The holidays are here! You know what that means: family, gifts, food and most of all sweets! A holiday spread just wouldn’t be complete without cookies, cakes, pies, and candies but what does that mean for our health? As more research is done about the effects of sugar in our diets, we have begun to understand that reducing the amount of sugar consumption has effective health benefits especially for the kiddos.
However, it can be tricky convincing our children to give up the sugary snacks they’ve come to love. It may seem that giving up processed sugar means you will have to give up dessert entirely. Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes that allow you to have all the fun of a sugary treat without the use of processed sugar and it’s side effects.
Most of these recipes are versions of easily recognizable treats we already love!
Natural Ingredients Are Better
Every one of the sweeteners used in the following recipes is one hundred percent natural. Ingredients such as honey, stevia, and fruit replace the processed sugar. They also provide nutrition information so you can keep track of what nutrients your child is eating. All the ingredients are easily recognizable so you don’t have to worry about over processed foods or items you can’t pronounce. You are in control, so feel free to add any other additional ingredients you would like to try or omit any that you don’t have a taste for. Experimenting in the kitchen is part of the appeal!
Your Kids Can Help!
The best aspect of these recipes is that many of these homemade treats can be prepared with the help of your kids! They will have a blast helping to make the treats they will love eating and have a sense of pride in knowing they contributed in the kitchen. More than likely, the will want to share the fruits of their labor so you can employ them to help make goodie bags for their teachers or any holiday parties you may have coming up. They are sure to be a huge hit. It’s never too early to start teaching your children how to cook and maintain a healthy relationship with food. Cooking in general is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. The kids will have fun learning about measurements, flavors, and fractions in the process and you will have fun too.
Our Favorite Healthy Candy Recipes
So gather up the family and let the kids choose a dessert they would like to make and eat. Break out your baking dishes, pots, pans, and molds. Don your apron and as an extra craft activity make a chef’s hat for your little one out of construction paper. Let’s make memories in the kitchen and start a new holiday tradition of homemade treats you can enjoy all year long. Bon Appetit!
1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups:
What could be better than chocolate and peanut butter?
If your child loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this recipe is for them. These treats are absolutely decadent and so easy to make.
2. Homemade Almond Joy Bars:
Got a craving for chocolate covered coconut? Go nuts with the addition of almonds in this candy.
This delicious Almond Joy/ Mounds bar recipe is sure to please. The full recipe can be found at Marin Mama Cooks.
3. Yummy Gummy Sugar-Free Candy:
This gummy candy recipe is tons of fun because you can mold them into any shape you want! Pick your favorite fruit juice and get started. Whole New Mom has the complete recipe.
4. Paleo Twix Bar:
A healthier version of a Twix bar sounds impossible right? Not anymore!
Living Healthy with Chocolate has cracked the code and is spreading the love. Click the link to their website to follow the recipe!
5. Chocolate Peanut Caramel Protein Bar:
Here’s a treat for adults and kids alike. These chocolate covered caramel and peanut protein bars will remind you of a Snickers and provide you with delicious nutrition to power through your day! Check out the recipe at Desserts with Benefits!
6. No Sugar Sour Fruit Candy:
Like a little pucker in your sweets? Then you’re sure to love these homemade sour fruit candies. You can choose any fruit juice flavor and mold shape you like! Real Healthy Recipes will guide you step by step to a sweet and sour treat!
7. Paleo Marshmallows:
For the perfect pairing to go along with your hot cocoa, make your own marshmallows! Put them in a baggie to carry along with your thermos as you go caroling or while you’re out looking at holiday decorations. Or simply dip them in chocolate or eat them plain. You’ll love them! Check out Our Paleo Life for the full recipe!
8. Paleo Peppermint Patties:
After dinner mints are a lovely treat after a large meal. This is a sweet treat with the bonus of fresh breath. This recipe rivals York peppermint patties and is sure to satisfy! Everyday Maven has the ingredients and full instructions to get you started!
9. Nature’s Candy Bar:
They say fruit is nature’s candy and this recipe takes it to another tasty level. Fruit is the star of this treat then it’s covered in coconut and dark chocolate. Go on; enhance nature’s goodness and dive into this sweet snack. Stop by The Nourishing Gourmet to make your own guilt free candy!
10. Orange Chocolate Tootsie Rolls:
Tootsie rolls are a chocolate candy classic and now you can make them in your own home. These instructions even show you how to individually wrap them! Hang out with the Rhubarbarians and let Trish show you how to make homemade Tootsie Rolls!
So next time you or your kids get a sweet tooth, skip the candy aisle and make one of these healthy candy recipes from scratch!