It feels like a lifetime ago that I last made a post, but I'm back today. And this time I brought fudge. Without all the excess refined sugar, corn syrup, and butter of course.
This was my first time making healthy fudge, and now that I have a base recipe figured out it's definitely something I'm going to be experimenting more with. This one was a hit!
This protein fudge is the perfect satisfying treat or snack with it's creamy, soft + sweet characteristics. It literally melts in your mouth.
It starts with a base of honey, natural peanut butter, and a hit of pure vanilla extract...Just a few of my favourite things. The smell of this combination will have you salivating in anticipation. As hard as it may be, try not to stick your whole face in the bowl. Trust me it wont fit ;)
Just make sure you use smooth peanut butter and not crunchy. You want the end result to be nice and thick and smooth.
Next we add in the protein powders. I used a combination of North Coast Naturals iso whey protein and brown rice protein, but feel free to use your favourite brand. The reason I used a combination of whey and brown rice protein powders is for texture. You can also substitute pea protein for the brown rice if you prefer.
You wouldn't want to use pea or brown rice protein as a base in your shake because of it's different smell and taste, but they both do excellent when blended with other ingredients; like in this fudge recipe. Just think of them as a protein powder to replace regular flour. They add a wonderful bready + doughy texture to sweet and savory recipes.
Easy as pie! Or fudge in this case.
The only thing that wasn't easy was taking these photos. You see you need to keep these in the fridge or freezer for good reason. It was a rather hot and humid day when I shot the photos and the fudge really is soft and doughy. Take a look at the photo below and you can see how the corners started to melt on me, not literally *melt*, but they did start to go south once I'd had them out of the fridge for a while.
It didn't make it any less delicious though!
Peanut Butter Protein Fudge
by Jennifer Trennum
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: snack dessert gluten-free grain-free low-carb protein soy-free vegetarian protein powder peanut butter bars fudge
Ingredients (8 squares)
- 1/2 cup (170 g) honey, warmed
- 1/2 cup (125 g) smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (60 g) vanilla whey protein powder (I used North Coast Naturals Iso Protein 100)
- 3 tbsp (20 g) brown rice protein powder or pea protein (I used North Coast Naturals)
Line an 8x5" loaf pan with parchment paper and and lightly grease with coconut oil; set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract with a rubber spatula.
Stir in the protein powders until you form a soft dough.
Once the dough is nice and evenly mixed, scrape the mixture into the prepared pan; press and smooth it out with the rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Once dough is firm, slice the fudge with a sharp knife into 12-16 pieces. Store covered in the fridge for two weeks or in the freezer for up to one month.
Stay tuned for more tasty treats! Have a good one!