This old fashioned peanut butter fudge is a delicious sweet treat to eat. Making this recipe is not much harder than making cookie dough and yields 8 servings. It’s a great dessert to share or to enjoy yourself while preventing unintended weight loss or working to gain weight.
Ingredients for the Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
There are only four simple ingredients needed to make this recipe.
- peanut butter
- Pinch of salt
- powdered sugar (sifted)
In order to consume as many calories as possible, it is best to avoid any low or reduced fat varieties of peanut butter or butter. Of course, you should only do so if you are trying to prevent unintended weight loss and/or promote weight gain.
Benefits of Eating Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut butter contains a significant amount of vitamin E, niacin (B3), manganese, vitamin B 6, and magnesium. It also has a good level of copper, a mineral that helps with the bones, immune system, and blood vessels. Additionally, copper can help reduce risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Butter is high in beta-carotene. Beta carotene is a substance that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Moreover, beta-carotene has been shown to lower the risk of lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Salt assists in maintaining hydration and steady blood pressure levels. Sodium is essential in fluid balance, so not consuming enough of it can lead to dehydration.
Powdered sugar provides you with a lot of energy because of its very high calorie content. Since it is not an animal product, sugar does not contain any form of cholesterol.
When Should I Eat Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge?
This fudge would be a delicious after meal dessert or a snack between meals to help you get in some extra calories. It should keep you satisfied until your next meal. Not only that, but the old fashioned peanut butter fudge also make a sweet midday treat.
Eating carbohydrates before a workout is the best and fastest way to provide energy to your muscles. Similarly, the protein in the peanut butter can help fuel you after working out. The protein can help with muscle recovery and growth. Therefore, protein can help prevent the loss of lean mass, which helps in maintaining a muscular and toned appearance and allows you to maintain your independence longer. For more information on protein calorie malnutrition and how to avoid it and treat it check out this article at the Geriatric Dietitian.
This fudge has plenty of protein and carbohydrates to make it a very good pre- or post-workout snack.
How to Make the Fudge
On top of the stove, add peanut butter, butter, and salt to a pot. Heat the pot until a liquid mixture forms. Once this happens, take the pot off the heat and sift powdered sugar into the pot. Mix until there are no clumps of powdered sugar left.
Line your baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper for easy, neat removal. Pour the mixture into your baking pan and place it in the refrigerator. Let it cool for about three hours until fudge sets. Cut the resulting fudge into 16 squares and enjoy!
Optional Variations to the Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
Below are some suggestions of ingredient substitutions that will change up the flavor. Of course, you are not limited to these suggestions.
- Sunflower Butter
- Almond Butter
- Soy Butter
- Pea Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Mashed Bananas
- Greek Yogurt
- Nut Butters
- Pumpkin Puree
- Nutritional Yeast
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Smoked Paprika
- Truffle Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Apple Cider Vinegar
What Sides Go with Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge?
You can top a piece of French toast with the old fashioned peanut butter fudge, and try adding some fresh berries to add fiber and other nutrients.
Pairing up this fudge with ice cream is also a delicious combination! You can melt the old fashioned peanut butter fudge and use it like a sauce on top of the ice cream. Try mixing it up and experimenting with different flavors of ice cream.
Melt the fudge and use it to make chia pudding. Combine 1 tbsp of the fudge with some nut milk until it is creamy. Then place 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 1 cup of nut milk on top of the fudge. For seasoning, add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and sea salt.
You can also use melted old fashioned peanut butter fudge as a dip for fruits. This will definitely be a healthy dose of nutrients. Eating fruits with old fashioned peanut butter fudge can be a great way to try fruit if you do not like the taste of fruit by itself.
How to Store Extra Fudge?
In order to keep the old fashioned peanut butter fudge fresh, store it in an airtight container and leave it in the refrigerator for a week maximum. It can also be kept in the freezer for up to two months. For the best flavor, allow the fudge to reach room temperature before serving.
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup butter
- Pinch salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- On the stove, add peanut butter, butter and salt to a pot.
- Heat until the peanut butter melts.
- Once melted, take off heat and sift powdered sugar into pot.
- Combine until there are no clumps of powdered sugar.
- Pour mixture into a baking tin and place in refrigerator.
- Let cool for about 3 hours until fudge sets.
- Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!