These Healthy Fudge Bars are wheat free, refined sugar free and can be vegan. These are no bake fudge bars that do not, in any way, taste healthy. They are super rich and so addictive that I think I ate the whole pan within in an hour……
I first made these a couple of weeks ago when I was having a particularly bad day. (I sometimes use baking as a stress reliever or as a coping mechanism. You should try it the next time you have a bad day. Trust me it helps.)
I had about 20 minutes to spare before I had to run off to an appointment so I decided to quickly whip these up so they could set in the fridge while I was out and they would be ready to eat when I got back.
Since they were a bit of an experiment I wasn’t sure what I would find when I got back. Would I find a puddle of chocolate goo in my fridge? A dry crumbly mess?… Needless to say, I found neither of these things and instead saw these soft, fudge-like, rich, chocolate bars.
These come together with just a few simple ingredients. Peanut butter (or almond butter if you are allergic to peanuts), coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla essence, honey (or maple syrup), oat flour and of course, chocolate.
To keep these vegan, remember to use a vegan chocolate and use maple syrup rather than honey. If you use maple syrup, ensure it is the pure kind not the fake flavoured stuff.
If you don’t have oat flour or can’t get your hands on it, it is really simple to make your own. Just take your oats and place them in a food processor or blender and blitz until they turn into a fine flour like consistency. I love using oat flour in no bake goods so we don’t have to worry about uncooked flour (remember these cookie dough slice?).
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/3 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 and 1/2 Cups Oat Flour
- Line a 9x9 square baking tin with non stick paper and set aside.
- Place the coconut oil and chocolate in a saucepan and melt.
- Once the chocolate is nearly melted, add in the peanut butter and honey and mix until all combined and smooth.
- Take off the heat and add the vanilla essence, cinnamon and oat flour and mix.
- The mixture will be tough and will clump together.
- Place in the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set and then slice.
- Store in the fridge as they begin to melt at room temperature.
Use good quality, pure peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla essence if you want these as healthy and unrefined as possible.
If you don't have oat flour, just process some oats in a food processor or blender until they become a flour like consistency.
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
For anyone who saw my previous post (and anyone who knows me), you will know that I went to the Guns N’ Roses concert last Thursday night. Needless to say it was incredible and I will be one the highlights of my life. Here’s a photo from the night of Slash because, well, it’s Slash.