Date-Sweetened peanut butter freezer fudge. Could there be anything better?
The answer is no.
Imagine a fudgy bite, perfectly sweetened with dates and lightly salty from the peanut butter. Then top that with melted chocolate for the most delicious chocolate peanut butter favor combination. It’s the ultimate sweet and salty dessert.
While this recipe could be considered healthy (it doesn’t have any added sugar and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats from peanut butter), it is quite high in fat. No, not all fats are bad – some are an important part of a healthy diet – but I did use a small amount of cacao butter in this recipe, which gives it a bit of saturated fats. I’m not one to use cacao or coconut butter/oil, but in this recipe, it just works.
The cacao butter gives it a rich, fudgy texture that doesn’t harden completely when frozen. Cacao also provides a rich chocolate flavor, which goes perfectly with this peanut butter fudge. If you can’t find cacao butter (it’s not exactly sold everywhere), you can use coconut oil or coconut butter. It should give you a similar result.
Here’s how to make this recipe:
Add all the ingredients in a food processor.
Process until smooth.
Place in a sealable container and store in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
Drizzle with chocolate
Enjoy a piece of fudge, straight from the freezer.
This is one of those treats where a little bit goes a long way. Trust me, a small piece is all you need (and this is coming from someone with a big sweet tooth). This fudge is very rich and oh so delicious.
If you’re looking for something special and healthy(ish) to make for Valentine’s day, then this recipe might be just what you need.
Date-Sweetened Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
- 1 1/2 cup peanut butter, natural (see note)
- 1/2 cup Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup cacao butter, melted
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened or dark chocolate, melted (for drizzling)
- In a food processor, add the peanut butter, dates, melted cacao butter (I used a microwave) and salt. Process until smooth.
- Line a sandwich Tupperware container or small square dish with parchement paper. Transfer the fudge mixture to the container and spread evenly.
- Seal the dish or container and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours or until the fudge has hardened lightly. It should stay "fudgy", even after days in the freezer.
- Drizzle the fudge with melted chocolate, then return to the freezer for another 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Cut into little squares and enjoy straight from the freezer!
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