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Healthy Nutella Fudge

Does this triple chocolate nutella fudge look healthy to you?

Healthy Nutella Fudge: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch salt, 1/3 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt


Or maybe not a surprise, given that this is the healthy dessert blog. But can you believe this melt-in-your-mouth healthy nutella fudge can have absolutely ZERO added sugar? Plus, it can be made in 5 minutes flat!

Healthy, easy, and chocolate. Best of both all worlds.

healthy nutella fudge

Healthy Nutella Fudge

(gluten-free and no-bake!)

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread or Homemade Healthy Nutella
  • 1-2 tsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 65g very ripe banana – about 1/4 a large banana
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • sugar or sweetener of choice, if desired (Some people want it; others don’t)

Healthy Nutella Fudge Recipe: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. (It’s best if the coconut butter is not solid, and if you use a frozen banana be sure to thaw so it doesn’t harden the coconut butter.) After blending, taste to see if you’d like to add any sweetener. Scoop into a container or even a little pie pan, and put in the fridge or freezer so it will firm up. (Alternatively, you can eat it soft, like frosting!) If desired, top with chocolate chips and extra Healthier Nutella (recipe linked above) like I did in the top two photos. This is freezer fudge, so it needs to be kept cold. It makes a small serving, but feel free to double or triple the recipe!

View Nutrition Facts & Substitutions


Other Healthy Fudge Flavors:

sugar free chocolate fudge recipe

Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge


pb fudge

Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge


chocolate peanut butter fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge


Do you like surprises, or do you hate not being in control?

Obviously, no one likes bad surprises. But if you’re a control freak or hate change, even good surprises might stress you out by interfering with your well-laid plans.

For me, it depends. My 16th birthday was a surprise party, and it was one of the best nights of my life. Or, if I’m expecting an early night, and a friend calls up and want to go out, I’m usually excited for the last-minute change of plans. However, when I read about husbands surprising their wives with spur-of-the-moment trips, I know I would hate that. If I’m going on a trip, I’d prefer to know well in advance so I can pack accordingly!

Chocolate surprises? They’re always good. I mean the edible ones, not the ones Batman keeps leaving on the rug! 😕

Published on May 21, 2012

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  1. jane says

    Hi katie!

    I had a dream last night that we became really good friends and when I woke up I was so sad it wasn’t true. 🙂

    Love your recipes, love your site!


    • Alix says

      This recipe calls for coconut butter, not oil!! I’ve made that mistake before, it definitley doesn’t turn out as well!!

  2. Mandie says

    I agree, it depends on the surprise 😉
    But once someone tells me they have a ‘surprise’ or ‘secret’ for me that they cannot tell me about – I get upset. Once I am told that, I tend to ask & ask & ask until I am told. hehe

    But surprises I do not have the slightest clue about are fun!

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football says


    Not sure about surprises. I think most people tend to like them but I like low key surprises. Not sure I’d be a fan of a huge surprise birthday party (no center of attention for me) but my boyfriend dropped flowers off in my apartment once on his way to the airport (he was in TX quite a bit earlier this year) and that surprise was wonderful.

  4. Juliana says

    I like surprises, but to a certain extent, just like you were saying. A birthday surprise party? That sounds great. Other than that…I like to have a heads-up about pretty much everything. 🙂

  5. Samantha says

    Nice to see fudge turn up! When I first got coconut butter I made the chocolate fudge which was heavenly and then completely forgot to try the other flavors. And more than that…I have never had nutella before. Never. It is rainy and gray out. I think today I will see if I can find raw hazelnuts and make my own nutella first and then this fudge. I need a project.

    I am not a big fan of surprises…kind of like you said with the trip one. My experience has been that the person throwing the surprise is fulfilling their need rather than considering what I might enjoy (these tend to be people who would enjoy big surprises themselves). However when you get that thoughtful little surprise from someone who really knows and cares about you…totally different.

