4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut

~ Our incredibly simple, 4-ingredient fudge takes just 5 minutes to prep! This melt-in-your-mouth, creamy fudge also has no butter, and you don’t have to dump in loads of extra sugar or sweetened condensed milk (like with so many traditional recipes)! Deeply, darkly chocolaty with just an alluring little hint of coconut flavor, it’s the perfect recipe to share on Valentine’s Day with friends and loved ones … all the yumminess with none of the guilt! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Make Ahead    Vegetarian    Gluten Free  

4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Forrest Gump’s momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

But while we might not always see the curveballs life throws our way, we can control what kind of chocolate we eat!

And with the day of lllooooovvvveeee just around the corner … what better time to have chocolate?!?

Did you know that over 13 BILLION dollars (holy cow!) are spent every year on Valentine’s Day? So true! And … nearly half of the gifts given are candy. Chocolate candy. Boxes and boxes (and boxes!) of chocolate.

And then what do people do with those boxes of chocolate candy? Uh-huh. We’ve all done this, haven’t we? We sit and stare into those festively decorated boxes, pondering which chocolate holds our favorite filling. Hmmmmm … is it the lumpy one … or that smooth rectangle of dark chocolate decadence? So hard to know!

4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Quick tip! Cookie cutters help make darling little heart-shaped bites of fudge! We found this easiest if the cookie cutters are taller than the fudge. We used a slightly larger pan (11×7) for the fudge, so it was thinner.

Let’s be honest … wouldn’t it be just the absolute best if your sweetie gave you chocolate that you’d actually love every bite of? Oh! And then you also gave that honey-bunch-of-yours fabulous chocolate that they love, too?! No pondering required … just all awesomeness! Wonderful chocolate for everyone! Yay!!

But hold up. It could be boxes of fudge, not boxes of chocolate candiesTen thousand times better! Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth, bite-sized pieces of pure yum. Fudge that’s deeply, darkly chocolaty with just an intriguing little hint of coconut flavor. So, so lavishly decadent!

And what if I told you it’s a homemade fudge only takes five minutes to prep? And it’s a crazy-easy recipe that only has four ingredients? (If that doesn’t scream LOVE, then I don’t know what does!)

Yes! My Valentine’s Day gift to you, dear THK reader, is a fabulously delicious, amazingly simple fudge recipe!

And no guilt.

There’s no butter, and no added sugar dumped in. I used to make fudge with seriously large amounts of butter, plus a whopping hit of sugary sweetened condensed milk. But after creating this recipe, I realize that I never actually needed all that extra butter and sugar to make awesome fudge. Nope! This is insanely awesome, and so much less naughty!

4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Are you loving fudge even more than you were five seconds ago? Mmmmhmmm … thought so.

True story. I had given Shelley some fudge to taste-test. She texted me later that night …

“Curse you, temptress creator of fudge! We can’t stop eating it!”

(Even though she cursed me, I took it as a compliment … her family was loving it!)

4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

After the chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and coconut oil come out of the microwave, stir them together until they’re completely smooth. Use the heat from the chocolate mixture to melt any remaining chips, but do not microwave again.

Another true story from a couple days later …

“Hey – got anymore of that fudge?” 

She wanted more.

And because it’s sooooo totally simple to make, I was more than happy to share my stash, because I know how quick it is to just whip up some more!

And it made my friend really happy. Love that.

It’s seriously the most perfect recipe ever. It’s the right one for your Valentine, and for your bestie. It’s the right recipe for a teacher, or for your neighbor. It lets them know that you care. It lets them know they hold a little piece of your heart.

4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Perfect to share on Valentine’s Day.

Or … any ol’ day.

