Melt a few ingredients together and pour onto a sheet pan and you have fantastic fudge. I was probably the best customer of Jojo’s* candy until I realized that I could make something similar that would be much cheaper with very little effort. I was right! Mine has a nice texture with a slight chewiness lacking in the original, but be warned: it is equally addictive!
Microwave Chocolate Fudge
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
1 cup sugar-free dark chocolate chips or sugar-free chocolate bars (6 ounces), cut into similar sized pieces. (I used Lily’s dark chocolate chips.)
2 tablespoons (30 grams) cocoa butter (the white fat from cocoa beans), chopped
½ cup coconut milk from a can or tetra pac, not the kind in a carton on the beverage aisle. (I used So Delicious.) Use more if needed.
4 tablespoons (¼ cup) Lakanto Monk Fruit confectioner’s sweetener or other powdered sugar substitute
2 tablespoons (⅛ cup or 15 grams) Hemp protein powder** See Notes.
A pinch of sea salt
Chopped coconut, macadamias, other nuts, seeds, and/or sugar-free dried fruit, optional, for topping
Combine all ingredients except toppings in a microwave-safe pitcher or bowl. Microwave for 1½ to 2 minutes until cocoa butter and chocolate are almost melted and sweetener is dissolved. Stir until melted and smooth. (Heat a little longer if necessary.) Pour fudge out on parchment paper lined pan and quickly spread into a 9- x 9-inch square. (It doesn’t need to fill the pan.) Sprinkle with toppings and press them lightly in place so they adhere.
Let cool or refrigerate until firm. Cut into 16 squares.
Nutrition Facts for each of 16 squares:
Cal: 69.4g; Fat: 6.1g; Protein: 1.2g; Carbs: 8.6 g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar Alcohols (in chocolate chips): 2.25g; Net Carbs: 2.4 g; Vit. A (rae): 0
(Facts do not include choice of toppings.)
For thicker fudge, spread into a smaller square or double the recipe.
About Hemp Protein Powder
I said my fudge is addictive, but not because of the hemp! Both hemp and marijuana belong to the Cannabis sativa species, but they are different plants. The biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is their content of the psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Hemp seeds, from which protein powder is derived, contain no THC. Hemp protein does contain CBDs or “cannabinoids,” that have been shown to have therapeutic benefits.
From the FDA in 2018:
“…Although hemp is from the same species as cannabis (marijuana), the seeds themselves do not naturally contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The hemp seed-derived ingredients that are the subject of these GRAS notices contain only trace amounts of THC and CBD, which the seeds may pick up during harvesting and processing when they are in contact with other parts of the plant. Consumption of these hemp seed-derived ingredients is not capable of making consumers high….”
Nutrition info for hemp protein powder:
Two tablespoons of hemp protein powder has 60 calories, 2 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 5.3 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein (some brands say zero net carbs). It has a 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, something rarely found in plant foods. It contains 4.8 mgs (26% DV) of iron, 160 mgs (40% DV) of magnesium, 247 mgs (7% DV of potassium, 2.5 mgs (16.7% DV) of zinc.
There are four flavors of Jojo’s, but only two are low-carb: Goes Hawaiian, topped with chopped coconut and macadamias, and Raspberry Dream, topped with chopped cranberries, almonds, and pistachios. (An 8.4-ounce bag costs $13.99 from the website.) I used pecans in my recipe pictured above, but I made the toppings optional so you can use whatever nut/seed/coconut/dried fruit combination you like or just leave them plain, but you will need to adjust the carb count to include what you use.
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