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Donna Hay’s Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fudge

If you love chocolate, and peanut butter, you're going to be salivating over this new creation by Donna Hay. Its one of the recipes in the newest issue of Fresh + Light - her healthy (yes, you read that right) but just as delicious quarterly magazine packed with nutritious options. This one has just 5 ingredients....ready, set, go!!

Makes 32.


  • 330g fresh dates†, pitted
  • ⅓ cup (95g) natural smooth peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 80g 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon white or black sea salt flakes (optional), to serve

† A high source of soluble dietary fibre, dates are great for digestion. They are also known to be high in bone-strengthening vitamins. Fresh dates are sold loose with their seeds intact, in supermarkets or greengrocers.


Place the dates, peanut butter and vanilla in a food processor and process for 2–3 minutes or until smooth and mixture comes together. Press the mixture into a 20cm x 10cm lightly greased loaf tin lined with non-stick baking paper, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter caramel, smoothing the top with a palette knife. Sprinkle with salt, if using, and freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Using a hot knife, cut into pieces to serve.   

Tip: The fudge pieces will keep refrigerated or frozen in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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Choclate and peanut butter date fudge

The vibrant issue is here to inspire as we head into Spring, with a wonderful collection of recipes that are as nourishing as they are delicious. 

Transforming some classic recipes with a lighter twist, from lasagne to mac and cheese and even schnitzel, Donna and her team have done it again. There's also speedy vegetable soups filled with goodness and stunning recipes using beetroot, plus amazing desserts usually naturally-sweet dates. Grab your copy now and head to for more Fresh and Light recipes.

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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. Hi there! Amazing recipe. Amazing pics!!! However, I don’t know what vanilla bean paste is. Is there a substitute? I used vanilla scent and almond milk to correct the texture but now it won’t freeze. Could you help me?

    Juliana from Portugal

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