What if I told you there’s a healthy paleo fudge recipe that’s good for you & delicious?
I’m telling you right now there is & I’m sharing it with you today!!
Christmas time is great because it brings friends & loved ones together. Plus, unless people are the Grinch or Scrooge, it seems to bring out a politeness that may have been missing during the year.
Unfortunately, Christmas time is the time soooo many people hit the kitchen to make treats for errbody & their mama. Hands up, I’m guilty & I’m doing it again this year. I don’t make as many treats as I use to, but I still make a few (unless those people say they aren’t eating it this year).
I helped my youngest daughter make my dad a Japanese Fruit Cake, which was something his grandmother & mother use to make for Christmas. My dad found the recipe in a notebook when he was going through his grandmother’s things and put in a request.
My daughters and their friends will have friends over (it’s a yearly thing) to make their favorite cookie recipe & a few other treats. BUT…they do take them to school and distribute them among their friends. All those cookies would go stale before we’d eat them. Lol
I’m not just making “junky” treats this year though. I’ll also be making my healthy paleo fudge recipe, at least for myself.
Why even bother? Because I like fudge. I ain’t gonna lie. So, when I eat it, I want something that I know is going to be a little better for my health, but still tastes divine (even if it’s a little different).
When you look at the ingredients of the 2 different fudges you should notice 1 Huge difference. There’s nowhere near the amount of sugar in my healthy fudge recipe as there is my grandmother’s fudge recipe.
I want to put things into perspective & break it down for ya.
Nutrition of Grandma vs Healthy Paleo Fudge Recipe
Grandma’s Recipe (~32 Pieces):
- 18 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Dash Salt
- ½ C Chopped Nuts
- 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
Total Calories: 5,099
Total Sugar: 607
Total Fat: 299
Calories Per Piece: 159
Sugar Per Piece: 19g
Total Fat Per Piece: 9g
Let’s talk something for a sec. I know, I know, it’s grandma’s fudge. It’s creamy, it’s dreamy & it’s once a year. You’re entitled to eat a piece if that’s what you want, but how many people stop at just one piece?! I’ve been guilty of eating quite a bit in the past.
Plus, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a woman consumes no more than 25g of added sugar daily. For a man, it’s recommended the daily intake not exceed 38g. So, when you eat one piece, you’re almost at your daily recommend amount!!! That one LITTLE piece of fudge almost has as much sugar as a candy bar!
Healthy Paleo Fudge Recipe (this is double the recipe I give you at the end of this post but doubled makes about the same as Grandma’s)
- 2 C Creamy Nutzo Power Fuel (Or other nut butter)
- 2/3 C Coconut Oil, Softened or slightly melted
- 1 C Cacao Powder (more if you want it more chocolatey)
- 1/2 C Maple Syrup (Stevia or a little maple syrup + stevia)
- 1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
- 2 tsp Vanilla
Total Calories: 5,064
Total Sugar: 112
Total Fat: 398
Calories Per Piece: 158
Sugar Per Piece: 3.5g
Fat Per Piece: 12g
Grandma’s vs Healthy Paleo Fudge Recipe
The calories are about the same (and yes calories matter to some extent), but they aren’t the entire picture. The fat in grandma’s recipe is lower, but the paleo fudge has a variety of heart-healthy fats (from the mixture of nuts/seeds in the Nutzo). Plus, I only added 1/2 of the nuts in grandma ’s recipe. So, the fat would be higher if I added the entire amount. I didn’t add nuts to my healthy paleo fudge recipe because the base is nut butter (but feel free to add some).
However, when you look at the numbers, the biggest bell ringer is the difference in the amount of sugar! Did you notice that Grandma’s fudge has almost 5 ½ times the amount of sugar in 1 piece (19g vs 3.5g)?! That’s a lot in case you’re wondering. You can get even lower sugar if you opt to substitute some of the maple syrup.
SIDE NOTE: I do not recommend replacing more than ½ of the maple syrup.
I opt for a higher fat & less sugar healthy fudge recipe because the nut butter is going to be more satisfying than the high sugar fudge. Higher sugar = more sugar cravings & blood sugar crash. Plus, it never hurts to get a little health benefit from the treats you eat.
So, when the wonderful tin of fudge passes around the office you should have a visual of this info burned into your brain 😄. Make a batch of healthy paleo fudge for yourself & keep some in the fridge at home & at work. Then if you’re going to indulge in fudge that someone else bestows upon you, remember to do so with mindfulness.
Now go make yourself a batch of this healthy paleo fudge so you won’t be so tempted by the sugar bombs that are going to be flying in your face All. Month. Long. Who knows, maybe if you share some with your friends/co-workers you may peak their interest in healthy eating. 😉.
(P.S. Remember this IS still a treat, so don’t go overboard.)
Healthy Paleo Fudge
A healthier fudge that will satisfy your sweet tooth during the holiday season...or anytime.
- 1 C Creamy Nutzo Power Fuel or other nutbutter
- 1/3 C Coconut Oil Softened or slightly melted
- 1/2 C Cacao Powder More if you want a darker flavor
- 1/4 C Maple Syrup or Stevia to taste
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1-2 tsp Vanilla
Line an 8x8” pan with aluminum foil.
In a medium bowl, mix the nut butter and coconut oil together, removing any lumps of coconut oil.
Add the remaining ingredients & stir until combined.
Pour the mixture into the pan & evenly spread the mixture.
Once frozen, remove & slice into squares.
Store in a bag or jar in the freezer.
*You can use Sunbutter for nut allergies
*I recommend no more than ½ of the maple syrup be replaced with stevia.
*If you use Stevia, taste it to make sure it doesn't get bitter
*You can use square silicone ice cube trays & fill 1/2 way (or maybe a festive mold) & freeze until firm.
Tell me what Christmas Treat is your weakness? How do you stay in control & not eat it all?