Peanut Butter Fudge has quickly become a staple in my home. Not only is it sugar-free and full of protein, but it is also so easy to make, and stores in the freezer for up to months at a time!
This treat is perfect for a quick grab-and-go snack when you’re needing something sweet and filling. It also classifies as paleo, vegan, and keto for those following a specific diet!
Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Fudge
Here at Clean Cuisine, we believe in eating whole, real, clean foods…not restricting. This includes using natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, date sugar, and many more quite freely!
However, we understand that there are special circumstances, such as those with diabetes, yeast overgrowths, or individuals who are following the keto diet that may prohibit them from consuming these types of sweeteners. These types of natural sweeteners, although filled with nutrients and health benefits still include calories, carbs, and a glycemic index that may one’s raise blood sugar. This can be an issue for many people.
While I normally enjoy honey, fruit, and date sweeteners without any issues, I have been on a special diet to eradicate candida for the past couple of months that has resulted in me taking a temporary hiatus from my normal diet. Because of this, I have turned to natural sweeteners like green leaf stevia for my sugar fixes!
Green Leaf Stevia
When it comes to calorie-free sweeteners, no two products are the same. Most calorie free sweeteners these days are very artificially processed, and end up doing much more harm than good.
Even most brands of stevia, which are advertised as a “natural” sugar alternative aren’t even close to being natural or healthy! Nearly all commercial stevia brands you’ll find on a your grocery store shelf contain a very low percentage of stevia. They normally consist of mostly erythritol, xylitol, inulin, dextrose, or other zero-calorie sweeteners combined with a small amount of stevia, then bleached and processed to what becomes essentially a white, powdery, artificial sweetener. These mixtures can lead to digestive upset, headaches, and other unwanted symptoms.
However, green leaf stevia is totally different! If you didn’t know your stevia was meant to be bright green and a little clumpy, it’s not your fault. Nearly all stevia products marketed as “pure stevia” are processed into an unrecognizable form.
Green leaf stevia is very difficult to find in stores, but can easily be bought online! With the right, high-quality brand (like the Frontier Co-Op brand), green leaf stevia offers a satisfying, sweet flavor with little to no aftertaste, or side effects (at least for me). It’s great in warm drinks, or as a sugar substitute in recipes.
Benefits of Green Leaf Stevia
Green leaf stevia is around 200-300x sweeter than cane sugar, and is a great zero-calorie, natural option for those needing to avoid sugar. It’s great for weight control, blood sugar management, helps to prevent cavities (when compared to consuming normal forms of sugar), and even possesses anti-inflammatory properties! Read more about the benefits of stevia here!
If you’re looking to avoid sugar, and have had bad experiences with “stevia” in the past, I highly encourage you to invest in some green leaf stevia. It really is a totally different product when in it’s natural form!
How to Make Peanut Butter Fudge
Like previously mentioned, this Peanut Butter Fudge has quickly earned its spot as an official staple in my freezer. It requires only a few ingredients, and less than 10 minutes of hands on time. Keeping this snack on hand has been hugely beneficial in staying on track with my candida diet, and not demanding my entire day in the kitchen.
Here are the ingredients!
Peanut butter is full of protein, healthy fats, and other important nutrients, making it the perfect, healthy snack option. If you don’t tolerate peanuts, sunbutter is a fantastic swap for this recipe, that tastes just as delicious.
Extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil is filled with “good saturated fats”, that actually offer amazing benefits for your health! It’s a great substitute for butter, and serves many purposes in baking and cooking in my kitchen. Click here to read more about why coconut oil is good for you!
Green Leaf Stevia
If you remember from earlier in this article, green leaf stevia is around 200-300x sweeter than cane sugar. That means not only is green leaf stevia a great swap for table sugar, but you also don’t need nearly as much as you would of cane sugar. With only 1 tablespoon of stevia, this recipe offers the perfect sweet flavor that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Coconut flour in this recipe is simply to thicken the mixture up just a tad. 2 tablespoons is all you need for the perfect texture.
Vanilla extract in this recipe helps to bring out the flavors of the peanut butter and stevia, and offers a subtle vanilla flavor for the perfect finishing touch.
Now since you know all about stevia, coconut oil, and my absolute obsession with this recipe, let’s get into the ingredients!
Peanut Butter Fudge
This Peanut Butter Fudge is sugar-free and full of protein! It’s easy to make, and stores in the freezer for up to months at a time.
- Prep Time: 5 min.
- Cook Time: 5 min.
- Total Time: 10 min.
- Yield: 12+ 1x
- Beginning with coconut oil, place all ingredients except for coconut flour in a saucepan (we love Xtrema), and place on medium heat on the stovetop. Stir until liquid has thinned, and ingredients are thoroughly mixed together (this should take around 5 minutes).
- Add in coconut flour, and stir to combine until fully dissolved.
- Pour mixture into a parchment lined baking sheet or cake pan (I suggest around 14×10 inch for fudge that is easy to bite through).
- Place in freezer for around 1 hour, remove, and slice into pieces. Place back on parchment.
- Return pan to freezer for an additional 2 hours, or until fudge is completely frozen.
- Once completely frozen, remove, and store in an air-tight container of choice for up to around 3 months in the freezer (see notes).
This Peanut Butter Fudge is made to be stored in the freezer, and enjoyed immediately upon removing a serving. Fudge quickly melts as it nears room temperature.
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