Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Protein Fudge

I’m not really a fan of protein powder.

Unless it’s used to make fudge.

I find most protein powder is either chalky, fake tasting, or devoid of taste.

This fudge is none of those things. It’s rich, dense, chewy, sweet, and chocolatey.

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Combining chocolate protein powder with honey, peanuts, and peanut butter is the best use ever for protein powder.

Any day that I can make fudge from protein powder and things already in my cupboards is a good day.

You can make the fudge as thick or thin as your little fudge eatin’ heart desires. I made mine into fairly thin squares but next time I may double up the height and make cubes rather than squares.

Or slice your fudge into strips, bars, triangles, or use a heart shaped cookie cutter. Get creative.

The dark dried fruit is dried bing cherries. They came in my Naturebox and oh, how I love cherries. Fresh, frozen, maraschino, or dried, I’ve never met a cherry in a mixed drink soaked in booze  a cherry that I didn’t love.

They proved to be the “jelly” in these PB&J fudgy bites but raisins, dried blueberries, or even a spoonful of jelly swirled in the batter will work.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Protein Fudge (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no refined sugar added)

Makes approximately 30 small bites (1-inch-by-1-inch pieces that are about 1/2-inch high; how you pour the batter and slice the fudge, i.e. thin/thick, cubes, bars, etc. will determine the piece count but this is not a “huge” recipe)

3/4 cup honey* (or brown rice syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup)

3/4 cup peanut butter (I used non-natural, i.e. Jif)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate protein powder* ( I used Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Brown Rice Protein Powder in Chocolate)

1/3 cup diced dried cherries* (or diced raisins, dried blueberries, dried fruit of your liking, or omit)

1/3 cup chopped peanuts* (or other nuts, or omit)

Note: This is a fast moving recipe so have everything ready to go before you begin and work quickly through the steps.

Line an 8-by-8-inch baking dish (or slightly smaller if you have it) or 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Dice the dried fruit and chop the peanuts and set aside. Dicing and chopping is preferred because smaller pieces will incorporate better into the batter.

Pour the honey into a medium-sized sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until it almost begins to boil but do not let it boil; turn off the heat. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and stir, using caution as it could bubble up a bit. Add the protein powder and stir, taking care to work quickly because batter will get increasingly stiff as time elapses. Quickly fold in the diced fruit and peanuts.

Spread the mixture into approximately half the width of the prepared pan, noting the mixture will not cover the entire pan. Keep the mixture about 1/2 inch in thickness, or thicker if you prefer thicker cube-like fudge, but do not spread it paper thin (I called for an 8-by-8-inch pan because most people have that size or something similar and if using a loaf pan, the mixture could likely cover the base of the pan entirely). Place pan into the freezer for at least 90 minutes. Remove from the freezer and slice fudge into desired size, waiting five to ten minutes to slice it if fudge has frozen too solid for slicing.

Store fudge in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months or in the refrigerator for up to one month. I do not recommend storing this at room temperature as it becomes too soft for my liking. I store mine in the freezer and remove it five minutes before I intend to eat it as I like my fudge well-chilled.

*Notes, suggestions, variations:

The honey can replaced with maple syrup, yacon syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar or mix-and-match various sweeteners.

I used Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Rice Brown Protein Powder in Chocolate. The recipe can likely be made with any flavor protein powder you have from vanilla to strawberry to cookies and cream and I’m sure other flavors, brands, and types will work (whey, soy, etc.) but I have not tested them. I called for 1/2 cup of protein powder and the batter was tacky and sticky however if using another type of protein powder or you want to make this more dry and crumbly than dense and chewy fudge-like, increase the protein powder amount based on your preference and brand used.

Dried fruits such as: raisins, apricots, dates, pineapple, mango, blueberries, apples or any type of dried fruit you have and like, or use one at all.

Nuts and seeds such as: diced cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, or any type of nut or seed you have and like, or use none at all.

You could also add coconut flakes, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, cereal pieces, whole rolled oats.

Ingredients and ratios may need to be altered and tweaked based on type and brand of protein powder used, peanut butter used, add-in’s used, and personal taste preferences.

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The best part of this fudge is that it’s “healthy”. I really don’t like using that word because we all have different definitions of what it means, in both food and in life.

