This rich, thick, and melt in your mouth Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge is everything this holiday season! A perfect combo of dark chocolate and mint come together to reenact a sinful favorite, but in fudge form! The best thing about this delicious fudge is that it’s completely guilt-free, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, easy to make, no-bake, and clean-eating! It’s a sinless must-have, especially if you’re a mint fan like me!
I’ve always been a mint and chocolate kinda girl—even when I was younger! I remember going to the movies and ordering junior mints, like, almost every time. 🍫🌿 Thin mints, peppermint patties, the dark chocolate and mint Ghirardelli squares, and Andes Mints were also on my mint/chocolate list!
I almost went ahead and created some Paleo junior mint cups (these are obviously still happening 😏), but instead I thought fudge was more fitting for December time and especially with New Years Eve going on today…
Speaking of that, Happy New Years Eve by the way!!! 👏🏼🎉🎉🎊🎉🎉 Any special plans or goals for 2018? Eighteen happens to be my favorite/lucky number so I’m hoping for a positive change and the best year yet! 🙌🏼☺️ I have pretty good intuition, especially when a new year is about to hit, but, for some reason, I don’t know what to expect this year, which seems like a good sign to me! 🤷🏻♀️
For what I do know, I’ll be publishing more than one novel this year with my brother, Michael, and I plan on kicking my blog up a notch. 💪🏼 There are some other ideas up in the air, but only time will tell. I’m all about following the signs of the universe, but don’t worry, I will, of course, keep you posted! 😘
One thing for sure is that I’ll be eating this Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge today and throughout the new year! 🤤
When I made this fudge the first time, I planned on making the white chocolate peppermint fudge layer just as a drizzle to put on top of the fudge squares. Then, after I messed up and cut the bars first and poured the white chocolate on them, I realized I made more of the white chocolate “drizzle” than I should have. It was enough for a solid layer. Even though they weren’t picture worthy, I nailed the flavors. 🤩
As my teeth first sunk into a piece of decadent, smooth, dark chocolatey, peppermint goodness, it reminded me of an Andes Mint. 🤭 So when I attempted it for the second time the following day I decided to make it mimic Andes Mints! 😍 So glad I did because I think this Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge is the only Paleo recipe out there of its kind. 😏
Win win for you and me. 😉
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a mint and dark chocolate fan, so if you’re like me this fudge will suit you anytime of the year!
This fudge is quite mind blowing, as its:
- Refined sugar-free
- Rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins (raw cacao powder is one of the most powerful ingredients you can consume!)
- Full of healthy fats
- Full of mood amplifying powers thanks to the raw cacao powder
- Satisfying 😉
- Super easy to make!
Can you believe it? 🤯
I happened to be texting a co-worker of mine about some essential oils when she asked me what I was cooking. When I mentioned this fudge, she told me how good it sounded. I knew she liked dark chocolate and mint like me so I thought, why not bring her some fudge? 💁🏻 She was so happy when I told her I’d see her the next day with a few sample pieces.
Before I left work for the day, I showed her her specially labeled sinless bag with a few pieces of fudge in it, saying, “Let me know what you think when you try it tonight!”
She couldn’t wait, which made me extra happy. When she took a bite, her eyes lit up and a few dirty words slipped free from her mouth to express the otherworldly delectableness. 😂
I’m telling you guys, sinless snacks/dessert/food will automatically detoxify all the sinfulness out of you, resulting in unexpected words, behaviors, and cravings. Needless to say, once you go sinless there’s no need to ever go back. 😈
I also made these for two family Christmas parties and the partygoers couldn’t believe they were healthy! Even non-mint lovers, like Michael, loved them!
What’s not to love about the flavor elements of dark chocolate, peppermint, sweetness, and refreshing, combined with a creamy, thick, smooth, and irresistible consistency? 😍
In this Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge’s case … absolutely nothing! 🤩
Let’s see how this sinless, no-bake fudge magic works!
Ideally, you should use a double boiler so you don’t strip the ingredients of this super powers. For the dark chocolate peppermint fudge, start by adding the coconut oil and almond butter to a double boiler. Once it melts, whisk together, and then whisk in the maple syrup. Thereafter, whisk in the raw cacao powder. Once it’s silky and incorporated, for your final whisk, whisk in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract and salt.
Set the pan in the freezer while you make the white chocolate peppermint fudge layer.
