Science Sound Bite: SANE Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Fudge

In the “Products That Make Long-Term Fat Loss Easier” appendix of The Smarter Science of Slim I mention that I make “chocolate-peanut-butter fudge that takes care of my sweet tooth while keeping me SANE.”

“If you like chocolate, buying unsweetened cocoa in bulk is a great cost saver.’s Subscribe and Save service is the way to go here. Unlike chocolate, pure cocoa is one of the most SANE foods in the world. I mix chocolate protein powder, natural pea­nut butter, cocoa, cinnamon, flax seed oil, and Splenda to make chocolate-peanut-butter fudge that takes care of my sweet tooth while keeping me SANE. It can also be baked into SANE brownies.”

Here’s the recipe. Do a little experimenting with the ratios to create your own perfect recipe.

  • Two parts Beverly Nutrition Chocolate Ultimate Muscle Protein
    This is the “secret ingredient.” I have not experienced any other protein powder which works as well as this powder for fudge/baking.
  • One to two parts Optimum Nutrition Chocolate Whey Protein
    This is important to maximize the SANEity of the mixture
  • One to two parts cocoa
  • One part natural peanut butter
  • A tablespoon or two of flaxseed oil
  • As much cinnamon as you like
  • As much Splenda or Stevia as you like
  • As much or a little water as you’d like

Put the flax seed oil and natural peanut butter into a mixing bowl and microwave for thirty seconds to soften. Mix those two ingredients and then add the others. Hand mix while adding the water. My preference is to add water until I arrive at a consistency slightly thicker than pancake batter. The mixture will thicken when left in the fridge.

You can eat the mixture right out of the mixing bowl as fudge, or you can microwaved/baked it into a brownie. I like to microwave/bake some and then to use a little bit of the batter as “frosting.” I also make a big batch of batter on Sundays so that it’s ready for me all week long.

Let me know how you like it. Of course, it’s not as good as actual fudge or a brownie. However, I find it to be a great substitute if you’d like to go SANE.

Jonathan Bailor!/jonathanbailor
(212) 465-3130

18 replies
  1. Bryan Cass
    Bryan Cass says:

    Hey Jonathan, I’d like to see more SANE recipes like this. I have so many cookbooks already, but there are very few recipes that don’t follow the USDA Food Pyramid guidelines. My habit over the past year or two has been to cook and always have some kind of dessert available. I’d like to change that habit to having something like dessert around, but not loaded up with sugar and white flour.


  2. Michelle Saunders
    Michelle Saunders says:

    please send me 1 copy of the smarter science of slim. Jonathan and I have been communicating on twitter. I am a television producer at CTV Canada.
    Please send to:
    Michelle Saunders
    CTV -eTalk
    299 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ONtario M5V 2Z5


    Thanks very much

  3. Christy
    Christy says:

    There are a few foods where I am not sure how to classify them….almond milk (is that a serving of almonds/nuts or fat)? Hummus — fat???

  4. Christy
    Christy says:

    In this recipe, how many “blocks” is this? and what serving size is that based on? Would be great if you included that with your recipes (especially in the upcoming recipe book). Can’t wait for it to come out…I have the book, workbook and journal now.

  5. Arnell
    Arnell says:


    Just reading about cooking flax oil in the recipe. Have you tried adding it cold and just heat up the peanut butter? I just do not want to degrade the oil by heating it up. Thanks for writing the book. It helped clear up a lot of things.

  6. Shawna
    Shawna says:

    I’d like to try these…when you 2 parts, 1 to 2 parts…I don’t understand what that means. How much protein powder should I be using? Thanks!

  7. Jules
    Jules says:

    Optimum Nutrition offers a LOT of different chocolate whey protein powders. Can you specify which one, or does it matter? For example: classic, gold standard, performance, platinum, etc.

  8. Olga
    Olga says:

    Hi Jonathan,
    Just wondering about your fudje. There are people with peanut butter allergies and there are people who just do not like peanut butter (like me :) … I hate it :) ) .
    What can you suggest to replace peanut butter in your recepie?

    Thanks for the answer,

  9. CookieCat
    CookieCat says:

    Oh my God.

    This definitley is the answer to a lot of my cravings. I am a chocoholic and always thought: I can never stick to a diet because it means giving up chocolate. Ok, two things I learned through this amazing fudge ( I admit – I get a little philosophical when it comes down to my favourite food):

    1. 2. The smarter science of slim isn’t a diet – it’s a sustainable lifestyle because it allows me to eat chocolate. That makes it easy. It’s a piece of ca… fudge ;)
    2. The smarter science of slim should be called “the smarter science of chocolate”. Because this recipe just elliminates all the unhealthy things about “real” fudge.

    Lots of joyful chocolate moments are being experienced in germany just right now!


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