What if I told you my absolute favorite homemade fudge of all time contains no dairy whatsoever? What if I told you it even uses everyday pantry ingredients, and takes just minutes to prepare? Now what if I said the version I make is even soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan? Would you believe me? Well, it really is true. This vegan fudge is a 5 or 10 minute recipe that is positively delicious.
The Best Holiday Fudge Ever, and It Just Happens to be Vegan
Thanks to creative bakers like Hannah Kaminsky, splurging at the holidays is fast becoming a reality for almost every special diet. From Caramel Sweet Potato Pie to Cookie Butter Pinwheel Cookies, Hannah has a sweet recipe for every occasion in her repertoire. So it comes as no surprise that Hannah has written numerous vegan dessert cookbooks.
This vegan fudge recipe was originally printed in her very first cookbook, My Sweet Vegan. She called it Five-Minute Coconut Fudge.
Hannah recently published the second edition of My Sweet Vegan with a new name. It’s now called Sweet Vegan Treats, but her vegan fudge recipe has remained untouched. It’s perfect as is. However, Hannah couldn’t resist taking new photos to show off this time-tested treat.
Special Diet Notes: The Best Vegan Fudge
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 1 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3½ cups powdered confectioner’s sugar
- ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- ½ cup regular, full-fat canned coconut milk (do NOT substitute dairy-free milk beverage; can sub coconut cream)
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted (optional)
- Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Put the coconut milk and buttery spread in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, while stirring, until the buttery spread has melted and bubbles just begin to break at the surface.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and immediately pour the coconut mixture over the chocolate mixture. Let sit for a few minutes to melt the chocolate, and then vigorously stir until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.
- Quickly pour the chocolate mixture into your prepared pan. Smooth out the top and evenly sprinkle it with the toasted coconut (if using). Gently press the coconut into the fudge.
- Let the fudge cool completely before cutting it into squares. To hasten the process, you can cover and refrigerate the fudge until set.
Pecan-Pumpkin Spice Option: Whisk 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in with the sugar and cocoa. Omit the flaked coconut topping, and instead press maple-glazed pecans into the top of the fudge before placing it in the fridge.
This recipe is lightly adapted and reprinted with permissions from Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky.