Date-and-Almond Fudge with Sesame and Coconut

Bloggers Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley make this minimalist recipe with healthy fats—coconut oil and roasted almond butter—for a sticky, rich and satisfying vegan sweet.

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  • Servings: Makes about 60 squares


  • 14 ounces pitted Medjool dates (2 cups), plus sliced dates for garnish
  • 1 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Flaky sea salt, sesame seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving 1 inch of overhang. In a food processor, combine the dates, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla and puree until a smooth paste forms. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and, using your fingertips or a spatula, press it into an even layer. Garnish the top with sliced dates, flaky sea salt, sesame seeds and shredded coconut, pressing gently to help them adhere. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Cut the fudge into 1-inch squares and serve cold.

Make Ahead

The fudge can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.

Contributed By Photo © Nicholas Hopper Published February 2015

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