I think it’s healthy to have some mindless reality tv lined up on your DVR for mental escapes every now and then. We all know that there’s a new season of the Karsdashians and that the Real Housewives of New Jersey are starting back up soon, right?

I think green salads are healthy but so is indulging in fluffy frosting every now and then. Moderation, balance.

However, this fudge is probably healthier than Crack Pie.

How much healthier? I couldn’t really tell you. I don’t keep track of “stats” on any food I make but there are plenty of online websites that you can plug the values into if you track these types of things. I’d rather waste time spend my time on Pinterest.

What I can tell you is that:

This fudge literally only took 5 minutes to make

It makes a modest batch of about 30 one-inch thinnish squares (bars or thicker cubes will yield a lower piece count)

It’s vegan (use agave, brown rice syrup, or or the other suggestions I gave in the recipe if you don’t consume honey)

It’s gluten-free

It’s soy-free

There’s no added white or brown sugar in this fudge – that’s a first

It’s protein packed from the protein powder, peanut butter, and peanuts

The peanuts and dried fruit added great texture to this chewy, dense, yet soft fudge

The slight saltiness of the peanut butter balances the sweetness of the honey or other sweetener

Peanut butter and chocolate (or chocolate protein powder) is always a winning food combo

The possibility to get creative with how thick to make the fudge, the shapes it’s sliced in, the add-in’s used…oh the sky is the limit.

My wheels are already turning for my next version.

Related protein powder recipes:

Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats (vegan, GF) – I used to eat this all the time but forgot about it for, oh, a couple years now. Whoops

Microwave Banana Oat Cakes (vegan, GF) – Add a scoop of protein powder to the batter

Other fudge recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (no-bake, GF)

Girl Scout “Thin Mint”-Inspired Fudge (raw/no-bake, vegan, GF)

Vegan Fudge (no-bake, Gluten/Soy/Tree-Nut Free)


White Chocolate Cookies & Cream Fudge

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

Do you use protein powder and if so, how? Any favorite brands, recipes, or thoughts about protein powder?

I used Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Brown Rice Protein Powder in Chocolate in this recipe and as I mentioned, I’m sure other types of protein powder will work from soy to whey, from vanilla flavored to peanut butter flavored. Let me know if you experiment with them.

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I don’t “track” my protein consumption. Protein is not something I “concentrate on getting more of” but everyone’s bodies and are so different. I’ve found my body seems to thrive with more carbs and fat than protein, and protein powders can be harsh on my gut. Of all the protein powders I’ve tried, Sun Warrior brown rice in chocolate is my favorite and bothers my stomach the least. Their vanilla is nice, too; the natural is a bit too boring for me.

Do you like fudge?

Safe to assume with my multiple varieties of it, that yes, I do like it.

However, I can go for 6 or 12 months without making any. Most of the fudge recipes I’ve featured have been made in November or December, every year, in advance of the Christmas and New Years holidays. I don’t normally think fudge in the spring but clearly fudge knows no season for me.

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104 comments on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Protein Fudge”

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  2. mmm looks delish! i love just about anything pb & jelly :p

    i usually use Garden of Life – Beyond Organic Raw Protein or True Vitality chocolate protein powder in smoothies after workouts. But i think eating protein fudge after a workout sounds good. hehe

  3. I love how you take vegan recipes to a new level and your recipes are always delicious! I can’t wait to trying this fudge out at my next party! I love telling people its vegan people usually freak out at how good non-animal products can be! Thanks for all these great recipes!

  4. I looooooove fudge and its the moistness!!
    I would love to try a no-bake fudge. May have to try your recipe this weekend!

    Another wonderful taste is cherry and chocolate.. I can tell this is a great recipe!

  5. Oooh, fudge!
    I’m a fan of the MRM protein powder. It’s vegan and makes really thick shakes…to which I add more sweetener(I have a sick sweet tooth), almond extract or cinnamon and almond milk-unsweetened or chocolate depending on the flavor of the powder. And then because I am a hedonist I top it with reddi-whip. So much for health:)

    • I’ve never tried MRM. Nothing wrong with adding more sweetener. I always say, if I’m going to have something, I may as well make it exactly the way I want it, which is usually sweeter. Otherwise, I’d rather just skip it entirely. I am a big fan of cool whip or any type of whipped topping…your whole shake sounds fabulous!!

