20 Healthy Homemade Candy Recipes (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Never buy store-bought candy bars again- Your favorite candy and chocolate bars get a healthy and homemade makeover! Made with wholesome, clean ingredients, they are the perfect snack or dessert to enjoy guilt-free! My copycat candy bars taste just as good as the original, you’d never believe they were paleo, vegan, keto, low carb and sugar free! 

Healthy Homemade Candy Recipes (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)- Easy Copycat Candy Bars given a healthy makeover! Fudge, chocolate bars, soft candy and more! Keto + low carb options too! #homemadecandy #candyrecipe #sugarfree #healthy | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

It’s almost Halloween which means one thing- Candy, and lots of it.

Unfortunately, candy isn’t seasonal- It is something which is available year-round and is a popular snack, dessert, sugar-fix or something to silence the sweet tooth. 

If you are anything like me, I use the excuse of Halloween to stock up on even more candy, even varieties I wouldn’t typically choose (which bites me in the behind…I use those less than stellar ones in leftover candy bar crunch bars)

Candy bars and chocolate bars don’t need to have the unfair ‘unhealthy’ stigmas on them. Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared many popular candy bars, but given them a healthy makeover. 

Traditional candy bars are typically full of multiple types of sugar, processed flour, oils and other nasties. They also are generic and not really fitted for any dietary lifestyle. 

In my homemade candy and chocolate bars, you’ll notice some huge differences. While they taste very similar, my versions eclipse their original counterparts. Bonus? Every single recipe is completely vegan, gluten free and sugar free, most are paleo friendly, and quite a few are completely low carb and keto friendly too! 

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a snickers bar, what are twix bars made of or even how to make healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups…I have you covered!

SMART SWAPS + KEY INGREDIENTS

You’ll notice that many of my homemade candy bars contain similar ingredients. There are obviously a few changes to each one, depending on what the recipe is. However, these are some staples which will be common amongst most of them!

Nut + Seed Butters-

Unless specifically stated, you can use any nut or seed butter for whatever you have on hand. Granted, some recipes would taste better with a particular kind (e.g. peanut butter over another). 

I typically use cashew butter or almond butter, as they are both mild tasting and add a delicious texture. Peanut butter is great, but be sure you are a fan, as the flavor can be overpowering. 

For those with nut allergies, sunflower seed butter, tahini, or soy nut butter are fantastic. Tahini can be quite bitter, so just be wary if you opt to use it. 

Sticky Sweeteners-

To keep recipes 100% sugar-free, I recommend using this monk fruit sweetened maple syrup. Alternatively, pure maple syrup or agave works well. I don’t recommend using an artificially sweetened syrup, as it doesn’t have the thickness or texture to allow the candy bars to form. 

Grains + Flours-

The two most common flours used are coconut flour or almond flour. I know some readers aren’t a fan of coconut flour, so please read the recipe notes for any suggestions or substitutions recommended. Coconut flour is tricky, in which it cannot be replaced cup for cup with other flours. 

I also recommend using oat flour, which can easily be made by grinding up rolled oats. A fantastic substitute for it (texture wise) is quinoa flakes. 

Other extras-

Chocolate is a common ingredient, so be sure to use either sugar free chocolate chips or dairy free chocolate chips if you have dietary restrictions. The latter is paleo and vegan-friendly, and melt beautifully. If you have no issues with chocolate, use a good quality baking brand.

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars 

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (V, GF, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines cereal, chocolate and peanut butter in one! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- #candybar #homemadecandy #healthyrecipe #healthydessert #nobake | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

Homemade Coconut Mound Bars 

4 Ingredient No Bake Mound Bounty Bars (V, GF, P, DF)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy candy bar copycat combines coconut and chocolate in one! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #keto #ketodessert | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Homemade Paleo Vegan Twix Bars 

Healthy Homemade Twix Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)- A no bake and easy copycat version of the famous Twix Caramel Cookie Candy Bar- The wholesome snack or dessert to enjoy anytime! {v, gf, p recipe} | #twix #sugarfree #lowcarb #paleodessert | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

Chocolate Coconut Keto Cups

3 Ingredient Keto Chocolate Coconut Cups (Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)- An easy, homemade three ingredient healthy dessert or snack recipe which is low carb, dairy free and gluten free. A guilt-free way to keep hunger at bay while satisfying the sweet tooth! {v, gf, p recipe}- thebigmansworld.com #keto #ketodessert

Homemade No Bake Coconut Bounty Bars 

Homemade No Bake Bounty Protein Bars (V, GF, Paleo)- Easy, fuss-free and delicious, this healthy protein packed candy bar copycat combines coconut, chocolate and protein in one! {vegan, gluten free, low carb recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

