Eating a vegan diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy dessert. These easy vegan fudge recipes will make you think you’re eating traditional fudge. There are plenty of recipes for straightforward fudge, but if you like experimenting, you’ll love some of the unique flavors on this list.
This fudge recipe only needs five ingredients and five minutes of your time. It tastes just like something you’d get from an upscale candy shop, except it’s dairy-free. While some candy recipes that exclude dairy wind up being dense or hard, this recipe stays light and creamy.
The taste is rich, just as you’d want from traditional fudge. But you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen to make it. You can whip it together on the stovetop or even pop it into the microwave if you want to make it even simpler!
All you need is vegan butter, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsweetened plant milk. A splash of vanilla extract enhances the flavor.
Ferrero Rocher candies are so decadent, and this fudge tastes exactly like one, except vegan! So if you miss some of your favorite candies, you’ll love this simple, five-ingredient fudge.
Dark chocolate keeps this fudge from being too sweet, and the hazelnuts add even more flavor—plus a delightful crunch! The creamy fudge and toasted hazelnuts are a perfect contrast. This is a no-bake recipe, so you can start eating in almost no time!
Toasting the hazelnuts is the biggest part of this job, taking 10 to 15 minutes to toast before preparing them for the fudge. Otherwise, you only need to mix condensed coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, and vegan dark chocolate chips.
It’s a common misconception that vegan food is harder to prepare, and this fudge is proof! It’s much easier than regular fudge because it only needs five ingredients. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free, and nuts are optional if anyone has allergies.
Use vegan baking sticks, cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and soy milk. Add coarsely chopped walnuts if you choose. Mix the first five ingredients together in a double boiler until it’s smooth, then fold in the nuts if you’re adding them. Spread it in a pan, let it chill, and then it’s ready to cut and serve.
Fudge is delicious, but peanut butter fudge is the best of both worlds. You get a sweet dessert with a bit of savory taste, and it’s only four ingredients. All you need is peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and dairy-free butter.
Cream together the peanut butter and dairy-free butter, then splash in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar bit by bit so you can mix it in completely—and keep from getting sugar dust everywhere. Once it’s all smooth, you can pour it into a baking dish. You can use a small pan for thick squares of fudge or a baking sheet for smaller pieces.
If the peanut butter fudge recipe makes you want some unique flavors, you’ll definitely love this maple pecan fudge. It still has the rich chocolate flavor of traditional fudge, but the butter pecan bits enhance the taste and add a delightful crunch.
This fudge is vegan, dairy-free, and easy to make with just five ingredients. Use dairy-free chocolate to give the fudge a firmer texture. Some recipes call for cocoa powder and make creamy fudge, but since this recipe calls for pecans, you want a stronger base for them.
In addition to the chocolate, you need maple syrup, pecans, and coconut cream. If you use nut butter instead of coconut cream, your fudge will firm up more, so be careful when you’re already using dairy-free chocolate. You don’t want your fudge to get too hard.
The different flavors of vegan fudge might make you think you’re running your own gourmet candy shop. They’re so easy to make and are delicious while remaining vegan. This strawberry fudge tastes like decadent strawberry milk.
You need cashews, strawberries, coconut butter, maple syrup, almond flour, and vanilla bean powder. Mix everything in the blender until it forms a paste. You can spread the paste into a baking pan or use cute candy molds. Since this fudge is pink, it’s cute to use for hearts or flowers. Chill the fudge, and then enjoy!
The vegan fudge by Rhian’s Recipes stands out because it tastes like caramel. It has a great buttery texture without being overly sweet, as chocolate can sometimes taste. The recipe calls for natural sugars from dates. That keeps it gluten-free, oil-free, and free from refined sugar. It’s a paleo-friendly dessert that people with various allergies can safely enjoy.
You use cashews, pitted dates, almond butter, coconut butter, and vanilla extract. Blend everything in a food processor until it’s smooth, then spread it into a loaf pan. Let it chill for at least four hours to get the perfect texture, then cut it up to serve.
DetoxInista’s vegan fudge is a healthy way to satiate your cravings. The fudge melts in your mouth and has a creamy consistency. Better yet, you can customize it by using almond butter or, in case of nut allergies, sunflower seed butter. Both give the same consistency.
Along with your nut butter, add maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, sea salt, and coconut oil. Since this fudge uses coconut oil, it will melt at room temperature, so you need to keep it in the freezer even after it’s chilled. If you prefer softer fudge, you can keep it in the fridge. It won’t melt but will be easier to eat.
If you want the taste of fudge with the cake consistency of brownies, this recipe from Two Spoons will suit your sweet tooth. They’re the perfect mix of fudgy and cakey with a rich chocolate flavor. Adding strawberry jam on top makes them taste just like chocolate-covered strawberries.
For the fudge brownies, you’ll need these ingredients:
- ground chia
- coconut oil
- demerara sugar
- coconut sugar
- vanilla extract
- cocoa powder
- coconut flour
- baking powder
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
The chocolate chips melt when you bake the fudge, so you’ll get gooey bites beneath the crisp brownie crust. While most of the fudge on this round-up is no-bake, these brownies need to go into the oven for about 30 minutes.
Check out the recipe for homemade strawberry jam on the Two Spoons link above. (Or use store-bought jam for an easier treat—we won’t tell!)
This recipe is a bit more involved compared to some others. You need granulated sugar, rice milk, vegan margarine, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Vegan marshmallows enhance the creaminess. Bring the sugar, milk, and margarine to a boil, constantly stirring, so it doesn’t burn. Add the chocolate, marshmallows, and vanilla, and then put in a baking pan.
