3 Ingredient Fudge (Oil-free, butter-free, nut-free!)


Would you believe that fudge can be insanely delicious without butter or oil? Well, it can and it is. What is fudge? It is a very rich, sweet indulgence. That is why they are cut into such small pieces, because you only need a little bite at a time.

I’ve yet to see any fudge recipe that doesn’t have butter, oil or vegan butters or coconut oil. I have even seen banana fudge and avocado fudge. Sorry, but banana fudge is not fudge to me. I don’t want chocolate fudge to taste like banana. I want fudge to taste like chocolate fudge. I also don’t want insane amounts of oil in my fudge. Our bodies don’t react well with a lot of oil. I wanted a recipe that was oil-free, butter-free, gluten-free, nut-free and EASY! Simply, because I have several readers who request nut-free recipes. This literally takes 5 minutes to prep and is insanely delicious.

The fudge is insane as is, but to send your eyes in the back of your head, I sprinkled sea salt on top before it set, and it made it so freaking addicting. I was just dying! Something about the saltiness with chocolate that makes it crazy good.

I use homemade coconut butter, but store bought is totally fine. The coconut butter gives a rich, creamy texture and has a natural sweetness to it that works awesome. It is incredibly easy to make it homemade. I buy Bob’s Red Mill Macaroon coconut and let it run in my food processor about 5 minutes and voila, coconut butter! Make sure that if you choose to make your own, that climate can affect it from turning into butter. Make sure you also use undessicated, unsweetened dried coconut because it retains the moisture needed to make the butter. Desiccated coconut is coconut meat that has been shredded/flaked and then dried to remove as much moisture as possible, which is why you don’t want to use it. If you make your own, just make sure it has completely solidified before making the fudge. Both my hubby and daughter flipped over this fudge.

Feel free to use your favorite chocolate chips, but I used Enjoy Life brand here because there are only 3 ingredients with no additives or preservatives. They only have chocolate liquor, evaporated cane juice and cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is awesome and lends the chocolatey flavor and helps to firm up the fudge. I recommend these chocolate chips.

This fudge also can sit at room temperature without melting….which makes it perfect for a party, so it doesn’t have to remain in the fridge!

So, to recap….easy, oil-free, butter/margarine-free, nut-free, gluten-free and melt-free!! A winner!

3 Ingredient Fudge   print recipe

  • 1 heaped cup Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (195g) (If you want a less sweet fudge, then use dark chocolate chips, just keep in mine the texture may change a bit)
  • 1/2 cup solidified coconut butter, room temperature (not coconut oil!)
  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla
  • Sea salt to sprinkle on top (optional but HIGHLY recommended)

Note: Feel free to add in nuts if you like. I made some plain for my daughter and some with chopped almonds because my hubby loves almonds. Also, make sure to measure correctly. If you add too much coconut butter, it can make the fudge get too soft at room temperature. I let my fudge sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to really harden and then removed it to get back to room temperature. It became the perfect soft, yet firm, fudge texture. I recommend preparing it the day before if you are making it for a party, chill in the fridge, then remove it 30 minutes or so before the party to soften. Depending on the humidity in your area, time may vary on it softening.


  1. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with clear plastic wrap. I don’t like parchment paper because it is kind of stiff to use for fudge. Just lightly spray the pan before placing the plastic wrap in the pan, so it sticks to the sides. Set aside.
  2. Add the chocolate chips to a double boiler over the stove or use the microwave. If using the microwave, use a large mug or a small bowl and heat it for 30 seconds, stir and then 15 second intervals until it is about 90% melted, stirring after each time. You don’t want to burn the chocolate. Stir the chocolate quickly until it is melted and smooth. Stir in the coconut butter and then the vanilla.
  3. Pour in the prepared pan and sprinkle with sea salt or any nuts if you wish. Place in the fridge to set and harden for a couple of hours. Once it’s set you can remove it from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (your climate may require longer) and it will become the perfect soft fudge texture. You can leave it at room temperature. I prefer it at room temperature because it’s the perfect fudge texture.

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P.S. My NEW blog has taken me over a couple of months to get it done. I’m almost there and hope to have the big reveal next week. I have been doing it all myself, so it’s been a lot of work! Sorry, for the delay!! I have 15 new recipes waiting for you guys to put on it!


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56 Comments on “3 Ingredient Fudge (Oil-free, butter-free, nut-free!)”

  1. August 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM #

    I cannot wait to make this!

  2. August 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

    That’s amazing, Brandi! The pictures are good enough to eat too…:-)

  3. August 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM #

    Thanks for the no-nut version, Alistaire would love it!

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM #

      Olivia kept saying “yummy”!! I bet Alistaire would love it for sure! 🙂

  4. August 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM #

    Just made it – it’s in the fridge. Licking the spatula was sure tasty! Hope it turns out OK. Having never used coconut butter before – which was solid in the jar, wasn’t exactly sure how to measure it. Do you chop it out of the jar and then pack it into a measuring cup? We’ll see how this turns out.

