Looking for low-carb candy and sweet treat alternatives? Try these 20+ Keto and Paleo Homemade Candy recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the grains and sugar.
If you’re Keto, Paleo, gluten-free, low carb or have other dietary restrictions it can be hard to find sweet treat recipes. I’ve been there myself. My family is gluten-free and while we don’t have carb restrictions, we often follow Paleo-friendly recipes to cut down on carbs and refined sugar. And my kids have a sweet tooth, just like my husband so I put together a list of my favorite Keto and Paleo candy recipes and sweet treats that are easy to make and made with real food ingredients.
Get Your Sweet Fix with Homemade Candy
I find having these Keto and Paleo candy alternatives really help my family get their sweet fix, so we don’t have food battles in checkout aisle at the grocery store (you know where the candy is all lined up). My kids actually tell me they love my Peanut Butter Cups recipe way more than the store-bought peanut butter cups. Parenting win!
Homemade Candy vs. Store Bought
Homemade Candy obviously takes longer to make than buying store bought, but the benefits are really worth it! Firstly, you can control exactly what goes into your candy. A lot of ‘high quality’ candy in the stores will still be loaded with artificial preservatives and sugar.
Plus there’s the cost, good candy ain’t cheap to buy! With homemade candy you can batch make for a fraction of the price.
It’s also a fun thing to get the kids involved with.
Keto and Paleo Candy Recipes
These Paleo candy alternatives are the perfect replacement for store-bought candy without compromising taste. Get all the deliciousness without the artificial flavors, preservatives, or sugar.
- Peanut Butter Cups (Paleo, Peanut-Free) by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Peppermint Patty Recipe (Paleo) by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Almond Joy Bars (AIP, Low Carb, Vegan) by Whole New Mom
- Coconut Carmel Slice (Keto, Paleo, Nut-Free) by The Castaway Kitchen
- Peppermint Patties (Keto and Dairy-Free) by All Day I Dream About Food
- Keto Peanut Butter Cups by Wholesome Yum
- Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Butter Cups (Paleo, Vegan) by 40 Aprons
- Chocolate Cups with Caramel (Paleo, Vegan) by 40 Aprons
These fat bombs really help to satisfy both a sweet tooth and make it easier to go between meals because the fat is so satisfying.
- Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bombs by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Vanilla Tahini Fudge Fat Bomb (Keto, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free) by The Castaway Kitchen
- Toasted Coconut Butter Fat Bombs (Keto, Paleo, Dairy-Free) by The Castaway Kitchen
- Sunshine Fat Bombs (Keto, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free) by The Castaway Kitchen
- Cinnamon Bun Fat Bomb Bars by Ditch the Wheat
- Homemade Keto Cups Fat Bombs by Keto Summit
Keto and Paleo Truffle Recipes
Forget buying truffles from the store. Make your own with real food ingredients. It’s so easy!
- Chocolate Avocado Truffles by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Chocolate Truffles (Keto, Sugar-Free) by Low Carb Maven
Keto and Paleo Chocolate Bark Recipes
These Paleo chocolate bark recipes are great for holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, or anytime of the year you want to enjoy some chocolate.
- Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark (Paleo, Vegan) by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Easy Chocolate Bark Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, Keto) by Cook Eat Paleo
Keto and Paleo Bars
These bars are excellent after-school treats or lunchbox snacks for the kids.
- No-Bake Grasshopper Bars (AIP, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) by Whole New Mom
- White Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bar (AIP, Dairy-Free) by Grassfed Salsa
- No-Bake Chocolate Fig Bars (Vegan, Grain-Free) by Clean Eating Kitchen
Keto and Paleo Marshmallows
Add these marshmallows to a cup of hot cocoa (just swap in coconut milk for regular milk). Yum!
- Paleo Marshmallows by Our Paleo Life
- 3-Ingredient Extra Fluffy Marshmallows (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Keto) by Gnom Gnom
Storing Homemade Candy
Make sure to store it properly so it stays fresh longer. Stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place, most homemade candy will keep for about 2 to 3 weeks. Fudge and caramels can be wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 1 year.
To prevent candies from exchanging flavors, always store different types of candy in separate containers, using waxed paper between layers. Also keep hard candy and soft candy in different containers; otherwise, the moisture from the soft candy will cause the hard candy to become sticky.
Tips for These Homemade Candy Recipes
- When making nougat or caramel, be patient blending each layer if you want them nice and creamy. Even with a Vitamix, it will probably take several minutes, with breaks in between to stir and scrape, to get a nice creamy mixture.
- If the recipe calls for you to chill the bars, make sure to chill long enough. If you have the time, making the bars the day before will work best, since you can chill them overnight in the freezer before cutting. I like using a large, very sharp knife to cut them into bars for the least amount of fuss
- If you are dipping your candy in chocolate, make sure they’re cold and firm before dipping in chocolate. Sure, they’ll still be good if they fall apart a little, but it’s easier when the bars are still chilled from the freezer to dip them. After cutting, you might want to return them to the freezer to make sure they’re nice and firm.
- Buy a candy thermometer, to make sure you hit the right temperature and perfect the textures.
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