Perfect Raw Vegan Fudge

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– How about a little guilt-free raw vegan fudge? –

My doctor is always telling me to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet. I eat healthy in almost every way, but sugar is that insidious little gremlin that always seems to get the better of me. Today, Carmella over at The Sunny Raw Kitchen posted a recipe for fudge that she found on the Raw Freedom Community. I’ve always been skeptical of raw chocolate desserts, which usually leave me underwhelmed with their chalky texture or bitter aftertaste, but I had all of the ingredients in the kitchen so I decided to give this one a go.

Wow! I was literally shocked with the finished product. The taste and texture are amazing, very similar to my grandmother’s traditional chocolate fudge. It can be chilled to create a true fudge-like texture, or it makes a great chocolate sauce if poured right from the blender. This recipe is definitely going into my mega-yum file.

Now, I must mention that while this vegan fudge does not have any refined sugar in it, it is not a sugar-free dessert fit for diabetics or a low glycemic diet. But if you are just looking for a healthier, unprocessed alternative to a chocolate fudge, this recipe will make your heart – and taste buds – sing.

Here is Carmella’s post on her raw vegan fudge recipe. And John over at FoodWishes recently made a video of this fudge recipe. Check it out for a full tutorial!


3.9 from 21 reviews
Perfect Raw Vegan Fudge
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
This raw vegan fudge is the ultimate in decadence, only there's absolutely no dairy or refined sugar in it. A guilt-free treat that you can indulge in all you want. Adapter from Sunny Raw Kitchen.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Blend liquid ingredients and chocolate until super smooth. You can adjust the amount of sweetener and chocolate to suit your tastes. Transfer mixture to separate bowl and stir in chopped almonds. Feel free to add other goodies…coconut, berries, etc. I added dried blueberries to one batch I made, with wonderful results.
  2. Spread on a plastic wrap lined plate or dish and place in freezer to cool, then chow down.

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  1. this looks so yummy! this will be a must try recipe for me soon

  2. oh this looks sooo sooo good. i need to try this !

  3. Kristen's Raw says:


  4. Thank you!

  5. awesome and ya it is soooo soooooo good i made it today twice yum yum for the tum tum the best so far.

  6. Chocolate Angie says:

    Looks tasty…you said it easy to make right? Maybe i’ll give it a shot over the weekend

  7. …but maple syrup isn’t raw. It has been boiled for hours. Maybe this would work with raw agave syrup or honey

  8. I am very excited to try this! Since becoming a vegetarian I can no longer use my old fudge recipes, as they all contain marshmallows. Fudge is a favorite in my household (especially during the holidays) so this recipe is a life-saver. I am going to try it with dried cranberries and nuts.

    Cinde ~ Gluten Free Taste of Home

    • Please report back and let me know what you think. If you like more “healthy” chocolate recipes like this, check out Heathy’s blog:

  9. Just the recipe that I was looking for. Thank you thank you for sharing.

  10. This is a great alternative for people with dairy allergies, also! I love maple syrup and its everywhere here because I live in Eastern Canada. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I made this and they tasted great!
    I put some peppermint oil in one batch – delicious :)

  12. I made these, followed the recipe religiously, and they were horrific- didn’t resemble fudge in the slightest. Waste of ingredients.

    • Hi Yasmin, My readers have had a lot of luck with this recipe. What was the problem so we can troubleshoot?

      • I actually asked about this on a facebook page (where I found the link to this recipe) and everyone who had made them said that they liked them but agreed that they do not resemble fudge in the slightest- I may have only disliked them as I was expecting a taste and texture that was similar to fudge. Like I said, I did exactly what the recipe said; I also used high quality ingredients. For some reason they also did not look anything like the picture used here.

        • Stephanie Stiavetti says:

          Yasmin, taste is subjective. They taste like fudge to me, and a lot of other people who made this recipe. Remember that you’re using non-standard ingredients when you make raw fudge. Expecting an exact replica is perhaps a little unreasonable, given you’re using an entirely different class of ingredients.

          • Maybe not describe them as “perfect” then? They are also not raw as maple syrup isn’t raw. The title is misleading, but kudos for trying to make vegan fudge :)

  13. Made this tonight and its wonderful! turned out perfect!

  14. Can you substitute agave for the maple syrup?

  15. I added in dates and apricots, used broken pecans and next time might also put in some coconut. Delicious.

  16. Maybe I’ve done something wrong, these looked nothing like the photo and didn’t taste like fudge :( sorry

  17. I have made this three times now, twice today because it was completely gone before I could get some. I did notice when I used a wisk the consistency was off and then I switched to a rubber spaatula and put the bowl over the hot water I used to melt the coconut oil it came back. Also noticed when I made it the second time I used pure vanilla and pure maple syrup it was even better. I also used brown rice crisps the third time because I didn’t have nuts and it was good too. Thanks for the recipe my daughter has been vegan since january and I found this recipe for her but its so good I make it more for me

  18. I am quite certain that the photograph shown above is not the fudge recipe listed here. The recipe sounds really good, for raw candy, and I watched the video, as well, but there is no way that this combination of ingredients and process is going to look just like the “real” thing. Yep, I thought so:

  19. I just tried making this and it didn’t work at all. It turned out oily, slimy, and much darker than the photo shows. The coconut oil would not blend into the mixture and kept separating. I am not sure what I did wrong.

  20. Amazing recipe! I haven’t frozen them yet, but the batter tastes better than a hershey’s chocolate bar. Seriously, delicious!

  21. Hi! I tried this recipe today and it tasted amazing, but I couldn’t get it to set. I did melt the coconut oil before mixing it in but left it in the freezer for well over two hours so I doubt that was the problem. I’m going to try again tomorrow with less maple syrup but I measured it pretty carefully. Any tips on how I could make this fudge more solid?

    • Stephanie Stiavetti says:

      Hi Aisha, so, if you put it in the freezer for two hours and it still didn’t solidify, then it sounds like you either have some wonky coconut oil, or you didn’t use enough. It’s not physically possible for coconut oil to sit in the freezer and not solidify, so this is a total mystery! Did you alter the recipe at all, in any way? What kind of cocoa powder did you use?

  22. Lauren Anderson says:

    This looks excellent! I’d definitely like to give it a try. I make a raw vegan fudge (more like a crunch bar actually) that is a bit different than this, but also delicious. Here’s the link if you’d like to give it a try:

  23. This recipe is divine! It’s so quick and easy to make and it’s very rich in taste. Mine turned out quite dark but I guess it depends on the brand of the cocoa powder. Will definitely make it again, and the peppermint suggestion sounds great too.

  24. Just had to switch to a dairy free diet as my baby is allergic to milk protein and I found this recipe. Tried to make it straight away but had no maple syrup or honey. So had to improvise and I thought I would share my results. :-)

    So I did the half cup of coconut oil and half a cup of cocoa powder. To sweeten I added half a cup of dates and as it didn’t blend super smooth I decided to add walnuts and a few sultanas to give it a real kick. The results were delicious and after two small patty pan servings my sugar and chocolate cravings are completely gone and in a super healthy way :-) I know have 5 patty pans left yay

  25. My six year old daughter is on a vegan diet due to food allergies…as you can imagine, it has not been an easy change for her. This recipe made her say, “mmmmm” and smile…thank you! It was delicious.

  26. This looks so scrumptious! Do you know how long it would stay fresh when stored at room temperature?


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