These Healthier Homemade Candies Are Pretty Sweet

By Lindsay Cohn
May 20, 2021
Almond Joy
Photo Credit: Pastry Affair

We’re all trying to cut back on sugar, but every once in a while we get a craving for one of those classic childhood sweets. Peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, gummy bears! What we’re not craving? The high-fructose corn syrup, fake dyes, and hydrogenated fats. The solution? These healthier homemade candies. They’re sure to satisfy — without leaving you in a sugar-crash coma.

1. Almond Joy Candy Bars from Pastry Affair

These delectable coconut, almond and dark chocolate bites have just six ingredients: coconut, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, almonds, and chocolate. They couldn’t be simpler to make — or more delicious.

peppermint patties

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2. Homemade Peppermint Patties from One Green Planet

Forget faux flavoring and fillers, the center of these minty medallions are a combination of raw cashews, shredded coconut, maple syrup and pure peppermint extract.

vegan butterfingers

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3. Healthy Butterfingers from Chocolate Covered Katie

Crispy, crunchy, peanut buttery. Even Bart Simpson couldn’t tell these healthier homemade candies from store-bought Butterfingers. That is, unless he saw the ingredients, which include bran flakes and all-natural peanut butter.

vegan fruit gummies

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4. Vegan Fruit Gummies from Fork and Beans

If you like gummy bears, you’re going to love these grown-up fruit snacks. They use agar (from algae) in place of gelatin to make these fruit snacks stable. Your kids will never know.

peanut butter cup

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5. Healthy Peanut Butter Cups from Fit Foodie Finds

Is there anything more nostalgic than peanut butter cups? Here, a healthier take on those little cups you’ve loved since childhood.

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