When I was 8 years old, I developed a candy drawer. I wish it were healthy candy, but alas, it wasn’t.
It was mostly Reese’s peanut butter cups (God I loved those) hard candy (to the chagrin of my dentist) and candy bars.
Can you blame me?
There’s no shame in loving candy.
The candy drawer was not a guilty-pleasure drawer; it was more like a handy tool for little me. Any time I got candy from a special event -like a birthday party pinata- I would save it until I got home to stash it in my drawer like a hidden treasure.
The hiding place was essential for 2 reasons.
Reason number 1: I had a good number of siblings, none of which I wanted to be fondling or munching on my hard-earned goodies (those rascals!) And reason number 2, I needed a candy trove within reach at all times so when my taste buds screamed for a sweet surprise I was fully prepared and ready to take action. Like the Boy Scouts, but with candy.
Now, many years later, I still have a hidden candy drawer. But for a slightly different reason.
Having healthy candy alternatives at hand makes it easier to stay on track with your goals.
Yes, the contents of my drawers have changed, but not my love for candy. I’m happy to report my current dentist thoroughly approves of this drawer.
The truth is, in the past if I didn’t hide any and all candy out of sight and out of reach it would eventually find its way into my mouth and go straight to that one part of my waistline I struggle with sometimes. It also may have also increased my dentist visits.
I had to learn how to stop sugar cravings, or at least manage them for the sake of my dental plan,
The good thing is, I’ve learned to respect my health and make choices that better support my goals and journey. I want to live to a hundred! And healthy candy seems like a good way to get there.
This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Inspired alternative will delight your taste buds, keep you on track with your health goals and make 8-year old you very, very happy - they’re also really good for Halloween.
(Meet you at our 101 birthday parties, I’ll be the one yapping about healthy candy and how they spared me from prosthetic teeth ;) )
My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s a delicious candy alternative that’s not only healthy, yummy, and fun, but is also packed with superfood diet bonuses.
A treat you can eat anytime and anywhere!
Yessiree, these are the real deal. And if there’s anything better than chocolate with peanut butter, it’s chocolate with peanut butter PLUS a ton of health benefits, all mixed together in delectable goodness.
It totally counts as candy, flavor-wise, but it’s enriched with some superfoods that you can brag about when people compliment your super-duper-yummy peanut butter cups.
Our healthy candy alternative, that I hereby dub “Superfood Peanut Butter Cups” are easy to make with just four ingredients, tasty enough to satisfy your sweet tooth while still healthy enough to keep you from negative self-talk and misplaced guilt.
They are full of wholesome ingredients from our seasonal-favorite Gold, Chocolate.
The Superfood Ingredients in Gold, Chocolate:
(you only taste the chocolate!)
This is why they qualify as “healthy candy,” but because of the powerful cocoa flavor, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and monk fruit, you can’t really taste the other remarkable superfoods in the blend. You get the benefits of turmeric and Reishi mushroom powder without tasting them!
If you want to know why it’s good for you (and I recommend that you do #braggingrights) read on, if not skip down to the recipe below.
There are some really cool science-backed effects of chocolate on the brain, and some research suggests that the cocoa flavonoids in dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) could enhance your mood by boosting serotonin and anandamide.
These neurotransmitters, among other functions, may make you feel “happier.” Interestingly, anandamide was named after the Sanskrit word “Ananda” which means bliss or joy.
Don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me. Healthy candy (and chocolate) FTW!
With only one gram of sugar, it’s bound to be healthier than your regular go-to candy bar. Dentists like it when you eat less sugar and brush your teeth (I have hands-on experience)
And so does your body!
While other chocolate products on the market are overflowing with processed sugars and sweeteners, this one is not. Sweetened with coconut sugar and monk fruit it could even be diabetic-friendly!
Chocolate antioxidants could make your skin look better and may even support the immune system. Our Gold, Chocolate blend contains one of the highest-ranking antioxidant sources on the planet, raw cacao bean. It has reportedly more antioxidants than kale, blueberries and goji berries.
Now that’s not to say all chocolate can do that, as high sugar and processing content could undermine the antioxidant value of the fruit, but it could explain why it helps your body fight aging and oxidation. See why healthy candy may be better than regular candy?
Leveraging the anti-stress properties of adaptogen herbs and mushrooms like Reishi, Turkey Tail Mushroom, and the anti-inflammatory potential of turmeric, this healthy chocolate alternative could support better rest and energy management. It could even be an alternative for your daily cup of coffee.
By now, you’re probably thinking - you had me at healthy candy. So let’s get cooking!
This healthy candy alternative is so easy to make you won’t believe how quickly you put them together, even if your previous forays into the kitchen ended in mild batter explosions.
Keeping a healthy candy alternative on hand, like these bad boys over here, for when cravings come is a great way to make sure you’re not affecting your health for instant-gratification that may have long term harmful effects on your body (and I’m not talking about looks) as excess sugar has been linked with chronic conditions.
It also changes your mindset from “dieting” and deprivation, to fun and fulfilled. It’s a whole lot easier to live like that. Indulge in things that you love with a healthy twist, that way you both eat the cake and bake it -without sacrificing taste or pleasure. Something as simple as a healthy sugar substitute helps.
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