Looking for a healthy after-school snack that tastes great? Healthy easy peanut butter fudge is the perfect fit!
A fudge recipe that is healthy? This spin on fudge is made with a blender and your freezer.
An easy peanut butter fudge recipe that is perfect for after school or to keep in the freezer for upcoming summer snacks!
But first I’m sharing one of the best Midwestern family vacation destinations…
One of my families great vacation memories was from a beautiful island in Northern Michigan called Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island holds the title as the Nations Fudge Capital.
This is a small island less than 4 square miles. The best part of this island? There are no cars allowed.
Transportation depends on bicycles, horse-drawn buggy, or your feet! While my family loved that there were no cars on the island, what they really enjoyed was the fudge.
There are about 15 fudge shops on this tiny island. You can stop by any of them to sample fudge all day long. You also get to watch them make fudge on huge marble slabs. It is very fun to watch.
Mackinac Island throws you back to the time of horse and buggy.
In fact, you can rent your own horse and buggy and “drive” around the island. We toured the island with Bud, our horse.
The island has a wonderful bike path that circles the entire island, which is much-needed after eating all that fudge!
The path is quite magical. There are cairns – little man-made stone towers – built everywhere the eye can see. These surround the island following the whole path. Of course, we had to build some of our own. 🙂
There is a purpose for sharing my vacation memories with you today. It ties into the Recipe Redux theme for August.
A Vacation-Inspired Recipe –
Start unpacking your favorite vacation memories. Think about a trip you took state-side or internationally and create a healthy recipe from an unforgettable meal you enjoyed. Or, create a recipe from a native ingredient you saw or tasted on your travels.
When I asked my children about what vacation food we should recreate I thought they would go with more recent trips we have taken. Nope. Their memories took them back to Mackinac Island and the fudge. Now, I am sure they said this because they thought we would be making indulgent Mackinac Island fudge – which is a treat that is only made at Christmas time in our home. When I explained we would be making a healthy version of fudge they grumbled a bit, but were still excited to get to try fudge in summer.
I reviewed several healthier fudge recipes and settled on adapting one from Super Healthy Kids. It has some surprising ingredients yet is really delicious. It does not taste quite like Mackinac Island fudge, but as a much healthier alternative, it hits the spot.
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Watch as Alex shows how easy this healthy fudge is to make!
A healthy, creamy alternative to classic fudge that’s made in the blender, then frozen.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. Nestle pre-melted unsweetened chocolate (or 1/4 cup chocolate chips)
- 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
- Spread in an 8×8 pan. For thicker fudge use a smaller pan.
- Freeze for 30 min or until hardened. Slice and enjoy.
Adapted from Super Healthy Kids.
New Addition 2018:
I love this recipe so much that when I got to spend the day with my 4-year-old niece, this was on the list of activities to do with preschoolers! Check out our cooking with preschoolers video:
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