    Bad Batman. 🙂

    • L. says

      Watch out. You won’t even get around to making the fudge if you try that Nutella. It is one of the best things I’ve ever made, and it’s best eaten straight from the food processor!

  6. Janiek @ A non-perfect girl says

    Hey katie, i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and there are so many recipes i want to try but i can’t because: you use coconut butter in about half of your recipes and they don’t sell coconut butter over here! 😮 so i was wondering, is there any good substitute for the coconut butter, so i can try out these recipes anyway? X

    • L. says

      It’s certainly nowhere near half of them, as I don’t have coconut butter and yet have made a ton of her recipes! Also, you should check out the link she wrote into her post titled “substitutions”.

    • Samantha says

      I had to totally check out where you are. 🙂 Is there any affordable online options for Holland? We can get it on Amazon but I don’t know anything about international ordering or shipping. I can find it here but it isn’t easy for sure.

      Good luck. It is fabulous stuff so I hope you can find a way to order it. I will say that even the brand I am able to find doesn’t actually call itself coconut butter anywhere on the label (Coconut Manna).

      • Alix says

        I have made the homemade version and it’s great!! Super simple, and mine blends up in just a few minutes in the blender, it doesn’t take long at all!

  7. Sarahishealthy says

    So… I had some Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter lying around this morning. Guess what I just made.
    YUP, for breakfast! 😉
    I love your chocolate-pb fudge, but this one’s even better! YUM!

  8. Leslie @ healthybybalance says

    I think this is my favorite recipe so far! I have actually tried it, but you haven’t let me down yet! Oh, and I finally tried the choc mint fudge pie (I used peppermint essential oil)…people raved! Nobody believed there was tofu in it! Seriously, Katie…you have changed my life! Keep it up girl!

  9. Barb says

    I USUALLY love surprises, but only when they are from someone who knows me really well! (That way I know I’ll like it!)

    Who was the winner of your vitamix giveaway, btw??

  10. Amanda says

    Ok, wait a second… This looks delicious, but how does this have ZERO added sugar when the chocolate-hazelnut spread you used does, in fact, have sugar in it? That’s really misleading, sorry.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      As stated in the recipe, you can use xylitol (which is sugar-free). I, in fact, did use xylitol for the spread in the photos. I try to give options for all my recipes, so you can use sugar if you wish. But this can 100% be free of added sugar.

      • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

        I just changed the Nutella recipe to make it less confusing! It said “See below for a sugar-free option” and yet there was one listed right in the recipe, itself lol! Thanks for pointing out the confusion!

  11. Mel says

    This recipe looks amazing!! But I’m allergic to Bananas. Can I subsitute the banana forsomething else? TIA

  12. Aja says

    I got really excited when I was reading the ingredients because I have everything except for a banana. I was going to go home and make this today but now I’ll have to wait. 🙁

    Nevermind, I’m stupid and didn’t see the substitution page. I’m excited! I have a jar of coconut butter in my pantry I just haven’t had any idea what to do with until now. 🙂

  13. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    This looks delish!! And yes, I HATE surprises. I mean, presents are cool. But that’s only surprise I like. And even then, I get anxiety about whether or not I’ll like my present before I open it. I can’t even stand not knowing what I’m having for dinner at least three days in advance. I have major, major, major control issues.

  14. Alison White says

    Hi Katie! Just wondering when you would be choosing the winner of the Vita-Mix. I am dying over here! My pregnant belly is craving all of the deliciousness that only the Vita-Mix can provide!!!

  15. Em says

    Hey Katie! I love fudge and your recipes look so good but I don’t have a food processor and they don’t sell coconut oil/butter where I live. Do you think you could make (or suggest) an ingrediant that is easier to find? I’d love to finally be able to have an easy fudge recipe.

  16. Em says

    Hey Katie! Do you think you could make a fudge recipe without coconut butter/oil? I can’t find any and I don’t have a food processor to make it. I’d love an easy fudge recipe. I haven’t had fudge since I became a vegetarian and I miss it a lot.

