Fruit and Nut Fudge – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


Low Carb Fudge RecipeThis low carb fudge recipe was something I meant to post before Christmas, but the holidays being what they are, I just didn’t quite get to it.  But before I get going on how yummy it is (or was, because it’s long gone now!), I have a favour to ask of you, my dear readers.  I am planning on a end-of-year reflection post, and I want to know what YOUR favourite recipe was from All Day I Dream About Food in 2012.  I posed this same question of Facebook the other day and I really do want to hear from you.  I could always just look at what the most popular recipes were in terms of pageviews or comments, but that doesn’t always get at the heart of the matter.  Sometimes posts go viral for factors beyond my control, and those may or may not be the recipes I (or you) consider to be the best.  So you tell me…what recipe did you most love this past year?  Leave a comment and tell me what it is and why you love it.

Low Carb Fruit and Nut Fudge

And now back to our regular scheduled programming.  This fruit and nut fudge is just a quick recipe I whipped up using my low carb sweetened condensed milk.  In fact, it’s really a variation on my chocolate coffee truffles, using much the same method and simply spreading it in a parchment-lined pan.  Growing up in Canada, I often got a big bar of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate in my stocking, and this is something of a throw back to those days of yore.  It was never my favourite chocolate bar as a kid, as I much preferred anything filled with caramel.  But it would suffice.  Now, though, I love the idea of chocolate stuffed with nuts and dried fruits, it seems so much like a traditional Christmas treat.  And as long as you have my condensed milk, some nuts and some of my sugar-free dried cranberries on hand, you can make this recipe in a matter of minutes.  I actually included some raisins as well, to get that real Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut feel.

Low Carb Fudge Recipe

I actually feel a little funny bringing you a sweet recipe right after Christmas.  This is the time of year, after all, when everyone starts to swear off rich foods and make plans for a healthier New Year.  But then, that’s the best part about being on a low carb diet…you can always eat delicious, rich foods as long as they are low in carbs.  No need to swear off anything, as long as you make sure to get your veggies too.  But I shall try to bring some healthy vegetable-based recipes to you in January.  Until then, enjoy!  And don’t forget to tell me your favourite recipe of 2012!

Fruit and Nut Fudge Recipe

Fruit and Nut Fudge – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: Serves 20



  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper, so that paper overhangs edges.
  2. In a medium sauces pan over low heat, combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, powdered erythritol and butter. Stir continuously until melted and smooth.
  3. Stir in cranberries, nuts and raisins.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth evenly.
  5. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  6. Use edges of parchment to remove fudge and cut into small squares.


Serves 20. Each serving has 6 g of carbs and 1.9 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.1 g.


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  1. Melanie says

    I didn’t end up making as many recipes this year (I was in the hospital four times from Feb-April with hyperemesis, was on bed rest in July and then had a baby at the end of July!), so I’ll tell you what I made AND what I still have on my “to make” list. I did try the strawberry rhubarb bars and the peanut butter swirl brownies. My family and church small group liked those!

    What I wish I’d been able to make:
    -light and fluffy coconut flour pancakes
    -chocolate layer cake with sour cream frosting (oh my!)
    -homemade biscoff cookies
    -almond flour cinnamon rolls
    -halloween cut-out sugar cookies
    -coconut pumpkin bread
    -the chocolate popsicles

    As you can see, I tend to ignore your main dish/side dish recipes. :-)

  2. Katharine says

    I need to make some of the condensed milk…. it seems so useful! I posted my favorites on facebook, but here they are again: brown butter cinnamon donuts, gingerbread scones, cut-out sugar cookies, and the goddess chicken on a stick. I can’t wait to see what favorites others highlight, to help me figure out what to cook/bake next!

  3. says

    Oh, I just love fudge! I made your brown butter mushroom soup this week, BTW, since my husband and I both have terrible colds. Delicious! Although it didn’t turn out as pretty as yours because I was too lazy/exhausted to puree it properly. :)

  4. says

    there is never a bad time for delicious low carb sweets! Vegetables are OK (except for creamed spinach, I am a HUGE creamed spinach fan) but desserts are awesome! I made your mini gingerbread cheesecakes again and they were amazing!

