Midnight Fudge

February 18, 2012 at 6:30 am 26 comments

99% of the time, I am unable to say no to chocolate. It’s a weakness…but why not indulge when it’s a healthy treat?

I can always come up with good reasons why I should and must consume more chocolate πŸ™‚

I am really enjoying the “black cocoa” I received for my birthday. The end result truly does come out to be an incredibly deep black color that screams “DARK CHOCOLATE”.

Healthy, no-cook fudge was a must-make. A quick and easy chocolate recipe in chewy, gooey form – yes please!

Midnight Fudge (adapted from my Make-it-your-own-Chocolate Bark)


1 cup nut butter (I used half almond butter, half peanut butter before, all cashew butter and all almond butter – all good!)
5-6 Tbsp black cocoa powder (or you could use 1/2 cup regular cocoa or cacao powder)
2 Tbsp coconut oil (use refined for no coconut taste, use unrefined for a slight coconut taste)
5-6 medjool dates (soaked for 30 minutes in water if too dry)
2-3 Tbsp honey, agave, maple syrup or brown rice syrup OR 3 more dates (or more to taste if you like a sweeter fudge)
pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (or other add-in, optional)


1.Β In a bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients except for walnuts. Pulse until well combined.Β 
2. Stir in walnuts or other add-ins and stir until well combined (use your muscles!).
3. Press fudge mixture into a small loaf pan lined with plastic wrap or wax paper and let chill in freezer for a couples hour or refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Cut into small bars and enjoy!

Store bars in fridge or freezer.

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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  February 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    YAY! You posted your fudge recipe! And yay that it doesn’t use bananas. I can’t wait to make this. It looks so good!

    I think I might have asked you about Medjool dates in another comment, but there’s no need to answer. I figured it out today when making peanut butter cashew date truffles. Normal dates work. πŸ™‚

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I had to move it up the chain since you requested so nicely hehe! oh my PB cashew date truffles sound AMAZING! Good to know normal dates work, I thought they would! Just might have to use a few more since they are typically smaller than medjool πŸ™‚

      • 3. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Aww, thanks.

        I bought the agar stuff! I’m making your cheesecake tomorrow. And after that comes this fudge. πŸ™‚

      • 4. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Woohoo you really are branching out! Good thing about the agar is that it’s tasteless πŸ™‚ I’ve made several flavor variations on the cheesecake too – I can’t get enough!
        PS I am SO making your granola bars this week to take with me to the store! Can’t wait!

      • 5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Yay! I hope you love them. But don’t you go and get creative or they won’t work. Like with me and the rice syrup. Just don’t do it!

        And someone’s a busy commenter today… πŸ™‚

      • 6. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        Oh I am sure I will love them! Hahah I will try and resist the urge to add my crazy spin on things…I will be good πŸ™‚
        I was SO behind in commenting so I thought I would take an hour and respond πŸ™‚ The store is closed on Mondays and all we have to do today is admin stuff and shoot a commercial!

      • 7. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        Oooh, that sounds exciting! Have fun and it was fun talking to you through the comments. πŸ™‚

      • 8. naturalnoshing  |  February 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        me too πŸ™‚

  • 9. Becca  |  February 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    How many pieces does this recipe make?

    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Becca! It depends on how big you want your pieces to be…I happened to eat some of the dough/batter before pressing into the pan…i would say 12-16 pieces?

  • 11. Buffy the SMIL (StepMother In Law)  |  February 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    OMGoodness! That looks so good, can’t wait to try!

    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I think you will like this one B!

  • 13. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  February 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

    This. Looks. Beautiful. Usually chocolate is a once in a while thing for me, but this pregnancy I really cannot resist. And this looks AMAZING. Now I just need to get my hands on some black cocoa. I may try this with just the regular stuff though.

    • 14. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Awww thank you! It tastes equally as yummy in my opinion! I have yet to experience pregnancy cravings but glad to hear chocolate is on your list – I love the stuff!
      Regular cocoa will work too, I’ve just been experimenting since I got a huge bag πŸ™‚

  • 15. ForkYes!  |  February 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Yes! I want these ASAP.

    • 16. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      If only you were my neighbor, then I would happily share…but I would double the batch πŸ™‚

      • 17. ForkYes!  |  February 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        Good idea. I, too, can’t stop my gluttonous self when it comes to quality desserts. Have you tried Purely Elizabeth’s granola yet? It’s gluten-free and tastes like amazing oatmeal cookies (i.e. a little too much sugar, but auuggghhh, it’s sooo gooood). I had a lapse in judgement and ordered a 3-pack off amazon… in spite of trying to go more grain-free. Oops.

      • 18. naturalnoshing  |  February 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        Holy moly I must get my hands on Purely Elizabeth’s granola – it sounds deeeeelish! I am a total sucker for granola…I just love the stuff!

  • 19. Andrea @ B Simply Healthy  |  February 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Holy Cow! I just made these (happened to have all of the ingredients on hand!) They are chilling in fridge, I can’t wait to try them. However, I did lick the processor clean…and they were delicious! Thanks for this simple, healthy recipe for chocolate lovers!

    • 20. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      That is music to my ears Andrea! Thank you for the feedback! I couldn’t keep my hands out of the batter haha πŸ™‚

  • 21. Andrea @ B Simply Healthy  |  February 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I used regular Raw Cacoa powder because that’s what I had (not black) and I think it still worked well!

    • 22. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Good to know the regular cocoa works well, I figured it would but always a plus to hear it from someone else!

  • 23. sherry iden  |  March 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Could you use something instead of dates?

    • 24. naturalnoshing  |  March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Sherry! You could use soaked raisins or even use more liquid sweetener and a bit more coconut oil to help firm it up a bit πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!

  • 25. Kammie  |  March 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Looks amazing. I’ve never used dates though, is there a special place I can get those? And any tips for choosing the dates?

    • 26. naturalnoshing  |  March 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Dates are super sweet and have a caramel-ish taste – SO good! I use medjool dates and have found them at grocery stores (any health food stores near you?) If not, I’ve seen other varieties of dates at the grocery store but they might be smaller. Those would work too but the taste might vary slightly. Dates are best when they are still moist and plump, they are dried fruit but the best ones aren’t overly shriveled. If you find ones that are really dry, you can soak them in water before using though πŸ™‚ I hope you can find them!


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