If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so, you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better, and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes, choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones, so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 ¨C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means, your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient, you ask? It’s cacao butter, probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend, shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter, you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans), to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes, which are typically cacao butter, cacao or cocoa powder, and some kind of sweetener (or milk, if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao, which is long recognized as a superfood, cacao butter is rich in antioxidants, as well as oleic acid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and theombromine, which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter, milk, some kind of sweetener and vanilla, and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah, it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start, and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet, rich, creamy. It tastes, seriously, exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine, I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min, then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 ¨C 2¡å cube cacao butter, about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods, most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so| you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better| and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes| choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones| so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means| your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient| you ask? It’s cacao butter| probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend| shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter| you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans)| to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes| which are typically cacao butter| cacao or cocoa powder| and some kind of sweetener (or milk| if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao| which is long recognized as a superfood| cacao butter is rich in antioxidants| as well as oleic acid| which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease| and theombromine| which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter| milk| some kind of sweetener and vanilla| and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah| it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start| and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet| rich| creamy. It tastes| seriously| exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine| I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates| pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min| then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 C 2¡å cube cacao butter| about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods| most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

58 Healthy Chocolate Recipes You’ll Fall Head Over Heels in Love For

58 Healthy Chocolate Recipes You’ll Fall Head Over Heels in Love For

Chocolate doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. In fact| it can be downright good for you! This Valentine’s Day| enjoy the decadence without guilt; check out these recipes that will satisfy chocolate cravings without the added calories.

u2014 Additional reporting by Brinton Parker
tSource: Lizzie Fuhr| Leta Shy| Jenny Sugar

| Vegan Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts

These are the perfect healthier way to conquer your chocolate doughnut cravings.

| Vegan Almond Joy

At just 86 calories per Almond Joy| all you need are five common ingredients and a food processor and boom u2014 you’re instantly a (healthy) candy-making genius.

| Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge

If you grew up scooping out spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while baking chocolate chip cookies with Grandma| you’re going to fall hard for this cookie dough freezer fudge u2014 shhh| it’s made with lentils!

| Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Treat yourself to almond butter surrounded by slices of banana and covered in dark chocolate| and enjoy three of these crave-worthy frozen bites for 147 calories.

| Vegan Samoas

If you grew up loving this chewy Girl Scout favorite| you can whip up your own vegan version that’s just 114 calories per delectable cookie.

| Zucchini Double Fudge Brownies

These melt-in-your-mouth moist| rich| and fudgy brownies taste so sinful| you’ll be amazed that they’re vegan and just over 150 calories.

| Vegan Almond Butter Cups

Made with almond butter and maple syrup| these vegan almond butter cups are lower in calories| fat| cholesterol| and sugar| and they taste more rich and decadent than the original.

| Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

You get three amazing layers u2014 chocolate kripsies on the bottom| sweet and salty peanut butter in the middle| and chocolate chocolate chip on the top. At just over 100 calories| each bite offers 3.2 grams of protein.

| Vegan| Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft| chewy| and only 86 calories per serving| these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are vegan and grain-free. Bonus: since they contain no eggs| you can lick the bowl clean!

| Mint Chip Truffles

Peppermint Pattie and Junior Mint lovers will flip for these tasty mint chip truffles. Sweet and refreshing like the classic you’re craving| this Paleo-friendly treat clocks in at less than 70 calories per serving.

| Frozen Banana Pops

This simple dessert-on-a-stick takes five minutes to whip up and four hours in the freezer| and because it’s 150 calories per two-piece serving| go ahead and have it for a healthy snack.

| Vegan Strawberry Fudgsicles

For an added sweet bonus| these homemade fudgsicles are filled with fresh strawberries u2014 the perfect complement to the chocolaty goodness. And even better news? Each one is under 80 calories.

| Paleo Chocolate Treats

Gone gluten-free| Paleo| or vegan? Then make sure these Paleo chocolate treats are part of your homemade dessert rotation.

| Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Avocado lends a creamy texture to these moist chocolate cupcakes| which will be instantly beloved by vegans and nonvegans alike!

| Raw Chocolate Pudding

This milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny is raw| easy to make| and full of healthy fats. Click on the video to watch how it’s done.

| Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This elegant flourless chocolate cake will bring a restaurant-quality end to any special meal. And at only 96 calories per serving| it’s practically guilt-free.

