Raw Cacao Walnut Fudge

by Susan on February 4, 2010

Fudge. Easy, decadent, satisfying, raw? You bet. Traditional fudge is made from lots of sugar (the recipe I had called for 2 and 1/2 cups!), butter, evaporated milk, and usually semi sweet chocolate, which is loaded with more sugar and fat. This raw food recipe is quick and only contains almonds, cacao powder and a little agave. I threw in walnuts because they have a ton of their own health benefits (see here) and I love chocolate and walnuts.

Equipment needed: Food Processor

Cacao Walnut Fudge

Almond Butter

  • 2 C Almonds

Place almonds in food processor. Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. It will take anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes for the butter to form. You will go through a few stages, first a coarse meal, second it will ball up, third it will start to spread out and finally, after the correct amount of time, you will see the oils have released and the butter is shiny. Be patient. The butter heats up but never gets over 100 degrees. Makes 1 Cup of almond butter.

Cacao Walnut Fudge

  • 1 C. Almond Butter
  • 1/2 C. Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 C. Agave
  • 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped.

Mix together almond butter, cacao powder and agave. It is easiest to to this with your hand. Once it is well combined, mix in the walnuts. You can put this in an 8 x 8 sq pan or, use a mold. I used a little heart silicone one that I picked up one day.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


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RawSierra February 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm

wow! these look great! I tried my own fudge with brazil nut pulp and it bombed! I will try this recipe tonight!


bitt February 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

love the hearts. looks delicious.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Susan your recipes ALWAYS are so inspiring and your presentation is always beautiful. Just love what you do!


Eco Mama February 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Awwww. So cute!
Eco Mama


Leah February 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Trying this tonight! I too have tried raw brownies that didn’t turn out very good. These look and sound DeLiCiOuS!


Jennifer February 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Susan, I just made this…It is INCREDIBLE. This fudge is going to be a staple in my house now! Thank you. :)


hihorosie February 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Yum! They look so darn good! And I love that they’re shaped in hearts. <3


Carsten February 5, 2010 at 4:50 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m addicted to wallnuts and really feel hungry now!


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Nikki @ yummy raw kitchen February 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

Yum, I love simple + chocolate!


Diane February 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

yum! I love the heart mold, that’s a great idea. I make a layered version of this with coconut butter & coc. oil added to the chocolate part – that’s the middle, then the bottom is chopped dates & nuts, with a topping of shredded coconut and agave. I use a ton of cacao powder so it’s really deep and dark fudge.

Thanks for the tip on taking the almonds all the way to butter in the food processor, I actually didn’t know you could get that consistency without a champion juicer or special machine. That’s what was missing in my fudge – the creamier texture, I always had a fine grittiness from the nuts. Do you use almonds that have already been soaked and dehydrated? Do you have a good source for non-pasturized raw almonds?


Susan February 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I get them at our coop. I will have to ask how they can sell them but they do. I would suggest looking online.


joanna February 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

Mmmm… Looks good for Valentines Day! Num Num…


Nancy Zare, WellnessWiz February 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

I really appreciated the step-by-step information on how to make almond butter. I was concerned that the temperature was getting too hot and would stop prematurely. Now I know better. Thanks!


Susan February 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I will be doing an entire post on it with lots of pictures.


Melissa February 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Love these little hearts! They are beautiful. I now know what I’m giving the hubby on V-day!


Michal February 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

How pretty!


Roxanne February 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I’m learning so much from your site! I really love your new Raw Challenge 21 “mini-blog” on this site! My healthy pantry is slowly growing. I’ve even finally used my “garage sale” food processor (a $3.00 find!!) for some of your great recipes. Garage sales don’t start again till spring so I just had to order some hard-to-find items from your store. I can’t wait to receive my Large Spiral Slicer,Nut Milk Bag, and most importantly the Evert Fresh Green Bags…my veggies sometimes age way too fast in my fridge ;(
Thanks for all your hard work!


Susan February 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

The green bags really help!


KJ February 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I just made this for my sweetie! I just happened to have heart shaped ice trays, so I got the benefit of being nourishing and romantic! They were awesome!

Speaking of awesome – I am totally hooked to your baba ganoush recipe! I’d been looking for one and yours fit the bill to a tee!

Thanks so much for sharing your creative spirit!

P.S. I love the portrait of Gus. It’s not that often that you get to see such a close up photo of a turtle!


Susan February 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

She is such a sweet turtle. I am glad you like the Baba Ganoush. It is one of my favorites, too. I have tons of frozen eggplant in the freezer. I think I will make it tomorrow!!


Barbcam February 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

I just made this and can’t wait for it to cool! I don’t have molds but have some little heart-shaped metal cookie cutters that might do the trick. Thanks again for all your recipes–the ones I’ve tried have all been winners.


