A healthy twist on a classic holiday candy treat! White Trash Candy gets a nutritional makeover in my version of Not-So-Trashy Candy. Dark chocolate, unsweetened dried fruits, whole grain cereals, and other superfoods make the perfect mix of sweet n’ salty flavor while being better for you than the original! This is a holiday snack you can feel good about making AND eating.
Today I am throwing it back to one of the first Recipe Redux recipes I posted on the blog! I finally got around to updating the pictures in this post so I thought it would be fun to reshare it with all of you. Perfect timing too since the holiday season is only a few short months away!
I have a really fun DIY project/recipe to share with you all as a part of my second month of participation with the Recipe Redux!
See my first month here!
Here’s the theme for this month:
Adding Merriment to Mixes – From hostess gifts to holiday gifts, it’s the season for DIY offerings from your kitchen. And homemade mixes couldn’t be easier! Think about healthy bread, hot cocoa, cookie bars, dressings or even spice mixes. Share the recipe for how you package up a little shelf-stable love from your kitchen!
With the holiday season coming up soon, we all can anticipate being invited to numerous parties, family gatherings, and get-togethers. If you are anything like me then you like bringing a little something to thank the host for the invite. Preferably something homemade….bonus points if it’s edible. Well in deciding what to make in regards to this month’s theme I came up with a wonderfully easy gift you can make your friends and family as a token of appreciation for their hospitality! It’s affordable, festive, and serves as a fun project for your recipient to take part in. Plus it involves mason jars…and we all know those are all the rage right now.
You all have probably heard of White Trash Candy before.
If not, it is basically an amazingly delicious sweet n’ salty trail mix covered in white chocolate. Obviously not the healthiest of options, but it is the holidays after all and small indulgences are a total necessity. However, in keeping with my love of health and nutrition I decided to jazz up the standard recipe and give it a little bit of a of makeover. May I present, Not-So-Trashy Candy! Instead of the white chocolate I’ve used dark chocolate (higher in antioxidants and polyphenols from the cocoa), swapped regular pretzels for whole wheat ones (more whole grain fiber), replaced m&ms with dried fruit (less sugar and artificial coloring), and chose unsalted peanuts as opposed to salted ones!
The result is an equally delicious mix of sweet and salty flavor and an added incentive to indulge because of the increase in nutritional benefits. All it takes is layering the first 5 ingredients in a mason jar and attaching the following recipe to make a creative gift that keeps on giving.
- 1 cup whole wheat Chex cereal
- 1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- ½ cup whole grain Cheerios cereal
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup whole wheat pretzels, slightly crushed
- 1 12 oz bag of extra dark chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. In a separate microwave safe bowl, pour chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Pour melted chocolate over the other ingredients and stir to combine evenly.
- On a wax paper lined baking sheet, spread mixture in an even layer and freeze for at least 1 hour. Remove from freezer, break apart into desired pieces and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Voila! As easy as that! No baking or ‘cooking’ required! Just mixing, melting, and freezing.
As I was creating this recipe I started brainstorming some other fun mix-ins that you could add…
+goji berries+-your favorite raw bar, chopped into pieces (a larabar would be delicious in this!)
The possibilities are endless! And let’s face it, when you cover something in dark chocolate, it’s BOUND to be delicious!
Let me know if you try this DIY gift out! Or if you make the recipe for yourself! 🙂
Do you prefer receiving homemade or store-bought gifts?
Do you often bring a gift to the hostess when you’re invited to a party?
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