If you love drinking green tea, you’re going to think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you try a piece of this Green Tea Fudge. It’s a-mazing!
This Green Tea Fudge recipe is made with matcha green tea, coconut butter, maple syrup, and a couple other simple ingredients that together create an irresistible, rich and satisfying, healthier treat. Because the star ingredient is matcha green tea, you’ll also get a nice energy boost from this green tea fudge!
If you’ve ever wanted a healthier fudge without the huge quantities of sugar, dairy, or other things you might not want to eat, this is the fudge recipe for you. Because it’s Paleo too, with no dairy, refined sugar, grains, or nuts. Technically coconut is considered a nut, but it’s not a legume or usual allergy-causing nut, so chances are it’s fine for most people.
Green Tea Fudge isn’t quite what I’d consider a “guilt-free” treat because it’s pretty rich and you probably shouldn’t eat more than a couple pieces at once. But it’s still much better for you than typical fudge recipes.
And oh my goodness, the combination of sweet maple syrup, coconut butter, and matcha green tea is mouth-watering!
I spent over a month perfecting this recipe and even called in my best friend who has what I like to call “super tasting powers.” She can taste any hint of spice or flavor and is really good at helping to determine the right combination. Because matcha green tea is very bitter, we wanted the perfect combination of green tea flavor without the bitterness or too much sweetness. So together, we experimented and came up with this final recipe.
I’ve made it several times since than and it’s just as good as that first night when we shared licking out the bowl, spatula, wire whisk, etc. Because this green tea fudge is too good to let anything go to waste.
What You’ll Need for Green Tea Fudge:
- 1 cup coconut butter
- 1/3 cup cream from canned coconut milk*
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp matcha green tea powder**
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup maple syrup***
A couple notes on the ingredients:
*I highly recommend this brand of coconut milk as it has the thick cream at the top you’ll need. (Not all brands are this thick and using liquid coconut milk will NOT work for this fudge.)
**I use both this brand of matcha and this one, but THIS brand has a slightly lighter green color, making it slightly more appealing in a fudge.
UPDATE 2/17 – I’ve discovered a new less expensive brand of organic matcha that works well for this recipe – Drink Matcha green tea powder ($25 for a pound of matcha!)
***In my experience, maple syrup offers the best flavor compared to other liquid sweeteners, like honey.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you – the ingredients aren’t cheap (then again when is ‘healthy’ eating inexpensive?) But it is just so good, it’s worth it! I now buy coconut butter just so I can make this Green Tea Fudge.
How to Make Green Tea Fudge:
It’s really easy to make Green Tea Fudge. There’s no candy thermometers or boiling or even timed cooking. You simply melt everything on low heat and gently whisk until combined. The hardest part is impatiently waiting for the fudge to set before you eat it!
Coconut butter can be a pain to get out of the jar since it hardens, especially during the winter. I simply set it in a small saucepan filled with water and turn the heat on low to slowly soften it.
Once you can get the coconut butter softened enough to get it out of the jar, measure out 1 cup and melt it in a saucepan over low heat.
Whisk in 1/3 cup of creamed coconut milk. You want the thick cream layer from the top of the can, not the liquid. Whisk this in too, along with 3 Tbsp coconut oil, until everything is melted.
Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and matcha green tea, again whisking slowly over low heat until everything is melted and combined.
Pour into a 6×8″ parchment paper lined glass pan. You can use an 8×8″, but your fudge won’t be as thick. It won’t affect the texture or taste, though.
One note on the fudge color: I used this brand of matcha for the “prep” photos you see below. The result is a darker, not as pretty fudge.
For the final fudge images you see elsewhere in this post, I used THIS brand of matcha tea that resulted in a lighter prettier green color. Just because I wanted a prettier fudge to show you!
Let it sit at room temperature for several hours. If you’re in a rush, you can put it in the refrigerator to chill faster, though I’ve found it tastes better at room temperature since the coconut oil doesn’t solidify as quickly.
Once it’s solid, cut into small pieces and enjoy. You shouldn’t need to refrigerate this fudge, though if the weather is really warm, you may want to if it’s softening too much.
My family calls this Mom’s fudge because this Green Tea Fudge is so rich and yummy, I won’t share. Yes, I’m selfish with this. But truthfully, my kids don’t need the energy boost and I do. It really is my special treat. (And I do share with my husband. Just once in awhile.)
If you love green tea, you are going to adore this green tea fudge recipe!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why did my fudge separate?
Answer: I’ve experimented to try to replicate this issue and I’ve concluded that it comes down to the coconut cream.
You must use the thick cream part of canned coconut milk. If you include any coconut milk liquid, it can cause the fudge to separate. This (Native Forest Organic Canned Coconut Milk is the only brand of canned coconut milk that has thick enough cream (that I have found.) If you’ve found another brand that works, I’d love for you to share in the comments so I can add it here.
Question: How did you get such pretty fudge? My fudge isn’t as nice.
Answer: I did two things to get the pretty fudge. 1) I scraped the darker green layer off the top (you can see remnants of it in the above images) and 2) I used THIS brand of matcha green tea powder.
The final color depends entirely on the brand of matcha green tea powder you use. I have tried several different brands and my normal favorite matcha doesn’t give me the pretty results (see the “process” images above). The Kiss Me Organics brand of matcha green tea powder results in a “prettier” fudge as you see pictured in this post.
Here’s a picture of fudge I recently made (2/17) using the Drink Matcha brand of green tea powder. (It’s quite a bit cheaper – you can get a whole pound on Amazon for $25 – and I haven’t noticed a difference in quality from the more expensive brands.)
- 1 cup coconut butter
- ⅓ cup cream from canned coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Melt the coconut butter in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Whisk in the creamed coconut milk and melted coconut oil. Add the matcha green tea, vanilla, and maple syrup, stirring well.
- Scoop into a parchment paper lined 6x8” pan and let sit for a few hours.
- Cut into small pieces and enjoy!