Peanut Butter & Jelly Fudge Bites

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Peanut butter and jelly… A magical combo that reminds most people of their childhood. Not me! I didn’t grow up with it. In fact, I think I was in my early teenage years when I first tried peanut butter and I didn’t like it at all! My sister brought me a jar as a souvenir from her trip to Europe and it was a rippled mixture of chocolate and peanut butter. I remember clearly how much I loved the chocolate part, but tended to skip the peanut butter layers. I think it was because it wasn’t sweet and my taste buds were so used to sweet flavors at the time.

Talking about treats, here’s a twist on the classic pb&j in the form of fudge bites, made with a handful of wholesome ingredients and no refined sugar. You can substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butter of your choice and I’m sure it will still taste as delicious (if not more). Enjoy!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Native to South America, peanuts have made their way through the American diet and are among the most abundantly grown crop. A serving, which is 2 tablespoons, is 188 calories, 7.7 g of protein, which helps keep your tissues strong and promotes immune function, as well as 16 g of fat, a concentrated source of energy. Be mindful that some brands contain additives (e.g. sugar) that can lower the nutritional value of food. It's best to opt for 'natural' brands that are minimally processed and do not contain (partially) hydrogenated oils. Chia seeds contain a great source of soluble fiber, which is helpful for lowering LDL 'bad' cholesterol.' Specifically, with 10 g of fiber in each 2 tablespoon serving, you can't beat that! In addition, chia seeds are rich in protein, calcium, antioxidants and omega 3s. They are one of the richest plant based sources of alpha linoleic acid, aiding in the reduction of inflammation, high cholesterol, and enhancing cognitive performance.​

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Peanut Butter & Jelly Fudge Bites

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:10 minutes (plus freezing time)
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Fudge

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Pinch of unrefined sea salt

Jelly Topping

1 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

Peanut Butter Fudge

  1. Melt coconut oil in small pot over low heat if it’s solid.
  2. Add the peanut butter and stir until it melts into a runny mixture.
  3. Remove from heat, add maple syrup and sea salt
  4. Pour the PB mixture into a lined muffin tin and fill each cup about 2/3 way up. Transfer to the freezer for the fudge to set (about 30 minutes)

Raspberry Jelly

  1. Add raspberries to the small pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir a few times and let the berries simmer until they get soft and mushy.
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the chia seeds to thicken the jelly.
  4. Add maple syrup and lemon juice, taste test, and let it cool down to room temperature

To Assemble 

  1. Take the muffin tin out of the freezer and fill up the cups with the jelly topping.
  2. Transfer back to the freezer or fridge for the jelly to set. This usually takes 1 hour if left in the freezer and about 2 hours if stored in the fridge
Peanut Butter FudgeMelt coconut oil in small pot over low heat if it’s solid. Add the peanut butter and stir until it melts into a runny mixture. Remove from heat, add maple syrup and sea salt Pour the PB mixture into a lined muffin tin and fill each cup about 2/3 way up. Transfer to the freezer for the fudge to set (about 30 minutes)Raspberry JellyAdd raspberries to the small pot over medium-low heat. Stir a few times and let the berries simmer until they get soft and mushy. Remove from heat and mix in the chia seeds to thicken the jelly. Add maple syrup and lemon juice, taste test, and let it cool down to room temperatureTo Assemble Take the muffin tin out of the freezer and fill up the cups with the jelly topping. Transfer back to the freezer or fridge for the jelly to set. This usually takes 1 hour if left in the freezer and about 2 hours if stored in the fridge

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 270; Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 116 mg; Potassium: 153 mg; Carbohydrate:  20 g;  Fiber: 4 g; Sugar: 14 g; Protein: 5 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 6%; Vitamin A: 0%; Iron: 5%; Calcium: 6%;
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