Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Today I’m sharing something special: my first guest post ever! I’m extremely excited to introduce you to the super sweet and talented Caroline of Chocolate & Carrots. If you don’t already know her, you have to check her out! Caroline is a new mom with a three month old boy and still found time to make this post for us. Thanks Caroline! 

Caroline is treating us to something especially amazing today – healthier fudge! Just look at the ingredients: coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder, and almond butter. She knows me well, huh? :) I was so excited about this post that I’ve already tried it out. Verdict? YUM! 

Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Hey there! My name is Caroline and I bake and blog over at Chocolate & Carrots. I’m so thrilled that Erin asked me to do a guest post for her. We’ve never met in person, but she is seriously sweet and makes some incredible goodies. I feel like we’re already best friends. I remember forever ago when she first emailed me and said the sweetest things about how I inspired her to take better food photos. It’s things like that that you never forget and truly mean a lot. Since then, I’ve loved getting to know Erin via email and instagram, and she’s put up with my shenanigans in my blogging world!

Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Erin was a sweetheart and hosted a virtual baby shower for me when I was pregnant with Liam. I remember waking up that morning and crying to all of the sweet posts that my blogging friends did for me.

Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Okay. Enough mushy stuff. Let’s get to the sweets! Today, I want to share this amazingly chocolatey fudge that is basically dark chocolate gananche on steroids, but without the no-no, heavy cream. So, it’s pretty decently good for you considering we’re talking dessert, too! I will warn you though, a tall glass of milk is a required accompaniment and a little bit of this rich chocolately treat goes a long way.

Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Healthier Dark M&M Fudge

Rated 4.8 by 4 readers
Healthier Dark M&M Fudge
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  • Yield: 1 loaf pan


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Hershey's special dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate M&M's (for something naturally colored, try Unreal Candy Coated Chocolates)


  1. Whisk the coconut oil and honey together.
  2. Slowly whisk in the cocoa powder.
  3. Whisk in the almond butter.
  4. Pour into a loaf pan that has been covered in non-stick foil.
  5. Sprinkle the M&M's on top.
  6. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares.
  8. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.


  • It's probably best if eaten with a fork or with a dollop of frozen yogurt!

Adapted from The Wannabe Chef

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34 comments on “Healthier Dark M&M Fudge” — Add one!

  • Lola
    January 30, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    Perfect decadent recipe!! Looks so yummy!
    I’ve tried it today and it’s sooooo delicious but the taste of coconut oil is very strong…Next time (tomorrow ahah), I’ll try with less coconut oil and maybe a bit more almond butter.

    • Erin replies to Lola
      January 30, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

      Haha. I’m happy you liked it enough to make again! If you don’t like the coconut taste, you can use refined coconut oil, which has absolutely no coconut taste to it. :) Thanks for the feedback!

  • Julie
    July 27, 2014 @ 2:06 am

    I LOVE THIS!! When I 1st made this last week I only had enough ingredients to cut it in half.I took a glass pie plate and put a piece of parchment papers in it then poured the mix in and put it in the freezer. In no time I took it out and broke it into pieces (It was thin since it was half the recipe) I kept it in a ziplock in the freezer after that. A perfect piece of chocolate! Really the best I have ever had. I’m going to make it again now with the full recipe but lay it on parchment paper in a 9×13 to keep it thin.

    • Erin replies to Julie
      July 29, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

      I’m so happy that it came out well for you! I also love this and other healthier fudge recipes. It’s nice not to feel super guilty when I enjoy a little chocolate. :) I like the idea of keeping it thin and I hope the 9×13 came out just as well for you. Thanks so much for the feedback!

      • Julie
        replies to Erin
        July 29, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

        Spreading it a 9×13 worked perfect! Everyone that tried it says it’s one of the best chocolates they have tried! I forgot to add before I didn’t add the M&M’s cause I didn’t have any on hand.

        • Erin replies to Julie
          July 30, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

          Wow, so happy that everyone has enjoyed it so much! Thanks again for your feedback. :) And good to know that it’s still yummy without the M&Ms!

  • Karen
    June 23, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    I made these today and topped them with toasted walnuts instead of M&Ms…not as pretty but definitely yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Erin replies to Karen
      July 1, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

      Oh no. Sorry for the slow reply! Thanks a ton for the feedback and rating, Karen. :) And I bet they were awesome with walnuts!

