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This Healthy Black Bean Fudge is crazy simple to make and even easier to eat! Only a few ingredients and it’s ready in an hour! Black beans just got a whole lot sweeter.

5 black bean chocolate fudge bites stacked straight up with other bites surrounding the stack out of focus.

Black bean fudge? saaaay what?!

Sounds weird, I know. Coming from someone who doesn’t really love beans in general, it’s not what you think. I get weirded out by beans mainly because of their texture. Funnily enough though, their texture fits PERFECTLY in fudge! Black beans don’t have much of a flavor either. Once you rinse them they are basically little fudge beans. That, plus sticky dates and cocoa powder, and you almost have yourself the most simple healthy fudge that ever existed!

black bean chocolate fudge bite being held in between an index finger and thumb

why i love this healthy black bean fudge

It’s right there in the name! They are a great HEALTHY sweet for you to snack on without all the sugar, butter, and sweetened condensed milk. Y’all, that’s seriously all fudge is. There is not ONE healthy thing about it. I still want it, though. So let’s have fudge, but make it healthy. I GOT YOU! This recipe throws a bunch of stuff that is good for you together and makes something that seems like it would be bad for you, but isn’t! The sweetness comes mainly from dates (and a SUPER small amount of powdered sugar), and the creaminess comes from the black bean and coconut oil combo! The chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder, which has a ton of health benefits as well!

ingredients you’ll need

  • Medjool Dates
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Coconut Oil

how to make healthy fudge

Line an 8×8 baking dish with plastic wrap. Place dates in a small microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave until water boils, about 2 minutes. Drain. In a food processor, combine dates, black beans, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Process on high until well blended, about 1 minute. Pour coconut oil over bean mixture in food processor and process until completely smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of bowl as needed. Pour into prepared dish and smooth into one even layer. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour. Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy!

black bean chocolate fudge bites stacked up on a plate

tips for making healthy black bean fudge

Top with a sprinkle of salt! It makes a HUGE difference, and the saltiness really compliments the bitterness of the chocolate.

You can cut these into whatever size or shape pieces you’d like. I personally like the size of these bites, but my sweet tooth isn’t that big.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days, if it even lasts that long!

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Healthy Black Bean Fudge

This Healthy Black Bean Fudge is crazy simple to make and even easier to eat! Only a few ingredients and it's ready in an hour! Black beans just got a whole lot sweeter.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean fudge, chocolate fudge, fudge, fudge bites, healthy black bean fudge, healthy dessert, healthy fudge
Prep Time 10 minutes
cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 64 1″ bites
Cost $3

Equipment

  • food processor
  • 8×8 baking dish

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Medjool dates pitted
  • 15 ounces canned black beans (1 can) rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt plus extra for sprinkling
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil melted

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with plastic wrap. Place dates in a small microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave until water boils, about 2 minutes. Drain.
  • In a food processor, combine dates, black beans, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Process on high until well blended, about 1 minute.
  • Add coconut oil by drizzling over bean mixture in food processor and process until completely smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of bowl as needed.
  • Pour into prepared dish and smooth into one even layer. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour. Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy!

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-6 days.
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1 year ago

[…] Healthy Black Bean Fudge […]

Hi, I’m Jenny! I am a mom, home cook, self taught photographer and videographer, but first and foremost an artist. Sunny with Shadows is my passion project turned full time job, where I use the mediums of photography, videography and explosive flavor combinations to bring food to life.

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