| Raw Chocolate Truffles

Using raw cacao means these treats are bursting with antioxidants without skimping on the flavor| and using maple sryup and dried dates means these truffles aren’t too sweet. Click on the video to learn how easy it is to make the truffles.

| Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

Present this vegan chocolate mousse pie at the end of a meal for a light and chocolatey dessert that no one will know it only took a few minutes to prep.

| Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

Creamy frozen banana makes the perfect dairy subsititute in this chocolate banana soft serve recipe.

| Peanut Butter Chocolate Dip

Jazz up a fruit snack with a peanut butter and chocolate dip. Try this peanut butter chocolate dip recipe that’s made using chocolate syrup (167 calories per serving)| or for even fewer calories go with this reader recipe for a chocolate peanut butter dip that uses chocolate protein powder (125 calories).

| Chocolate Berry Chia Pudding

Prep this overnight oat recipe before you go to sleep and wake up to the healthy hit of antioxidants and omega-3s in this berry chocolate chia pudding.

| Grain-Free Hazelnut Mini Cakes

If you want something a little different than the classic molten cake| you can try these grain-free hazelnut mini cakes.

| Black Bean Brownie Bite

Sometimes all you need is a dense| chewy| decadent bite to calm chocolate cravings. A black bean brownie bite does just that| without all the calories found in a normal brownie recipe.

| Chocolate Hemp Runner Repair Bars

Before or after your workout| these chocolate hemp runner repair bars make the perfect energizing snack. Made with hemp| chia| and cacao powder| these bars transport well and are a great replacement for store-bought energy bars.

| Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate doughnuts| and they’re healthy? These chocolate glazed doughnuts are baked| not deep-fried| and made with thoughtful ingredients to keep nutrients up and calories low.

| Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies

Directions: layer a creamy banana| chocolate| and almond butter mixture over a nutty crust| chill| and enjoy. Repeat as necessary. This recipe for raw vegan fudge brownies will be your go-to no-bake chocolate fix.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Kisses

A kiss for your vegan Valentine u2014 one they can actually eat! This dairy-free take on classic peanut butter kisses is made with vegan ingredients and homemade chocolate kisses| so your animal-free friend can eat easy.

| Oatmeal Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for a healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe? Try these oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookies for a low-fat| chewy treat.

| Dairy-Free Truffles

Nothing says decadent quite like a tray of truffles| but you don’t have to feel guilty for sneaking a few of these gluten-free| refined sugar-free| and dairy-free truffles.

| Almond Crusted Chocolate Bananas

Before your workout| snack on these almond coconut crusted chocolate bananas for a fueling treat.

| Coconut Cacao Snowballs

Chia seeds| medjools| and cacao nibs take these coconut cacao snowballs to a whole new superfood level.

| Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

A decadent dessert doesn’t have to be full of empty calories. These vegan peanut butter brownie bites are hiding a secret u2014 an extra dose of protein!

| Low-Calorie No-Bake Brownies

Just because these vegan brownies aren’t baked doesn’t mean they’re not ooey-gooey and decadent!

| Spinach Brownies

No one will know your secret u2014 this recipe for spinach brownies adds a few nutrients courtesy of a handful of leafy greens.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Patties

Love Girl Scout Tagalongs? Try these vegan peanut butter patties u2014 same amazing taste of the classic cookies| but animal product-free for you or your vegan friends.

| Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

You’ll love that these chocolate zucchini muffins are ridiculously chocolately| but you’ll love even more that each muffin is only 100 calories!

| Chocolate Beet Cake

We love sneaking veggies into desserts| and it looks like YumSugar does too. Try their chocolate beet cake recipe if you’re looking for a dense| delicious| and decadent chocolate cake.

| Raw Vegan Mint Bon Bons

Make these raw vegan mint bon bons for a refreshing and light treat.

| Raw Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

The perfect coffee accompaniment? These raw mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti.

| Vegan Thin Mints

If you can’t get enough of vegan Girl Scout cookies| you’ll flip for this version of the most classic of them all u2014 vegan thin mints.

| Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cups

Is there anything more luxuriously delicious than chocolate mousse? Didn’t think so.

| Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

You don’t need to know that the brownies are made with a secret healthy ingredient (zucchini!) or that the ice cream filling contains no dairy at all. All you need to know is that you can feel good about eating these delicious| chewy| and vegan ice cream sandwiches.

| Vegan Snickers

No need to swear off your favorite chocolate candy if you’ve gone vegan u2014 you just need to become a little creative in the kitchen. These vegan Snickers taste better than the real thing| and are healthier too.

| Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

You only need two ingredients to make this perfectly sweet chocolate ice cream| so why haven’t you tried it yet?

| Gluten-Free Molten Lava Cake

Dropping a few pieces of your favorite protein bar and adding a scoop of protein powder turns just one little ramekin of ooey| gooey (and gluten-free) molten lava cake into a protein powerhouse!

| Slimmed-Down Brownies

You won’t miss the calories in these slimmed-down brownies! Compared to a classic recipe| these can save you 170 calories without sacrificing taste.

| Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

These chocolate almond protein bars are so good| you’ll think they’re dessert. At 166 calories and 13 grams of protein| however| they make a great post-workout snack when you’re craving something sweet.

| Double-Chocolate Paleo Gooey Cake

Inspired by twice the chocolate and way less fat than its predecessor.

| Vegan Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

Why spend the money (and the calories) on chocolate-dipped strawberries when you can make something better? These fruity chocolate mousse cups are a crowd-pleaser that you’ll enjoy preparing.

| Nut-Free Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

Whether you’ve got a nut allergy or simply want to try something new| these sunflower-seed butter cups will be a welcome change from their peanut-butter counterparts.

| Flourless Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Bites

It’s a little unfair to restrict gingerbread consumption to the holidays| don’t you think? These chia-packed| flourless gingerbread chocolate chip balls are too good not to make year-round!

| Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are Paleo and vegan| but they’re delicious enough for seconds . . . and thirds.

| Coconut-Chocolate Protein Bars

Healthy snacks that are an excellent source of protein and taste like candy? Count us in.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Crisp Balls

Instead of snacking on a Reese’s Cup| try popping one of these crunchy chocolate PB balls as dessert!

| Vegan Chocolate Fruit Dip

Dubbed “”chocolate hummus“” because of its secret ingredient (chickpeas)| this dip is perfect when paired with juicy strawberries.

| Cranberry-Chocolate Chia Cookies

Even without added sugar| these flourless cranberry-chocolate cookies are rich and sweet.

| Vegan Chocolate-Cranberry Zucchini Bread

While vegetables may not scream “”dessert!”” to you| this zucchini-bread recipe will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

| Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies

Molasses and cashew butter are just a couple of the scrumptious ingredients inside these healthy blondies.

Paleo Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

If you’re looking for something sweet and salty to snack on that’s Paleo-friendly, you must try this dark chocolate bacon bark recipe from our friends at PaleoHacks.

Once you try this Paleo Bacon Bark you’ll find that bacon and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. The dark chocolate is sweet and rich, while the bacon is crisp and salty. The little touch of maple syrup and unrefined sea salt enhances the sweet-salty contrast for an amazing treat!

Plus, the chocolatey recipe is so incredibly easy to make. Just melt the chocolate and sprinkle on the bacon and salt, freeze, and enjoy!

To keep the sugar at a minimum, use a low-sugar bacon and as dark of a chocolate as you like. I used 85 percent cacao, but 90 percent would be delicious as well thanks to the maple syrup that adds sweetness.

For the bacon, we recommend buying pastured bacon at your local meat market; it’s a much better place to find high-quality meats than the grocery store. Get an unrefined salt, pink or gray, for making this Paleo Bacon Bark. They pack more nutrients and offer a fuller flavor.

Since the chocolate is not tempered and does not have additives, it will melt quickly after you’ve made the bacon bark. The simple solution to this is to keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. If you like it very crisp, you could even store your Paleo Bacon bark in the freezer (something we love to do with Paleo Peppermint Patties).

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

From PaleoHacks

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark Recipe

Ingredients

6 slices bacon7 ounces dark chocolate2 tablespoons pure maple syrupUnrefined sea salt

Paleo Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

If you’re looking for something sweet and salty to snack on that’s Paleo-friendly| you must try this dark chocolate bacon bark recipe from our friends at PaleoHacks.

Once you try this Paleo Bacon Bark you’ll find that bacon and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. The dark chocolate is sweet and rich| while the bacon is crisp and salty. The little touch of maple syrup and unrefined sea salt enhances the sweet-salty contrast for an amazing treat!

Plus| the chocolatey recipe is so incredibly easy to make. Just melt the chocolate and sprinkle on the bacon and salt| freeze| and enjoy!

To keep the sugar at a minimum| use a low-sugar bacon and as dark of a chocolate as you like. I used 85 percent cacao| but 90 percent would be delicious as well thanks to the maple syrup that adds sweetness.

