Chocolate Strawberry Cups (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Strawberry Cups have a creamy strawberry + coconut butter filling encased in homemade chocolate! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan candy cups will satisfy your sweet tooth more healthfully.

These Chocolate Strawberry Cups have a creamy strawberry + coconut butter filling encased in homemade chocolate! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan candy cups will satisfy your sweet tooth more healthfully.Let’s start the week with some candy making, shall we? Homemade candy is how I’d like to start every Monday – how about you?

Even better…these little chocolate strawberry cups are SO easy, you can ignore the scary “omg homemade candy” panic that erupts with those words. Doesn’t homemade candy bring to mind images of a kitchen covered in sugar, a candy thermometer, and a whole bunch of messy stuff? [Read more…]

Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows

These Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows are exactly what your hot chocolate needs! They’re light, fluffy, and easier to make than you’d think. This recipe is Paleo + refined sugar free, with a beautiful swirl of homemade red food coloring!

These Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows are exactly what your hot chocolate needs! They're light, fluffy, and easier to make than you'd think. This recipe is Paleo + refined sugar free, with a beautiful swirl of homemade red food coloring!If you’ve been enjoying hot drinks galore this winter, you’re going to want to listen up. These peppermint marshmallows are going to make that drink in your mug so much more festive and delicious. You’re going to be drinking cup after cup of hot cocoa or coffee once you’ve got these in your house!

If you’re giving me side eye that marshmallows are super hard to make, that’s where you’re mistaking! They’re actually pretty darn easy, as long as you’ve got a candy thermometer and a bit of patience.  [Read more…]

Paleo Gummies (Three Flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pomegranate + Cranberry Orange)

These Paleo Gummies couldn’t be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you’d like to customize these to your tastes, too! This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.

These Paleo Gummies couldn't be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you'd like to customize these to your tastes, too!I can’t deal with any chit chat today because LOOK guys, I made homemade and healthy gummy bears!!!

I love making healthier versions of my favorite candies (see my Twix Bars and Peanut Butter Cups), but until now, I haven’t ventured into fruity candies. That’s a shame, because fruity candies are some of my favorites.

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Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles (Paleo + Vegan)

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover’s dream! They’re easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift. This post is sponsored by Diamond of California.

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover's dream! They're easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift.Sometimes, the best compliment you can get on a dessert is silence…just the sound people chewing, and maybe the occasional moan of satisfaction as it’s devoured.

When I brought out these salted almond chocolate truffles at the end of my grandpa’s birthday dinner and passed them around the table to my family, I got silence (rare) and a lot of “mmmmm”s. Then the Tupperware went around the table again…and again. That, my friends, is the ultimate compliment. [Read more…]

10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes

This is a collection of 10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes that I love – they’re all gluten free and refined sugar free so you can enjoy your favorite treats more guiltlessly!

This is a collection of 10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes that I love - they're all gluten free and refined sugar free so you can enjoy your favorite treats more guiltlessly!

Happy Halloween, friends! Today, in celebration of all things candy, I’m sharing a post that’s a little bit different than my usual recipe posts – a roundup of ALL my favorite homemade candies! These recipes are all healthier than your typical trick-or-treating fare, so you can enjoy a little more guiltlessly.

Most of the recipes are healthier twists on your classic favorites, as well as a couple delectable twists on the classics that I know you’ll love as much as I do! [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.Making copycat candies, but way healthier, has become a recent favorite activity of mine. It started with these paleo + vegan Twix Bars, moved onto these Girl Scout cookie copycat Samoa Bars, candy-inspired Almond Joy Brownies, and then these homemade peanut butter cups.

The homemade peanut butter cups got me all excited (because I love a good peanut butter cup – or a peanut butter anything, really) and I started coming up with all sorts of peanut butter cup related recipes. [Read more…]

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are a healthier version of my favorite candy, made with only four ingredients! They are made with a refined sugar-free + vegan homemade chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are a healthier version of my favorite candy, made with only four ingredients! They are made with a refined sugar-free + vegan homemade chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.You may have noticed that recently I’ve been super into making way healthier but still totally delicious versions of my favorite, traditionally unhealthy treats. First, I whipped up these copycat homemade Twix Bars that were made with a super delicious vegan caramel and crispy coconut flour shortbread.

A version of one of my favorite candies made with only six ingredients, and without any refined sugars or gluten? Yes, please! Those first bars have inspired a whole slew of follow-ups.  [Read more…]

Chai Spice Pecan Brittle

This Chai Spice Pecan Brittle is a unique flavor twist on one of my holiday favorites – brittle! This version features buttery pecans and a bold chai spice blend.

This Chai Spice Pecan Brittle is a unique twist on the traditional brittle you see around the holidays - this version features buttery pecans and a bold chai spice blend.

Every year around the holidays, I fall in love with making candy all over again, and wonder why I don’t make candy all of the time. It’s definitely not for everyone – making candy requires patience, precision, and a little bit of love.

It can be awfully finicky – melting sugar doesn’t always want to cooperate, and too often candy ends up undercooked, burned, or crystallized. It’s not that candy making is hard, it’s just that you have to dedicate about 10-20 minutes to doing just that: making candy. [Read more…]