THK by Gretchen

Looking for more ways to tell people you care? How about these other great healthy Valentine’s Day dessert ideas …

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4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut

Preparation 5 min. 2017-08-17T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 1 1/2 min. (plus chilling) 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 36-48 pieces (depending on how big you choose to cut your squares)     adjust servings


  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup fat free evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes


  1. Place chocolate chips, evaporated milk and coconut oil in a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for approximately 1½ minutes (the exact timing can vary slightly depending on the power and wattage of your microwave).
  3. Stir until completely smooth and well-incorporated. (Do not microwave again, just use the heat from the chocolate to continue to melt the other chips.)
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is smooth, stir in coconut flakes.
  5. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8x8 pan. Tap or gently shake pan to level the mixture. It will not be completely smooth on the top due to the coconut flakes.
  6. Refrigerate until solid.


Recipe Notes

Storage: We recommend storing this fudge, tightly sealed or wrapped, in the refrigerator, which will keep it fresh for several days. It's decadent right out of the fridge, but will soften to a more melt-in-your-mouth, fudgy texture if you allow it to come back to room temperature before serving.

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  4. Before making the fudge I emailed “two healthy kitchens” asking about needing additional sugar wondering if the fudge would be sweet and rich enough. Shelley responded very pleased for my inquiry and said that indeed they felt the candy stood just as the recipe stated and hoped all would work out great when I made it. She was right, rich and delicious, and did I mention soooo easy. I will be checking back to the THK website to see what other goodies they may be cooking up. Thanks again, really super!

    • Oh, Candace! Thank you for leaving this sweet comment! I was so happy that you reached out with your question before making the fudge, and I’m just thrilled that you loved the recipe! I really appreciate that you got back to me to let me know how it went – I know readers often don’t have a spare moment to check back and let me know how things worked out, but I often wonder about the readers I “meet” through their questions, hoping the recipe and my help worked out well for them. It’s truly a delight to read your feedback – thanks so much! 😀 ~Shelley

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    • We’re really excited that this fudge is so incredibly, decadently delicious … but without loads of butter, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar … all those less-healthy ingredients that typically make up great fudge recipes! So put that tub of coconut oil to work and make your mom’s day! Totally sweet that you’d surprise her with this – lucky mom to have you for a daughter! 😀 ~G&S

    • Hi, Ceara! Seriously … here in the US, Valentine’s day is big, big, big! HUUUUUGE! 😀 And while it’s so much fun to have another excuse to think about your sweetie and celebrate those you love, sometimes all the candy and sweets get a little too indulgent (no, really!). So perfect to have healthier indulgences that still seem totally decadent, but without the guilt later, ya know?!?! And really, girl, you sooooo don’t need to jump on the Americanized Valentine’s Day bandwagon to try this fudge recipe! Make it ASAP … any ol’ day … for no reason at all! (Psssst … and if you decide not to share, we won’t even tell! 😉 ). ~G&S

    • It really is such a perfect treat … any time! So quick and easy that you really can just whip it up on the spur of the moment! Seems like it might be the perfect little treat for friends to share alongside a cup of coffee, huh? (Hint hint 😉 ) ~G&S

  10. Just finished stirring up this recipe. I licked the spoon so I know it is delicious.

    I will surprise my man tomorrow!

    Happy Valentine’s Day THK!!

    • Hi Fabiola! You’re so right – this fudge is really, really easy … almost easier than easy (is that possible, lol!?!?)! But really – you’ll absolutely love it, all year round! A little guilt-free indulgence! Yay! 😀 ~G&S

    • You’re so funny! Yes, this fudge definitely, definitely beats standing in long lines! You’ll have this fudge recipe whipped up in no time flat! Yet it’s so decadent and satisfying that you won’t miss those store-bought chocolates even one teensy bit! And psssst … this also beats the pants off of store-bought chocolates nutritionally, too! Double-win! 😀 ~G&S

  11. Where do you buy coconut oil? Is it sold in huge amounts or smaller bottles? Is coconut oil the consistency of olive oil? An earlier post asked if the coconut oil needs to be melted first—I’ve never seen it, so I’m confused! Can I use coconut oil in other recipes? Is it healthier? Sorry for so many questions. Thanks for your help!

  12. I can’t wait to try this! Does the coconut oil need to be melted first and do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes? Toasted coconut flakes ?

    Thanks and Happy Valentines Day 🙂

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