This raw almond butter fudge isn’t your traditional fudge recipe. Unlike traditional fudge made with heavy cream, refined sugar, and butter, this fudge isn’t cooked and is made only from pure raw ingredients. However, it’s so decadent that it’s hard to believe that it’s raw.
The consistency is rich, creamy, and will melt in your mouth. While this raw fudge is really easy to make, there are a there are a couple of important tricks to know before you dive into the recipe.
How To Make The Perfect Raw Almond Butter Fudge
Use Medjool dates as a sweetener – Medjool dates are the best sweetener for this raw almond butter fudge. Their sticky texture makes them excellent for binding ingredients together and thickening the fudge mixture. Use the freshest and softest Medjool dates you can find to achieve the creamiest caramel-like consistency. Dates that are dry and hard require soaking in warm water first, which takes away from their flavor. Also, don’t try to experiment with liquid sweeteners, such as maple syrup or honey, because their liquid consistency just doesn’t work in this recipe.
Caramelize the dates first – dates are often called a nature’s candy because of their high sugar content. Well, you can take the sweetness to yet another level when you caramelize the dates in a saucepan first. Caramelizing the dates also softens them a bit and further increases their binding properties.
Use cacao butter instead of coconut oil – many raw fudge recipes call for coconut oil to smooth out the fudge and bring all the ingredients together. The problem with coconut oil is that it melts quickly at a room temperature so you have to store the fudge in the fridge or the freezer. This might be a problem if you plan on taking the raw fudge to a party because it will melt in everyone’s hands. Cacao butter, on the other hand, remains solid at a room temperature and helps the fudge to firm up. The melting point of cacao butter is 95 °F/35 °C whereas the melting point of coconut oil is 76 °F/24 °C.
Experiment with various add-ons – feel free to add in cacao nibs, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or even some dried berries. There are a lot of different ways you can make this fudge.
Keep this fudge on hand when you need a healthier dessert throughout the week. It also makes a great carefree dessert for hosting. And as always, don’t forget to leave a comment if you try this recipe. I would love to know if you end up making it.