Saturday, September 6, 2008

Recipe: Low-carb peanut butter fudge

I decided to make these today after seeing one of Kent Altena's videos on YouTube.

And now the recipe:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick - unsalted is important UNLESS you're using unsalted peanut butter. If so, salted butter is fine)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used smooth organic)
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda (I used Sweetzfree)
2/3 cup vanilla whey protein powder

Melt the butter and peanut butter together in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes; whisk well. Whisk in the cream cheese until well blended and smooth. Whisk in the Splenda then the whey protein powder and blend well. Line a loaf pan or 8"X8" square pan with wax paper or nonstick foil. Spread the fudge mixture in the pan and chill or freeze until set. Cut into 20 squares. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.

Makes 20 pieces. Can be frozen.

With granular Splenda:

Per Piece: 105 Calories; 9g Fat; 4g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fibre; 2.5g Net Carbs

Per 2 Pieces: 211 Calories; 18g Fat; 8g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fibre; 5g Net Carbs

With liquid Splenda:

Per Piece: 101 Calories; 9g Fat; 4g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fibre; 1g Net Carb

Per 2 Pieces: 201 Calories; 18g Fat; 8g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1.5g Dietary Fibre; 2.5g Net Carbs

I found that these tasted fine, but the texture needed some getting used to. It wasn't unpleasant at all, just different than fudge made with sugar. I really liked them, though, and will make them again. I'll freeze what I made tonight. To get 20 pieces, you really should use a 8" X 8" square pan. I made two batches: one using a loaf pan (the photo above is from that batch) and one using the square pan. The pieces using the square pan are not as "high/thick" as shown in the photo. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

UPDATE - SEPT. 7/08: I just amended the salted/unsalted butter issue. I used unsalted peanut butter AND unsalted butter. You should probably go "one with" + "one without". I used both "without salt" and it could use a bit, I think. The original recipe assumed the peanut butter was salted.

Click here for the original source of the recipe at the excellent Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes website.

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