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Easy Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge

Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge Recipe made with cleaner ingredients. This easy fudge recipe is perfect for sharing during the holidays, gift giving, or enjoying as an occasional treat! Rich, fudgy, and decadent, this low-carb fudge is a healthier alternative to classic fudge.

Easy Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge Recipe - sugar-free, easy to make fudge recipe using minimal, clean ingredients!

Well, I have exciting news for you, my friends! 

Not only do I have a healthier low-carb chocolate fudge recipe for you today, but it happens to be my partner’s favorite dessert recipe I’ve made since we got together almost a year ago (his second favorite being my Flourless Avocado Brownies).

This is a big accolade, considering I make multiple dessert recipes every week (particularly this month…have you noticed? It’s a real sweet factory up in here).

The Inspiration For This Recipe:

Truth: I’ve never been a fudge person.

I find it too sweet!

Some people have no threshold for sweetness, but I have a definitive line where I just can’t consume a treat, no matter how enticing it is.

My mom made fudge every holiday season when I was a kid, and I just couldn’t get on board. 

A few years ago, I began making my own fudge recipes using cleaner ingredients. Take for instance, my Superfood Dark Chocolate Beet Fudge, Maple Walnut Vegan Fudge, Paleo Sweet Potato Fudge , Dairy-Free Fudge, and my Low-Carb Peanut Butter Fudge

All falling on the “healthier” end of the dessert spectrum, all less sweet so as not to sting your teeth, and all made using whole food ingredients.

Low-Carb Fudge Recipe - easy chocolate fudge made sugar-free

This low-carb chocolate fudge is super rich and creamy, perfect for the dark chocolate lover, and ideal for those who love a sweet treat but prefer them less sweet.

Now of course if you like your fudge to be lightning bolt sweet, you can easily add more sugar-free confectioner’s sugar! Play with the portions to your heart’s delight!

This easy fudge recipe requires minimal ingredients. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

Low-Carb Fudge Recipe - sugar-free chocolate fudge for a healthier treat

Ingredients for Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge:

Unsweetened Cashew Butter: The majority of the volume of this recipe is cashew butter. Not all grocery stores carry cashew butter, so you may need to source it online or go to your local natural food store (I got mine at Whole Foods). 

Cashew butter is naturally creamy and has a subtle sweetness to it, making it ideal for a treat that should be creamy and sweet! You can substitute for peanut butter or almond butter, but the texture and flavor will be different. If you love peanut butter chocolate fudge, I say go all in!

Butter: Melted butter gives the fudge a silky smooth texture so that it has that classic fudge consistency. It makes it nice and soft and of course buttery, which is important when it comes to fudge! If you’re dairy-free, you can replace the butter with coconut oil. You can also use ghee!

Raw Cacao Powder: The chocolate portion of this chocolate adventure. Raw cacao powder has a rich and creamy chocolatey flavor, which I prefer over regular unsweetened cocoa powder. If you like the bitterness of regular cocoa powder, go for it!

Sugar-Free Confectioners Sweetener: In order to sweeten the fudge without adding sugar, I use sugar-free confectioners sweetener (aka sugar-free powdered sugar). The finely ground confectioners sweetener ensures the substance mixes into the fudge without graininess. If you want to give it a shot with regular sugar-free granulated sweetener, so for it, but note that the texture will not be creamy.

Vanilla Extract & Sea Salt: Vanilla extract and sea salt provide that warmth and big bold rich flavor that makes fudge so enticing. It’s these little touches that make a treat irresistible!

Let’s make it!

Easy Fudge Recipe - chocolate fudge made sugar-free and low-carb

How to Make Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge:

Make sure cashew butter is at room temperature.

Melt the butter, combine with cashew butter until creamy. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt and mix until creamy. If the mixture is difficult to stir together, heat it in the microwave for 15 second increments until it is easier to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined 8” x 8” cake pan, or a 9” x 5” loaf pan for thicker fudge.

Refrigerate fudge for at least 2 hours, or until it has set up completely. 

Slice and serve!

Sugar-Free Fudge Recipe - chocolate fudge made low-carb with healthier ingredients

How to Store Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge:

Although this fudge is stable at room temperature, I store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator (or freezer) because it contains butter. I also like my fudge to be solid rather than soft, but if you prefer very soft fudge, it can be stored at room temperature for a few days.

Is This Fudge Recipe Keto?:

Depends on who you ask. Not according to most people’s keto parameters.

Depending on your carb target, this fudge may not be compliant with your keto diet. It still is sugar-free and won’t spike your blood sugar (so ideal for those with high blood sugar), but it contains 10 net carbs per piece. 

It is important to remember everyone has a different carb tolerance when they are looking to keep inflammation low and/or follow a ketogenic diet. For instance, because I’m active, I can easily eat 100 grams of carbs per day and dip in and out of ketosis easily. 

This to say, if you’re keto, this may not be the perfect fudge recipe for you; however, if you’re like me and are mindful about your carb intake but are not strictly keto, the recipe is pretty rad.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Fudge - Fudge recipe that's low-carb and healthier

More Low-Carb Dessert Recipes:

More Keto Dessert Recipes:

I hope you enjoy this sultry little number! 

My cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls, is now available! CLICK HERE to check it out. Thank you for your support!

If you make this recipe, please feel free to share a photo and tag @TheRoastedRoot on Instagram!

Easy Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge Recipe - sugar-free, easy to make fudge recipe using minimal, clean ingredients!

Low-Carb Chocolate Fudge

Yield: 16 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Low-Carb Sugar-Free Chocolate Fudge Recipe that is rich and perfectly sweet

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter, combine with cashew butter until creamy. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt and mix until creamy. If the mixture is difficult to stir together, heat it in the microwave for 15 second increments until it is easier to combine.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined 8” x 8” cake pan, or a 9” x 5” loaf pan for thicker fudge.
  3. Refrigerate fudge for at least 2 hours, or until it has set up completely.
  4. Slice and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 of 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 16gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Angela

Sunday 21st of February 2021

I thought when I got the news I needed to lower my sugar intake and cut down on carbs, tasting delightful things in life was over ...... not so, thanks to some of your great recipes Julia .... these were heavenly 😋

Julia

Monday 22nd of February 2021

I'm so happy you like them, Angela! Thank you for the sweet note! xoxo

Anna Vanberg

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Can I substitute almond butter with the cashew butter

Julia

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hi Anna,

Absolutely. The fudge will turn out a bit gritty due to the texture of almond butter, but it will still taste great :) xoxo

Mandy

Friday 8th of January 2021

Pretty tasty. My kids even enjoyed it. I did pop mine in the freezer for maybe 30 minutes to firm it up a little more.

Julia

Sunday 10th of January 2021

I'm so happy to hear it, Mandy!

Shannon

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Could sunflower butter be used in place of the cashew butter? My husband is allergic to nuts.

Julia

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Shannon!

Yes, absolutely! In fact, I use sunflower butter in fudge all the time! I hope you and your husband enjoy this one :D xoxo

Anne-Marie

Monday 21st of December 2020

DO you have a recipe to make cashew butter? I have lots of raw organic cashews and could make my own.

Julia

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Anne-Marie!

I don't have one on my site yet, but I've made cashew butter in the past. I roast the raw cashews for about 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F and then I process them in my food processor until the creamy cashew butter results (this can take quite a bit of time). I'm sure you can do it keeping the cashews raw as well. xoxo

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