  6. I had no idea that you could use protein powder to make fudge – it looks so delicious!

  7. Fun idea- I’m intrigued! I don’t think I’ve ever made fudge in any form. This would be a great start :)

  8. I just started using protein powder… I’ve been putting it in smoothies and in my cereal for a more filling breakfast. I have yet to try it any bar or fudge recipe but I’m looking forward to it. I have some sort of brown-rice vanilla that I am liking so far. I think if I used it in this recipe I would do some cocoa powder in there to get more of that chcolatey feel… or just leave it be with the peanut butter really coming through. Who knows. Also, All I have for nuts right now are almonds… that could be good. Hmmmm.

    Fudge is delicious! My grandma used to make about a pound of pecan fudge and send it to me for Christmas every year… so I’d nibble on it for the next month or so. Yum yum.

  9. What a neat idea! I’m not a big protein powder person either, but Sunwarrior isn’t bad at all. I bet this would be amazing with vanilla too!

  10. I’m not big into protein powder either. I did purchase an unflavored kind a few weeks ago just to throw into smoothies for something extra and enjoyed that it had no added texture of taste. So that goes to show how I typically feel about them. Plus I eat enough in my diet!

  11. Averie, i LOVE quick no bake recipes. this fudge looks divineeee! i, too, think that protein powder tastes chalky and incredibly unappetizing but i would most certainly enjoy it in some fudge. plus, the peanut butter in there has my name written alll over it. great recipe!

  12. What a fabulous idea! I kind of like protein powder, but I will certainly like it better in fudge!

  13. Yum! I have a container of chopped peanuts in my cupboard that I need to use. This recipe is a contender.
    I use Garden of Life RAW protein powder for smoothies and granola bars.

  14. I need to pass this along to my sister. She’s a chocolate fan and would love these. They look too decadent for a protein bar!

  15. Considering my recent focus on protein, I’m totally digging this! I too, am not a huge fan of protein powder so if it’s in something, it better be masked really well. I’m thinking fudge will do that juuuust fine. ;)

  16. This sounds do unique and delichios!

  17. I got into the protein powder thing for a little while there (thanks to the blogosphere hoopla over it), but then I realized it sucks, and I stopped eating it. Chalky, yes. I never found a god flavor, and if I’d been more into it and its purported benefits, I’d have kept looking. As it is, I eat meat and don’t feel like I need more protein.

    Fudge, on the other hand, I do need more!

  18. Averie, I’m not a huge fan of protein powder either, but THESE, yeah, I could get into these!!!

  19. ok, this is SUCH a good idea. i need to make this asap. it would be amazing before/after a workout!

  20. Mmmmm, you can see the moistness in that fudge! I have seen a few protein powder fudge recipes but have yet to try them (too much holiday snacks still around). I feel like I channeled you for a moment Averie- In one of the pictures the peanuts almost looked like white chocolate chips :).

  21. these look great! I definitely think that a nice dose of reality TV is healthy. My current reality obsessions are Ice Loves Coco (strangely compelling and adorable), Giuliana & Bill (I love her) and my girl Bethenny.

  22. mmm i LOVE fudge! i think i’m going to make this today! i hope it turns out as i’ll be using some of your suggested substitutions.

  23. This looks awesome! I’m a big fan (and new, at that) of using protein powder in baked (or non-baked!) goods. I’ve never tried Sun Warrior protein, but see it all over the blogosphere! If it’s really that good, I’m going to need to shell out the cash for it.

  24. This looks soooo amazing! just bought some sunwarrior, and it is my favorite protein powder I’ve ever tried!

  25. Since my blender was stolen (I know, right?), I’ve been having trouble putting my buckets of protein shake to use. I went right ahead and made this recipe, and I love it!

    I did add a bit more PB because I found it was too sweet with equal proportions of PB to sweetener (I used agave nectar, which is just so…sweet), and mixed in some wild blueberry preserves at the end. This is fantastic!

    • Wow, that’s awesome that you made this SO FAST! Yay!! And that you were able to tweak it to your liking. Depending on everyone’s ingredients, the protein powder used, the type/kind of PB used, etc. you may need to tweak a hair, and you did. GLAD it was a success! Thanks for LMK!!! :)

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