You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy a piece of candy every now and then, but if you do, you probably want candy more often than that. The problem with buying candy at the store is that it may contain ingredients that are less than healthy. That doesn’t mean there aren’t healthier vegan candy bars available – see these 10 Healthier Vegan Candy Bar Options.
When you make your own candy, you get to choose the ingredients that go into it. Take sugar for example. When you make your own candy, you can be sure it’s free from refined sugar and choose Healthier Alternatives to White Sugar. You can opt for superfood ingredients like dark chocolate and raw cacao. See 10 Divine Ways to Create Delicious Dark Chocolate Desserts for dark chocolate decadence. Read Cacao vs. Cocoa: What You Need to Know to learn the difference between the two and then learn How the Nutrients in Raw Cacao Can Help Fight Sugar Cravings. Your homemade candy can be cooked or raw, packed with superfoods, super-healthy, and still delicious. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these 10 vegan candy recipes, and you’ll wonder why you ever bought candy in the first place.
1. Sugar-Free Puffed Quinoa and Cacao Nib Chocolate Bars
If you like those chocolate bars with crispy rice, you’ll love Annie Oliverio’s Puffed Quinoa and Cacao Nib Chocolate Bars. Made with healthy cacao powder and cacao nibs, these dark chocolate bars get their crunch from puffed quinoa and have a fresh mint flavor. They’re sugar-free too!
2. Giant Vegan Cookie Butter Chocolate Cups
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It only takes four ingredients to make these Cookie Butter Chocolate Cups by Clémence Moulaert. Inspired by the traditional caramelized biscuits from Belgium, these giant-sized treats are big enough to share – but they’re so good you probably won’t want to.
3. Vegan Snickers!
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4. Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Cups
These Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Cups by Emily von Euw come with a warning label because they are so good you just might get addicted to them. They are big almond butter cups with shredded coconut, raw chocolate, and no refined sugars. Remember, you were warned.
5. The First RAW Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar
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Have you ever read the ingredients label of a Butterfinger candy bar? It’s pretty scary and can give you nightmares. This delicious Raw Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar by Brandi Doming has 6 ingredients like mulberries, peanuts, chocolate, and agave. They are all real ingredients that will only give you sweet dreams.
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There’s no reason to buy peanut butter cups when it’s so easy to make them. Andrea Biethman‘s Peanut Butter Cups have only four ingredients, and they taste even better than the store-bought versions. They even have cute little liners to keep your fingers clean!
7. Almond Joy Bars
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Sometimes you feel like a nut and when you do, reach for these Almond Joy Bars by Marquis Matson @realrawkitchen
. They have a chocolate base, a coconut center, and a rich chocolate ganache. The fact that they’re low in sugar, high in healthy fats, and big on chocolatey goodness will definitely bring you joy.
8. Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates
Skip any candy that has artificial food coloring in it. These Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates by Nissrine Boufawaz get their beautiful bright pink color from fresh raspberries. The creamy filling is cashew-based and slightly tart from the berries. They are coated with rich, dark chocolate that’s simply divine.
9. Healthy, Organic, Raw, Vegan, and Gluten Free Snickers!
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This Raw Snickers Cake by Judy Moosmueller has a whole lot of adjectives: raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, healthy, rich, decadent, and amazing. The layers of nougat, peanut caramel, and chocolate can be made into candy, or keep layering until you have an incredible and delicious cake. Hey, that’s two more adjectives.
10. Super Easy Spicy Raw Chocolate Bonbons
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Just because you have a sweet tooth, that doesn’t mean you can add a little spice to your candy. These Raw Chocolate Bonbons by Maria Loghin are sweet and spicy with peanut butter, ground hazelnuts, and a pinch of chili just to make it interesting.
OMG! When you look at these amazing vegan candy recipes, why would you ever buy candy again? These candies are delicious and healthy, so they will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, they’ll make the rest of your body happy too.
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