Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
makes 16-20 squares
Fudge isn’t something you’d normally associate with healthy treats. But this version is super special, with no added sugar and hidden ‘fiber’ in the form of oat bran.
200g (7oz) coconut milk
200g (7oz) dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped
100g (3.5oz) peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons oat bran, optional
1. Bring coconut milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, line a loaf pan with foil or baking paper.
2. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stand for a few minutes so the chocolate melts.
3. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and oat bran, if using.
4. Transfer fudge mixture to the prepared tin and refrigerate for a few hours, or until set.
5. Chop into small squares.
Essential. You need at least 2-3 hours to get the mixture to set in the fridge.
Will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.
nut-free – just skip the peanut butter.
dairy lovers – replace the coconut milk with regular whipping cream.
fiber plus – double the level of oat bran in the recipe.
budget – skip the vanilla extract.
super crunchy – mix in a handfuls or roasted peanut halves.
Problem Solving Guide
not setting – we’re relying on the cocoa butter in the chocolate to ‘set’ the fudge. If you’ve left it until well chilled and it’s still runny it means your chocolate didn’t have enough cocoa solids. Next time make sure your chocolate has at least 70% cocoa solids.
chocolate ‘splitting’ – if the melted chocolate splits or goes all grainy looking, this means it’s been exposed to too high a temperature. Quickly stir in the cold cream and the eggs and this should bring it back to normal. Although if it doesn’t there’s not much you can do. Next time make sure the cream only just simmers before removing from the heat and adding the chocolate.
not chocolatey enough – next time use a better quality chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids.
short on time? – chill in the freezer.
Small squares please!
chocolate, coconut milk, peanut butter, oat bran, vanilla
straight up – serves small squares on their own.