Four Low-carb Christmas Candies to Make at Home
Around this time of year, the stores can be a minefield of tempting candy. For people with blood sugar concerns, it can be torturous to avoid. And, well-meaning friends can give gifts of sweets that we find ourselves immediately throwing away or regifting to prevent spikes. But we still want to enjoy delicious treats!
You can make tasty low-carb versions of many popular sweets at home. You can send them to friends or enjoy them yourself. And, of course, it’s nice to leave something out for Santa! He’d probably appreciate a break from the cookies. Here are four low-carb treats we love that you can enjoy this holiday season!
Chocolate Rum Balls
We love the taste of this classic treat. The recipe suggests ways to alter the ingredients to make them any flavor you want, but we will stick to rum! The nice thing is, the candy uses rum flavoring instead of actual rum. You can use alcohol if you like, but if you don’t keep alcohol in your house, you won’t have to break your policy to make this candy! You’ll see that the site gives nutritional information for all different sized balls. If you make them in a batch of 40, each ball has 57 calories and 1.3 grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.
Four Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge
Pumpkin season isn’t over until we say it is! While many people think of pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving dessert more than a Christmas treat, this fudge is excellent all winter long. While the title says it has four ingredients and lists pumpkin pie spice as optional, we disagree and think it’s a must. This recipe can be made in the microwave and couldn’t be easier. You melt the ingredients together and allow them to set in the fridge! A piece has 75 calories, five grams of carbohydrates and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Orange Truffle
There are some sweets you think you just cannot pull off at home. If you want a chocolate orange truffle, you might think you are out of luck. But this recipe lets you enjoy them. You won’t get the signature orange slice-look to the truffles without a mold. But the mold is available on Amazon for under seven dollars. Or, you can enjoy them just as delicious creamy truffles. Either way, you’ll be happy. If you want to give them as a gift, the shape makes them impressive. If you are just enjoying them yourself, it’s not necessary. You can spoon the mix into any small containers to set before glazing. Or let it set in a pan and then use a spoon or melon baller to make the balls before glazing them — you can cut down the number of steps! The recipe yields six servings. Each serving has 166 calories and has six grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
We’ve shared a recipe for Christmas crack in the past in a different blog about Christmas candy. A lot of people love this morish treat, and we are no exception! It’s a combination of crackers, chocolate and toffee. The traditional recipe is high in both carbs and calories. The one we shared was better. This new one is even lower than before. We’re always looking for upgrades. The recipe we shared in the past had an advantage: it was fast. Today’s takes longer because you have to bake the crackers yourself. We usually might go for the quick version — especially around the holidays. But this year, without guests, we have time to take it slow. A serving has only 157 calories, 7.5 grams of carbs and 4.5 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope you enjoy these recipes that are gentle on blood sugar this holiday season, Christmas is coming, and we all deserve a break. So, take some time to enjoy your kitchen a cook up something sweet!
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