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Crunchin' Fudge Bars

Delicious, crunchy, chocolatey, and. . .healthy. Booyah! 

Crunchin’ Fudge Bars (The Sweeter Side of Candida)

  • 2/3 c. cocoa butter
  • 2/3 c. raw cacao powder
  • 3 Tbs. xylitol granules
  • 1 c. almond butter**
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c. chopped almonds (or nut of choice)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • stevia to taste
  • pinch of celtic sea salt – if almond butter is unsalted


  1. Melt cocoa butter in a medium saucepan over low/medium heat. Add raw cacao powder and xylitol and stir until xylitol is dissolved.
  2. Stir in almond butter, oats, coconut flakes, almonds, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add stevia to taste – a little at a time.
  4. Pour batter in a 9×9 pan greased with butter or coconut oil and refrigerate about 2 hours or until hard. Store in refrigerator.

**you can replace this with an allowed nut butter of choice; but be aware it may change the flavor.

Find more delicious desserts like this one in The Sweeter Side of Candida.

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Crunchin' Fudge Bars

Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I share that enthusiasm by bringing you information on ways to improve your gut health. You can follow me on Facebook, and Pinterest.
Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant
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    12 replies to "Crunchin’ Fudge Bars"

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    • Carolyn Stutz

      Hi! I’m sure I found your blog through Pinterest. Ive had it bookmarked for days now and keep planning to make these bars. They look and sound so delicious. However, though I’ve looked at the recipe numerous times and almost have it memorized, it’s just finally dawning on me that coconut oil is not an ingredient – cocoa butter is. Where do I find that? The only time I’ve ever used cocoa butter is when I make lip balm – and I bought that at a hobby store – doubt the stuff would be food-grade.

      • Paula

        Hi Carolyn,

        I found mine on Amazon.com. I bought “Raw Organic Cocoa Butter by SAAQIN”.

        • Carolyn Stutz

          Agh! I’ll have to wait a little longer to make these as I just ordered something from amazon the other day and would rather have a larger order. I wish the ingredient list had registered a bit sooner! Thanks for replying so quickly 🙂

        • sunny armstrong

          Hi, You have saved me with the crunchy fudge bars on this candida diet. I made them six delicious times but now I can not find the cocoa butter at Wholefoods,lTrader Joe’s, Sprouts, Gleasons. Online they say it is for body lotion? I am so not a cook. Where can I order it and what exactly am I ordering? Thank you
          Sunny Armstrong

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    • Geni

      HI there, could you substitute Coconut oil instead of cocoa butter?

      • Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

        Cacao butter is a fat like coconut oil, but unlike coconut oil, it also has a chocolate flavor. It also doesn’t melt at room temperature. Hmm. I don’t know that I would substitute it myself, but if you give it a go, let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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