Peanut butter is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Healthy peanut butter white chocolate fudge is proof that I love you and want you to enjoy your favourite treats without guilt. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on some cacao butter for ages now but only recently got around to actually getting some and WOW was it worth the wait.
Cocoa butter is used to make chocolate; raw cacao butter is its cold-pressed cousin - meaning it isn't heat treated and so retains more nutrients during processing. It’s a hard, white block - sometimes broken into chunks - and smells deeply of rich, chocolatey happiness. Honestly I was internally struggling with whether to cook with it or just eat it straight out of the packet (hot tip: don’t). It’s not your everyday healthy kitchen staple but it is definitely worth investing in for a few special recipes, and this peanut butter white chocolate fudge is the perfect place to start.
I use the term “white chocolate” loosely, as there’s no actual white chocolate in the dish. I was more trying to convey that it has a lovely chocolate undertone thanks to the cacao butter but isn’t your standard dark/milk/regular brown chocolate. You could definitely use coconut oil in place of the cacao butter but it will be lacking a little bit of depth of flavour and that gorgeous hint of chocolate on the back of your palate that takes the recipe from ‘really nice’ to ‘holy moly if I died right now I might not even care so long as there’s more of this in heaven just gimme gimme gimme’. I can also highly recommend a sprinkle of sea salt flakes on the top of each piece to balance the rich, sweet nuttiness. Just remember to store this bad boy in the fridge - it's prone to melting in hot weather (conveniently the exact kind of weather I had to photograph it in, well done me).
I can promise that from now on I will always have a small stash of peanut butter fudge in my fridge – definitely for when guests drop by and not at all for eating in secret. Whether or not I share this information with my husband and children is another question…
Peanut Butter White Chocolate Fudge
(makes 15 small squares)
1 & 1/2 cups natural peanut butter (100% peanuts, no added sugar or oil)
1/2 cup raw cacao butter (I use Power Superfoods brand)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Sea salt flakes and/or cacao nibs, for serving
1) Combine peanut butter and raw cacao butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on low for 2-3 minutes (or until completely melted), stirring regularly.
2) Stir in maple syrup and vanilla.
3) Line a loaf pan with cling film and pour fudge into tin.
4) Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight (until set).
5) Serve sprinkled with sea salt and cacao nibs. Store in the refrigerator.
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