When I kicked off my health journey, I was very strict about the amount of sugar I could have. I ate some fruits, but never anything added in, including honey and maple syrup. You can probably guess this didn’t last long. When I decided I wanted to re-introduce sugar, I was a bit lost at how to do it. I wanted to find a way to satisfy my chocolate cravings without feeling horrible after (both mentally and physically)!
As I started searching for healthy desserts, I came across a lot of options for those “cake in a mug” or single serving cookie type posts. The only thing there is that so many of these desserts included weird ingredients that I guess are supposed to give you the sweetness without the calorie content. This didn’t work for me for a couple reasons: 1) I’m trying to eat more whole, real, un-processed foods and 2) I don’t have the money to go willy nilly on some Xylitol that I’ll never use again.
Homemade fudge: clean-style
What I ended up finding were several recipes for 3-ingredient chocolates. These recipes included all the right buzzwords for me in their title: fast, easy, paleo, dairy-fee, oh my! While most of the recipes were for chocolate bars, I much prefer this as a fudge. It might be that it kinda sorta in some way reminds me of making fudge with my grandma in Greenville, South Carolina. I used to go up there for weeks at a time, and we would cook everything from fudge to fried okra to coconut cake and more!
This recipe is SO easy to make. Seriously! It only requires 3-ingredients, and, if you cook like me, they’re ingredients that you always have in your house: cocoa powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
Keeping along with this simple theme, the recipe is made up of equal parts of each ingredient. I usually put 1/2 cup of each ingredient when I’m making them. This makes about 21 pieces (I pour them into mini cupcake tins). You can always halve or double it if you want more or less.
To mix the ingredients, I do it over the stove top on the lowest setting possible. You want your coconut oil and maple syrup to melt a bit, but I’ve heard of other people heating it up too much and the liquids separating. You’ll mix it till it’s one smooth consistency. I last-minute decided to throw a couple scoops of collagen powder in at this point as well. I took a pic that will probably cause your mouth to water and if not, you and I might not get along that well in person.
Mouth-watering, right?! Finally, you just pour them into cupcake tins or an 8 x 8 Pyrex type dish should work! I like pouring them into mini tins. Then pop them into the fridge! If you’re like me and get impatient, you can put them in the freezer too. The longer they sit in the freezer, the harder they get. This isn’t always a bad thing, it just turns into more of a chocolate bar! Any form of chocolate is a-ok with me.
Simple 3-ingredient chocolate (Dairy Free)Print This
- 1/2 cup cocoa power
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup*
- (Optional) Slivered almonds, cocao nibs, collagen powder or other extracts!
Mix all the ingredients together on the stove top at super low heat. If it’s too high, the maple syrup will start to separate. It just needs heat so that the coconut oil can mix well with the other ingredients.
If you’d like, you can also put some extra add-ins in there for a little something extra. You could also use mint extract for a mint-chocolate vibe. I put a couple scoops of collagen powder for fun. I’ve done slivered almonds before as well which were delicious.
Pour into muffin tins. I used mini muffin cups actually which made the perfect size! Pop them into the fridge to harden back up for a fudge like consistency or the freezer if you want it to be more like a chocolate bar! Either way, you’ll thank me. Or maybe not. These are delicious AND addictive!
*You can use honey too if you'd like. The maple syrup just "veganizes" it.