This easy no cook toasted almond mocha fudge recipe is a must make holiday treat. Made with unrefined sugar, this almond mocha fudge is rich yet naturally vegan with a paleo options.
Do you hear that? It’s Christmas Music in FULL SWING! Can you smell the molasses cookies in the oven and sound of my blender making these toasted almond fudge slices FOR YOU? Corny much? Yes, but I will admit, I need to vent my corniness for the Holiday season.
You see, my love language is FOOD! Giving and making food for others. It brings me such joy! But ever since we moved to Utah, I haven’t had many people to share these goodies with. Well, besides a handful of neighbors, my husband’s co-workers, and my hair dresser. LOL! They love me! Okay maybe that is a good amount of people. But I have soooo many candies and treats to shares this season.
Moving to new state without family or friends to gift with oodles of holiday treats breaks my heart. That being said, I have determined to find new people to share treats with and force them to be my friend. Haha, kidding. Kinda.
That being said, I am TRULY blessed to have internet reader friends to share these toasted almond fudge slices. I’m also lucky to have my lovely blogging friends to share this holiday cookie and treats round up with. You’ll see more of that below in a second.
Time to talk Coffee infused chocolate almond FUDGE! And time for me to stop complaining about too much food to give. First world problems. Sadly.
Okay so first things first; this toasted almond fudge slice is pretty rockin amazing! No cooking required. Well, I mean for the actual fudge part. Toasting the almonds are optional but is that really cooking. Nah!
And it’s perfectly acceptable for breakfast, because, you know, it has coffee in it.
Secondly, you will love what’s in it. A mocha almond fudge recipe that’s naturally VEGAN and Gluten free, and without much effort I might add. It tastes like LEGIT fudge, even without condensed milk. GLORIOUS!
And third, you will never guess what makes it extra sweet and rich. Anyone, Bueller?
Pitted DATES! The chewy chocolate middle is made with dates, red dutch cocoa powder, coffee, and almond butter. If there was such thing as heaven (with a little bit of devilish delight) in a slice, this would be it. How’s that for a description?
All you do is let those dates soak, then blend them with the cocoa, almond butter, coffee, and maple syrup. Then press into a lined pan and top with toasted almonds, coffee bean, and dark chocolate shavings. Freeze to set, slice, enjoy!
I told you it was easy.
The other little trick I used to create more of a “crust”for this vegan almond fudge slice was to add crushed gluten free graham crackers at the bottom of the pan. This is totally optional, but I found it gave a really nice cookie-ish flavor to the intense mocha almond combo. Plus it makes it easier to peel from the pan.
Now, are you sure you don’t want to come over for a slice, or 10?
Mmm k. Now that we’ve talked fudge, how about we round out the rest of the post with cookies and holiday treats. Healthy-ish of course!
Here are my lovely blogging friends recipes to add to that cookie exchange recipe list. I think you’ll love them all! Cookies and Treats from left to right!
Mocha Almond Fudge– > oh that’s mine! YAY!
Food Faith Fitness – Gluten/Sugar Free Cranberry Pistachio Sugar Cookies
Eating Bird Food– Gluten/Grain-Free Almond Flour Crescent Cookies
Fit Foodie Finds- Healthy Soft Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Running to the Kitchen – Orange Infused Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
Made with unrefined sugar, this almond mocha fudge is rich yet naturally vegan with a paleo option. A no cook fudge recipe!
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 22 pitted dated (around 285 grams)
- 1/4 cup creamy no stir nut butter (almond, peanut butter, or cashew)
- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder (I used red dutch unsweetened cocoa)
- 2–3 tbsp instant espresso or fine ground coffee
- optional pinch of cinnamon
- 3 tbsp dark chocolate shavings
- 2–3 tbsp whole bean coffee – crushed
- gluten free cookie or graham cracker crumbs (1/2 cup)
- maple syrup, for extra sweetness
1. Toast slivered almonds first and set aside. You can do this by placing them in a skillet and lightly toasting them on medium until brown or on a baking sheet to bake in oven or toaster oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. If you don’t have time to toast the almonds, that’s fine. Use regular blanched almonds, slivered or sliced.
2. Place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes to soften . Remove water.
3. Place the dates, nut butter, and vanilla in a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes. Stop and scrape sides if needed. Blend until smooth.
4. Next add melted coconut oil and cocoa and blend again for a few minutes until thick batter is formed. Add your instant espresso and pulse until blended evenly. Taste batter to see if it’s to your liking. If it’s not sweet enough, add in 1-2 tbsp maple syrup. This is optional. Mix again.
5. Press the mixture into a small bread pan lined with parchment. Preferably 7 x 10 cm. (See notes for graham cracker coating.) Add your dark chocolate shavings , toasted slivered almonds, and crushed coffee beans on top.
6. Freeze for 1 hour or until set. Slice to serve. Makes 9 to 10 large slices or 20+ fudge squares.
Store in a ziplock or airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 weeks.
If you want the graham cracker bottom (as seen in pictures), simply blend 4 gluten free graham cracker squares into a fine meal or crumble. Line the bottom of your pan with the crumbs, on top of the parchment paper or wax paper. Then pour in your fudge to set. Omit graham crackers for Paleo Version.
Estimated Nutrition Information:
For a whole slice, the calories will be much more dense, around 250 calories. If you want to cut into 16 square pieces, use the nutrition info shown below.
- Category: dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 square
- Calories: 143
- Sugar: 20g
- Sodium: 1.5mg
- Fat: 5.6g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 24.2g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: paleo, gluten free, holiday desserts, fudge, vegan
Ok Friends, are you hosting cookie exchanges this year? If you are in Utah, will you invite me? I’ll bring you extra fudge. Mwah!
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What’s your love language? Is it food as well? Food in the form of gifts or acts of service are always appreciated during the holidays. What a lovely way to serve one another. That’s truly something I need to focus more on myself!