  5. Chocolate Rose says

    Right now I have 4 favorites from you. These might be because I’ve made them recently and they were perfect for the holidays:
    *Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints – great for a cookie exchange
    * Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars – easy to make, travel well, and taste awesome.
    * Nanaimo Bars (the first recipe of yours I made. These even impressed a lcing Canadian friend!)
    * Raisin Rosemary Crisps (I leave out the raisins and sub a bit of Davinci caramel syrup for the molasses. I’ve made these a couple of times now and have learned to leave them in the oven a bit longer than I think I should to be sure they stay crispy rather than soggy. Oh, I also sub pistachios because the first time I made these I didn’t have any sunflower seeds and now I just love the pistachios in them) I plan to eat these again New Year’s Eve with some Brie Dip from Trader Joes.

    I do love your blog and all of your recipes. Thanks so much for continuing to provide us with good things to eat. When I first went low carb (it’s not a choice but a medical decision) I was most disappointed in the probability that my creative cooking days were over. I love reading cookbooks and recipes online. I was so excited to find your blog (and other lc blogs) and to see that others were way ahead of me on the lc cooking spectrum and that lcing was so huge. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  6. Lisa says

    Just made the Kahlua Cheese Cake recipe for Christmas and it was delicious. Thank you so much for your blog. It is beautiful and informative. As an avid baker before going low carb, your blog gives me so much inspiration and allows me to enjoy one of my favorite hobbies again. Also made the coffee truffles. They were amazing. I am still eating them and thinking about trying another batch with peppermint instead of the coffee. Thank you again and have a happy new year.

  7. Wendy says

    I just found you via Tasty Yummies, and I am so glad I did! I changed my diet over a year ago and lost over 50 lbs, but I LOVE TO COOK and bake, so thank you so much for doing the grunt work of developing healthy ways to serve up old tasty friends. I was especially excited to see the sweetened condensed milk recipe. I’ll let you know what becomes my favorite!

  8. Mary Bahls says

    I recently made the Gingerbread Bundt Cake without the icing. Delicious. I gave a piece to a nephew who needs gluten – free, along with info about this blog. Spreading the word.

  9. says

    This looks awesome, Carolyn! I hope you and yours are feeling better soon!! Happy New Year!!

    I don’t remember if it was this year or last year but your gummy snacks I remember were really memorable!!

  10. Alice B. says


    In reviewing all your blog posts for 2012, first of all I am struck by how much fabulous information and delicious sounding recipes you shared with us this year! Thank you sincerely. I don’t know how you manage to accomplish all that we see, let alone the other projects you have going on!

    Unfortunately I haven’t made anything yet (I only recently started doing some LC baking) but I have many of your recipes on my list to make and I marvel and admire regularly all you come up with to cook! In fact, the first recipe I found at ADIDAF that I just had to make sometime was 4-29-11’s Mini Lemon Ricotta Bundt Cakes. That still remains true. However, since you asked for 2012 input, here goes:

    Top 3:
    Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes with Lemon Curd
    Almond Crusted Butter Cake
    Chipolte Cheese Crisps

    Tie for next in line (BIG list!):
    S/F Cranberries & S/F Condensed Milk / Bacon, Gruyere and Endive Quiche / Jalapeno Cheddar Muffins / Mini Cranberry Lime Loaves / Chocolate Almond Butter / Magic Cookie Bars / Hearty Fish Chowder / Pumpkin Coconut Bread / Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake / Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake / Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee / Pumpkin Bran Muffins

    I found these posts to be particularly touching:

    Gluten-Free All Stars 2012 (awesome collection of recipes and blogs and wonderful sharing of info)
    Raise Awareness for Diabetes (I shared this post and info on Swerve with someone at work and it made a positive difference in their life.)

    Of particular interest and very helpful:

    Stocking Your LC Pantry
    Low Carb and Gluten-Free Product Review

    Saying THANK YOU seems so inadequate, but it is heartfelt.

    Alice B.

    • Carolyn says

      Thank YOU, Alice B, for taking the time to write all that out and let me know your favourites, but also that my diabetes post really made a difference. That means the world to me, I can’t even tell you!

      • Alice B. says

        You’re so very welcome, Carolyn! I’ve proudly referred several people with diabetes (or family members with it that they are trying to help) to your blog over time. I just can’t say enough good about the gem that your blog is and the good that you do. Amazing!!!

        Your Diabetes Awareness blog, and the participation by so many other wonderful bloggers in support, was nothing short of spectacular. Wonderful, helpful information, but so much care and concern was exhibited by all involved. It is a tremendous resource to be referred to often.

        Thank you again!

        Alice B.

  11. Chris says

    I only found your site a couple of months ago, but my favorites so far are: the clam chowder ( the whole family enjoyed it!) and the chocolate-dipped coconut almond macaroons (yum). Thanks so much!


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