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vegan chocolate fudge

While I do not have any dietary restrictions, a lot of my friends do, and many are vegan or gluten-free. Most challenging are those who are both.

When it comes to making desserts, fudge may appear to be off the list, as so many recipes call for milk chocolate and/or dairy. While I found a few vegan recipes in the past, most left much to be desired. They were too dry, or simply did not end up looking like fudge.

Enter the following, which changed all that. The recipe below, which is adapted from Cara Reed’s Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking, is one of the best fudge recipes I have ever found.

The secret? The use of coconut cream (not to be mistaken with coconut milk).

While Reed’s original recipe called for nuts, I left them out, since many people have nut allergies.

Read below for a yummy recipe that is suitable for just about everyone. However, I leave you with a warning: this is so good, you may end up eating it all yourself before you have a chance to share it with friends.

Ingredients:

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1/4 cup coconut cream

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kosher salt (optional)

Instructions:

1. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. Once chocolate is melted, add all ingredients, using a wooden spoon or spatula to ensure everything is evenly mixed.

2. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute or two.

3. Pour mixture in a small square pan that has been lined with wax paper.

4. Optional: If you wish, lightly sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt or Kosher salt evenly on top. (The salt/chocolate combination is great, but skip if you’re not a salt fan.)

5. Place the pan in the refrigerator, and let it chill for at least two hours.

6. Cut into squares.

Makes about 12 small squares.

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Author: Kimberly Lo

Editor: Toby Israel

Image: Veganbaking.net/Flickr

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anonymous Mar 31, 2016 10:09pm

Trader Joes has Coconut Cream!!! If you have one nearby, try there!!

anonymous Mar 12, 2016 7:54am

If you have a hard time finding coconut cream at the grocery, check your liquor store, it's almost always there.

anonymous Jan 28, 2016 1:27am

It's quite hard looking for the coconut cream. Is there a way I can convert the coco milk to the cream? Im very excited to do this chocolate fudge gift for a vegan friend cos she'd always tease me of not letting her eat desserts when they come by! haha. and my gift baskets are not so good for her.

    anonymous Mar 29, 2016 8:48pm

    Refrigerate a can of coconut milk upside down overnight. All the cream will seperate and harden. In the morning flip it over, pour out the water and the hard white stuff left is the cream. Side note: this stuff can also be beat into whipped cream while cold.

anonymous Jan 20, 2016 8:06pm

What is the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream? Thank you!

    anonymous Jan 21, 2016 2:40pm

    Coconut cream has much less water. You want to use that and not milk.

anonymous Jan 20, 2016 10:07am

How small is a "small pan"?

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Kimberly Lo

Kimberly Lo is a yoga instructor and freelance editor & writer based in Charlottesville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, travel, and photography. Connect with her on Facebook.