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Leite de Coco {Coconut Fudge Recipe}

on February 24 | in Recipes | by | with 23 Comments

This cocoa-free blonde fudge is rich in wholesome fats, lauric acid (a nutrient found in mother’s milk that is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal), collagen replenishing copper plus manganese, phosphorous, iron, magnesium selenium and more.

Oh, and the “saturated fat in coconut is made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids the body quickly turns into energy instead of storing as fat. Therefore, even though it’s high in saturated fat, coconut can aid in weight loss.¹ The sucanat probably wont, though. :)

If you’re into cooking with kids (which I am) this recipe is perfect. Pour everything into a pot and let them stir while you “supervise” (aka check Facebook).

Just one more thing: Leite de Coco is melt in your mouth fudgy goodness. You gotta try it!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk, raw or not ultra-pasteurized
  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk (where to buy coconut milk)
  • 1 cup sucanat or raw sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened f inely grated coconut flakes - use a coffee grinder if necessary (where to buy coconut flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons sliced pistachios or almonds
  • oil for baking dish

Instructions

1. Heat milk, coconut milk, sugar, coconut and vanilla to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
2. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
3. Cook, uncovered, until mixture becomes very thick and starts to leave the side of the pan, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Stir often.
4. Transfer mixture to a lightly oiled 8-inch square baking dish/tray.
5. Sprinkle with nuts.
6. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
7. Cut into 1 inch diamonds or squares. Keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.

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23 Responses to Leite de Coco {Coconut Fudge Recipe}

  1. Hannah Willette says:

    Yum! We love coconut. Thanks for posting this. I will make this for our weekend treat.

  2. yummy, what a great recipe!
    need to get some coconut milk at the nearby Indian store!

  3. Leah says:

    I just happened to have picked up all of these ingredients this past weekend, so I’ve got it simmering on the stove right now! Can’t wait to taste them tomorrow…

  4. I love all things coconut!! And my hubby would especially like that pistachio topping.

  5. Wow, that looks fantastic! I’ll be trying that with my daughter this weekend. Thanks!

  6. Mmmm. I’ve been craving a good fudge. Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks delightful!

    ~KristenM
    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  7. Melssa says:

    This looks great!!! I’m going to make some tonight, but I have a question- I use raw milk, but do we have to boil the raw milk? That pastuerizes it…which soooorrrrta defeats the purpose and wastes a bunch o money. :)

    • Heather says:

      HI Melissa! I hate the idea of heating boiling raw milk too, but it is necessary in order for the mixture to thicken. Did you give it a try and if so, how did it turn out???

  8. Melssa says:

    Not quite yet…it’s gonna be a late night! lol…we are packing/preparing last minute food for camping tommorow. What about only using coconut milk and no raw milk? Pastuerized hurts our tummies so it’s kind of a deal breaker (don’t need ANY surprises on a 10 hour road trip to a 5 day camping trip with a 3 and 1 year old, ya know?).

  9. Rebekah says:

    Hi Heather- this looks so good. We love coconut. Do you think it would work with homemade coconut milk (which tends to be thinner than store-bought)?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Rebakah! I’m not really sure, and unfortunately I can’t do a test batch for you because we’re on GAPS right now and some of these ingredients are not allowed. You could try adding 1/2 tsp of arrowroot or cornstarch to simulate the extra thickness guar gum adds to commercial coconut milk. If you try it I’d love to know how it turns out!

  10. Nicole says:

    Do you think this would work with honey instead of the sucanat/raw sugar? I’m thinking that would make it GAPS legal, right? I’d love to have some fudge but we’re not doing anything chocolate yet, so this sounds like it might be a great option!

  11. Cheryl says:

    I tried making the recipe this weekend but for some reason it did not set, any ideas on what I did wrong? Everything tasted wonderful we just turned it into toppings for chocolate icecream:)

    • Heather says:

      So sorry, Cheryl! We’re on GAPS right now and therefore can’t have sucanat so I haven’t made these in a loooong time. I honestly have no idea what went wrong. Glad you got creative and found another use for it, though!

  12. @Cheryl – when fudge doesn’t set it usually means you didn’t boil the mixture for long enough. You should be able to form a soft ball with some of the mixture when dropped into ice water. Hope that helps :)

  13. Melanie says:

    Could this be made completely dairy free? I am allergic to cow’s milk.

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