Nut Butter Fudge

I’ve nicknamed this fudge “Detox Fudge” because of the high coconut oil content. Unrefined coconut oil has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as lots of other health benefits. It’s self-limiting and can definitely cause some detox reaction if you overdose (if you’re not used to raw coconut oil, start with 1 or 2 small pieces)! It’s God’s way of reminding you to show self-control ;-).  I’ve actually been purposely using it as a mild form of detox this week. . . all detoxes must be mild for me now, while breastfeeding, but a restricted diet like GAPS naturally results in *some* detox; the key is controlling it.

That aside, this is super-easy and yummy melt-in-your-mouth fudge. Don’t be deceived by the name, though, as this is not leave-on-the-counter fudge, nor is it quite the same “fudgy” consistency as usual. But they form well-defined firm squares that hold well in the fridge, and they are super-yummy. I stumbled upon a recipe last week and have been tweaking it, and here is what I prefer:

Peanut Butter Fudge

3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter – almond butter was lovely!)
2 tablespoons honey
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt oil in a saucepan over VERY low heat. I used the lowest setting. Coconut oil loses most of its health properties when heated too high. You just want it to soften to pouring consistency. Pour oil and remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor (I’ve used both) and blend until smooth. Pour into an 8×8 square glass dish and place in freezer for 1 hour to set up. Remove and use a paring knife to cut into cubes. Store in fridge or freezer in an enclosed container.

This is the most palatable way I’ve found to consume unrefined coconut oil. I love coconut oil in heated items like baked goods, but it’s hard to find ways to eat it “raw” and get all the great health benefits. It has such a strong flavor, but this fudge really masks it :-).

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Adrian C. Keister
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 16:21:31

    In my opinion, the fudge could even be weighted more towards the peanut butter, but this recipe is still really good. I’m curious to see what crunchy pb tastes like in this recipe – Susan’s only made it with creamy so far.

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  2. hannahpi
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 17:52:14

    Crunchy!!! Absolutely, the way to go.

    Want… some…

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  3. jessicatelian
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 18:23:38

    Mmmm…that sounds so good! And you’re right, it is nice to have a yummy way to consume raw coconut oil since I’m still not to the point where I can just down it by the spoonful like some people… 😛

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  4. Amy & Tony
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 13:34:36

    hmmm… may have to make some of this today! Thanks, Susan!

    Reply

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