This recipe is DANGEROUSLY delicious. Seriously, I have to exercise ALL of my willpower not to eat the whole batch in one sitting [and when I do... I don't feel that bad because it's literally ONLY made of good for you ingredients!].
I created this recipe as a chocolate free alternative to my Superfood Chocolate. I know, that might sound silly (chocolate free chocolate?? huh???) so let me explain: I am super sensitive to caffeine so I wanted a treat that I could have at night that wouldn't keep me up.
Side note: Up until writing this blog post, I always thought that chocolate contained caffeine because when I ate it at night I would have trouble sleeping. My research showed that chocolate (or raw cacao powder) actually does not contain caffeine, but it does however contains theobromine which is a stimulant related to caffeine. Interesting!
Feel free to swap almond butter for any nut or seed butter. I've made this with sunflower seed butter, peanut butter and even a mixed nut butter and ALL were incredible.
Almond Butter Fudge // paleo, gluten free, vegan option, refined sugar free
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup smooth almond butter (room temperature)
- 3-4 scoops collagen peptides or protein powder of choice**
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- generous pinch of sea salt
- generous dash cinnamon
- optional toppings: coconut flakes, slivered almonds, chocolate chips or cacao nibs, etc!
- optional sweetener: a few drops of liquid stevia or maple syrup
**Note: if you use a protein powder, you'll likely not need to add any additional sweetener since most protein powders have some sort of flavor or sweetener. If you use collagen, you can leave the fudge unsweetened (I like to increase the vanilla and cinnamon for natural sweetness) or add in sweetener to taste.
- In a blender or food processor, combine melted coconut oil and almond butter until smooth. Add in protein powder and process until well combined.
- Taste and add sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener as desired.
- For thin bark, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture on paper and spread evenly. For a thicker fudge, line loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture. You can also get fancy and use silicon candy molds or ice cube tray like these: Silicon Candy Mold or Silicon Ice Cube Tray.
- Add toppings of choice - I like flaked coconut and slivered almonds, but get creative!
- Place in freezer to set (approximately 15 minutes). Remove from freezer to slice.
- Keep in freezer or fridge. Fudge will melt if left out for extended period of time.