Christmas season is always about the candy! Are you ready to fill your families stockings with healthy chocolate or are you going the standard route? Whether you prefer to treat them with store bought candy or not, this easy recipe will be a winner no matter when you choose to make it. Enjoy it all year round as a special treat to have on hand. Easy to make and store in the fridge or freezer for whenever a sugar craving might hit you. Very easy to change out the toppings to suite your preferences. Other ideas might be toasted pecans, walnuts or pistachios. Change out the cranberries for goji berries, or another dried fruit.
It might take some time but most health stores do carry dried fruit naturally sweetened with apple juice rather than refined sugars. Reading your labels for sugar is important when buying anything store bought and packaged. You can easily find sugar free chocolate chips at most health food stores nowadays. Many might contain sugar alcohols like malitol, but the brand I've recommended below uses stevia to sweeten and there is no aftertaste.
Having candy made at home allows you to sweeten it as you prefer. You could also try this with unsweetened baking chocolate and just add your favorite sugar free sweetener of choice. You'll have to taste and adjust to your sweetness before allowing it to harden. If you need this t be lower in carbs just skip the dried fruit all together and just use nuts. Even seeds like roasted pumpkin and sunflower is a nice option if you have tree nut and peanut allergies in the family.
Making your own snacks and sweet treats at home is always the best choice when it comes to sustaining a sugar free life style. Having on hand something you can enjoy without guilt or worry about whether it will cause you to crave sugar is key to being able to stick to this sugar free life.
- 7 ounces sugar-free chocolate chips (I used the brand Lily's Sweets)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries ( I used apple juice sweetened found at Whole Foods Market)
- 1/2 cup almonds (raw, unsalted)
- Spread the chocolate chips on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Keep them as close together as possible in the form of a rectangle.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 1-3 minutes until shiny.
- Once out of the oven use a toothpick or tip of a butter knife to spread the chips together until smooth.
- Scatter the cranberries and almonds evenly over the chocolate.
- Refrigerate or freeze until hardened.
- Break into pieces to serve.
- Keep refrigerated.