  17. Chris says

    @janiek, you can make your own coconut butter blending w/ a food processor, coconut meat OR shredded coconut and coconut oil. 😉 Google will give you actual recipes. 🙂

  18. Char @ says

    mmmmmmmmmm I still have to try your fudge recipes!! They all look so good!

    I LOVE surprises! I threw Dallas a surprise party last week, & it was a lot of fun to arrange, even though I wasn’t the one being surprised 🙂

    • Leslie says

      Agreed! Surprise parties are even more fun to throw than to receive! Although no one’s ever thrown one for me, so maybe I can’t really speak for being on the receiving end!

  19. Kalen says

    I love surprises! But some things I need to know in advance (like the sex of my children – I just had to know).

    This looks so delicious! I’m hoping to try some of your recipes soon but I fear I probably don’t have the equipment just yet. I’m hoping a Magic Bullet will allow me to do most of them.

  20. Jules says

    I LOVE surprises, as long as they’re good surprises 🙂
    but i also love throwing surprise parties and surprising my friends…i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE making people smile and making them super happy!!!

    also, can you sub peanut butter for coconut butter ?

  21. Gillian says

    so…. i had found this recipe on pinterest ealier, camer here, and then must’ve left the window open on my laptop. few hours later i find my husband looking and pointing at the screen and drooling. guess i know what i’ll be making tomorrow then!!!

    • Leslie says

      Do it! I just made it, and it’s fantastic. My hubby hates anything even remotely healthy (I’m working on him!), but he gobbled this up. Said it tasted like bites of frozen chocolate ice cream.

      Thanks Katie, for helping me to get my picky husband to eat better :).

    • Samantha says

      LOL. That is kind of what I said to the nutella which I made for the first time today. Wow. I was warned I would be eating a lot right from the mixer but wow.

  22. Ruth says

    It’s nice to get the occasional surprise, but I think I have a strong control streak too. At Christmas, with both my family and my husband’s family, we draw names, so that way we only have to worry about buying for one person for each family. We’re supposed to give whoever has drawn our name a list of what we want. Lately I’ve taken to giving whoever is buying for me one item 😛 I know what I want! And I’d rather not be given something that’s just going to gather dust.

  23. Lauren says

    That looks amazing! When you said it melts in your mouth, it made me think of nougat. mmmm
    I don’t like many surprises, especially surprise parties. My friends threw me a surprise birthday party in high school. I was a mess! I like to be prepared.

  24. Chrissy says

    I both LOVE surprises *and* detest not being in control! LOL

    Seriously, though, I’m ok not to be in control… so long as I know all the bases are covered and the job’s gonna be done right! (yes, a matter of my opinion, I know…)

  25. Allison says

    You inspired me to make my own coconut butter… and nutella is my life, so I’m definitely going to try this!!
    And as for surprises, I definitely like to do them for other people. They always get such happy expressions..

  26. Alanna says

    Haha I’ll admit I’m a bit of a control freak… little surprises (like flowers, food, etc) are cool, but for anything big I want to know ahead. I want to know where I’m going and who will be there so I know what to wear! lol. My poor boyfriend is such a good sport for putting up with me sometimes… he’s sweet and likes to make me breakfast on the weekends, which is fine at his house, but if we’re at my house I go all Rainman when he’s doing stuff in my kitchen!

    I’ve been drooling over the various fudge recipes ever since I started following the blog (don’t have coconut butter), but I specifically requested some for my b-day so I hope to try it soon!! I haven’t attempted to make my own yet since I hardly have any coconut flakes on hand, but I want to try that, too!

  27. LizAshlee says

    I typically love surprises..unless it’s not a good one…like honey, BTW, I leased a car today…anything else, I am up for a fun surprise! I love surprising others too though!

  28. Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell says

    Your first question really makes me giggle-
    aside from the fruit recipes you post, your food NEVER looks like it’s good for you! Everything looks amazing and decadent. I would definitely pay to get a photography course from you 😉

  29. Lori Lynn says

    I keep pinning your site from Pinterest, b/c you have such good recipes I want to try. Thank you SO much for sharing them!!!

