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K > Posted November 17, 2017 in Holiday Meal Planning, Tips, Tags: chronic kidney disease, CKD, DaVita recipes, end stage renal disease, ESRD, fudge, holiday recipes, Kidney Diet, kidney diet recipes, low phosphorus, low phosphorus fudge, renal diet, renal nutrition by Joseph Ewing, RD, LDN.

Have you been looking for a low phosphorus chocolate fix? Well, Easy Low Phosphorus Fudge might be a great option for you! Many of the patients who have tried it really enjoyed having this sweet treat. Plus it offers chocolate lovers a great low phosphorus alternative to a high phosphorus indulgence.

Easy Low Phosphorus Fudge Nutrition

Portion size is important when it comes to sneaking in some of the foods that have always been a “no no” in the kidney diet. Most people on the renal diet have a difficult time limiting phosphorus. Phosphorus is naturally occurring in manyfood items, or is added as a food additive. This fudge recipe is quite a sweet treat, so it doesn’t take much to get that chocolate-sugary fix! I served half portions to the patients, and most found that to be just right!

The Shopping & Prepping

Almost all of the ingredients were easy to find at multiple grocery stores, and preparing this recipe was really easy. I did run into a little difficulty when it came to finding the half & half creamer that did not have any phosphorus additives, so I substituted vanilla almond milk creamer, and omitted the one teaspoon of vanilla extract. They came out perfect! When cooking the creamer and sugar on the stove, be careful, because the mixture did bubble a lot, and splatter a little, so be sure to use a fairly deep sauce pot and a long handled wooden spoon. After you remove the sugar and creamer mixture from the stove, you will need to stir in the marshmallows and chocolate. Be sure to carefully stir in these ingredients quickly, because the fudge starts to set right in the pot. Have your pan greased and ready to go before you start cooking the fudge.

Our Village Tasters

The fudge was enjoyed by many of the patients! Most everyone liked how creamy the texture was, and liked being able to sneak in some chocolate to their renal diet. The fudge is pretty sweet, and some patients did find it a little too sweet for their liking.

Additions & Substitutions

  • If you have trouble finding half & half creamer without phosphorus additives, try substituting an equal amount of almond milk creamer (and if you use vanilla almond milk creamer, omit the vanilla extract)
  • To sneak a little chocolate into your renal diet, try making half this recipe and:
    • Toss with unsalted pretzels, popcorn and/or dried cranberries to make a tasty snack mix
    • Drizzle over High Protein Rice Crispy Treats
    • Stir in Crispy Rice Cereal and scoop out into small rounds with a cookie scoop to make a renal friendly version of a Crunch® bar
  • Cut the cooled fudge into small cubes, and freeze in a zip top bag for whenever you need that chocolate fix!

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Joseph Ewing, RD, LDN

Joseph Ewing, RD, LDN is a renal dietitian with DaVita, a freelance dietitian and a personal chef in addition to being a co-author of four cook books. Among them is the “Feed Your Athlete: A Cookbook to Fuel High Performance”. Joseph has degrees in culinary nutrition and culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University and completed a dietetic internship program at the University of Maryland. Joseph has over a decade of experience in the culinary nutrition industry.

I am a diabetic type 2 , And high blood pressure,Stage kidney 3,
I am looking for a kidney diet, I am not a meat lover or pasta person.
I am anemic too.
I am an Indian like little spice food.. Stop all kind of bread, But eat quarter cup of red rice, No potato
or high cab, I lost weight 150 pounds to 130 pounds.
I am 65 female. Can you please help me to have a diet sheet?

Thank you for your question. A good place to start planning your meals would be DaVita Diet Helper. You can then tailor your meals to your own preferences. Here is the link to copy and paste in your browser.

I have stage 3, moderate ckd, no diabetes or high blood pressure. In the recipes I’ve looked that use a milk substitute, they use almond or rice milk. I’m watching sodium,(2000mg per day) so why don’t they use coconut milk? There is one with 35 mg of sodium and 40 mg of potassium per cup. Is the trade off for the higher sodium in almond milk better than the amount of potassium in the coconut milk?

This is a great question. The amount of potassium and sodium in the milk alternatives will vary from brand to brand. It is also important to note that regular, traditional coconut milk that is normally found in cans in high in potassium. The new coconut milk blends, like the Blue Diamond and Silk brands, will contain lower amounts of potassium because they are processed differently. They can be used interchangeably like the almond or rice milk. Another important note is to really look at the ingredient list for phosphorus additives.

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