3 Ingredient Almond Butter Keto Cups

3 Ingredient Keto Almond Butter Cups (Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)- An easy, homemade three ingredient healthy dessert or snack recipe which is low carb, dairy free and gluten free. A guilt-free way to keep hunger at bay while satisfying the sweet tooth! {v, gf, p recipe}- thebigmansworld.com #keto #ketodessert

4-Ingredient White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups 

4-Ingredient Dairy Free White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (Vegan, Gluten Free)- Easy homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups filled with a sweet and salty creamy center! No dairy, no eggs and ready in 5 minutes! {v, gf, df recipe}- thebigmansworld.com #dairyfree #vegan #whitechocolate

Healthy No Bake Kit Kat Crunch Bars 

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Sugar Free Nutella Fudge Cups

Healthy 3 Ingredient 'Nutella' Cups made with NO sugar, NO dairy and ridiculously easy AND delicious! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- #sugarfree #nutella #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge 

Healthy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge- Smooth, creamy and ready in minutes, this secretly healthy fudge has a hint of pumpkin and NO condensed milk, butter, refined sugar free and dairy free! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Homemade Mars Bars 

Homemade Mars Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)- An easy, homemade healthy mars bar recipe which is low carb, dairy free and gluten free. A guilt-free dessert or snack! {v, gf, p}- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

3 Ingredient Sugar Free Almond Joy Cups 

3 Ingredient Homemade Almond Joy (Paleo, Vegan, Sugar Free)- An easy, homemade three ingredient healthy almond joy copycat recipe which is low carb, dairy free and gluten free. Coconut, chocolate and almonds combined! {v, gf, p recipe}- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Keto Fudge Cups 

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Keto Cups (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)- Easy 3-Ingredient homemade pumpkin pie fudge covered in guilt-free chocolate- The ultimate satisfying sweet treat! {v, gf, p recipe}- thebigmansworld.com #keto #ketodessert #fatbomb

Homemade Healthy Snickers Bars

Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars (V, GF, P, DF)- Quick, easy no bake low carb snickers protein bars recipe using just 5 ingredients and ready in minutes- With or without protein powder! {vegan, gluten free, paleo}- #candybar #lowcarb #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins 

Healthy 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups (V, GF, DF)- Easy, homemade pumpkin peanut butter cups BETTER than Reese's- A creamy fudgy center with a layer of chocolate! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

3 Ingredient Chocolate Almond Fudge 

Healthy THREE Ingredient Chocolate Almond Fudge- Smooth, creamy and melt in your mouth fudge bites which takes minutes to whip up- So quick and easy! Naturally sweetened and with NO butter, NO dairy, NO refined sugar and NO flour! {vegan, gluten free, clean eating, paleo recipe}- #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Low Carb Sugar Free Candy Trail Mix 

Low Carb Sugar Free Candy Trail Mix (V, GF, Paleo)- A guilt-free trail mix LOADED with all the good stuff- Chocolate chips, chunks, candied nuts and NO boring bits- Perfect for snacking, gifts, DIY, holidays and more! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- #lowcarb #keto #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Homemade Almond Joy Bars

Healthy Homemade Almond Joy Bars (V, GF, P, DF): Easy and foolproof 6-ingredient recipe for homemade Almond Joy candy bars packed with protein and no refined sugar! Chocolate, coconut and almonds in one! {vegan, gluten free, paleo}- #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

3 Ingredient Maple Almond Fudge 

Healthy 3 Ingredient Maple Almond Fudge- Smooth, creamy and secretly healthy, this fudge takes seconds to make, and has NO butter, dairy, condensed milk or nasties! Seriously, THREE ingredient magic! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Paleo Nutella Fudge Cups

Healthy 3 Ingredient 'Nutella' Fudge Cups- Smooth, creamy and melt-in-your mouth fudge which takes minutes and has NO dairy, refined sugar or butter but you'd never tell- A delicious snack or dessert! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- #keto #ketodessert #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree | recipe at thebigmansworld.com

3 Ingredient Junior Mint Cups 

Healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Junior Mint Cups (V, GF, P, DF)- Copycat candy bar cups just like an after eight or Andes mint candy, but completely guilt-free and ready in 5 minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Homemade Candy Recipes (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)- Easy Copycat Candy Bars given a healthy makeover! Fudge, chocolate bars, soft candy and more! Keto + low carb options too! #homemadecandy #candyrecipe #sugarfree #healthy | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

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2 thoughts on “20 Healthy Homemade Candy Recipes (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Peanut butter cups have always been my favorite candy! I definitely will be making some peanut butter cup-flavored treats in the future, plus make some healthy Twix bars and healthy pumpkin candies!

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