I wanted to make a treat for my husband, but I didn’t have the right ingredients to make grain free donuts or chocolate chip cookies, so I flipped through my cookbooks looking for something that wouldn’t be too horrid that I still had all the ingredients for and that looked good. ELaD to the rescue! Their section on Larabar knockoffs (which they don’t call that for obvious reasons) caught my attention with simple two to five ingredient recipes you could make a fruit and nut bar that tasted like a treat! (seriously, why are larabars so damned expensive?) I started with the “sugar cookie” recipe and then got it into my head to add some chocolate. What I ended up with was something with a similar taste and texture of a tootsie roll, but without the high fructose corn syrup and other gross chemical additives that are found in that treat.
Please note that these are a TREAT and should not be consumed all the time. Yes, it’s somewhat healthier for you to use dates in place of sugar, but it’s still candy!
Homemade Tootsie Rolls…
This recipe made about 30 small sized tootsie rolls/balls
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup medjool dates (please take the pits out! the ones you find in bulk still have pits in them even though they look like they don’t)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use enjoy life brand. they’re soy, dairy and nut free. I buy them in bulk on the amazon, but they sell them in the hippy section of supermarkets.)
- Shove everything in the food processor and let it go until it forms a “dough” all on its own.
- put the dough between two pieces of parchment (or wax paper, or plastic wrap) and roll it flat.
- cut with a knife or pizza cutter into small squares.
- roll into balls or the classic tootsie roll shape.
- put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
Keep em in the fridge.