Sugar Free Date Fudge

Updated: May 7, 2020

Sugar free fudge

This gooey, gorgeous fudge is such a great treat for kids and adults!

We’ve called this date fudge because of that wonderful squidgy texture and deep creamy, sweet flavor but another good description for it would might be halva fudge - the Tahini in it gives it a smooth, creamy, nutty, seasame taste that you would associate with halva.

As it's very sweet - and before I explain how you can make it - I just wanted to take moment to talk about a recipe like this that is 'sugar free / no added sugar' and how I would see a treat like this fitting into a healthy diet.

It's all about the fructose

Any store bought fudge would have sugar as one of it's main ingredients - you'll see that there is no sugar at all in my recipe. However, the sweetness is provided by the dates, which of course do contain sugar. Almost all types of sugar are roughly 50% glucose and 50% fructose, and it's the fructose that can start causing health issues.

Whereas glucose can be processed by any cell in the human body, fructose has to rely solely on the liver to process it, and when it gets consumed in large quantities it ends up becoming stored as fat, as well as creating health issues like fatty liver disease. I've written more about how fructose affects you in my blog posts Does Sugar Make You Fat? and Are You Addicted To Sugar?

Dates contain far less fructose than most other types of sugars, with around 30% fructose, and also contain plenty of health benefits like being high in fibre, rich in essential minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc and containing vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, vitamins K & A.

Unlike added sugar that is just empty calories with no nutritionl benefit, dates are good for us and eaten in moderation, have numerous heath properties.