Ooh la la. This Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Fudge bats it's eyes at you from across the room. How can you resist? This simple sweet and salty recipe freezer fudge is a simple, no-bake treat made from healthy, real-food ingredients and contains collagen for an added boost in protein and beneficial amino acids. You won't find any gluten, dairy or refined sugar here.
Oh my gosh. This peanut butter fudge is one of my all time favorite treats, healthy or not. This recipe is oh so simple and way too tasty. The combination of maple syrup, peanut butter and a pinch of salty is heavenly.
Remember putting both peanut butter and syrup on pancakes as a kid? This freezer fudge really drives home that timeless flavor combo!
What Is Freezer Fudge Anyway?
Freezer fudge is a simple treat that requires no cooking! It does, however, require freezing to help solidify the coconut oil used in the recipe. Once cooled, it achieves it's creamy, fudgy, oh so tasty texture.
It does need to be kept in the fridge or freezer when stored or it will melt.
Keep this dairy-free peanut butter fudge in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy it. Give it 5 minutes to thaw at room temp before eating for the perfect fudgy texture.
Benefits of Collagen
While collagen protein should not make up the bulk of your protein intake because it is not a "complete protein" (meaning it does not contain all 9 essential amino acids), it is an important component of a healthy diet.
In ancestral diets, collagen was consumed regular because the animal was eaten nose to tail. Things like cartilage, skin and bone of an animal were not thrown out. Modern protein consist mostly of muscle meat. While muscle meat is a great source of protein, you miss out on a lot of the specific amino acids that are found in collagen-rich foods.
Adding collagen to your diet may help support the integrity of joints, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, muscles, arteries, skin, gastrointestinal tract and other organs. This is because it supplies the specific amino acids needed to repair and remodel these tissues.
- Peanut butter can be replaced with your favorite nut butter. Keep in mind that the more liquidy the nut or seed butter (like sunflower seed butter) is the softer the texture of the fudge will be. Changing the nut butter will also change the flavor of the treat, not in a bad way, just different.
- Instead of maple syrup you could use honey or a keto maple flavored syrup. Using honey in place of maple syrup will change the flavor some.
- If you are vegan, the collagen can be omitted. I don't recommend replacing with protein powder because protein powder is quite a bit more dry and will result in a different texture.
How To Store This Peanut Butter Fudge
This treat can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container. It will stay tasty in the freezer this fudge for at least 1 month.
When layering the candies, use a piece of parchment paper to separate the layers.
Do not store at room temperature or the fudge will melt into a sticky, but delicious, mess. Remove from the freezer and let sit a room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying in blissful, peanut buttery heaven.
I am partial to a few select brands of peanut butter. My top choices are Laura Scudder's, Adam's, Smucker's Natural, or Santa Cruz Organics. These brands have a super peanut-y, toasty flavor and are a little more salty (which I love).
Heating up the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds in the microwave before mixing will help to make everything mix better.
Silicone molds make life easier. If you are still using paper muffin liners, my friend, step in to the 21st century where things are great and we have silicone baking items.
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Dairy Free Peanut Butter Fudge
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- 9x5 baking dish
- Microwave the coconut oil for about 30 seconds to melt it. Combine all ingredients with the exception of the collagen in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
- Slowly whisk in the collagen powder stirring to prevent it from clumping. Continue to whisk together until everything is a smooth texture and even color.
- Line a 9x5 baking dish with parchment paper. With a rubber spatula spread fudge evenly in lined baking dish. Place fudge in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. After properly cooled the fudge should be easy to cut. Store finished fudge in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to prevent it from melting at room temp.