For the bacon| we recommend buying pastured bacon at your local meat market; it’s a much better place to find high-quality meats than the grocery store. Get an unrefined salt| pink or gray| for making this Paleo Bacon Bark. They pack more nutrients and offer a fuller flavor.

Since the chocolate is not tempered and does not have additives| it will melt quickly after you’ve made the bacon bark. The simple solution to this is to keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. If you like it very crisp| you could even store your Paleo Bacon bark in the freezer (something we love to do with Paleo Peppermint Patties).

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

From PaleoHacks

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark Recipe

Ingredients

6 slices bacon7 ounces dark chocolate2 tablespoons pure maple syrupUnrefined sea salt

A No-Cook Healthy Pudding That Lazy Girls Will Love

If you’re looking for a creamy chocolate treat and can’t eat dairy ¡ª or are just trying to cut back on refined sugar ¡ª this recipe is made for you. Filled with heart-healthy avocado and antioxidant-rich cacao, it’s one of the healthiest desserts we’ve ever tasted. Best of all is that it requires no cooking! Just blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

Related: Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes With Avocado “Buttercream” Frosting

Raw Chocolate Pudding

From Matthew Kenney Culinary

Raw Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

2 avocados, pitted and peeled1 cup almond milk3/4 cup maple syrup3/4 cup cocoa powder1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon cinnamonPinch of salt

Toppings (optional):Cacao nibsWalnuts

A No-Cook Healthy Pudding That Lazy Girls Will Love

If you’re looking for a creamy chocolate treat and can’t eat dairy ¡ª or are just trying to cut back on refined sugar ¡ª this recipe is made for you. Filled with heart-healthy avocado and antioxidant-rich cacao| it’s one of the healthiest desserts we’ve ever tasted. Best of all is that it requires no cooking! Just blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

Related: Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes With Avocado “Buttercream” Frosting

Raw Chocolate Pudding

From Matthew Kenney Culinary

Raw Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

2 avocados| pitted and peeled1 cup almond milk3/4 cup maple syrup3/4 cup cocoa powder1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon cinnamonPinch of salt

Toppings (optional):Cacao nibsWalnuts

Gluten-Free? These Halloween Candies Are Totally Safe

Holidays can be a real drag if you have dietary restrictions, and with Halloween being all about the candy, it can be downright scary. But there’s good news for those avoiding gluten: although you’ll have to steer clear of homemade mummy-shaped cakes and brownies decorated adorably with spiderwebs, most candy bars and hard candies get the green light ¡ª just stay away from Twizzlers, because they surprisingly do contain gluten! Now, we’re not saying to go crazy with the candies, but when a majority of “fun size” bars are only 100 calories, a little indulging might be necessary.

First things first. Always read the label on your candy before consuming. Unless labeled “gluten-free,” candy may contain traces of gluten, be produced in a facility that also processes products with wheat, or be made on equipment that is shared with products that are not gluten-free. Also note that a product labeled as gluten-free in one country may not be gluten-free where you live. For instance, Smarties in the US are g-free, whereas Smarties in Canada are not. Another reason to read the label? Companies are constantly changing the ingredients they put in products, so always double check just to be sure. When in doubt, you can call the 1-800 number located on the packaging to speak with a customer service representative to find out for sure if it’s free of gluten.

Here’s a list of popular candy that is currently gluten-free:

ChocolateAlmond JoyBaby RuthBit-O-HoneyButterfinger (original flavor only)Charleston ChewGoobersHeath BarHershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55 oz. only)Hershey’s Milk Chocolate With Almonds Bar (1.55 oz. only)Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate With Almonds BarHershey’s Special Dark Chocolate With Toffee and Almonds BarHershey’s KissesHershey’s NuggetsOh Henry!Junior MintsMilk DudsMounds BarPaydayRaisinetsRolos (all except Rolo Minis)Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (all except Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and seasonal shaped items)Reese’s PiecesSkor Toffee BarTootsie RollYork Peppermint Pattie (all except York Pieces Candy, York Minis, and York Shapes)

Related: DIY Gluten-Free Almond Joy Couldn’t Be Easier to Make

CandyCharms Blow PopsDotsHaribo Gold-Bears (not Juicy variety)Jelly Belly Jelly BeansLaffy TaffyMike and Ike Original FruitsHot Tamales Fierce CinnamonPixy StixRed HotsSkittlesSmarties (in the US)StarburstSugar BabiesSugar DaddyTootsie PopsWonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

If you’re wondering about M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way, the company that makes these products, Mars, urges consumers to read the labels directly on the package for allergy information.