    • August 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM #

      Haha you’re awesome! That was fast! Yes, I kind of just scrape it out into the 1/2 cup measuring cup, pressing it in there and then level it off with your finger or knife. I’m sure it will turn out fine! It will be like a hard candy bar out of the fridge, but will soften sitting out at room temperature again. That is when the real indulge comes! Thanks so much for making it so quick! Let me know 🙂

  5. August 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    OMG – now I have to have this fudge – between the yummy cookies and the fudge I’m going to be in trouble 😉

  6. August 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

    Yum!!! I’ve got a jar of coconut butter sitting on my shelf right now, so I’m definitely trying this recipe soon Brandi! I’m thinking it’ll be amazing with dried sour cherries… I just finished my last packet but I’ll buy another this weekend (mmm, coconut + cherries + chocolate = my version of treat heaven!) xx

    • August 6, 2013 at 5:45 AM #

      I agree Laura! Cherries and chocolate go beautifully together! Let me know when you try it 🙂

  7. August 6, 2013 at 1:12 AM #

    Love this Brandi. It looks absolutely delicious. I’ve been making the most complicated recipes over the last few days. 3 ingredients sounds like a dream! I had no idea one could actually make coconut butter. Definitely giving that a try, with my new food processor 🙂

    • August 6, 2013 at 5:49 AM #

      Thank you Saskia! Oh yes, couldn’t be any easier! I’m all about easy recipes these days! The coconut butter is really simple too..just make sure to use unsweetened, undessicated dried coconut for best results. I had perfect results with Bob’s red mill macaroon coconut. 🙂

  8. August 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM #

    YUM! You make your own coconut butter, thats amazing. The fudge looks rich and delicious and I have to try making it. Love fudge, well anything chocolate!! Another great recipe Brandi.

    • August 6, 2013 at 5:50 AM #

      Oh, it’s so rich. I seriously can’t eat more than one piece at a time, which is a good thing! 🙂 Thank you Suzanne!

  9. August 6, 2013 at 2:23 AM #

    Your fudge looks scrumptious, Brandi. Coconut butter is a staple in my house. I should try making it.

    I’m looking forward to your new blog. 🙂

    • August 6, 2013 at 5:51 AM #

      Thank you Ally! It comes together in minutes. I absolutely love what the coconut butter does for the fudge…sooo yummy!

  10. August 6, 2013 at 2:23 AM #

    I’ve such a weakness for chocolate fudge and yours here looks perfect. Thanks, Brandi, for sharing your recipe.

  11. August 6, 2013 at 2:56 AM #

    OH MY GOSH! This is one of the best recipes I have seen for not only the delicious product, but the simplicity of the recipe!! I am so excited for your new blog..this blog looks amazing already I can’t imagine what you have coming to top this!

  12. August 6, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

    You are a genius! I am totally making this soon. Can’t wait to see your new blog:)

  13. August 6, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    I will be making your tasty fudge today!! It loooks so amazing, Brandi! 🙂 xx

    • August 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

      Aww thanks Sophie! Please let me know how it turns out…it’s so easy! 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    August 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM #

    These 3 Ingredient Fudge sound like a real treat. I love how easy they are to prepare. 🙂 Simple ingredients are the best.

  15. August 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Wow, this recipe looks amazing! I love how easy it is. And thank you so much for demystifying coconut butter! I’m all over this and can’t wait to try.

    • August 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM #

      Thank you Dana! I’m all about easy these days and I know most people are too!

  16. August 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

    I already bookmark it and I’ll make it!!!Is Gluten Free,too!Sea salt on the semi-sweet chocolate is a perfect combination,a great balance of flavors!

    • August 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM #

      Thank you, I can’t wait to hear after you try it! I agree…sea salt and chocolate are dangerously good.

  17. August 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

    Reblogged this on food thoughts to share and commented:
    Looks too good to be true – but it is! Check out the blog

  18. August 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM #

    Yowza. That’s a yowza without an exclamation point because it’s just too important for the frivolity of an exclamation point.

  19. August 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM #

    this looks delicious. i usually crave sweets at night and i have been having a hard time finding something that is simple to make and that doesn’t kill my calorie intake. I’ll give this a go and hopefully my son enjoys it too! thanks for sharing this.

    • August 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

      Thank you Abby! Please let me know how it turns out. Everybody who has made it so far has loved it and especially their kids! 🙂

  20. August 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM #

    Brandi, wowza! I’m in complete awe that so few healthy ingredients could make something this decadently delicious! I’m super impressed with your homemade coconut butter. I need to find undessicated, unsweetened coconut so that I can make my own!

    • August 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

      Thank you Nancy! It looks like it’s becoming my #1 recipe judging by how many people are making it and printing off the recipe! People love easy!

  21. Elilta
    August 9, 2013 at 2:37 AM #

    For a non – fudge eater, this was AWESOME….It was very easy to make and tasted beyond delicious. I put some sliced almonds on top. Thx Brandi for sharing this recipe!

    • August 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM #

      Thank you so much Elilta for making it and letting me know on Facebook how much your coworkers enjoyed it too!!

  22. August 9, 2013 at 4:42 AM #

    Oh Brandi, I”m drooling over this fudge! What a decadent treat, I can’t wait to see your new blog! 🙂

  23. August 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

    I’m absolutely thrilled I found you and your yummy healthy fudge recipe here!! A few days ago I bought some freshly made fudge and was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if I can make one that’s much healthier so I can eat a little bit more? hehe Thank you Brandi! 🙂

    • August 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

      Aww thanks Violet! You will never believe how good it is either with no oil or butter or powdered sugar! So glad you came to my blog!

      • August 14, 2013 at 1:47 AM #

        I can’t wait to make it once I get all the ingredients. Looking forward to more of your recipes, Brandi! 🙂

  24. August 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM #

    looks like a bought one….. looks so good 🙂

  25. September 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

    Yum! This looks incredible and I love how simple it is!

  26. September 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM #

    Such healthy but incredibly delicious fudge 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. September 16, 2013 at 6:22 AM #

    Scrumptious fudge!

  28. September 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

    Nothing like a good indulgent fudge to make my day brighter 🙂


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