Thin Mint Protein Fudge

As memorable and fun as everything has been, it feels good to get back in the swing of things this week. I’m back home in jammies with Liv (she’s napping away right now), we all slept in a little bit, and I’m planning for the week. When I asked for Kyle’s wedding off from work a few months ago, I figured I’d be ready for a little break and took Wednesday and Thursday off too. Vacation, baby! I’m excited to spend some extra time with noodle, get the house put together again and study for my NASM test. I think I’m going to go ahead and register to take it, so I can start working on my Weight Loss Specialist exam.

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As comforting as it it’s been to get back into a routine, I always like to throw a little bit of change in there. For this week, I wanted to try something different from the usual amazeballs. I thought it would be fun to create a new flavor, and enjoy them in bar form, like a dessert-y fudge.

Welp, I finally found a use for that dang coconut flour.

Thin mint protein fudge

It’s been sitting in the pantry, taunting me, begging to be thrown in the trash can for ruining anything it touches, it finally found its place in the world with these awesome protein fudge squares.

With a kick of peppermint and chocolate frosting, here’s another delicious and portable snack option:

Thin mint protein fudge

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Thin Mint Protein Fudge

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Ingredients

For Fudge

  • 2 scoops vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice (I used Sun Warrior and each scoop is 21g)
  • 1 scoop coconut flour (ground oat flour would work well, too)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice (I used sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp xlyitol or sweetener of choice to taste
  • 12 tbsp cocoa powder (I used 1, so these were just a touch of chocolate)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/21 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup or a little more to help the mixture come together. This is going to be dependent on how creamy your nut butter is.

For Frosting

  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all fudge ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Press the mixture into a small storage container and place in the fridge to harden for 15 minutes or so.
  3. Make your frosting by melting 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon almond milk in a glass bowl. (You can use a double boiler if you’re fancy like that, but I used the microwave for 20 seconds.)
  4. Top the fudge with the frosting and place back in the fridge to harden.
  5. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

peppermint extract

 

chocolate chips and almond milk

 

Fudge in a container

Fudge after hardening

For nutrition stats, click here.

Hope you love these! Let me know if you give them a try or create any new flavors! 🙂 What protein-packed snack are you enjoying right now?

xoxo

Gina

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73 Comments

  1. Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on May 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Pretty sure that pan wouldn’t last 24 hours in my house! Trying this with PB2 and flour tonight!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      let me know how you like it 🙂

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Ooooh I love the idea of mint protein fudge! What a tasty way to get in some additional protein! I have a few large bags of sunwarrior but find it doesn’t mix as well into milk as some of the whey brands like Jay Robb – so I’ve been using the warrior for smoothies or recipes. This definitely needs to be tried. I bet you could add some of the chocolate raspberry stevia instead of the xylitol and peppermint for another delicious variety. Can’t wait to try!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      yummmmmm! let me know what you think 🙂
      xo

  3. Christa @ Edible Balance on May 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    yum, I really could for some fudge right now, or anything to do with chocolate… this looks delicious! I’ve been loving plain Sunwarrior in my chia puddings the most lately, a great breakfast and super jam-packed with protein!

    • priya on May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Oh what’s the chia recipe?

  4. Madison on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I just might whip this up for a post power yoga snack tonight!

  5. jen @nutcaseinpoint on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I am LOVING a banana/egg scramble for a mini-meal!!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      banana egg?! i would never think to try that combo!

    • priya on May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Oh how do u make tht? or whts ur recipe?

      • Hilary on May 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        I do an egg/banana “pancake”. Instead of a scramble, I mix one egg with 1/2 a banana mashed and sometimes add 1T of ground flax seeds or hemp seeds (but just as good without). Cook it in a greased pan like a pancake. I top it with almond butter and my 1 yr old is obsessed! I love it too 🙂 I’m sure it would taste as good scrambled and mixed with nut butter.

        • Fitnessista on May 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          that’s an awesome idea! liv has an egg every morning, but she doesn’t always eat a ton of it. this would be a fun way to switch it up

  6. Jodie on May 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Looks good which coconut oil do you buy?

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      i use the trader joe’s brand

      • Jen on January 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

        Do you measure the coconut oil as a liquid or solid?

        • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 11:52 am

          ours is always at that in between point. i’d go with solid for this one- it will hold its shape better

  7. Jo @ LivingMintGreen on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Yum! This sounds awesome. I’ve never really used protein powder in anything but I like the sounds of fudge!

  8. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on May 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Definitely a perfect way to use up coconut flour! I’ve had no luck baking with it, so tossing it into some no-bake fudge sounds like a win 🙂 Lately I’ve been all about enjoying yogurt messes for snacks. Plain yogurt with some fruit, cereal, and almond butter makes me weak in the knees. Or even just the combination of yogurt and honey. So good.