    • Alanna says

      Nope, not the same (although some sites use them interchangeably) – think peanut oil vs peanut butter. Both are solid at room temp, but coconut butter contains some of the meat whereas coconut oil does not. I’ve also heard coconut oil doesn’t taste much like coconut, but I haven’t tried it for myself yet!

  30. Sinead says

    I don’t know how you do it,they look so naughty but are 0% evil,gonna make them for my dad his not supposed to have sugar.On question of the day,it depends…..I am a control freak and like you would want to prepare for a holiday but loadsa money falling from the sky surprise that I could get down with.

    • Karen says

      Loads of money falling from the sky? Yeah, I could go for that too ;).

      Loved this fudge, btw. I never got around to trying the plain chocolate version, and now I don’t think I ever will. I don’t think anything could be better than this fudge in my belly right now! So good!!!

  31. Sarah says

    Had to wait until tonight to make it, because I went to Whole Foods special for the coconut butter! Ah, the joys of living close to Whole Foods so I can go right away to buy whatever I need for CCK’s latest genius recipe ;).

    I think the only desserts I eat now are YOUR recipes!

    • Sarah says

      Oh, and this was “lick the blender good”. It’s in the freezer now, but of course I snuck a few tastes ;).

  32. STUFT Mama says

    Oh my word. If it wasn’t 11 pm I would get off my butt and make this right now. You are amazing Katie.
    Don’t like surprises. I need to be in control at all times. He he.

  33. Spencer says

    Now that is something I know I would love! With all these beautiful sweet things you make it is amazing how you stay so skinny.

  34. Dawn says

    Hi Katie,

    Just a question – does homemade coconut butter need to be kept in the fridge?

    Love all your recipes!!!


  35. Anna Banana says

    I made one of your fudge recipes for my friends once and they didn’t like the texture. At first, I was a little put out, but then I realized it meant I could eat the whole batch myself! That’s probably what I’m going to do when I make this one, but I’m not even going to pretend to share. 🙂

  36. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says

    YUM for the dessert (duh).
    I am a huge control freak, but- I think it’s super refreshing when someone else takes the reigns. I’m just so used to being in a position of leadership or authority (at work especially) that it leads over into my personal life. I love when my hubby takes control- but he’s SO laid back and has learned to just go with the flow.
    Surprises are awesome. My friends threw me a surprise party for my 30th 2 years ago and it was SO cool that it all happened without me planning or knowing about it!

  37. Amanda says

    I LOVE your site. I come to it several times a week to try out new recipes. I’d love if you could do a healthier version of no-bake cookies (the peanut butter/oatmeal goodness). I don’t eat sugar and those things are packed full of sugar. I don’t mind any of the other ingredients but the sugar is stumping me. I don’t use Splenda either, that’s the only alternative I’ve found online so far.

  38. Mikayla says

    Oh my gosh, I never thought I’d meet a vegan who uses as much cocoa powder as me. When I add cocoa powder, I usually always add cinnamon too 😀

  39. Danielle says

    Katie, I love these recipes that don’t need added sweeteners! I know you often use stevia to make recipes sugar free, but I’d really like to see more recipes like this that rely on the sweetness of other ingredients rather than sweeteners.

  40. Leah Lee says

    Hi Katie,
    I saw the picture of your nutella fudge on pinterest and I had to do a little more investigating…Love your site!!! NOM NOM on the fudge, but where can you find coconut butter?? I live in a small town, well simi…and everything is so expensive up here. Is there anything I can sub for it?

  41. Samantha says

    Hey! I love your website. I just discovered it one night when I was searching for a small dessert to make my husband. He loves the molten lava cake from Chili’s and your One-Minute Chocolate Cake was said to be better! I have been reading all your recipes and I want to buy a Vitamix. Any help would be appreciated as to what model I should buy. Which one do you use for your recipes? Can it be used as a food processor :S. Thanks!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Honestly, I am not sure it matters. I have a 5200 that’s over 7 years old and it works great!
      But no, a Vita is not interchangeable with a food processor (such as in my cookie dough dip). For that, I’d recommend a Cuisinart ;).

