The weather's turning...finally! As the cool air sets in a bit, the whole game plan in the kitchen changes. Warm cozy meals, soups and stews, and loads of chocolate! And not just baking with chocolate, but making bars, barks, and fudge..like this delicious Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge!
For years, I've been making this foolproof crowd-pleasing fudge by Nigella Lawson. This is one of my favorite recipes to date. This year I wanted to give a dairy-free version a go. Why? Just because I feel like playing around with ingredients and when I eat dairy-free, my stomach really thanks me! And so after a few trials, this lovely vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge came about. And no one at home is complaining!
How Can I Make This Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge
This fudge is a really simple stovetop one. You don't need a candy thermometer, and no beating of the mixture... so it is not a true blue fudge in that sense. But it is fudgy, dense, rich, and tastes marvelous! All it takes is heating 4 ingredients over low heat till they are all melted and well combined. Stir in some walnuts and goji berries ( completely optional) and pour into a pan. The longest part is waiting for this to set, so you can cut it into squares and eat! Not too bad, eh? Minimal effort and fabulous results.
You don't have to make this dairy-free or vegan at all. Feel free to use regular butter and chocolate. I would strongly suggest using really dark chocolate though. 70% is a good start. If you can handle a higher percentage of cocoa, go for it. You may need to add more sweetener, to counter the bitterness.
The one thing I would really pay attention to is using the best quality chocolate you can get your hands on. It makes all the difference. Trust me.
You could use honey or date syrup as a sweetener too if you can't get your hands on maple syrup. I'd love to try this with jaggery or date syrup too. And so the experiment continues...I'll definitely keep you all posted here.
This Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge is an easy, healthier recipe for a wonderful dessert that is really addictive and very satisfying. Like I always say, healthy eating doesn't have to be boring at all!
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Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge
- 2 cups Dairy free chocolate or Dark chocolate (70%) chips
- 1 cup Almond butter
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp Coconut butter
- a pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
- 1-2 Tbsp Goji berries, optional
- Combine the chocolate, maple syrup, almond butter and coconut butter in a heavy bottom pan and heat.
- Keep the heat very low and keep stirring constantly till the chocolate melts and you get smooth shiny mixture.
- Take off the heat and stir in the salt. Add in the walnuts and goji berries, if using.
- Keep a small pan ready, lined with parchment paper.
- Pour the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top and refrigerate for 6-8 hours until completely set.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!