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Healthier Candy Recipes

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I came across this great post from The Nourishing Gourmet.  A bunch of candy recipes with unrefined sweeteners!! I am soooo excited! I am not a huge candy fan. I don’t even crave it usually, but I grew up making candy at Christmas time with my mom. She is seriously a professional at it. She used to give classes to ladies in our church every year. So my kids have now been raised with me making candy. Since this was a our first year of eating whole foods we were all a little worried about what I was going to do about the Christmas candy. Here is my answer!! Yeah!

1. Mock Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: I created this recipe for my then 3-year-old daughter. They were an instant hit with both her and her friends.

2. The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever: The title says it all. This fudge is so much easier to make than traditional fudge and much healthier, too. I’ve made it with the more common sweetener, honey, with great results as well.

3. Nature’s Candy Bar (pictured at top): I called these Nature’s Candy Bar because they feature dates, which are rich in natural sugar. A chocolate coating doesn’t hurt either.

4. Candy Bar: This chocolate-covered candy bar looks amazing! I would recommend simply substituting the agave syrup in this recipe and the next with the less refined sweetener, honey.

5. Mock Mounds Bar: Mounds bars used to be my favorite candy bar. Now I can have a a healthier version guilt-free.

6. Cracker Toffee (pictured above): My daughter and I made this super easy recipe last year as part of our Christmas candy platter. They are rich, delicious and so easy.

7. Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: I adapted my husband’s favorite caramel corn recipe from his younger years to only include unrefined sweeteners (no corn syrup here!) It is a certain favorite at parties.

8. Caramel Apples: This recipe uses cream and honey to create a rich caramel coating for apples. It’s perfect for this time of year.

9. Dairy-Free Caramel Apples: This recipe doesn’t use any dairy but a combination of honey and maple syrup. How delicious does that sound?

10. Honey-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts: These make a very special gift, and very yummy snacking.

11. Maple Magic Candy: All you need for this recipe is maple syrup. If you’ve ever had maple syrup candy before, you know how amazing it is.

12. Decadent Chocolate “Larabar” Truffles: (pictured above): These truffles were inspired by Larabars, but morphed into truffles; perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Fresh Peach Paradise!

We harvested our peaches last Friday and we only had 2 big bowls full. I was so sad. But they were huge and beautiful. I wanted to make a dessert but didn’t want to take forever or turn on the oven. Here is my creation. My family loved it! I want to make it again!!

Peach Paradise

Remember I forget to measure so these are estimates again.

4 or more large fresh peaches, peeled & sliced

1/2 c pecans, chopped

2 T maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon (I really just shook some on)

Cook in a skillet on medium heat for about 10 min.  I added a little ultra gel to make the sauce thicken a little. You don’t have to do this.

Mix together:

3/4 c vanilla yogurt

3 T heavy cream

When peaches are done spoon into individual bowls and pour this over the top.

While peaches are cooking turn on the griddle.

Using a pastry brush:

Brush melted butter, maple syrup and cinnamon onto both sides of a whole wheat tortilla. Place on griddle for 2 min. each side. Then cut into 6 triangles. Serve with the peaches!!


Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a really yummy dressing that I found at a local farmer’s market but they charge $7/bottle. I eat it on fish, salads, or sautéed with veggies. It’s a staple in my home more than mayo! So I had to come up with my own recipe.  The amounts are a little weird since I am trying to make enough that I don’t have to make it everyday.

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

3/4 c  Olive oil

1/4-1/2c. Maple syrup

1/3c. Balsamic Vinegar

5 tsp dry mustard

5 T coconut aminos (found at azure standard) or soy sauce

1 heaping tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 heaping tsp minced garlic

Makes 2 c vinaigrette.  Mix well and let sit in fridge overnight is best but can be used right away.