Chocolate-Walnut Freezer Fudge

April 30, 2012 in Categories: by

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The great thing about giving up egg whites is that I’m inspired to try new recipes for treats without eggs!  This fudge is ridiculously easy to make and delicious (addictive really, I had to stop making it because I couldn’t help myself).  It has a melt-in-your-mouth texture thanks to the coconut oil and can be eaten directly out of the fridge or freezer (which means that even keeping it in the freezer didn’t slow me down!).  These can be a bit delicate to cut into squares.  I remove the entire batch out of the pan onto a cutting board and cut in small squares rather than rows to keep it from cracking.  It helps to pre-cut them in the pan before they are completely set (say after about 20 minutes in the fridge).

Ingredients:

1.    Whip coconut oil in the bowl of a standing mixer until fluffy (2-3 minutes).
2.    Add cocoa powder and maple syrup and continue to whip until completely combined (about 1 minute, but you might need to scrape the sides a couple of times).
3.    Add chopped walnuts and mix just to combine.
4.    Spread into a 9”x9” baking pan.  Chill in the refrigerator until set (at least 1 hour).  Cut into squares and enjoy (store in the fridge or freezer).

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Comments

I don’t tolerate them well. When I eat eggs, my psoriasis gets very red and itchy. I also can’t eat any vegetables from the nightshade family. Actually, the same goes for nuts and seeds but I can handle a little (except almonds, which I’m very sensitive to). Wish I had discovered paleo about 15 years earlier, then I might not have to be so crazy careful about everything I eat!

Taste was very good. Texture was a smooth chocolate which was good. I didn’t care for the melting on contact with the fingers and the oily mess.

Oooohhhh my goodness, the spoon from scraping the mixer is deluxe…. Even my fussy french dining chef boy who is super suss on paleo, had a lick. Can’t wait for them to freeze. Nom nom nom, thanks super much. Xxxx

I LOVE this recipe, but I add a few drops of peppermint oil (it only takes 2-3 drops!!) and a tablespoon of vanilla. I also put them in small baking cups which makes it easier to serve. Thanks so much for your wonderful web site!

i use the silicone baking cups, then peel them off, and store in wax paper in the freezer till needing to be eater :)

Try cocoa butter, raw. I prefer to use it in raw chocolate recipes as I am not the biggest coconut flavor fan Earth balance would not be solid enough in my opinion.

Yes, Stevia powder works well. Can add a little coconut milk for the liquid, plus a little vanilla. Dangerously delicious!

Another recipe for you:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1 1/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 tsp sea salt
optional: a few drops of your favorite high quality essential oil…I like wild orange, peppermint and cinnamon-not all at once ;)
Blend in food processor or good blender all at once. Pour on wax paper, freeze just until set. I store it in the freezer. YUM!!

Laura, your recipe sounds more affordable with my tight budget. I am not on any paleo diet and can’t afford a lot of coconut oil so I think I will try one stick of BUTTER as a sub, half cup of organic maple agave syrup blend, (or 1/4 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of the syrup, cocoa powder, AND, what are your thoughts about subbing peanut butter for the nuts?? I don’t have a mixer or blender, may have to mix it by hand too. What size pan does this fit?

Kathleen, since I noticed a few people don’t want to use so much (pricey but good for you) coconut oil, I thought I’d post a low-carb fudge recipe I created a few years ago.

http://www.food.com/recipe/low-carb-chocolate-peanut-butter-fudge-xylitol-450257

Obviously it’s not paleo, but it’s better than regular fudge. I think substitutions could easily be made. For example, instead of cream, you could use almond milk, coconut milk, coconut oil, or melted butter (anything to add liquid and make it more stirrable). Instead of peanut butter, you could use almond butter or another nut butter. I have also substituted cream cheese for the peanut butter. Instead of xylitol, you could use coconut sugar. Or, if you used honey or maple syrup for sweetener, you could skip the liquid ingredient.

I was quite surprised when I decided to just make up a recipe and it turned out good the first time. So I think this approximate ratio of ingredients will be forgiving and nearly always turn out edible. With “real” fudge, the trick is to cook your ingredients to the right stage (it depends on the properties of sugar) and then beat it until it “loses its gloss”…and it’s quite tricky, I recall from my childhood. I had so many fudge failures that I eventually gave up. But with these other recipes, like mine, Laura’s, and Paleo Mom’s, you’re just storing it in the fridge or freezer to make it firm enough to handle. There’s no sorcery required to try to create a chocolate candy that is firm at room temperature, as with regular fudge.

By the way, although my recipe calls for baking chocolate, the common substitute for a square of baking chocolate is 3 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 tablespoon of butter, oil, or shortening. So you see how flexible you can be about everything…if you don’t have baking chocolate or don’t want to use it.

Good luck finding your own perfect recipe!

Nope, it’s actually one of the healthiest. It’s about 60% medium chain triglycerides, which are a very special saturated fat that is being used to treat Alzheimer’s and may lower cardiovascular disease risk!

Hello! ThePaleoMom responded to this saying “they’re the same thing.” I wanted to clarify more for you.
Cocoa powder is cacao – with sugars/sweeteners.

Raw cacao is healthier as the less it’s messed with, the more polyphenols and such you’ll get.

I wonder if this is something that varies from the US to Europe (or other countries). In the US, cocoa powder, or just “cocoa,” is the plain unsweetened powder that results (I suppose) from grinding up cocoa beans. It’s not sweetened.

If we wanted to buy something sweetened and ready to mix for a hot cocoa drink, it would be called “hot cocoa mix” or “hot chocolate mix (or powder),” or maybe “chocolate powder” or “chocolate drink mix” for a cold chocolate drink (added to milk).

