May 16, 2017 · Print Recipe
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge (vegan, paleo / nut-free option)
Healthy peanut butter and jelly fudge made in peanut butter cup form! Naturally vegan and gluten-free and sunflower seed butter can be used for a paleo / nut-free version.
I’m super excited about today’s recipe! I’ve never actually had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I enjoyed but I love the combination.
I made peanut butter and jelly peanut butter cups a few years ago but this PB&J fudge is way easier. And it’s pure PB&J taste – no pesky chocolate to fiddle with!
As with lots of paleo / vegan fudge recipes, this one has to be refrigerated. Or better – frozen. That way you don’t risk the jam going bad.
Speaking of jam, I usually like to make my own honey-sweetened strawberry jam but I’ve been low on time recently.
So I was thrilled when I found this organic strawberry jam that’s sweetened with apple juice and the only other ingredient is pectin. It’s what I used in this peanut butter and jelly fudge and it was perfect. Not disgustingly sweet like some other brands.
You also have to try their apricot jam! Best jam I have EVER had. I was so excited after buying apricot that I went and ordered 14 other varieties.
As for the fudge portion – I don’t recommend just melting everything together. Or even melting together the coconut butter and coconut oil. I tried and at first it looked okay, but then the oil started to separate a bit.
A few of the cups in the pictures are the ones where the oil separated and you can’t even tell. But still… just don’t do it. :)
The darker fudge pieces are made with sunflower seed butter! I used a kind that’s just sunflower seeds. No salt (I had to add quite a bit more extra salt to the fudge in comparison to the peanut butter version!), fat or sugar.
I used homemade peanut butter in this fudge but store-bought (the kind with just peanuts and salt) works just as well. Here’s how to make peanut butter! There’s also a video included. All you need is peanuts and a food processor.
Maybe it’s just me, but peanut butter seems quite a bit more naturally sweet. So I added 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar to the sunflower seed butter version. You might be happy without the sugar or maybe just need a little.
For some other healthy PB&J treats, try these healthy peanut butter and jelly muffins from Family Food on the Table or this raspberry peanut butter smoothie from The Food Charlatan!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge (vegan, paleo option, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)Print
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Ready in: 1:15 h
- 2 tablespoons (28 grams) coconut oil (should be softened like room temperature butter, I don't recommend using melted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/3 cup (95 grams) strawberry jam (or whatever kind you like with peanut butter)