Eight Healthy Candy Recipes to Make This Halloween

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Given that Halloween candy starts showing up in stores in, oh, August, it can be pretty hard to restrain yourself all the way up until October 31. But instead of binging on a whole bag of fun-sized candy bars, why not make your own healthy candy this year?

We found eight sweet treats you can make yourself—and that won’t prevent you from fitting into your costume.

1. Sour Watermelon Gummies
via Meatified

Classic gummies may be loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, but this easy recipe requires only watermelon, lime juice, gelatin, and honey. Go ahead, have two.

2. Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
via Get Healthy U

Fudge is typically one of the most indulgent desserts around. But by combining natural peanut butter, a banana, vanilla extract, salt, coconut butter, and stevia, you can trick yourself into satisfying your sweet tooth, minus the sugar and fat.

3. Strawberry Fruit Leather
via Zizi Adventures

Puréed strawberries, honey, and vanilla bean come together to form a healthy fruit leather. It’s a candy and a serving of fruit all in one.

4. Three-Ingredient Greek Yogurt Truffles
via Honey and Figs Kitchen

Yes, these candies may contain chocolate. But with Greek yogurt and coconut flakes adding sweetness, you can get away with using a low-sugar, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate.

5. DIY Green Apple Popeye Gummy Bears
via Desserts With Benefits

Quite possibly the first-ever Halloween candy recipe to include spinach, these gummy bears more closely resemble your morning smoothie than typical trick-or-treating bounty. Note: You’ll need a juicer for this recipe.

6. Candied Grapes
via Rachel Schultz

It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe. All you have to do is coat grapes with melon-flavored Jello powder, refrigerate for an hour, and enjoy.

7. Five-Ingredient Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
via Minimalist Baker

“Caramel” made from dates? Genius. These truffles aren’t exactly low-calorie—each one comes in at around 150—but the ingredients are much more wholesome and nutritious than your average candy bar.

8. Raw Strawberry Twizzlers
via Nouveau Raw

These knock-off Twizzlers are not only sugar-free, they also contain beet juice for an extra kick of nutrients. Juice your own, or pick some juice up at your local grocery store.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2015/10/13/eight-healthy-candy-recipes-to-make-this-halloween/