If you’ve no chocolate, you can still make this easy microwave peanut butter fudge recipe
I don’t get to make anything peanut butter flavoured in our house usually because I’m the only one who’ll eat it. But I really fancied making some peanut butter fudge. I always have good quality peanut butter in the larder for when I’m eating keto. However, I didn’t have any chocolate. I pondered trying to do something with cocoa, but that wasn’t going to work, so eventually found another couple of recipes online that didn’t need chocolate. Whoop.
Basic easy microwave fudge is just sweetened condensed milk and chocolate. Then you add whatever flavours you want. The alternative is making using butter to give a smooth feel and icing sugar to help it set. Fudge is never going to be healthy, so you may as well add some extra fat and sugar to it! At least using good quality peanut butter without lots of sugar in, makes it a smidgen healthier than it might otherwise have been.
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I used smooth peanut butter as that’s what I had, but you could use crunchy, or even add chopped peanuts to the mix before it sets.
I make fudge in the microwave because I’m lazy and want it to be fast. The original recipe for this was done on the stove, but you have to be more careful with the heating and when to stop. It’s just easy in the microwave and much faster. Luckily it worked really well.
You do need to keep checking the fudge as it’s cooking in the microwave. So only microwave it in bursts, stirring, until it until well melted and mixed in. It will take around 2-3 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave.
This would be great as a gift (just check for allergies beforehand), and it’s good to have an option that doesn’t need chocolate.
You want to use a 20cm x 20 cm shallow tin lined with baking paper (although I half the ingredients and use a plastic takeaway tub).
How to make microwave peanut butter fudge
Condensed milk 397g can
Smooth or crunchy peanut butter 150g
Vanilla extract 1tsp
Unsalted butter 50g
Icing sugar 200g
1, Put all the ingredients except the icing sugar in a microwavable bowl, heat until butter is melted and everything is mixed in together.
2, Sieve in the icing sugar and beat it in. The mixture should be thickening. Add more sugar little by little if it’s not thickening, or put back in the microwave a bit longer to help it.
3, Spoon the fudge into a 20x20cm tin lined with greaseproof or baking paper and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to help it set further.
4, Chop into squares to serve. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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As with all fudge, it’s great for a gift – we tend to only give the children in the family Christmas presents, so I’ll often make a food gift for each of the sister in laws’ families. Fudge is lovely in cellophane bags with a ribbon, or in a pretty tin lined with baking paper.
Which flavour fudge is your favourite?
Peanut butter fudge
An easy microwave, no chocolate, peanut butter fudge recipe
- 397 g tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 150 g peanut butter smooth or crunchy
- 125 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 50 g unsalted butter
- unsalted peanuts optional
Put all ingredients except icing sugar in a microwavable bowl, heat until butter is melted and everything is mixed in together.
Sieve in the icing sugar and beat it in. The mixture should be thickening. Add more sugar little by little if it’s not thickening, or put back in the microwave a bit longer
Mix in peanuts if you're using them.
Spoon the fudge into a 20x20cm tin lined with greaseproof baking paper and put in the fridge for 3 hours to help it set further
Remove from the fridge, chop into squared and eat
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks