I love healthier candy options, especially around the holidays. This guest post by Jamie Wilson touches on some of the coolest healthy candy recipe ideas out there. They all sound delish to me!
People are always on the lookout for healthy alternatives to unhealthy dishes to suit their special diets or lifestyles. In this day and age, we have everything from gluten-free pizzas to vegan “chicken” nuggets, which makes it possible to put a healthy spin on traditionally non-nutritional food. Eat Healthy Eat Happy has even provided a recipe for Loaded Anti-Stress Chocolate Chip Cookies, packed with healthful ingredients with no gluten or refined sugar.
So we know that you can make baked goods nutritious, but can the same be applied to candy? “Healthy candy” does sound like a bit of an oxymoron.
Candy manufacturers can claim that they’ve reduced the sugar and sodium levels or the amount of unhealthy fats used to produce the final products, but if there was one thing that we could trust about most packaged chocolate bars, lollipops and gummies, they’re snacks we should avoid as much as possible. Yet, that hasn’t stopped us from sneaking a pack of Reese’s into our cart as we wait in line at the checkout counter. Whether you have a sweet tooth or a preference for savory treats, candy will never stop being a guilty pleasure for us. Year after year, billions of dollars pour into companies such as Mars, the largest candy corporation in the world inherited by Jacqueline Mars, who was featured on The Scene in a video documenting the richest women in America.
Despite what you see in most grocery stores, healthy candy does exist in the world, thanks to nutritionists and health nuts that have come up with a number of recipes that substitute all the harmful ingredients with the good stuff. Cravings are one of the hardest things to ignore when you’re on a special diet, and thankfully, these treats won’t ruin all the progress you’ve made towards a better lifestyle.
“Snickers” Protein Bar
Jessica Stier from Desserts with Benefits has managed to create a protein bar that tastes more like Snickers instead of those tasteless granola bars that you may be used to. Using ingredients such as vanilla brown rice protein powder, natural peanut butter and coconut oil, she has nailed the taste of the popular chocolate bar while giving you the protein to sustain your hunger and energy.
Who would have thought that there would be such thing as paleo marshmallows? This recipe from Our Paleo Life only requires seven ingredients: water, grass fed beef gelatin, honey, vanilla extract, salt, coconut oil, and arrowroot starch – although this can be replaced with cinnamon, cocoa, or toasted coconut to coat the marshmallows. Dark chocolate is recommended for dipping!
Sour Fruit Candy
This one seems impossible to make without the help of sugar, but Real Healthy Recipes proves that all you really need is the sweetness from 100% natural fruit juice and coconut nectar. In addition to those, you’ll need citric acid, water, unflavored gelatin and arrowroot starch to make the nutritious version of your preferred sour gummies.
Have you ever made your own healthy candy? What are your favorite recipes?