Do you love your sweet treats but hate the sugar content? Maybe you’re on a strict sugar-restricted diet due to health reasons or to aid weight loss. Did you know that you can still eat fudge without the sugar and carbohydrate content of traditional fudge? We understand the struggle of constantly restricting ourselves.
The media are constantly telling us that we can’t eat this, or we shouldn’t drink that, but true happiness and health lies in moderation and the ability to make informed food choices.
The keto diet can make a big difference to your health and the numbers on the scale, but it’s hard to stick with. Most diets at least allow unrestricted access to fruit to snack on if hunger strikes, but the keto diet includes natural sugar in their carb category, not just starches like potatoes, bread, and pasta.
Despite the success of the keto diet, it can feel like a constant struggle against all our instincts and cravings, every minute of the day. If you’re on a diet, any sort of diet, it’s still important to be able to treat yourself from time to time without ruining your hard-earned progress.
Self-sabotage is a tricky thing to avoid if you’re trying to stick to a meal plan for any length of time, but sweets don’t have to derail your low-sugar or keto diet. If you’re thinking this is too good to be true and that we’re making up the very possibility of the existence of keto-friendly fudge, wait until we tell you that you can make it yourself, at home!
Yes, really. Read on and let us help you to treat yourself without the nasty consequences.
We have put together some keto-friendly fudge recipes that are available on the internet, and we know what you’re thinking: “why didn’t I know there were keto kind fudge recipes online?” well, that’s probably because you never thought to ask Google for something that shouldn’t exist, but we’re so happy it does.
Remember that the keto diet was invented with science to induce a state of high-efficient fat burning, and not as a punishment for those who have overindulged in the past. It is a restrictive diet, but you don’t have to feel restricted.
When you feel deprived, psychologically, it makes you want to rebel and cheat, but you’re only cheating yourself of the right to the body and state of health that you want and deserve. Feeling deprived can lead to falling off the wagon and then spiraling out of control with your eating.
No one wants that, so it’s really important to find ways that you feel like you’ve treated yourself without putting actual sugar or carbs in your mouth. Think of it like strategically eating sweets to trick your mind into sticking with your diet for longer.
Sound good? Great, here you go, then: 10 of the best keto-friendly fudge recipes that you can make at home.
Hallelujah for living in modern times when we have so many ingredients available to us with such ease and convenience. Then again, this fudge recipe uses just five ingredients and is still keto compatible.
There are also great suggestions for keto-friendly substitutions, depending on what you have in the cupboard. This recipe uses coconut oil, powdered sweetener, and cocoa powder to make the fudge mass.
Remember to use natural, pure vanilla in this recipe, as some vanilla essences contain sugar and so will not help you reach or maintain ketosis.
The best thing about this recipe is that by ‘cook time’ we mean ‘refrigerate for’ so it involves no actual cooking. Lazy keto fudge? Tick.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Peanut butter has to be one of the main ingredients that make the keto diet possible to do. Without the sweet taste of peanut butter, many keto warriors would be keto quitters by now.So, we’re super happy to see a peanut butter fudge on the menu.
This recipe substitutes the usual fudge staple ingredient that is condensed milk with grass-fed butter. Again this recipe used powdered sweetener to give it a signature taste, and you can either make your own or use store-bought keto peanut butter, whichever you’d rather.
Like the previous recipe, you’ll need to make sure you keep this fudge in the fridge until you want to serve or eat it because it will melt easily at room temperature.
You can actually eat it frozen if you want to, but if you want that melty, gooey fudge texture to trick your brain into thinking you’ve just eaten normal, bad-for-you fudge, then keep it refrigerated and bring to room temperature just before serving.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: freeze until set
If you could dispense with the chocolate portion of the last recipe, in favor of more nutty goodness, then this recipe is for you. Four ingredients are all you need for this incredibly simple keto-compatible fudge.
Fat bombs have been a keto diet staple for years, so why has it taken us this long to figure out that if they were in squares instead of balls and were smooth, then they’re fudge? Who knows? We’re just glad we have fudge in our lives now.
These keto fudge recipes are often much easier and require much less cooking than traditional homemade fudge recipes, so that’s a bonus, too.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: freeze for 40 minutes.
This melt-in-your-mouth fudge recipe is supposed to be the “best keto chocolate fudge”. This one is for the chocolate lovers out there. You know who you are, and you are not alone. These fudge squares are also Atkins, Banting, and diabetic compatible and are egg-free and gluten-free too.
This is a little more complicated than others, but since it claims to be the “best keto chocolate fudge” it must be worth a go at least. Featuring heavy cream, cream cheese, and optional chopped walnuts, this is a protein-rich treat like nothing else.
Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: cool for 2-3 hours
5. Keto Fudge
This fudge has a no-nonsense name and a really simple recipe. This no-fuss keto fudge has only two ingredients and contains 2 grams of carbs per serving, which is hardly extortionate. Unlike on many other diets, processed foods are your friend on the keto plan.
This is a quick and easy microwave recipe that takes so little time to prepare. The challenge with this recipe is waiting for two hours for it to cool in the refrigerator.
If you’re not into the flavor of peanuts, you can substitute any nut butter as long as it has a “drippy” consistency. For a nut-free version, use tahini or sunflower seed butter to replace the peanut butter. If you make sure your chocolate ingredients are milk-free, then it can be free from dairy too.
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 1 minute, then 2 hours to cool.
We had to get in at least one caramel fudge, if only just to see how they do it. Lots of people are partial to a salted caramel treat, whether they’re trying to slim down or not. So, we’d love to help by pointing you towards a protein-rich, low-sugar salted caramel fudge that won’t give you dieters guilt.
So how is it salted caramel flavor and still keto kind, when the main ingredient in caramel is sugar? Ah, it’s in the protein powder. This fudge is made with salted caramel Nutralean protein powder and coconut oil.
We assume they won’t sue if you make this with any caramel protein powder, though, so if you happen to have some, then why not whip up a batch and see how it goes? The simple recipe is just two scoops of protein powder and ⅓ of a cup of coconut oil. You can elect to add some sea salt for a bit of decoration and crunch if you want to.
Servings: Unspecified (does that mean we can eat the lot?)
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes freezing
This keto recipe is hitting almost every dietary sweet spot with the words ‘caramel’, ‘brownie’, and ‘fudge’. This recipe claims that with a handful of ingredients and ten minutes of your time, you can produce a keto-compatible, sugar-free, gluten-free, guilt-free fudge brownie treat.
They sure do look pretty and more interesting than most of the other recipes, which have gone for a more classic fudge taste. This recipe does take significantly longer than the rest of our list, but it could well be worth it to try keto-friendly brownie fudge bites.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes (chill time 4-24 hours!)
See, even if you’re on a diet plan of some sort, we’ve got your back. Sometime it is nice to treat yourself without all the guilt. We hope you will enjoy these keto fudge recipes as much as we have enjoyed drooling over the pictures. Happy fudge-making, you sweet-lovers.