One of my favorite parts about being in the kitchen is the pleasure of making a healthier version of something that seems so decadent. Take fudge, for instance. Store-bought versions are packed with sugar and who knows what other unnecessary additives, but my peppermint fudge recipe is full of good-for-you, recognizable ingredients.
This easy peppermint fudge has its sweetness fueled by maple syrup, which is healthier than regular sugar.
It’s no mistake that we use heaps of coconut products as well. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and coconut milk is a terrific option for those folks who are intolerant to dairy.
Add the coconut butter, and you’ve got a healthy fats powerhouse that can support immunity, weight loss and performance.
Then, of course, in addition to the cocoa or cacao — healthier versions of chocolate — the peppermint extract adds that distinct holiday flavor while also boosting health, whether we’re talking allergy and pain relief, increased energy, digestive support or skin protection.
What’s more, this chocolate peppermint fudge is delicious! So forget the overpriced, over-processed peppermint fudge recipes out there, and try your hand at making this peppermint fudge recipe at home instead.
How to Make Peppermint Fudge
We start by heating up a double boiler over medium-low heat. Add in the coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup and peppermint extract until it’s all melted.
Once those ingredients are nicely combined, add in the cocoa powder. Give it a good stir, making sure it’s evenly distributed.
You might want to sneak a taste at this point — you know, just to make sure you’re on the right track!
Once quality control is over, spread the fudge mixture into an 8 x 8-inch pan or the molds of your choice. Stick it in the freezer for two hours.
Let the peppermint fudge thaw for a few minutes before cutting it up and serving. If you have any leftovers (doubtful), just pop them in the fridge.
This peppermint fudge couldn’t be any easier to make. The peppermint extract makes it a great choice to serve as dessert during the holidays, but it also makes a lovely gift for a party host.
Just store it in a festive container, and you’re good to go! And don’t worry — this peppermint fudge is delicious year-round.
Peppermint Fudge Recipe
My peppermint fudge recipe is full of good-for-you, recognizable ingredients, including maple syrup, peppermint, and coconut oil, butter and milk.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/3 cups coconut butter/manna
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 1 1/3 cup cocoa or raw cacao powder
- In a double boiler over medium low heat, mix together the coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup and peppermint extract until fully melted and combined.
- Add the cocoa and stir until well incorporated.
- Spread the fudge in an 8 x 8-inch pan or molds and place in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Allow to thaw slightly before cutting and serving. Store any remaining fudge in the freezer.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 3 hours (freezing)
- Category: Dessert
- Method: By hand
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: A couple pieces
- Calories: 612
- Sugar: 23.9g
- Sodium: 10mg
- Fat: 53.3g
- Saturated Fat: 46.6g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5.7g
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 40.1g
- Fiber: 10.5g
- Protein: 5g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
This recipe originally appeared on draxe.com