Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
This no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge combines creamy peanut butter, pure maple syrup, and the rich, chocolate flavor of cocoa powder to make the most decadent, smooth and delicious homemade fudge. You only need one square to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Why We Love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Our whole family loves fudge.. especially around the holidays! The creamy texture and decadent flavor is the perfect way to satisfy any sweet tooth. I wanted a recipe that offered that same decadence with healthier ingredients. And after much trial and error.. I finally found a winner! It’s made without any heavy cream, corn syrup or refined sugar, but it tastes just as rich and indulgent as its less healthy friends. I never want to feel like I’m missing out, especially where dessert is involved! And I’m happy to say, this fudge totally delivers on every front. It makes the perfect addition to any goodie plate. And I may or may not have hid some in the back of my fridge for whenever the craving hits. #noregrets
Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge:
- peanut butter– we used creamy peanut butter, but you can use crunchy depending on what texture you want your fudge to have!
- chocolate chips– Lily’s chocolate is great if you want a dairy-free fudge.
- coconut oil– you can’t taste the coconut flavor at all, but because it solidifies when cold, you need it to give you the fudgy texture you’re looking for.
- cocoa powder– we used regular cocoa powder, but Dutch-Processed will give you an even more intense chocolate flavor.
- maple syrup– we found this to be the perfect sweetener because the mild flavor really complimented the chocolate and peanut butter flavors of the fudge!
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge:
- Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until completely melted.
- Whisk in peanut butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup until smooth.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Chill until firm.
How to Make the Peanut Butter Swirl Topping:
The peanut butter swirl looks so pretty, and it couldn’t be easier. It also lets everyone know what kind of fudge of it is! While you can *technically* leave it off… don’t. 😉
- Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil together in a small bowl in the microwave. Whisk until smooth.
- Drizzle back and forth over the fudge, creating thick lines.
- Using the tip of the knife, drag it back and forth through the fudge in the opposite direction of the peanut butter drizzle.
- Store in the fridge. They are fine at room temperature, but will soften as they warm.
- When you’re ready to cut into squares, let rest on the counter for 5-10 minutes for easier cutting.
- Cut into small squares. These are decadent, and a small piece is all you will need.
- You can skip the peanut butter drizzle and top them with sprinkles for a festive touch!
More Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love:
- Thick & Creamy Chocolate Mousse
- Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
- Double Chocolate Banana Cake
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chia Cookies
- Homemade Hot Chocolate
- Double Fudge Brownie Batter Protein Bites
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
Peanut Butter Swirl
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Line a 8×8 baking dish (for thinner fudge) or a 9×5 loaf pan (for thicker fudge) with parchment paper. Light spray the parchment with cooking spray.
- In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together over medium/low heat. Whisk in peanut butter, cocoa powder and maple syrup until smooth. Remove from heat.
- Pour into your prepared pan.
Peanut Butter Swirl
- Melt together 2 Tbsp peanut butter and 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Drizzle in a back and forth motion on top of the fudge in the pan. Use the tip of a knife or toothpick in a back and forth motion the opposite of how you drizzled it to swirl it in.
- Place in fridge for about 2 hours, or until firm. Remove from the fridge and lift the parchment out of the pan. Cut into 20 small squares. (you can cut them into bigger pieces if you want) Enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
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Is there something else I can use besides the coconut oil? I was hoping to make this fudge this weekend but don’t have any coconut oil and wanted to hopefully use something I have at home already!
Hi Heather! Unfortunately, unrefined coconut oil is so unique, it is hard to substitute (maybe coconut butter or a little avocado?). You could try it without. I’m guessing the texture would be less fudgy, but the flavor would be the same. I hope that helps!
Should I melt the coconut oil before mixing all the ingredients together? Or leave it be?
Yes, melt the coconut oil first. With the heat right now, mine is almost melted just sitting in my cupboard. 🙂
can i substitute maple with honey ?
Definitely! Honey would work great!
