Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge has invaded my cookie jar dorm room!

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

They have also invaded my fridge, but I welcome such invasions  😉

Remember how I had some crust leftover from my Key Lime Pie?  Well, that was one delicious crust and it made for some great snacking — so moist and packed with flavor — too bad it only lasted me a couple days.  I knew I had to make the crust again, but I didn’t have time to make a whole pie.  I needed something fast and easy, I needed something that I could take on-the-go.

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

These Graham Cracker Fudge Bites fit the bill.  I slightly tweaked the crust recipe and pressed the dough into a nonstick mini brownie mold and was awarded with twenty-eight cute baby bites for sweet snacking!  I crossed my fingers and hoped that they would last for more than two days.

They kind of look like square buckeye balls, but I swear, these are graham crackery, not peanut buttery.  I didn’t get the hit of cinnamon that I was looking for so next time I’ll add an additional 1/4 tsp.  Other than that, these adorable fudge cubes are perfect, they are simple and they are delicious.  And the fact that they are nutritionally balanced (have fats, carbs, fiber and protein), unlike regular graham crackers, makes me more than glad to eat them…

Which I did, four cubes one cube at a time…  yeah, they didn’t last as long as I’d hoped…

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge (no bake, high protein, gluten free)

Yield: 28 squares

Ingredients

  • 192g (2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 48g (1/4 cup) Sucanat
  • 124g (4 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 112g (1/2 cup) Coconut Butter
  • 294g (1 cup - 2 tbs) Honey or Agave
  • 28g (1 tbs + 1 tsp) Molasses
  • 1 tsp Hazelnut Extract or Vanilla Extract
  • 10 drops Stevia Extract
  • 1oz Dark Chocolate (or 3-4oz if you want to coat the cubes entirely)

Instructions

  1. In a large blender, blend the oats and sucanat until flour-like and pour into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the protein powder, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Microwave the coconut butter, honey and molasses in a microwave-safe bowl at 15 second intervals, stirring between each one, until the coconut butter is melted. Add the extracts and stir.
  3. Pour the microwave mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together until mixture is even (I used a rubber spatula, but you can definitely get in there with your hands)
  4. Press the mixture into a brownie mold with 1 inch molds, or line a standard brownie pan with parchment paper and flatten the mixture into it. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Microwave the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until chocolate is melted, let cool slightly.
  6. Take your beloved fudge bites out of the freezer and pop each one out of the mold onto some parchment paper taped to a cookie sheet or large, flat plate. If using the standard brownie pan, slice the fudge into little squares with a sharp knife.
  7. Dip each square into chocolate and place on the parchment paper. Return the bites to the fridge (or freezer if you want the express route) until chocolate is completely hardened.

Notes

This recipe is: no bake, high protein, gluten free!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/graham-cracker-fudge-and-a-giveaway/

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

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How to Enter the Stevia Giveaway:  Leave a comment!

Giveaway Rules:  One (1) comment per person.  US residents only.  Giveaway starts now and ends Monday, November 21st at 11:59pm.  I will use this program to randomly choose a winner, and will announce the lucky individual on Tuesday, November 22nd!

Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge - Desserts with Benefits

72 comments on “Healthy Graham Cracker Fudge

  1. These are so cute and look absolutely delish! I would probably cover them completely in chocolate, but overall they sound fabulous!

    sarah.hawkins.pinchers@googlemail.com

  2. mmmm I would love to have four, erm one, right now! I would also love to try this extract especially for baking!!

    ngallo58 at gmail dot com

  3. These look positively delicious! I am most definitely making them as soon as I have the chance, what a great idea :)

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  4. Those look amazing. I gotta say I love how neat and tidy they look, especially with the chocolate dipped edge. For some reason I can never get anything dipped in chocolate to look that nice, haha. And they look delicious! I love being able to see the texture from the bitten one. I already use a liquid stevia like that, but I believe it’s NuNaturals. I love it so I’m curious to try SweetLeaf. I really can’t live without my liquid stevia, it’s awesome stuff.

    fooddoodles at gmail dot com

  5. Yummmm, those look heavenly! I need to try these babies out :)

  6. I’d love to try this product! I bake a lot during the holidays.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  7. I have never tried stevia but I am intrigued.

  8. this recipe looks ace! bookmarked it.
    I’ve always wanted to try using stevia.

    oceanlimbs@gmail.com

  9. This recipe, on this newly found favorite blog of mine, is precisely the reason why I love baking/cooking… and why my fiance is now fat.

    sarahscandiffio@gmail.com

  10. oh wow, these look wonderful! i’ve just recently found out how great coconut butter is, and i use liquid stevia in my smoothies every morning but have never used it any other way. i’m definitely trying this recipe!

  11. Cheesecake base in a fudge square!!!

  12. My first time on your blog-wonderful post! I’m looking to cut processed sugar out of my diet as well. My family has a history of diabetes and cancer. Thanks!

  13. These look awesome! Stevia is sold in a powder form by the name of “trulia” in a lot of stores now, woo!

  14. Oh my goodness, you wouldn’t believe how big a role model you’ve become to me. I’ll be college bound next fall and I’m a health-conscious vegan with a dream of pursuing pastry or nutrition.

