This Paleo Fudge is a dream come true! Fudge was my favorite holiday treat growing up, but I can’t stomach all the dairy and sugar anymore- but this version is low in sugar and full of healthy fats.
Merry (almost) Christmas! It has been such a wonderful holiday season. This is the first year in 7 years I’ve been home for the Thanksgiving through Christmas season — usually, we fly in just a few days before Christmas, and it’s a mad dash to do holiday shopping and prepare, which makes it a bit stressful.
I was praying for a White Christmas, and Bend delivered this year! In fact, we have had record breaking snow falls.
I have really been thinking about traditions I want to start for my family this year. Last year, Xander was 4 months old, and I was too overwhelmed with the new-mama-newborn-baby thing. Plus, we were in Australia with my husband’s family– and of course it was nice, but a hot summer Christmas just doesn’t feel the same.
One of the traditions I want to start with Xander is making gingerbread houses. This year, we are keeping it simple. I used a mold to create a basic house, and bought a variety of candy to decorate. We will make one, and I made a 2nd for my niece and nephew, because I know they will want to take one home. I am hoping that Xander gets in to this tradition, and we can more more complex and challenging houses as he gets older– like a train, or a castle. Whatever he feels inspired to do. Maybe we will even find a competition to enter.
What holiday traditions are you starting for your family, or do you look forward to every year?
I have always had a sweet tooth, so holiday candy making was something I looked forward to as a kid. I loved my grandma’s rocky road, and my other grandma’s divinity. I don’t make either as an adult. Xander is as much of a chocolate fan as I am, so I know that he will look forward to this healthier version of fudge every year.
I did try to make some paleo marshmallows to turn this fudge into rocky road– but no luck! Turns out it’s pretty tricky to make low sugar marshmallows, coconut sugar is not a good option, and honey was even worse! I ended up with a kitchen coated in gelatin and sugar, and finally gave up.
This paleo fudge is amazing all on it’s own. And I dare say even healthy. Healthy fats, antioxidants. . .lightly sweetened using honey. This fudge is kind of like taking a vitamin. Okay, maybe not. But it certainly is a healthier alternative to dairy and refined sugar versions!
Tips for Paleo Fudge
- There are lots of variations that could be made with this Paleo Fudge recipe! If you don’t have cashew butter, try almond butter for a slightly more nutty version. You could also sub the walnuts for pecans or almonds, or add cranberries for a tangy sweet pop of flavor. You could even add mini marshmallows if you don’t need the recipe to stay paleo.
- No cocoa butter? You can use coconut oil as a sub. Coconut oil has a lower melting point, so if left out at room temperature for too long, the fudge will get sticky.
- Make it Ahead: This recipe freezes great! I have a batch ready in my freezer, along with some truffles (recipe will be posted soon!), ginger sugar cookies, and snickerdoodles.
Nutritional data for Paleo Fudge and images courtesy of www.NutritionData.com.
Other Healthy Fudge Recipes:
- Easy 3-ingredient Healthy Fudge, by Thrifty Frugal Mom
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge, by Dessert With Benefits
- Healthy 5-Ingredient Cake Batter Fudge, by Ambitious Kitchen
- Healthy 3-ingredient Chocolate Almond Fudge, by Big Man’s World
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