Does Easter feel like Halloween's Spring cousin to you too?
Just when we get rid of all that orange-and-black-wrapped junk that made its way into our houses, we turn around only to find the same junk 6 months later — this time cloaked in happy pastel bunnies and tulips.
It's fun to make and eat candies and treats, and there's no reason we should have to deprive ourselves or our kiddos of sweets, especially during special holidays.
We just have to change the game a bit.
Hard candies, fudge, chocolate bark, and even marshmallows aren't out of the question — as long as you're willing to poke around and find a healthy recipe for one of these things that you know your family will love.
So here are 52 candy recipes that contain zero junk — no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors.
Beware: a lot of chocolate is about to follow! But if you're not a chocolate fan, no worries. There's something here for everyone!
Truffles, Balls, and Bites
These bad boys are sure to become a family tradition — and why not? They don't have any refined sweeteners, plus they're enhanced with healing collagen! Via recipestonourish.com.
Chocolate is God's gift to women, am I right? Bittersweet chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder melt in your mouth. What a gift indeed! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Armed with this DELICIOUS truffles recipe, you and your kids can have a treat, and feel good about what's in it. Via purposefullysimple.com.
Bitter, with hints of cinnamon and chili, these truffles are amazingly complex. Via nourishedkitchen.com.
Event choco-holics among us will be pleasantly satisfied with just a bite or two of these rich truffles. Via ourheritageofhealth.com.
Healthy fats, nourishing ingredients, and chocolate combine to make the perfect marriage of healthy and sweet — your quick dessert dilemma is solved! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
If you're a fan of natural protein powders, here's a creative, non-smoothie way to use them. Via raiasrecipes.com.
When you want a Real Food, ethical chocolate treat, chai chocolate truffles satisfy on all fronts! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
It's hard to find low-carb sweets, but not any more. Eat a low-carb/high-fat diet doesn't have to leave you without dessert! Via grassfedgirl.com.
Grain- and nut-free, these Chocolate Orange Truffles will have your eyes rolling back into your head! Via recipestonourish.com.
A completely sugar-free treat that incorporates some awesome superfoods: goji berries and coconut manna! Via eatbeautiful.net.
A moist and creamy coconut filling is surrounded by a chocolate shell — and healthy fats abound! Via sweetashoney.co.
Hey, a girl needs a treat at least once a day, right? These 3-ingredient truffles can be thrown together in a couple of minutes when you need to treat yourself. Via bodyunburdened.com.
Bars and Bark
Keep these chocolate bars in your freezer to satisfy your sweet tooth every so often. With just four ingredients, making this bark is a no-brainer. Via healyeatsreal.com.
You're just three ingredients away from a healthy treat for the holidays (or anytime!). Via backtothebooknutrition.com.
Coconut oil provides vital nourishment to supply your body with healthy fat and curb sugar cravings. There's an Almond Joy variation too! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Got a chocolate craving and no chocolate in the house? This recipe comes to the rescue! Via nourishingjoy.com.
Eat these totally raw Snickers bars and enjoy a throwback to the time when you ate candy bars without thinking about what was in them! Via forestandfauna.com.
These magnesium-rich chocolate clusters are an easy way to get in your daily dose of magnesium — meaning these clusters do double duty to fight against stress. Via wendypolisi.com.
How many superfoods can you cram into a piece of candy? You won't believe how many! Via theviewfromgreatisland.com.
If two flavors were ever meant to be, it's chocolate and strawberry. These no-bake treats can be whipped up in a few minutes! Via healthygreenflamingo.com.
Who doesn't love cookie dough?! Via deliciousobsessions.com.
Decadent chocolate and sweet peppermint combine to make a crunchy and satisfying candy for everyone. Via livesimply.me.
Whip up this fudge in just minutes. It's all goodness with nothing else added! Via peachypalate.com.
This fudge makes good use of one of our favorite ingredients: coconut butter! And flavor extracts can be added to create a variety! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
A chocolate-y, raw dessert that's completely nut-free! Via chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
This fudge recipe has a stevia option, meaning you can make it totally sugar-free! Via chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
Velvety smooth fudge, rich in chocolate and mingled with refreshing peppermint — it's a must-have during the holidays or any time of year! Via thenourishinggourmet.com.
Coconut and chocolate together is nothing short of heaven on earth. And this fudge is 100% guilt-free and no-junk! Via livingthenourishedlife.com.
Licking the brownie batter bowl was always my favorite part about making brownies. Let's think of this fudge as the happy experience of continuous batter bowl-licking! Via yupitsvegan.com.
This creamy chocolate fudge has something special — it's studded with crunchy green pistachios! Via thefoodieteen.com.
It's okay to use pumpkin as your health excuse to eat fudge. I won't tell. 🙂 Via theorganicdietitian.com.
Baking healthier cookies just got easier — because when you can control the ingredients in your chocolate chips, you have total control over your chocolate chip cookies and cookie dough! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
This chocolate is so delicious and so simple to make. Four ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes. Via jaysbakingmecrazy.com.
Do you have a twinge of guilt when you reach for a sweet treat? You're not alone! But you don't have to feel guilty when you're nourishing your body AND satisfying a craving. Via thenourishedcaveman.com.
A little of this favorite Middle Eastern treat goes a long way. And it's a perfect Easter-time candy! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
There's no reason to buy chocolate candy from the store when you can so easily (and healthfully) make your own at home! Via deliciousobsessions.com.
Good toffee is worth its weight in gold … and so is a toffee recipe that actually works and isn't full of corn syrup! Via therisingspoon.com.
Do you remember the peppermint pattie commercials where a person would be swept away by the sensation of a cool minty breeze? You can be swept away by how good these are for you! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Bright, tangy, coconutty, and slightly sweet — the perfect combination to make a satisfying treat. Via deliciousobsessions.com.
Dates make a delicious, naturally sweet caramel-flavored filling — perfect with salt and chocolate! Via empoweredsustenance.com.
What a perfectly yummy way to get a dose of healthy fats! Via wortheverychew.com.
You'll be glad you have this recipe when pumpkin season rolls around! Via hybridrastamama.com.
Cozy fall nights will have you wanting these caramel apples that are made with honey and not high fructose corn syrup. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Making treats for those with food allergies can be a challenge. Here's any allergy-friendly spin on an old favorite! Via superhealthykids.com.
A blend of versions of halva, this traditional sweet treat doesn't require boiling of honey, so it can be made in minutes! Via almostbananas.net.
Don't let the fact that this is a GAPS-approved candy frighten you away from these delicious candies! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Sweet and chewy with a hint of caramel, this hand-pulled taffy is as fun to make as it is to eat. Via mommypotamus.com.
In under five minutes, you'll be enjoying your superfoods and dessert all in one cute package! Via chocolatecoveredkatie.com.
Grass-fed beef gelatin is the secret in these simple (and GAPS-approved), fluffy marshmallows. Via mommypotamus.com.
Once you pop one of these cherry cordial-like dessert balls, it's going to be hard to stop. Consider yourself warned. Via coconutsandkettlebells.com.
So maybe chocolate isn't your thing? That's okay! These hard honey candies are so easy to make, you won't even mind sharing. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Remember in Little House in the Big Woods when Laura and Mary made snow candy? Now you can make your very own! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Will any of these junk-free candy options be making an appearance in your home this Easter?
If you love these…
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- Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate
- Sweet Superfood (with goji berries & chia seeds)
- Chocolate-Covered Cherry
- Blueberry, Lemon, & Mint Bliss
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