    I don’t know it you’ll see this, but if you do, do you have any books (cookbooks or not) to recommend for a nutrition-obsessed baker? Or pastry arts at all. ♥

    • Hey Abby!
      I know you commented like, literally THREE years ago, but I was looking through my comments for people who asked about cookbook recommendations or cookbook requests. I just thought Id let you know that I just published my very first cookbook, DIY Protein Bars!
      I hope you like the book — it’s filled with mostly vegan recipes :)
      -Jess
      PS: I hope college is treating you well, as well as your interest in nutrition! 😀

  15. stevia! love it! those graham cracker fudge bars look tasty!
    pilourey@hotmail.com

  16. I cant wait to try this! Gotta find coconut buttter..yum! cathy.lyn@live.com

  17. I love how you always can come up with delicious recipes that are extremely healthy at the same time. I love using stevia, never tried sweet leaf but i’m sure it’s awesome. I’ve just subscribed to your site and want to try everything, it is so unfair =). I am so obsessed with trying to make new recipes from healthy and whole food items.
    I’ve just created my own blog about nutrition and health, as I would like to study dietetics, similar to nutritional sciences! http://theroadnotprocessed.com/ , it’s still in the process of completion but your blog really helps motivate me since it’s nice to know there are others out there with a crazy passion about food like me. Your blog is great, never stop!

  18. omg.. the fudge squares look so prettty.. and so clean.. and lovely pictures too! thanks for sharing the recipe.. i need to make these sooooon!
    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

  19. Love your blog! I’m a college student myself and your recipes inspire me. I’ve never tried baking with stevia and I hope to try it soon!
    eirbear1@maine.rr.com

  20. Kaleigh veggychristian@gmail.com

    I use stevia a lot, and I share my bottle with my roommate who is making my supply run out twice as fast! I’m going to need a new bottle pretty soon here so it would be AWESOME to win this!
    Very creative way to use your leftovers by the way. I’m in favor of coming up with new ideas for stuff you’ve got lying around :)

  21. Your recipes always look so impressive and perfectly delicious!

  22. Hello,
    commenting for the giveaway :3 but totally had a question, when you bake protein powder or heat it does it loose its protein or nutritional value? I know you don’t bake the protein powder in this recipes, but I saw that you are a nutritional scientist major :)

  23. Looks so delicious! I am going to make these in the very near future!

  24. I just made these, and they are delicious! Thank you!

    thaxton.hayley@yahoo.com

  25. These look fantastic! I’m impressed that you do all of this at your dorm. Kudos to you!

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    braflynn@indiana.edu

  26. I am a huge fan of all your desserts! Somehow everything just looks so much cuter and more delicious in mini form :)
    bluemoonmona@gmail.com

  27. Loving these recipes [stumbled upon here from the mint krispy post via tastespotting :)]!

    Can’t wait for more!

    keyohful@gmail.com

  28. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    Alexa R-
    High heat denatures proteins, but minerals like calcium are not destroyed by heat. I wish I knew more about the protein denaturing, but I haven’t learned much about it yet… hope this helped at least a little!

  29. these look great! i love your photos and youre creativity =)

  30. OMG MY TWO FAVERIOTE SWEETS, GRAHAM CRACKERS AND CHOCOLATE!!!! YUM!

  31. I applaud you for being a health enthusiast at an early age. I applaud you more for sharing this passion to other people…
    Graham is really the key to this recipe being nutritious. A mixture of white flour, wheat bran and germ, it was known as a health food for as long as the old times. It was a certain Rev.Graham who used this biscuit to clean the inner (emotional/spiritual,etc) body. Totally makes sense, if I may say.
    Stay healthy!

  32. Darn! That’s when I hate living in Canada! Guess I’ll have to buy my own stevia extract if I want to try it! 😉 Another awesome looking recipe, Jessica. I love the idea of pressing the squares into little molds. I might have to steal that one! 😉

  33. Wow! What a smart thing to use to cook! I used to get severe migraines and my doctor said that he thought it was from the aspartame in my soda. So I avoid aspartame as much as I possibly can! This would be a great substitute!!
    parism07@gmail.com

  34. Graham cracker fudge — how unique. I lived on these as a child, and have grown up to bake my own. Really intrigued by this idea!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

  35. i am really excited about this contest baking with alternative sweeteners is my new goal. pick me :) shukr.catering@gmail.com

  36. I’m making these for my hubby asap. He’s got the massive sweet-tooth in the family and I’m always looking for new, healthier ways to feed his beast!

  37. I’ve always wanted to try Stevia.

  38. The fudge looks amazing! Very ingenious. And liquid stevia is quite fascinating.

  39. I definitely want to try this! I keep seeing liquid stevia in recipes. I’ve tried the powdered stuff, but I’d like to try the liquid.

    samiam248 at gmail

  40. Graham crackers are the best, so these are looking real good to me right now!

  41. Those are the cutest little fudge bites I have ever seen! and thanks for the giveaway too!

  42. That fudge looks delish!

  43. OOOOOO!!!! This fudge looks to die for, girl, this a FAB recipe I can’t wait to try!!! Perfection :)

    xxoo

  44. Mmmm, those look like nomz. And stevia sounds very interesting, perhaps I’ll replace my splenda with stevia next shopping trip (if I remember).

  45. Those look like nomz! And I’ll have to remember about stevia.

  46. Mmm, this looks like such a delicious treat! Definitely going on a to-make dessert list.

  47. These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them

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