Homemade fudge bars are energizing, full of protein and gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free. Only 4 ingredients and a healthy no bake treat.
Homemade Fudge Bars
Homemade protein fudge bars are easy to make in a mold or cupcake pan. Grab-and-go snacks that energize are popular of course, and so useful when 3pm rolls around and you want to visit a candy machine. If you've made these instead, you are in luck. They will fill you with protein, boost your mood with magnesium from the chocolate and generally restore your energy.
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The filling is easy to put together with three healthy ingredients. Then coat and chill, and you have a delicious energizing snack that will cover your chocolate cravings and provide protein and fiber as well.
Ingredients In Fudge Bars
To keep this recipe as simple as possible, here’s what you'll need.
- Date paste : Dates are easy to locate in your grocer's produce section. I explain how to blend them into a paste below or here is my date paste recipe.
- Seed butter or nut butter : I used Sunbutter in my recipe for added protein and nutritional value that comes from sunflower seeds. However, any nut butter works as well.
- Almond flour : If you want the treat to remain nut-free however, oat flour or coconut flour also works although the amounts will differ because those flours are more absorbent.
- Cocoa : Turn the filling rich and chocolatey with a quality cocoa.
- Dark chocolate : I used chocolate chips but chopped chocolate is fine, too.
What Do Fudge Bars Taste Like?
These yummy bars taste sweet and fudgy, and melt in your mouth creamy. Kind of like a three musketeers or Mars bar, or even a Reese's cup without the nuts.
How to Make Fudge Bars High in Protein
Homemade fudge is traditionally made with heavy dairy cream. But I wanted my fudge filling to be vegan and dairy-free so I chose to use sunflower seed butter here although any nut or seed butter works perfectly.
Butters made from sunflower seeds or any nut packs these bars with protein, fiber, zinc, folate and vitamin B6, and vitamin E.
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How To Make Fudge Bars
Step 1: Line your mold with parchment. I used a financier mold, but you can use any bar mold. A silicon mold won't need parchment.
Step 2: Add the syrup, flour and nut butter to a bowl and mix with a hand-mixer or food processor.
Step 3: Press the dough into each mold opening. Using my financier mold, I filled six long furrows. Freeze them for 15-30 minutes.
Step 4: Dunk each chilled bar into the melted chocolate. Allow it to drip clear, and them set it on a cooling rack.
Tips & Substitutions
1. Swap the date paste for date syrup or even maple syrup but double the flour.
2. Swap the almond flour for coconut flour or oat flour, although use twice as much because those flours are more absorbent than almond flour.
3. When you freeze the filling for the bars, only do so for 30 minutes or enough so they are stiff enough so you can remove them and yet still be able to insert a toothpick or skewer to allow you to dunk them.
How to Store Fudge Bars
The coated bars can be kept refrigerated or frozen. If you keep them refrigerated, be sure they are not piled on top of each other because they will be soft and could become dented. If you keep them frozen, expect to thaw them for about one minute to soften enough to bite. They will last a week refrigerated, and three months if frozen.
What is a Fudge Bar?
This fudge bar is a homemade candy bar recipe using healthy ingredients.
There is a commercial bar called a Fudge Bar, made by Cadbury and distributed in United Kingdom and Ireland. It is similar to what I make here in that the shape is a semi-circular bar. However my recipe is healthier with no chemical additives.
What is Inside A Fudge Bar?
This fudge bar is made with dates, flour, cocoa and nut or seed butter, and is covered in dark chocolate.
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Homemade Fudge Bars
- Line your mold with parchment. I used a financier mold, but you can use any bar mold. A silicon mold won't need parchment.
- Make your date paste. Use my date paste recipe or blend 10 pitted dates with ⅔ cup water.
Make Fudge Bars
- Add the date paste, cocoa, flour and sunflower seed butter to a bowl and mix with a hand-mixer or food processor.
- Press the dough into each mold opening. Or if you don't have a mold, press into a parchment lined loaf pan.
- Freeze for 15-30 minutes. You want molded bars stiff enough so you can remove them and yet still be able to insert a toothpick or skewer to allow you to dunk them. If you used a loaf pan, freeze until you can slice cleanly.
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a pyrex-measuring cup in the microwave at 1 minute, and then 15 seconds more if need be. Stir until smooth.
- Allow the chocolate to cool and pour it into a narrow tall glass.
- Dunk each chilled bar into the melted chocolate. Allow it to drip clear, and them set it on a cooling rack, with a catch parchment underneath.
Set the coated bars
- Refrigerate the coated bars for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.
- The bars last one week refrigerated in a sealed container and up to three months frozen.
This post is sponsored by Sunbutter. My opinions are my own.