‘Yoga is good for the body, but fudge is good for the soul’
Right? Right! When I told my best friend that I was opting into eating vegan chocolate fudge and watching Gilmore Girls on the couch and opting out of yoga class last night, she gave me this gem of a quote. While I love a hot yoga class as much as the next girl, sometimes the cure for a long week is a few slices of sweet, cold vegan fudge and a bit of vegging on the couch. I love usually getting things done after work, but there are some days I am just ready to zone out and not think about the laundry I need to do. I’ve always been craving cake like crazy for the past couple of days, but by the time I get home from work the bakery down the street is closed (the nerve!). I could very well bake my own cake, but when I’m looking at the couch and imaging how comfy it is, baking a cake seems too dang hard. Thankfully, I had a pan of peanut butter fudge waiting in my freezer and no plans in sight for the rest of the night.
When I made this fudge, I almost thought I broke my very well-loved and very coveted Vitamix. That’s right, I thought I broke the un-breakable blender that is built to withstand all kinds of crazy jobs. My main problem was that I had just tried to make a huge batch of homemade peanut butter (it goes fast when you spoon it directly from jar to mouth on the regular) in the blender, so I think my problem was that it started to overheat and decided it was time just chill for a few minutes. After having a mild heart attack and thinking that my beloved blender was dead and gone forever to the kitchen appliance graveyard, I let it cool down for a while and then was back in action, yes!
I had the idea for a super simple fudge in my head for a few weeks, so I was happy when it finally came together with just peanut butter, cocoa powder, and maple syrup, easiest fudge ever. If you need to get the mixture going in your blender or food processor just add a little more maple syrup or non dairy milk, so that the mixture can get smooth and emulsified easily. If you are going to have this out at room temperature for more than a few minutes or want something that can stand up to a warmer temp, add in a couple tablespoons of melted coconut oil so the fudge will freeze a little more solid. Really, if you like peanut butter, sweets, and things that are good for the soul, this is the dessert for you!
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil optional, melted
In a high powered blender or a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If needed, add a bit of non-dairy milk or more maple syrup to keep the mixture going. If you want to make sure the fudge stays solid at room temperature after freezing, add in 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Spread into a parchment lined 8 or 9 inch square pan. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm. Cut and serve.