Homemade sweet and salty candy with lots of crunch! This Caramel Peanut Pretzel Candy is a healthy take on traditional pretzel bark. No added sugar, vegan, and can also be made gluten-free…it’s the candy snack you can feel good about munching!
It certainly seems like Healthy Helper is becoming more of Dessert Deliverer these past few weeks. 😉
From breads and cookies to pies and fudge! I just can’t stop sharing delicious, sweet treats with you all. I guess I sort of have an excuse since the holidays are definitely a ‘treat yo’self’ (Tom Haverford, anyone?) time of year. Also, my recipes are usually healthy, wholesome versions of their classic counterparts. So it’s all justified, am I right?
Just go with me! 😉
Last year around this time I shared a superfood version of one of my favorite holiday foods…White Trash Candy! Have you heard of it? It’s a childhood staple of mind that my friends and I used to exchange every year. So simple, yet SO GOOD.Unfortunately it’s taken a WHOLE YEAR for me to try my hand at a new healthy candy recipe. Well that unintended streak ends today. I’m bringing you Caramel Peanut Pretzel Candy. A mouthful, right? Yes! A mouthful of YUM!This candy is a nod to pretzel bark and caramel popcorn all at the same time. It’s got crunch, it’s got chew, and it’s got that craveable sweet n’ salty taste!
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates (approx. 6 large)
- 1½ cup +1/2 cup water
- ¼ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 cups gluten-free pretzel sticks, measured and then broken slightly
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- ¼ cup chocolate covered cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 350. Place dates and 1½ cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil until most water is removed. Places date and water mixture in a food processor with an additional ½ cup of water. Puree until smooth. Return date mixture to the pot and add almond butter and coconut oil. Heat on low until evenly combined. Remove pot from stove. In a large mixing bowl, combine pretzels, peanuts, and cacao nibs. Pour date mixture over pretzel mixture and stir until evenly coated. Spread pretzel mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let tray cool completely on a wire rack. Break the candy into pieces and store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator.
You know I’m a fan of date based caramel! Who needs added sugar when dates are literally Nature’s candy? I knew I had to incorporate them into this candy recipe somehow. By simply softening them and combining them with nut butter, dates can be transformed into the most lovely, rich caramel sauce! Smooth, creamy, and oh so delicious.The sweet coating is the perfect complement to the salty pretzels and peanuts! The recipe is totally vegan, gluten-free (if you use gluten-free pretzels…but feel free to use regular if you aren’t sensitive!), and obviously refined sugar-free. Pretty amazing for something that can be considered candy! To me, this candy is like jazzed up trail mix. The possibilities for different mix-ins are endless, but I wanted to keep things relatively simple for the original recipe. Definitely feel free to experiment with your favorite ingredients though!I plan on making this as a hostess gift and DIY present for a bunch of my friends and family this year! It keeps well, looks pretty in a mason jar, and it’s something that you can feel good about giving. Nothing better than food that tastes good and is a bit healthier for you.
What’s your favorite holiday candy or treat?
Do you ever make DIY food gifts for friends & family?
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