Are you looking for a healthier alternative to Halloween treats this year, and if so I have some homemade chocolate candy bar recipes for you. September is a great time to start this project with your little ones, and quality family time is important for a close bonding relationship. You are also setting a good example, and is that not what parenting is all about?
Chocolate Facts You Need To Know
You can consume your favorite candy bar without gaining weight and becoming unhealthy, but the key is to eat them in moderation. I in fact indulge myself regularly, and my vital signs are exceptionally good plus my weight is managed effectively. So let us take a look at the facts, and this might surprise many of you after you read what is next.
- May lower your cholesterol levels
- Cognitive benefits
- Possibly reduce heart problems
Bad Cholesterol Benefits
The Journal of Nutrition shares in an article chocolate could possibly lower cholesterol levels, so if you are experiencing bad cholesterol problems this could possibly be a health benefit for you. Research studies revealed regular consumption in moderation could lower not only your cholesterol levels but also high blood pressure as well.
Harvard Medical School studies concluded it is possible drinking two cups of hot chocolate per day could actually contribute to healthy brain health, and they also suggested this might even prevent cognitive decline as you become older. By adding this easy new habit to your diet you are improving the blood flow to parts of your brain, even more, impressive studies reveal this may reduce or prevent nerve damage which is thought to cause Alzheimer’s Disease.
Research has been published that suggests regular consumption in moderation may help reduce the disease of your heart by as much as one-third. This has impressed the researchers to the point these studies are continuing, so are you surprised yet by what you are reading about your favorite candy bars.
Now that you know about the positive facts, we now are going to face what over-consumption can cause us negatively. Like everything, there are the good and the bad, but knowing both is the key to using the information wisely.
I have learned how to manage my weight simply by eating my favorite treat in moderation, but if you over-indulge you often will experience becoming overweight. Store-bought candy bars are high in sugar and fat, so that is the reason we can struggle to manage our weight. Later on, in this article I am going to provide you some recipes that are healthy alternatives to what you are more likely eating now. Once you start preparing your own, you will be able to have more control over what you are putting in your body.
Do You Suffer From Migraines?
Some of you who experience migraine headaches might find this is a trigger for you, but everyone does not experience this so eating this in moderation might very well not bother you. Usually, people who find this as a trigger are consuming regularly, but many people who eat in moderation have little or no problems. Some people are more sensitive than others, and there are no studies at this time that proves without a doubt chocolate is a trigger for migraines for everyone.
There is some evidence that this may contribute to osteoporosis and one study I read from The Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded some older women who consumed this most days experienced a lower bone density and also less strength.
Now you know the good and the bad, but in my own opinion, how this affects you all depends on your immune system. I know many foods are triggers for my autoimmune disease symptoms, so as challenging as it is, I do my very best to stick to my strict diet. Now let us check out the homemade chocolate candy bar recipes in the next paragraph, so here are your store-bought alternatives I promised you.
Easy Sugar-Free Candy Bar Recipe
I am sharing this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, and she is one of the experts when it comes to providing you store-bought alternatives that is healtheir for you and your family.
What You Need
- 1/2 Cup Cacao or Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- Vanilla Stevia Drops to Taste
- Shallow Candy Molds
Time To Get Baking
- Combine the ingredients above into a bowl
- Mix until the mixture is smooth
- Pour into shallow candy molds
- If your mixture is too thick add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- Chill until hard
- Store in the fridge
This really sounds like an easy and healthy candy bar recipe for us all to try, and with Halloween right around the corner this is a perfect excuse to conjure up some of these for the family. For more of these just visit her website, and leave her a comment telling her Free Family Solutions shared this with you.
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I chose this recipe first for homemade chocolate candy bar recipes because is is easy and simple to prepare, you also could make this a family time holiday project including the entire family. With Halloween right around the corner this is a perfect time to give this a try, and I am sure your family will not mind test tasting them once they are ready to eat.
What Is Your Favorite Candy Bar?
I really have a real treasure to share with you in this paragraph, so what is your favorite store-bought candy bar? By any chance do any of these interest you to prepare at home, and if so you are in luck you can do exactly that?
- Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
- York Peppermint Patties
- Baby Ruth
- Almond Joy
- Milky Way
The recipes were inspired by the ones on the list above, and you can thank another one of the best websites Taste of Home for sharing these with the world. There are even two bonuses available you might be interested in as well, and they go by the names of Take 5 Bar and Goo Goo Clusters. I have never heard of these two bars, but they were the inspiration for the last two bonus recipes.
5-Minute Candy Bar Recipe
Here is another easy and simple recipe you should consider preparing with your children, and if you have grandchildren that would be even better. I remember as a little boy my grandmother allowing me to help her prepare her holiday cookies, and that is still one of my fondest childhood memories.
What You Need
- 1/4 Cup of Rice Crispies
- 1/2 Cup of Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
- Sweetener to Taste ( Pure Maple Syrup or Agave )
- Tiny Dash of Salt
Lets Get To Baking
- Combine coconut oil and sweetener
- Stir, and then add your cocoa powder and rice crispies
- Stir your mixture until it becomes thick
- Pour into any flat container
- Freeze until solid & store in the freezer
If you guessed this easy and simple recipe was from Chocolate Covered Katie, you are exactly right. If you are wondering the correct name she gave this recipe, you will want to call it Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars. You know most of the candy bars I have found have been very time-consuming to make, and that is what I like the most about Katie’s website.
Healthy Halloween Cookie Recipes
If you are enjoying this article you might be interested in checking out this article as well, and to give you an idea what you will find I have listed the highlights for you below.
- Awesome Family Time Activity
- Ghost Merigue Cookies
- 5- a Day Kids Meals Made Easy
- Kids Approved Recipe
- Best Websites For Healthy Holiday Recipes
- Banana Pudding
I just thought I would share this article with those of you who might have missed reading it, and this one is focusing on homemade cookies instead of candy.
Healthiest Store-Bought Candy Bars
Even though these recipes are easy and simple you might not have the time to make them yourselves all the time, so if you are going to be purchasing store-bought for your family what are your best choices?
- Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar
- Kit Kat
- 3 Musketeers
- Hershey’s Cookies & Cream
- Reese’s Sticks
- Almond Joy
- Milky Way
- Hershey’s Gold
Now we know what are our best choices if we do purchase store-bought, and this is something I am happy to have found to share with you. Lucky for me most of these are my favorites anyway, I mainly consume Hershey’s brand most of the time. So now I feel better knowing I am choosing one of the healthier bars, and I hope you found this helpful and interesting information. I got this from an article from Huffpost, and just thought I woud let you know where I got this information for you.
Homemade Chocolate Candy Bar Recipes
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