  • Heather R says
    November 12, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I probably should have used m&m;'s instead of Smarties but Smarties were what I happened to have on hand. Plus, I like they are free of artifical flavors/colors. They sunk down into the fudge, and perhaps with the m&m;'s being smaller that wouldn't have happened? In retrospect I should have put it in the freezer for a few minutes so that it would have been a bit more solidified before placing the Smarties on top. So while they didn't have the amazing perfect color pop of the m&m;'s, there was a nice surprise inside, although it made it harder to cut. Despite this, the fudge was absolutely delicious and loved by all. Couldn't just have one piece and oh the mess of my daughter! She was in melted fudge heaven. Next time I make this will be for Christmas and I'll use the Holiday M&M;'s. Artificial colors/flavors and all:)

    • Erin replies to Heather R
      November 13, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      They sunk?! That's weird. I made a small batch and this and didn't have that happen. I think you should definitely let it firm up a few minutes in the freezer and then use your Smarties. No reason to use M&MS;! Unless they don't make a holiday version. I'm sure it's not a M&M; vs. Smarties issue. And aww, love that your daughter had a fun mess to eat. :) Thanks as always for your feedback! You have no idea how much I appreciate it. :)

  • An average teen. says
    October 5, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    is there a possible substitute for honey?

    • Erin replies to An average teen.
      October 5, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      How about agave? I haven't tried it but I imagine it'd work.

  • Baltic Maid says
    September 24, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    What a beautiful guest post! I love the contrast of the dark fudge and the bright M&Ms.; It's so beautiful! And I bet it tastes delicious!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says
    September 23, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    This looks incredible, so rich and dark! Wonderful guest post!

  • Marta@What Should I eat For Breakfast Today says
    September 20, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    Oh Caroline, it looks amazing!

  • DessertForTwo says
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Whoa! You took the guilt out of fudge! You're my hero! :)

  • Monet says
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Fabulous guest post (and a fabulous blog!). I have had such fun reading this recipe and then looking back at older posts. These are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    Ahhh, this looks soooo good. I love how dark it looks :) I have yet to try a fudge like this. I really need to, except I can see myself eating the whole batch :D

  • chica chocolatina says
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:38 am

    These look so rich and fudgy, everything I love!!

  • Eleni @ The Baboo says
    September 19, 2012 @ 1:57 am

    OMG this looks delicious!!! I definitely want to make this this weekend!

  • Ashley _ Baker by Nature says
    September 19, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    A fudge with an ingredient list that doesn't make me cringe? This is gold!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    September 18, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    yay for your guest post! this fudge looks miiiiighty scrumptious. =)

  • Purelytwins says
    September 18, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    incredible! love rich chocolate desserts

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    September 17, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    This fudge looks incredible! It's so nice to "meet" you Carolyn! What a healthy spin on decadent treat. the MMs bring a catchy pop of color too!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says
    September 17, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    healthy + fudge I am all over it! guest post!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    September 17, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    What a great recipe for healthier fudge. Coconut is omnipresent in SE Asia and we are learning more and more about all it's health benefits too. So this fudge just can't be too too bad for you ;)

  • Jill says
    September 17, 2012 @ 4:23 pm


  • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty says
    September 17, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Um… yum! So colorful too. Love it!

  • says
    September 17, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    I love the pop of color the m&ms; provide. I am sure I could also eat this without knowing it :-)

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    September 17, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    So cool! I totally need to try making fudge with coconut oil! :)

  • Wholesome Hedonist says
    September 17, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    I post a lot of wholesome dinner recipes on my site, but haven't gotten the wholesome dessert thing quite right yet…so I'm super excited to discover your bogs! I'll be whipping up this fudge soon!

  • Becca says
    September 17, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks so rich and fudgey! Ill have to try this soon :)

  • jubistacha says
    September 17, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    It looks delicious, I would probably eat the whole batch by myself ;) If you want to make it more "healthier" use roasted hazelnuts or almonds instead of M&M;'s!

  • london bakes says
    September 17, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    What an excellent guest post! This fudge looks incredible, so rich and decadent but not as bad for you as you might think!


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