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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

You want some peanut butter fudge, but you don't want to bake anything... don't want to use condensed milk... don't want to use more than five ingredients... and want it to be super delicious?

You've come to the right place, my friend. This easy peanut butter fudge checks all of this boxes, with an added bonus: it's easy.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

If you're a fan of fudge, chances are you'll prefer a certain type of fudge recipe, even if you don't make it yourself.

Whether it's a classic chocolate fudge from your favorite candy store or it's Aunt Linda's walnut supreme, people seem to have strong, polarized opinions about a given fudge product.

Since you're here, I'll give you my opinion: I think easy-to-make fudge with simple ingredients should be able to stand up against more complex, sophisticated fudge recipes that require an advanced degree in chemistry to perfect.

This peanut butter fudge recipe is the reason I hold that opinion. Simple, quick, and lip-smackingly delicious. All of that in just five ingredients!

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

So what's behind this fudge recipe?

  • peanut butter
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup (I use sugar free)
  • chocolate protein powder (Bad Athletics is my favorite—code JORDO for discount!)
  • flaky sea salt

Okay, I hear you saying. Five ingredients... and one of them is PROTEIN POWDER? What kind of fudge is this?!?

It's good fudge. That's what it is. Don't believe me? Make it and find out for yourself.

No-bake peanut butter fudge

So, what witchcraft do you have to use do turn those ingredients (one of which is PROTEIN POWDER) into some fudgy goodness?

There's not much to it. Here's how:

  • Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together (except salt).
  • Mix well until ingredients are combined.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle it with the sea salt.
  • Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  • Take out of the freezer and use a knife to slice into small square pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Seasoned fudge makers will note that this fudge recipe uses the freezer, not the fridge, as the chilling mechanism of choice.

Is peanut butter fudge healthy?

Health expectations usually fly out the window when discussing confections—we are talking about fudge, after all. That being said, you might be surprised at what this treat has to offer (per piece):

111kcal / 3.4g carbs / 3.3g protein / 10g fat.

Does peanut butter fudge need to be refrigerated?

If you leave this fudge at room temperature for too long, it will definitely begin to soften to the point where you're in for some sticky fingers.

Because these are "made" in the freezer, the best way to enjoy is to take them out, let them adjust to the room's temperature for a while, and dig in.

Why is my peanut butter fudge dry and crumbly?

Well, you probably didn't use this recipe! That said, if you run into dry piece of fudge, the balance of ingredients probably got thrown off. Maybe you didn't add enough oil, for example.

While I love (and prefer) natural peanut butter in a lot of my dietary planning, the texture of this fudge relies on using something like a classic JIF or Peter Pan. Why? Because the oil isn't in danger of separating back out from the peanuts, causing some major inconsistency in the finished product.

Looking for some more recipe ideas?

If you want some other sweet treat inspiration, I've got you covered:

This is peanut butter chocolate fudge. There are square pieces of light brown fudge topped with pieces of sea salt. A hand is holding up one of the pieces of fudge as well.
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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Jordo's World Easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe. Five ingredients & a little bit of magic (if you think mixing things in a bowl is magic...)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudge
Servings: 20
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • cup coconut oil softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup I use sugar free
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder Bad Athletics is my favorite (code JORDO for discount)
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together (except salt).
  • Mix well until ingredients are combined.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle it with the sea salt.
  • Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  • Take out of the freezer and use a knife to slice into small square pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 10g
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