Gretchen February 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

Thank you again for the pantry list. The fudge is going to be amazing for my Valentine’s Day dessert!


Antony February 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Okay, now I know what to do with my jar of almond butter!


Jessie February 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm

My only problem with this recipe is that it is too good. But you had me at almond butter. and chocolate. and walnuts. and it was amazing! i am new to the world of raw cuisine and am very appreciative of your informative blog.

thank you so much.


Scott February 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I made this fudge for my wife last night. I was going to wait until Valentine’s Day, but it looked too good…it was awesome!! And who knew that all I needed to make almond butter was my food processor? I’ve been paying ten bucks a jar for that stuff!

I’m glad I found this site. I’m looking to purify my food, and eating raw where possible seems like a great idea. Thanks for all the hard work you’ve obviously put into this site.


xania February 10, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hi Susan

These look wonderful and so romantic – I am going to make them for my husband and son. I do have a question though – Are the almonds raw, and do you soak them? If so, for how long? Thanks – xania


Susan February 10, 2010 at 7:18 am

Yes they are “raw” meaning not toasted. And for this almond butter, because of time constraints, I did not soak and dehydrate them. But you can use soaked almonds, just make sure you dehydrate them so they are dry. You do not want wet nuts for this.


Jen June 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. These are wonderful and so easy and quick to make. This is the best raw dessert I’ve tried and takes care of my chocolate craving with just a small piece.


Susan June 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Wait until you see the dessert cookbook! It should be out very soon.


nicole March 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

i just made this. i used half the amount of cacao powder. i wasn’t sure if the almonds were ever going to turn to butter, but they certainly did.

the morsels are in the fridge now. i tasted some right when i finished and they were delicious. i’m sure the final refrigerated product will be divine.

thanks for the simple, delicious recipe.


Dylan 2Raw SuperFood March 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Marvelous job! just Marvelous, they look beautiful they are in the fridge right now I can’t wait to try these! I never even heard of your site some of the most gorgeous and decadent recipes I have ever seen! I can’t wait to try these and order your dessert cookbook!!


Stacie May 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

These are so good!!!! I couldn’t keep my teenage daughters out of my stash so I’m making more today and hiding them!!


m July 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

good job this doesnt look too sickenly sweet. u must not be living light trained:) your recepies are amazing and look mostly healthy…but again will repace agave w/dates….


sara October 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

mmmmmmm!!! these are soooooooo YUMazing!! the taste of the cacao fudge is sooo wonderful and are a GREAT alternative for brownies too… i got so excited about them i made my neighbors try it! :) and its fantastic with fresh strawberries :) thanks so much susan for consistently providing the most wonderful recipes!!! :)


maeghan myers March 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

could i use something other than agave?

thanks, Maeghan


Victoria April 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally a dessert my kids LOVE and is not a complete health hazard :).


Sam April 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi Susan,

I’m giving this recipie a try today and was wondering, what is the best way to store them? At room temperature on in the fridge? Also, how long will they stay fresh for?

Thanks :)


Lee April 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

This is delicious. Thanks for posting these recipes as they make being raw so much easier. Wishing you all that is beautiful.


Lee April 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

Just a note. Mashing these with a whole banana untill smooth, makes for a delicious pudding! I put in less Agave, roll into balls and mash with a banana as a lovely treat.


Hailey July 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I just went raw last week actually and have been on the hunt for a nummy chocolate dessert. OH MY these are delicious! I may or may not have ate half the mixture before it went into the fridge… Oh my delicious! It was fun making the almond butter too, so neat how it happens! Thank you so so so much for your recipes!


luv what you do August 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Oh yum! I definitely will be making this fudge SOON!


Cammie September 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I was just wondering what the calorie total for these would be?


Susan September 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

There are many recipe calorie calculators on-line. You can plug in the ingredients and it will tell you. Cheers!


Millie April 30, 2013 at 5:46 am

Hey Susan, just found this page today wanted to say all the recipes look amazing, but i was just wondering were you purchase you Agave from?


Susan April 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

I usually get mine from the coop or Whole Foods. Look for raw, organic agave and if you have questions, call the people who make it so find out how they do it.


brigitte oels December 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

Hey im from Denmark and just making these and my almands dont turn to butter:'( whar food processor do you have?
Thanks fir sharing yummi recipes:-D


Sue September 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I used my Cuisinart Food Processor and it did take all of 12 minutes to turn to butter. It will happen, just gotta give it plenty of time.


Sue September 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I decided to maked these for my Mom, who is 78 tomorrow and trying to kick the sugar habit. I thought a little Himalayan sea salt (about 1/4 tsp) and a splash of real vanilla might boost the flavor profile a bit. It tastes pretty darn good! I think she’ll be pleasantly surprised and happy for the extra protein too. :)


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