This mint chocolate fudge is creamy, easy to make and a little healthier than traditional fudge (but no less delicious!). It’s also paleo and vegan.
It’s the week before Christmas and I haven’t even started to think about Christmas presents. Whoops.
I better get on that. So here’s a super easy last-minute Christmas candy recipe!
You probably already have the ingredients in your cupboard. You just need chocolate, coconut milk, nut butter and peppermint extract. And a little maple syrup and salt!
I’ve made it with hazelnut butter (but without peppermint extract), almond butter, cashew butter and sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version.
They all work equally well! I thought they might taste a little weird with the extract but all I tasted was mint and chocolate.
I’ve already made this fudge a few times this holiday season and I’m about to make more because it’s so quick and easy. And most importantly – it tastes 100% like regular fudge!
Another bonus is that unlike most paleo vegan fudge recipes, it doesn’t melt at room temperature. Woohoo!
That’s because this fudge recipe is coconut oil-free. It’s firm just like traditional fudge is at room temperature. Perfect for holiday parties!
My only issue with it is that I don’t seem to know many people who like mint chocolate. I don’t get it. It’s one of my favorites.
If you also love that combination, try my mint chocolate tart! It’s really amazing. I just need to experiment with an egg and dairy-free version.
When buying the extract, make sure to get peppermint and not mint extract, which has more of a spearmint taste.
And if mint isn’t your thing, just use vanilla instead. Or use almond extract! That would be amazing. Start off with 1/4 teaspoon, taste and add a bit more until you’re happy.
Substitution questions about this mint chocolate fudge recipe?
- Can I use a different type of chocolate?
Dark chocolate would work (if you prefer your chocolate fudge on the dark side). Milk chocolate would also be fine (if you have a sweet tooth and don’t need it paleo / dairy-free). I haven’t tried white chocolate but think it might taste odd with the nut butter. I might be wrong about that, though! It might also be too sweet.
- Can I use something instead of almond butter?
Any natural nut or seed butter should work! It just can’t have any added fat or sugar for it to have the right texture.
- Can I use something other than coconut milk?
I haven’t tried it but I’m guessing that’d work. The result might not be as creamy since coconut milk is so much thicker and has more fat than other types of milk.
- Can I use something other than maple syrup?
Any liquid sweetener that you would use as a 1:1 sub for maple syrup or honey would probably work.
- Can I omit the maple syrup?
I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s not super important to the taste (although for me, it wasn’t sweet enough without it) but it won’t be as fudgy without it. I originally tried it that way. And I don’t think you can use water in its place.
- Can I use a different extract?
You can use whatever extract you think goes well with your nut butter and chocolate! Peanut butter + chocolate + lemon extract? No. Almond butter + chocolate + peppermint or almond extract? Definitely!
Mint Chocolate Fudge (paleo, vegan)
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- Yield: 20 pieces
- 2 cups (340 grams) finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips (use paleo / vegan chocolate)
- 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) full-fat canned coconut milk
- 1/4 cup (64 grams) natural almond butter (the kind with just nuts and maybe salt)
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- a pinch of salt
- In a large saucepan, mix everything together. Melt over low heat while frequently stirring. Meanwhile, prepare a 9"x5" loaf pan with
- Pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. You can cut this when cold but it's easier when at room temperature. Store at room temperature for 1 day and then refrigerate. It'd likely stay well for much longer than 1 day at room temperature but I figure I'd better stay on the safe side and say 1 day due to the nut butter.