¡ª Additional reporting by Heather Dale

Related: 5-Ingredient, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Image Source: Flickr user Frank

Gluten-Free? These Halloween Candies Are Totally Safe

Holidays can be a real drag if you have dietary restrictions| and with Halloween being all about the candy| it can be downright scary. But there’s good news for those avoiding gluten: although you’ll have to steer clear of homemade mummy-shaped cakes and brownies decorated adorably with spiderwebs| most candy bars and hard candies get the green light ¡ª just stay away from Twizzlers| because they surprisingly do contain gluten! Now| we’re not saying to go crazy with the candies| but when a majority of “fun size” bars are only 100 calories| a little indulging might be necessary.

First things first. Always read the label on your candy before consuming. Unless labeled “gluten-free|” candy may contain traces of gluten| be produced in a facility that also processes products with wheat| or be made on equipment that is shared with products that are not gluten-free. Also note that a product labeled as gluten-free in one country may not be gluten-free where you live. For instance| Smarties in the US are g-free| whereas Smarties in Canada are not. Another reason to read the label? Companies are constantly changing the ingredients they put in products| so always double check just to be sure. When in doubt| you can call the 1-800 number located on the packaging to speak with a customer service representative to find out for sure if it’s free of gluten.

Here’s a list of popular candy that is currently gluten-free:

ChocolateAlmond JoyBaby RuthBit-O-HoneyButterfinger (original flavor only)Charleston ChewGoobersHeath BarHershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55 oz. only)Hershey’s Milk Chocolate With Almonds Bar (1.55 oz. only)Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate With Almonds BarHershey’s Special Dark Chocolate With Toffee and Almonds BarHershey’s KissesHershey’s NuggetsOh Henry!Junior MintsMilk DudsMounds BarPaydayRaisinetsRolos (all except Rolo Minis)Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (all except Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and seasonal shaped items)Reese’s PiecesSkor Toffee BarTootsie RollYork Peppermint Pattie (all except York Pieces Candy| York Minis| and York Shapes)

Related: DIY Gluten-Free Almond Joy Couldn’t Be Easier to Make

CandyCharms Blow PopsDotsHaribo Gold-Bears (not Juicy variety)Jelly Belly Jelly BeansLaffy TaffyMike and Ike Original FruitsHot Tamales Fierce CinnamonPixy StixRed HotsSkittlesSmarties (in the US)StarburstSugar BabiesSugar DaddyTootsie PopsWonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

If you’re wondering about M&M’s| Snickers| Twix| 3 Musketeers| and Milky Way| the company that makes these products| Mars| urges consumers to read the labels directly on the package for allergy information.

¡ª Additional reporting by Heather Dale

Related: 5-Ingredient| Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Image Source: Flickr user Frank

These Paleo Milky Way Bars Are About to Become Your New Favorite Halloween Treat

Looking to make your Halloween a little more Paleo-friendly this year? Don’t miss out on this healthy Milky Way recipe from our friends at PaleoHacks.

Who doesn’t love a good candy bar (um, hello Paleo Twix Bars)? Milky Ways are especially delicious thanks to their soft marshmallow insides and gooey caramel. Unfortunately, regular candy bars are full of high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and their chocolate has very little real cacao in it. So, have fun in the kitchen and make your own candy bars instead!

The marshmallows in these Paleo Milky Way Bars are made with gut-healing gelatin and are sweetened with just little bit of maple syrup. The “caramel” is made with nutritious almond butter and coconut cream.

Tip: The darker the chocolate you use on top, the more antioxidants you’ll get from it. Try to find one that doesn’t have milk fat, added oils, or soy lecithin it it. It’s best to use chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao, but you can go as high as 90 percent and the finished treat will still be amazing.

If you prefer a lighter caramel flavor, you can swap the maple syrup with honey. Also, since there are no preservatives or stabilizers to keep these bars fresh, make sure you keep them chilled in the refrigerator.

This recipe would make a wonderful weekend project with the kids. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but it’s definitely a very rewarding (and tasty!) endeavor.

Paleo Milky Way Bars

From PaleoHacks

Paleo Milky Way Bars

Paleo Milky Way Bars Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons water3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin2 tablespoons + 1/2 cup pure maple syrup2 tablespoons cocoa powder1/4 cup creamy almond butter1/4 cup coconut cream1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate, melted