Looks like an awesome recipe! I’ve made paleo fudge before with lard and it’s rock hard. I do keep it in the fridge. Is that why? Will this be rock hard if kept in the fridge. To me, fudge is soft and rich,and yours looks great!

Just want to make sure the texture is what I’m looking for before I use up all my coconut oil.

Thanks so much, loving your recipes!

Keep it in the fridge if your indoor temperature is warmer than about 70F. It will be firm but then melt in your mouth… you can actually eat this directly out of the freezer.

Taste was delicious and creamy but I couldn’t get it out of the baking pan. Any idea of what I did wrong? It just crumbled when I tried to lift it.

PaleoMom,

I just found your site thanks to Facebook – someone posted your fudge.

I have a Vitamix and tried another cacao recipe but it wouldn’t mix – there wasn’t enough liquid. I don’t have a mixer or food processor. Will the coconut oil and syrup (I like low glycemic coconut nectar) in this recipe provide enough liquid for the mixture to blend in the Vitamix?

Thanks!

Thank you, but I thought “whipping” the coconut oil could be done in the Vitamix. It’s much more forceful than a mixer. I’ll call Vitamix and ask them. I’ve been a health nut for decades but the simpler the better. As an international prosperity teacher and speaker – my focus is not in the kitchen :) I will find a way to make this work. We women must have a drug – chocolate.

I wouldn’t think so, since the maple syrup and honey are liquid, and stevia wouldn’t add the same bulk and liquid to the mixture–it’s too concentrated and usually dry. I’d try to find another liquid sweetener that works for you. Or just use one of these and eat only very small pieces. =) One-third cup is not much sweetener for a recipe this size, so it wouldn’t be any worse for your blood sugar than a small piece of fruit, IMO.

Diane, you didn’t mention why you wanted to use Stevia (no sugar, calories, etc). If you don’t mind a few calories, I use raw coconut nectar because it is low glycemic and very healthy – doesn’t cause the sugar spikes like sugar/syrup/honey. And I really like the taste. Sometimes when I need something sweet, I just take a spoonful. There’s also agave nectar, but there is so much negative controversy about it from the health gurus, I stopped using it.

Sorry…
Chocolate
Walnut
Freezer
Fudge?????

The only thing in this recipe related to prehistoric humans is walnuts. Paleolithic man had no way of deriving cocoa powder from beans, or using a FREEZER to make FUDGE of any kind.

I only had just over a cup of the coconut oil left in the house, so subbed in palm shortening for the other cup, also added a dash of vanilla. In the fridge setting now but the bowl/spatula would lead me to believe the sub worked out just fine :) Thank you for sharing this one!

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These sound lovely and I am ready to try, especially since I love homemade sweets and baked goods! Just curious, how does all that “fat” work on the digestive system? I know I wouldn’t be eating an entire pan at once, but it seems like the percentage of coconut oil would “clean me out”. A little too much bacon has also had this effect on me since I started Paleo over a year ago. Sorry if TMI!!!!

I have this setting up in my fridge now (no room in the freezer). Used the nuts i had on hand & added shredded coconut, a dash of vanilla, and cocoa nibs – because i bought them but dont know what to do with them. Hopefully its so loaded with stuff its like a mini candy bar. Either way its fudge!

I was so excited to try, because it sounded similar to Magic Shell and I couldn’t imagine anything better than eating a whole chunk of Magic Shell. It wasn’t a good idea though, all the oiliness made me feel sick and I had to lay down for awhile:( Would be great as a topping or fruit dip though.

My family wanted to like this, but no one cared for the oiliness. I’m going to repurpose it, though, especially since it was sort of an expensive thing to make when no one liked it :) I think it will be good mixed in with one-ingredient banana ice cream, or melted over the top.

Wondering if avocados could be used in place of some of the coconut oil. We make a fabulous dark chocolate pudding with avocado!

Looks nice! Will try this :)
I can’t eat much Coconut, due to severe ‘die off’ (herxheimer reaction) :(
So will try substituting with half Cacao Butter, half Ghee or maybe half Cacao Butter half Butter..

Do you think Gelatin would be too soft to substitute (with half something else)?

I mixed it well but the coconut oil became too liquidy, After storing it in the fridge all the honey accumulated at the bottom of the fudge so most of the chocolate didn’t taste sweet. I was thinking to melt the mixture in the microwave a little bit and remix it to see if the honey mixes better this time, do you have any other suggestions on how to mix it well?

I had the same issue, Teona! This fudge tasted disgustingly bitter. So I melted it back down in a pot and then added one cup of coconut sugar. Then another. It still sucked. And the sugar melted somewhat but it made a mess. I don’t know how to fix this bitterness issue.

Have you tried Date Syrup in this? Date Lady has organic date syrup which is only made with dates (which is a fruit), and would take the place of maple syrup.

Hi! Love your website! I’m not understanding something and I’m not finding the answers in the previous posts. All of my coconut oil is…well, oily. it’s not creamy. I’m new to pale. Am I missing something? Where do you get hard coconut oil? Thanks!

I got a bee in my bonnet after reading this and eventually made it at 9pm 3 days later. Delicious and kids love it too. Hubby doesn’t but that’s ok with us. Mini cupcakes holder was a good move.

have just made this i halved all the ingredients , i used honey, i did end up adding more honey as tasted bit bitter but the mix now tastes lovely can’t wait for it to set…. i lined a loaf tin with cling film to set it in and still looks like ill get plenty.

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