  42. Nancy says

    I made this the other day. It’s wonderful. I think I will skip the banana next time so it tastes more like fudge and less like a chocolate-covered banana) and add just a wee bit of coconut sugar. It’s a good thing the batch is small because you are going to want to eat the whole thing….

  43. erika says

    Hi. I’m TOTALLY allergic to coconut 🙁 Any suggestions on how I can make this with an alternative to the cocunut butter? Please?

  44. Jacqueline says

    This looks so good but I was wondering about the coconut butter/oils that you generally put into your recipes. Does it make the recipes taste coconut-y? because I really really dislike the taste of coconut and I don’t want to go buy those 2 items if it does.
    Thanks for the help!

  45. Samantha says

    So I accidentally used a frozen banana without reading your instructions, and I thought for sure I’d ruined the recipe. But actually, what happened is that the coconut butter hardened into these little coconut chips that give the fudge an awesome crunch … I made accidental coconut-chip Nutella fudge, and I like it so much that I’d use a frozen banana again next time to get the same results! Just thought I’d pass on that tip…

  46. Suzi says

    Just made this tonight and it’s insane!! I can’t handle banana so I added more coconut oil and it was so rich that I (at 24 weeks pregnant and craving chocolate non-stop) couldn’t finish a square. SOOOOO good! I’m definitely making this again!

  47. Sarah says

    It’s National Fudge Day in the 16th and these and are what I will be celebrating with!!!
    Complete with Nutella fudge and possibly Reese’s Pieces fudge frosting! 😀 Can’t waittttt
    Thanks Katie!

  48. Logan says

    Katie, these look delicious! i was wondering.. can you make a almond low calorie fudge? i bet it’d be good! could you maybe try making some? (: thanks, and i love your blog!

  49. bryanna says

    So.. I’ve been wondering this for a while now. And it’s probably a ridiculous question, but I figure you’re just the lady to ask! Is coconut oil and coconut butter the same thing? :/

    • Christy says

      Hi Bryanna!
      its alittle late for a reply but i just wanted to let you know that they are not the same thing and in most recipies you can not sub of one for the other unless they specificly state you can. 🙂 hope i helped!

      much love,

  50. k8iesmom says

    Just stumbled upon your site via a friend who knows mine, and my daughter Katie’s (yes, yet another) obsession with Nutella.

    My question – is there a ‘print’ button I’m not seeing so I could print out this recipe?

  51. Dalyce says

    Hi, feels a bit irrelevant to be posting about this now but I just made your Nutella Fudge and it is delicious. Ate some of it frosting style, the rest is in the freezer! Some modifications I made were to use Artisan Cacao butter (no plain coconut butter on hand) and I used unsweetened apple sauce (1/8 cup) instead of a banana because I had no bananas on hand either! Last but not least I added some natural maple syrup (sugar fiend over here, and PMSing to boot…TMI? sorry)

    as for surprises, I like genuine surprises that are thoughtful and meaningful. I have a strong distaste for surprises that feel self-indulgent on the part of the person providing the surprise. That said, even if the surprise is thoughtful and meaningful, if the person builds up said surprise before actually telling you what it is, that is beyond irritating as well! It becomes self-indulgent at that point.

    anyway, I’m sure you hear this all the time but your blog is amazing.

  52. Dalyce says

    *one other modification I made was to sprinkle Chia seeds on top! adds a nice little crunch. also, you give off such positive energy, even through the internet! keep it up.

  53. Carol says

    Make sure you do not use store bought Nutella for this recipe as it will make in Vegetarian, but not vegan. Regular store Nutella contains milk.

  54. Leah says

    Hi Katie, just curious but how much does this recipe make? I’m wondering if I should make it in an 8″ x 8″ pan or if that will be too big?