  9. Nicole on May 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Mmm these look so good!! I’ll have to make them for my family soon! Healthy and yummy. Thanks Gina!

  10. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on May 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Yummers! Anything with coconut, chocolate and mint grabs my attention. For sure 😀

  11. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on May 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    dang that looks good! and its packed with protein. hmmm may just have to make some of those for post-workout snacks

  12. Sam on May 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I just put these in the fridge to set! Looking forward to enjoying them in my lunch this week (if they last that long!).

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      whoo hoo! did you taste any dough?!

      • Sam on May 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        Of course! 🙂 It was good, but even better when it had set and had the chocolate on it! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Purelytwins on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    we love anything with chocolate and mint! we make our version of raw thin mints all the time! need to try these 🙂 YUM

  14. kt h on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Looks fabulous! In terms of protein and dessert, I can’t wait to try this recipe: http://foodandyogaforlife.blogspot.com/2013/05/protein-carrot-cake.html

  15. Alicia @Bakeaholic on May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Yum! I had a ton of rice flour and some coconut flour in my pantry because I was afraid to use it too!
    But I have been subbing it in every one of my recipes lately and they still work out great!! I made some cookies and brownies with rice/coconut flour that are wheat free and dairy free! I also love the combo of mint and chocolate. win win.

  16. Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife on May 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    AHA! Now I have something to do with the coconut flour that’s been sitting in my house unused for 6 months. 🙂

    Also, love the Pier 1 placemat! I have a set and they’re my absolute favorite, they almost never leave my table. They’re so colorful and pretty!

  17. Sharon on May 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Looks so good! I will be making these for sure:)

  18. mishelle on May 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

    What would you consider a scoop of coconut flour?

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2013 at 12:10 am

      21g

  19. Emily Whiting on May 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

    This sounds amazing! I’ve got to try it out.

    Thanks!

  20. Jess from OTK on May 14, 2013 at 2:44 am

    These look fantastic! I really need more coconut flour recipes! I bought a 5kg tub a year ago…still getting though it!! Going to try these tonight with peanutbutter and cacao butter on top (I have no chocolate left in the house!)

  21. Lucie on May 14, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Oh that is genius!! Definitely going to try these!! I am all about my sweet scramble (caramelized banana, strawberries, eggs) lately, I cook up half amount which gives a great snack !
    http://swissfitchick.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/tuesday-recipes-sweet-scramble/

  22. Peter @ MadForFit on May 14, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I keep saying I’m going to make my own healthy-ish treats, but never actually get round to it.

    As I already have a lot of these ingredients in the cupboard I really must give it a go!

    They look de-lish, and I reckon even a non-cook like me could make them!

  23. Sarah on May 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Latest craze: Pecans + chocolate chips + cranberries (not everyday, but its yummy!). I also love this recipe:
    http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/05/no-bake-frosty-chocolate-banana-cream-cups/
    I don’t make the whole thing as Leanne suggests, I just make the base and stick it in the freezer for a quick chocolate cure 🙂
    Oh, and you MUST try Brookside chocolate covered acai. I could eat the whole bag in a matter of minutes, Dangerous stuff.

  24. Jackie on May 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

    What’s the color of your nail polish? Please say a funny Opi brand name!

  25. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate on May 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    YUM! Those look so delicious! My all time favorite protein snack/breakfast would be my pancake I eat every morning.
    1 scoop protein
    1 mashed banana
    1/4 cup egg whites

    Mix together, throw it in a skillet and voila!

  26. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on May 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hmmmm. I’ve never tried anything with protein powder in it before. I follow a Paleo Diet style of eating and I feel like I eat a lot of protein already. Do you think protein powder is for everybody? How did you decide it was necessary for your diet? Do you think I could make this recipe without it? Would I need to sub something else?

  27. Erica on May 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I just registered to take my NASM test in July! I’m pretty excited about it. After a long time of feeling unfulfilled by my current situation and through following yours and other blogs (honestly, yours mostly!) I decided it was time for a change! So, I’m getting certified to be a Zumba Instructor in June, NASM in July and I want to then do the Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification. Any particular reason you chose the Weight Loss Specialist one? Good luck to you on your exam!!! You’ll rock it!

  28. Beth on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

    As soon as I saw your recipe, i knew that I just HAD to try it and…….OH MY GOSH!! they are SOOOO GOOD!!! They taste just like those chocolate fudge squares my mom used to make when i was little! Thanks a bunch Gina!! You’re AWESOME!!

  29. Christine on May 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Would you have then nutrition info on these?

  30. Sara @ Fitcupcaker on May 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    How big is your scoop of coconut flour?? The same as your protein powder? And the coconut oil is melted right? I’m going to make these tonight so I can take them with me to blend!!

