya was talking about using coffee. That was the worst recipe I have ever tried. It was such a mess and a waste of good food. I am not sure how people can post recipes they have not ever made them self before. It would be nice if there was rating systems on some of these recipe sites so we could be warned not to try this one.
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  10. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    I almost missed this. There is so many new people on here and the posts are moving so fast right now. I am glad that I was able to find this and read it. This looks amazing and I will follow your instructions to cut down on the amount of banana I put into mine. I love your blog and your recipes. Thank you so much
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