After sitting for an hour, the fudge will harden. Chill it in the fridge so it will keep for several weeks, but you can always let a piece sit out before you eat it, so it reaches the perfect consistency.
These keto fudge cookies seem like an indulgence, but they’re healthier than many desserts you might crave. For a unique flavor, you’ll use two cups of homemade “Nutella.” This recipe is also from The Big Man’s World and only calls for toasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar.
Add a sticky sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. You also need coconut flour and chocolate chips. You can customize the exact flavor of chocolate as long as it’s meltable.
Mix everything except the chocolate chips together until it makes a thick batter. Roll the batter into balls and let them firm up in the freezer. Melt the chocolate chips and dip the balls into the chocolate until they’re covered. The chocolate will harden in the freezer, but you can store them at room temperature at that point.
After so many rich chocolate recipes, this white chocolate cranberry fudge is refreshing. The flavors alone make it a great dessert for the winter holidays. Even the festive look of the cranberries in white chocolate gives off snowy vibes.
The tart cranberries and salty cashews, combined with the smoothness of the white chocolate fudge, taste so decadent. The fudge itself only calls for vegan white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and coconut oil. By those ingredients alone, you can get an idea of how creamy the fudge is—and also how simple it is to make!
Sometimes you want a dessert that’s a little fancier than pieces of fudge. Cue this vegan chocolate fudge cake from The Little Blog of Vegan. You get moist chocolate cake topped with rich fudge ganache. But it’s completely vegan, and you can mix it all in one bowl!
For the cake, mix your preferred nut milk with self-rising flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and coconut oil. The fudge ganache needs dairy-free butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, dairy-free chocolate, and dairy-free cream.
While chocolate is delicious, you can also find other great vegan cake recipes to try something different.
Shane and Simple’s vegan fudge has no fake ingredients, so you get rich, decadent fudge without artificial foods that might make you feel sick. You’ll use vegan chocolate chips, nut butter, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Like a few other recipes on this list, you’ll also use maple syrup. That keeps the chocolate from tasting too bitter.
The cooking process is simple: melt everything together in a saucepan, keeping the heat low and stirring often. Pour the batter into a pan and let it chill for an hour or two in the fridge. If you want to snack faster, put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes.
Many recipes on this list call for coconut oil, but that doesn’t necessarily give it a coconut taste. If you want that flavor in your fudge, you’ll love this recipe from Go Dairy Free. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free as well, so you’re going to please a broad audience with this dessert.
You’ll use dairy-free chocolate chips, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, full-fat coconut milk, dairy-free butter, and vanilla extract. Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips in one bowl.
Melt the butter with the coconut milk over low heat and add it to the bowl of chocolate ingredients. The coconut mixture melts the chocolate in just a few minutes, so you can stir them together. Add the vanilla for an enhanced flavor. Pour everything into the pan and add flakes of toasted coconut on top. Gently press them into the fudge and let it cool.
White chocolate fudge is lighter than many of the milk chocolate fudges on this list, but it still tastes rich and creamy. You need cocoa butter, coconut oil, coconut cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla protein powder. The protein powder is a nice trick that adds the necessary hint of vanilla with some sweetness that lets you cut down on powdered sugar.
Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil, then add the coconut cream and protein powder. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time to get the right consistency. As you’re beating the mixture, you’ll be able to tell how thick it is so you can stop adding sugar before it gets too sweet. Pour it into a pan and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
The white chocolate cranberry recipe is one great dessert for winter holidays, and this vegan peppermint fudge is another. You make a basic vegan fudge by melting cashew butter and vegan chocolate. Add some peppermint extract to enhance the flavor and give the chocolate a minty base.
When you pour the mixture into the pan, add crushed peppermint sticks on top. It elevates the peppermint flavor in the chocolate while making your dessert look cute when you serve it up.
Fudge is already a rich dessert, but dark chocolate lovers will be huge fans of this recipe. Dark chocolate is good for you because it’s rich in antioxidants, and this dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan recipe is even better for you.
You’ll use cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Melt the ingredients together in the microwave or on the stovetop, pour it into a pan, and let it cool before cutting it.
You’ve got a recipe for peanut butter fudge along with countless chocolate recipes. Now you can make the best of both worlds—double crunch peanut butter chocolate chip fudge! If anything has ever sounded too good to be true, it’s this.
Melt crunchy peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla together. When it’s smooth, remove it from the heat and add crushed peanuts for the crunch. Pour the batter into a pan and top it with vegan dark chocolate chips. Let it set in the freezer before cutting it to serve.
Pumpkin spice is a popular fall flavor, so you’ll want to whip up a batch of pumpkin spice chocolate fudge. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free but full of flavor. Use sunflower seed butter, plant butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and date or maple syrup. Maple syrup naturally sweetens the mix, but date syrup plays up the pumpkin flavor.
Mix everything together in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat. When you pour it into a pan, sprinkle some sea salt on top to enhance the flavor. Let it cool for at least two hours before serving. Store it in the freezer in a closed container.
While it’s not really a dessert on its own, vegan hot fudge is a great addition to ice cream, cakes, and more. You can even take breakfast to the next level by pouring this vegan hot fudge over vegan pancakes.
It uses many of the same ingredients as the traditional fudge recipes on this list. The addition of the arrowroot keeps it at the consistency of a sauce.
Easy Vegan Fudge Recipes, Final Thoughts
There are plenty of great vegan dessert recipes out there, but these fudge recipes are some of the best. Try different flavors of fudge or choose a recipe that’s the easiest to make. There’s something for everyone’s taste and cooking skill level here.