  31. Lisa on May 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    So good, like dangerously good. I had to add some unsweetened applesauce since my dough was really dry but they taste so amazing ate half my container already 🙁

  32. Kelli on May 15, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Oh, I wish I’d seen that post about the coconut flour earlier ~ I found the BEST cake recipe using it!

    I’m vegan so I made a vegan version of the recipe, but you could probably make it as is – or if you want the vegan version I’m willing to share 🙂

    http://thecrazykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/11/angel-shine-cake.html

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2013 at 1:49 am

      thank you- i can’t wait to try this!

  33. Paul @ Cleveland Fitness on May 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    This is to die for. My wife and I have been looking for some new dessert recipe’s and we’ve found a winner. Thanks for sharing Gina!

  34. Sasha on May 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Peanut Butter Runner has a recipe for banana bread made with coconut flour and almond flour that is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Tastes just like my great grandmother’s recipe without the refined sugar, flour and butter. You should give it a try!

    http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/perfect-paleo-banana-bread-recipe/

  35. Sandra on May 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This might be a really silly question but I’m in Australia so we don’t always have the same foods available. When you say nut butter are you referring to a spread like peanut butter, almond butter etc. or do you guys have actual butter substitutes made from nuts?
    Ps. Thanks for your blog! I discovered it last week and I’m really enjoying reading through all of it!

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      the answer is, when you live in australia, you have to crumble tim tams in it 😉 (i’m kind of obsessed with them)
      nut butter is any type of spread you like: peanut butter, almond, cashew, sunflower seed
      thank you so much for reading- nice to meet you 🙂
      xoxo

      • Sandra on May 19, 2013 at 6:49 am

        Yes tim tams! My weakness…. well, one of many 🙂
        Thanks Gina x

  36. Kaitlin on May 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I’m a longtime reader, but I don’t think I’ve posted before. I’m dying to make this protein fudge tonight. Do you think it can be made without the flour? Or are there any substitutions? Thanks ! I enjoy your blog so much! 🙂

    Kaitlin

  37. steph@stephsbitebybite on May 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Is step #1 missing? I’d LOVE to make this this week, but the instructions don’t seem to all be there

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      no, it’s before all of the ingredients.

  38. Heather on May 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    do you use the original sunwarrior or warrior blend for these? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      i used the original vanilla

  39. Sarah on May 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Amazing! I just made these with chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla and honey instead of maple syrup. I also had to add in some unsweetened almond milk since the mixture was still very dry for me. I didn’t have any peppermint extract, but they still turned out SO GOOD like real fudge. Thanks for the recipe!

  40. J on May 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Can you taste the nut butter, I would be using sunflower seed butter too. I bet a maple version would be awesome!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2013 at 1:15 am

      not really!

  41. Katie on May 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I made these last night & YUM! I used honey instead of maple syrup with a bit of water to help get things moving because of powder is very very dry and fine. I would love to see other combos! 🙂

  42. Mia on May 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Just made “bite size” versions of this and instagramed @i_heart_kale. I did tweak the recipe though since I was craving peanut butter and thought that my Earth Balance Coconut Peanut butter would taste yummy. I was so right! All I did was nix the peppermint extract, subbed the above peanut butter for the sunflower seed butter and used coconut butter in place of the oil. Words don’t even do these babies justice. I threw them in the freezer, thinking that if they were hard I wouldn’t be as tempted to eat so many, but I was wrong. The freezer makes them BETTER!!

    I’m making the peppermint ones later, since I’m sure these won’t last long. Thanks Gina. 🙂

  43. Alison on May 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    THANK YOU for this recipe idea!!! Last summer I bought a tub of Raw protein (better known as flavorless chalk dust) and have been trying to find ways to use it that don’t involve choking it down or throwing it away haha. I just made this protein fudge with it and it is perfect!!! I did have to add a little bit of almond milk too, like a few others mentioned. A+!!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      whoo hoo!!

  44. Kristin on May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I am absolutely obsessed with these!!!!!! Yum!!!!!!! I add water to get them a little more moist 🙂

  45. Maggie on May 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I just made these and they are absolutely heavenly, melt-in-your mouth fudgey. I subbed whole wheat flour for the coconut and ended up adding three tablespoons almond milk because mine were like powder without it. But they are to die for!

  46. Erin on May 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    This is so delicious–thank you!

  47. Michelle on May 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Wow! I was really skeptical about this recipe, but had to try it because of my love for thin mints. Def my favorite protein powder recipe. Thank you!

  48. Angelena Riggs on August 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    OMG! That thin mint protein fudge looks amazing!! I am going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Molly on January 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    This fudge looks amazing! Do you use the regular Sunwarrior or the Warrior blend? Just curious! Can’t wait to make this!

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      either works! i used the regular when i first made it

  50. Annie B on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Finally made this today! My “frosting” was some chocolate coconut butter, and ohhh man… there are no words ; )

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