There’s only one problem with this easy peanut butter and honey fudge – it’s addictive. Double or better yet, triple the recipe if you want leftovers! This healthier fudge recipe contains half the amount sugar and is made with raw organic honey, natural peanut butter and non dairy milk. You won’t believe how good it is!
Easy Peanut Butter And Honey Fudge
Fudge is a very French Canadian thing.
I grew up eating fudge and watching my aunts and mother make it. Every Sunday, the home cooks on my father’s side of the family gathered in our kitchen to cook a few dishes. The purpose of these meetings were to teach my mother about French Canadian food. Once in a while the tables would turn and my mother spilled her secrets on the art of making Japanese food, but more often than not it was all about Quebec grub.
One weekend after another the kitchen would be filled with meat pies, dumplings in soup, fruit jams and classic French dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon, Coquilles Saint-Jacques and fondant, also known as fudge.
Whenever they made fudge, the kitchen table was covered with squares of all sizes and colors – chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, maple syrup fudge, plain sugar fudge and walnut and caramel fudge. It was a dentist’s nightmare and a kid’s dream come true.
Homemade Fudge is so Unique
If there is something I remember clearly about fudge is how the texture vastly differed from one recipe to another.
My grand mother’s fudge was crumbly and literally melted in your mouth as soon as it landed on your tongue. My aunt Louise’s chocolate fudge on the other hand was more chewy, almost like caramel. If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you she preferred my grand mother’s version because of the contrast in texture and pure sugar flavor. My grand mother didn’t flavor her fudge, hers tasted like the most delicious sugar pie.
Me? I didn’t care.
I had a mega sweet tooth that could never be satiated. Remember those all you can eat buffets you used to go to with your family as a child? I was that kid at the dessert table who hogged all the cakes and walked away with two full plates of chocolate this and vanilla that.
What about vegetables? Pfft, please, that’s for adults.
Those Sunday gatherings made my mother feel welcome and part of the family. Since she couldn’t speak French, sharing a common love for cooking brought her closer to the other women. I always look back at those Sundays with fondness. I can still hear the laughter coming from the kitchen and incredible smells wafting through the house.
Before leaving, each lady grabbed a container and filled it with a couple of fudge squares from each flavor. As soon as the last person was gone – air kissing a group of French women can take a considerable amount of time – I made a beeline for the kitchen table.
Holding a small plate in my hands, I carefully studied each square. Since I was only allowed two pieces, I would make sure they were the biggest in size. I grabbed one chocolate and one peanut butter and off I went to watch some cartoons.
The other flavors would have to wait until later.
Those were the days when my biggest worry was finding the biggest fudge squares to eat. I’ve since forgotten what it feels like to have homemade meals cooked for me every day. What I wouldn’t give to relive these moments, I was such a lucky kid to be surrounded by so much love and great food!
Since moving back to Japan, my mother has given up on making fudge.
It’s actually more of a permanent break from cooking.
After two decades of consistently cooking stellar food, she’s decided to hang her apron and call it a day. I don’t blame her, all mothers should spoil themselves the way they see fit once the kids are out of the house. If that means no more cooking, then so be it!
And if you happen to live in Japan like my mother does, it means you can eat cheap and healthy without having to lift a finger. Just take a trip to the convenience store and grab one of those ready to eat meals. What’s it going to be today – fresh soba noodles with grated mountain, miso soup, spaghetti meat sauce, seaweed salad, rice balls or oden?
How To Make Fudge
Listen, I suck at desserts.
Because of that, I never attempt to cook like I’m on the Great British Bake Off.
Instead, I pick the simplest recipes – you know, the no fail ones – and make them healthier. Making a 5 ingredient fudge like this one is easy.
I’m going to repeat this: this is a very easy fudge recipe.
Is it the best fudge recipe? That’s up to you to decide but I’m not kidding when I say we got addicted to those honey and peanut butter squares. One batch yields 8-10 squares. It took us all of two days to finish them all!
The only saving grace is they are relatively healthier than the old fashioned peanut butter fudge from grand ma’s recipe box.
Half of the sugar has been replaced by raw organic honey which is so much better and wholesome than regular honey. If you haven’t tried it yet, raw organic honey is thick and creamy like a spread and tastes much more floral. It’s absolutely gorgeous, plus, because it’s thicker it sets better than the liquid kind.
What you get is a creamy peanut butter fudge that’s perfectly sweet and a little floral.
It won’t hurt your teeth either – the sweetness is just right!
One thing to watch for is the texture. You want to make sure the fudge has set properly and doesn’t instantly melt between your fingers. Most fudge recipes take 2-3 hours to set but for this one I recommend leaving it overnight for best results. Or if you can’t wait that long, give it at least 6-7 hours.
Other healthier dessert recipes:
- Peanut butter protein balls
- Sweet potato croquettes
- Dutch apple pie
- Healthier chocolate espresso cookies
- Healthy rice crispy squares
Did you like this simple Peanut Butter And Honey Fudge Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!