My family is ever on the lookout for what we call 'healthfood junkfood' recipes. While we aren't vegans, we try to eat healthy whole foods and stay away from processed sugars - like white sugar and marshmallow creme - so naturally fudge is now extinct in our household. But my mom adores it so I came up with this recipe - it makes about a pound of fudge and uses only 3 tablespoons of maple syrup! Granted this is NOT a health food - the calories are high but at least the ingredient list is short ;) Not only does it look and feel like fudge, it tastes (in my humble opinion) even better than the 'real' stuff and is much quicker and easier to make.
-1 cup natural peanut butter
-1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
-3 tablespoons cocoa
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together very well until smooth, making sure to work out the lumps of peanut butter (it will look exactly like brownie batter).
Line a pie pan or similar sized dish with plastic wrap or tin foil (I like to use just a large gallon zip lock bag). Give the lined dish a spray of cooking oil or grease it with oil of your choice.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the dish and place in freezer to firm up before cutting, about an hour. Keep uneaten fudge in the freezer as it will quickly melt at room temperature!