Rice Malt Syrup would be a healthier choice than Maple Syrup as is has 40% fructose, Rice Malt has 0% that is what you need to avoid in all sugars is the *fructose* especially High Fructose Corn Syrup which is different to standard Corn Syrup (standard sugar is 50% fructose)
Fructose is fruit sugar. It’s not bad for you. What’s unhealthy is too much sugar, period. Brown rice syrup is primarily maltose. I doubt that maltose is any better for you than glucose or fructose, but the syrup has a higher glycemic index than table sugar (98 vs 65). Also apparently it can contain a lot of arsenic (!). I found that on Wikipedia when I went looking for what the sugar is in brown rice syrup, but it’s from an NIH study. The bottom line is that excess simple sugars, especially if they crowd out healthful foods, is bad for you, but specific sugars themselves are not. Honey and maple syrup are lovely, but aren’t necessarily any better for you than high fructose corn syrup or sugar. A sweetener that isn’t as sweet might be better for you if is has less simple sugars and if you don’t just increase the amount to compensate.
Is it one banana or eight bananas pls?
Hi Roberta! Just one large banana. 🙂
Hi! Is it possible if I switch the coconut oil with melted butter or corn oil?
Hey Mikah! I’m not sure if butter would work, but I’m guessing corn oil wouldn’t. Coconut oil works well in this recipe because it is firm when cooled.
Is the banana taste come through strong? I like bananas and banana bread but have made other chocolate treats that call for banana and it was so overpowering.
I don’t think the banana is too overpowering. I think the chocolate and peanut butter help balance out that flavor. 🙂
Hi. My 4 year old really likes the look of these! Do you need to use a really ripe banana?
Hey Jo! The bananas I usually use are ripe, but not brown. Riper bananas will make the fudge sweeter, but probably more banana flavored too. 🙂
I’m making thes right now but instead of a banana (I like them too but I don’t want the flavor in these) I’m using 6 medjool dates. I’m thinking they are a similar consistency to bananas…just going to keep trying them as I’m blending to adjust the sweetness. I’ll update when they are finished ?
Can you update how the dates went? I’m allergic to banana.
I’ve made this about 20 times as my kids (and I!) Love it…. I’ve only just noticed it say’s to store in the fridge. I’ve always kept it in the freezer! Having done a compare I much prefer it frozen. Like little ice cream bites & doesn’t take long to thaw to a more fudge texture. I find it too squidgy in the fridge.
Interested to know how the dates went with this recipe
If you have someone allergic to peanut butter, what is a good substitute for the peanut butter?
Almond or sun butter would work!
Has anyone figured calories for this little bite of heaven?
Is it really only a tablespoon of cocoa powder? It’s not chocolatey at all. Doesn’t taste very good.
how large is one serving?
Had a little taste of it tonight. Seems good. A great sweet craving type of snack. Mine doesn’t seem to as dark. And the squares seem a little hard to get out of the pan. Thinking I should have maybe put some parchment paper or something in the pan so I could get them out easier. Hoping my family will enjoy them, especially my husband who has a constant sweet craving.
I didn’t add the sugar/syrup and doubled the cocoa powder. Very yummy, plenty sweet. I agree that in the freezer is best, in the refrigerator it is just squishy.
Used a small banana, scant 1/2 cup coconut oil and extra cocoa powder. I made a similar recipe before, and equal amounts of peanut butter and coconut oil made it set up perfect in the fridge! Love the addition of banana!!
What is the benefit of the banana in this recipe. I’ve tried it twice now using some of the comments to “tweek” it. I used less banana the second time and also added dark chocolate chips melted with the coconut oil. My bananas weren’t very ripe and that could have affected it. But overall, I liked it!
Hi Cheryl, the banana adds sweetness! The riper your banana, the more sweet the fudge will turn out.
Will regular peanut butter work in lieu of “all natural”?
Hi Mel, yes, you can substitute a different peanut butter.
can i use stevia instead of maple syrup?
We haven’t tried it, but it sounds like it should work just fine! Let us know how it turns out!
I’ll definitely be making these! I was wondering with the maple syrup, could I use a sweetener like liquid/powdered stevia instead?
We haven’t tried that- but I’m sure that would work just fine! Let us know how they turn out! 🙂
We don’t do bananas. What can we use instead?
We haven’t tried any substitutes for the bananas- you can try applesauce? I can’t guarantee your outcome since we haven’t tried it. Good luck!