We’re doing the same process for this fudge. That being said, start by adding the coconut oil, coconut butter, and raw cacao butter in the double boiler. Raw cacao butter can take some time to melt down if it’s in large chunks so cut them smaller beforehand if needed. 🔪
Once it has melted, whisk it together. Then, whisk in the maple syrup and peppermint extract. Lastly, transport it to a small blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively you can move the melted ingredients in a bowl or in a 2 cup measuring cup and use a immersion blender for 1-2 minutes. If you don’t do this step, the maple syrup will separate from the fats when you freeze it. Learned that the hard way with my Pale0 and Vegan Strawberry Swirl White Chocolate Walnut Fudge . By the way it’s TO DIE FOR!! 😍 Click the link and check it out. 😋🍓
Transport it to a bowl and set it in the fridge for about 5 minutes so it cools down faster. If the mixture is hot/warm, it will melt the bottom layer of dark chocolate peppermint fudge.
After about ten minutes or so, the first layer of dark chocolate fudge should have fully solidified in the freezer. If not, give it a few more minutes.
When it’s solidified, pour the white chocolate over it and smooth out so it’s even. Return the pan to the freezer for 5-10 minutes, or until completely solidified.
You’ll know because it turns white when it hardens. 😮
By this time, the reserved dark chocolate peppermint fudge will have cooled down, which means it’s time to smooth it over the top of the white chocolate peppermint fudge. Then, return it to the freezer for another 10 minutes or until it hardens.
Once it hardens, you can cut the fudge into squares and store it in the refrigerator. This Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge really likes to keep its reputation of “melt in your mouth” so it likes to stay cool; if it gets too hot it might melt all over something else if you know what I’m saying. 🤪 Basically you’ll need to store it in the refrigerator because it can get melty at room temperature and it will if it’s warm or hot. 👍🏼
If you make the undeniably delicious Dark Chocolate Peppermint Andes Mint Paleo Fudge don’t forget to snap a picture 📸 and share it with me so I can see it! 🤗 I hope you all have an awesome, fun, and safe New Year and hope all your goals and dreams come true! There’s nothing you can’t achieve! 🙌🏼🌎💫 See you next #sinlesssunday in 2018!! 😘❤️ #becausesinlessisdelicious #TripleS
- ¾ cup creamy almond butter (192g) (In my opinion, Trader Joe’s is the best brand of almond butter and it’s super affordable in stores!! If you’d like, you can sub another neutral tasting nut or seed butter of choice, like cashew, walnut, or sunflower)
- ½ cup organic unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil (112g)
- ½ cup raw cacao powder (40g)
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup (can sub raw honey, but it won’t be vegan)
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (optional)
- Start by adding the coconut oil and almond butter in a double boiler. Once it melts, whisk together.
- Thereafter, whisk in the maple syrup and then whisk in the raw cacao powder.
- Once it’s silky and incorporated, whisk in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract and salt.
- Pour about half of the mixture into an 8x8” pan, lined with foil or parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.
- Reserve the remainder melty fudge in a small bowl for the final layer.
- Set the pan in the freezer while you make the white chocolate peppermint fudge layer.
- First, add the coconut oil, coconut butter, and raw cacao butter in the double boiler. (Raw cacao butter can take some time to melt down if it’s in large chunks, so cut them smaller beforehand if needed).
- Once it has melted whisk it together. Then, whisk in the maple syrup and peppermint extract.
- Lastly, pour the mixture to a small blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes. Alternately, you can move it to a small bowl or a 2 cup measuring cup and use an immersion blender for 1-2 minutes. (If you don't do this step, the maple syrup will separate from the fats when it freezes.)
- Transfer the melty fudge into a bowl and set it in the fridge for about 5 minutes so it cools down faster. (If the mixture is hot/warm, it will melt the bottom layer of dark chocolate peppermint fudge.)
- After about ten minutes or so, the first layer of dark chocolate fudge should have fully solidified in the freezer. If not, give it a few more minutes.
- When it’s solidified, pour the white chocolate over it and smooth it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer for 5-10 minutes, or until completely solidified. You’ll know because it turns white when it hardens.
- By this time, the reserved dark chocolate peppermint fudge will have cooled down, so you can now smooth it evenly over the top of the white chocolate peppermint fudge. Then, return it to the freezer for another 10 minutes or until it hardens.
- Once it hardens, you can cut the fudge into squares and store it in the refrigerator. Enjoy! 🙂
DO NOT store this fudge at room temperature—eat from the refrigerator to prevent it from melting. 🙂
The total time includes time needed to chill the fudge also.