  55. Kerry says

    Oh my gosh I love all your recipes!! I have a HUGE sweet tooth and am always looking for healthier ways to eat my sweets! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes 🙂

  56. Caroline Harris says

    Hi Katie, I love your website, and the recipes…wow, sounds and looks divine! But a few of the ingredients…ie:coconut butter? I have no idea what that is or where I would even find it. Please help! Thanks! 🙂

  57. Eileen says

    I am sorry to tell you that Nutella is not the label…hardly any nuts in it at all,just junk your body does not NEED!!!!

  58. Helan says

    Hi, I’ve just made this and it tastes mostly of banana! Help!! I followed the recipe, but can’t taste the chocolate or nutella… 🙁

  59. Miriam G says

    Hi! When you say coconut butter you don’t mean cocoa butter? There was a fudge recipe here which called for coconut butter, and none of the other ingredients were chocolate-related, so I was wondering if coconut butter is cocoa butter? Thanks!

  60. Liz Lynch says

    I made this using Biscoff spread since I had it…YUM! added the choc chips on top and some Stevia…came out great! Hubby approves!

  61. Wilma Drummer says

    Hi again Katie, I do love your recipes and this one is going to be made by me this weekend! Now that I am not only gluten free but also have to be dairy-free, it is a challenge to find some yummy treats and healthy recipes. Keep sending these really great recipes! I too love Nutella so I will be making the healthy Nutella recipe for these. When my daughter and I were in Paris a few years ago, we stopped at a sidewalk cafe for a dessert treat and had Nutella crepes and coffee! yummo!

  62. Barbara Gabbe-Harris says

    Katie – so sorry about your arm ….and yes I also broke a bone left elbow bone when I was 13 …I remember knowing right away that I broke it when I fell …it felt really weird. Had to wear a cast ..I was a very active kid and it was annoying and in the way….afterwards I was supposed to keep it in a sling, which was a hard thing to hurt my neck and was just cumbersome! …….. my elbow never healed to be straight..has a slight bend to it….but feels fine. So, do whatever you are supposed to do and let it heal!
    Sending you healing thoughts. P.S….today I made the chocolate brownie buckeye peanut butter thingies! Oh my! Really rich and delicious! I got 52 little squares out of the pan…hard to just eat one little piece! Had to freeze some or I would keep on eating them! So now I am set for a couple of weeks with a yummy dessert! My husband doesn’t like peanut butter, yay!

  63. carole says

    Just made this (after my 16 y/o daughter said she didn’t think she would like nutella brownies, but she would LOVE fudge!)- I didn’t tell her what was in this recipe ;-)- looking forward to her comments…
    I tasted the batter and it’s DELICIOUS! I followed the recipe exactly (using jarred nutella) and did not add any sugar- it was super sweet (to me) already. Can’t wait to taste it when it’s solid!!
    ps. i used tropical traditions coconut cream concentrate for the coconut butter

  64. ashleigh says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering if i could substitute the banana for something else? I don’t have easy access to bananas /:
    by the way, your site is an absolute life saver xox Thankyou so much 😀 reply ASAP !
    from ash

  65. Davena Clark Ross says

    I love your blog’s name but even more important, I adore your figurehead! I have a few pictures like that. I look forward to trying this recipe even though I am not a huge fudge fan. But I have recently discovered an passion for maple fudge (dangerous to have around). djcr

  66. Raquel says

    This looks so good, I would love to try their recipe but I’m allergic to coconut, is there any substitute for the coconut butter?

    • Aenia says

      Try melted cacao/cocoa butter (1:1 ratio to coconut butter)! It tastes better with cacao butter than with coconut butter in my opinion.

  67. Aenia says

    I just made this for the umpteenth time, but with a twist! I subbed raw cacao butter melted for the coconut butter and with her healthy nutella, and I nearly died of the deliciousness!! It intensified the chocolate level, and it was all sugar-free (as my Nutella was xylitol and stevia sweetened) 🙂 I highly recommend subbing the coconut butter for cacao/cocoa butter.

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