I associate fudge with the holidays and with tourist traps, and honestly, regular fudge is not my favorite thing. Having sampled a lot of “famous” fudge around tourist areas, I pretty much always find it unbelievably, cloyingly sweet. Then I discovered “fudge” made from coconut butter, and I make six or seven variations of this recipe in fairly regular rotation. Coconut butter and coconut oil work beautifully to make a fudge-like candy because they are solid at room temperature. Adding in some almond butter and honey makes for a silky texture, and you can adjust the honey to taste–if you love super sweet candies, you can increase the honey by a quarter of a cup, and of course you can also reduce the amount for a less-sweet candy. You will want to keep this in the refrigerator, and I like to leave it at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving to have the perfect texture.
I use the seeds scraped out of a whole vanilla bean as a key flavoring agent, but you can substitute a couple of teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. The flavor will not come through quite as well, but it will still work. A tip: if you use whole vanilla beans in a recipe and you are just scraping out the seeds, you can pop the leftover pods into a jar with some rum and let the mixture steep for a couple of weeks for homemade vanilla extract.
- 8 ounces coconut butter (ground, whole coconut), warmed to liquid
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 1 vanilla bean
- Place all of the ingredients but the vanilla bean in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for a minute, or until everything is liquid. Stir until there are no visible lumps.
- Using a sharp knife, split the vanilla bean lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds and add them to the fudge mixture. Stir them in well.
- Pour the fudge into an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Refrigerate until firm, and then cut into small squares. Store the fudge in the refrigerator.
This is a great, whole-food treat that would work well for a holiday party. I make other versions with dark chocolate, peppermint extract, dried cherries…anything you like will work. There are many other coconut butter fudge recipes out there, and after you try one I think you will be sold.
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