Tootsie rolls are a classic candy and chocolaty treat, and this healthier easy tootsie roll recipe is sure to please!
While candy-making can seem like an intimidating task, making your own homemade tootsie rolls is actually surprisingly easy. This is a no-bake, 6-ingredient treat that anyone can create.
One of the main ingredients is whole oats that you simply blend in a food processor or blender to create oat flour. Oat flour can also be used in other recipes like my Banana Oat Pancakes.
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Homemade tootsie rolls in 5 simple ingredients
Making oat flour from whole oats
Have you priced oat flour at the grocery store or health food stores? It’s quite expensive! The good news is that you can very easily make your own with just whole oats and a blender.
To make oat flour, you can use old fashion oats or quick-cooking–either one will work just fine.
Simply place whole oats in a blender. Whirl dry oats in a blender until finely ground and powdery, approximately 1 minute. This is an excellent flour for Banana Oatmeal Pancakes and other baked goods as well.
Measurement: One cup of dry whole oats creates approximately 1/2 cup of oat flour. This can vary, depending on how long it is blended and how powdery it becomes.
For more information on cooking with oat flour checkout How to Make Oat Flour & 10 Recipes that includes Zucchini Fudgy Brownies, Healthy Vegan Oat Bar, Zucchini Fritters, Breakfast Waffles, Blueberry Oat Muffins, and more.
Nutrition in Oats
Oats are a whole-grain food and are rich in fiber, manganese, the B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin, vitamin E and protein. They’re also low in sodium and fat and free of sugar, cholesterol and saturated fats.
One cup of rolled oats contains 160 calories, 3 grams fat, 10 milligrams sodium, 28 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber and 6 grams protein; it also provides 4 percent of the daily value for calcium and 12 percent of the daily value for iron.–LiveStrong
How to make homemade easy tootsie rolls
In a large sturdy bowl, mix in the other ingredients–cocoa, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Continue mixing by kneading with hands until mixture becomes clumpy. This will take quite a few minutes. Be patient and work those hand and arm muscles.
Remove a good handful of the mixture and begin to form a log. Place on a sheet of wax paper. Yes, I know what this looks like but, believe me, it’s going to be delicious.
Roll a portion of the wax paper over the log and begin to lightly squeeze to form a thinner log.
Wrap the rest of the wax paper over log and roll on counter or cutting board to firm up. Unwrap log and place on cutting board. Then, slice into chocolaty chunks. Place on a pan lined with wax paper and arrange in a single layer.
The flavor experience is a mix between a tootsie roll and fudge, and oh so good! Eat immediately and store leftovers in the freezer or refrigerator. These are terrific Halloween treats or a dessert for any time of the year.
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Sometimes you just crave chocolate, and yesterday I actually picked up a bag of Tootsie Rolls in a weak moment. After reading that they have oil in them I resisted.
My reward was discovering this recipe just today. Made them right away and they hit the spot. So many recipes have promise but don’t deliver. This one more than satisfied. Thank you!–Mary
Other healthy treats we give out are these Halloween-decorated reusable cups and pencils, mini bottled waters, and boxes of raisins.
Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
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- 1 cup cocoa or carob powder, (3/4 cup for lighter chocolate)
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter, or cashew, almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp brown rice syrup, or agave
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup oat flour (this will be 1 cup whole oats before blending)
- To make oat flour, place rolled oats in a blender or food processor.
- Whirl dry oats in blender until finely ground and powdery. This is an excellent flour for pancakes and other baked goods as well.
- Pour oat flour into large bowl and add all other ingredients. Use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, your preference. If using the full 1-cup of chocolate, these will have a dark chocolate taste, so use less for a lighter result.
- Stir ingredients with large sturdy spoon.
- Continue mixing by kneading with hands until mixture becomes clumpy. This will take quite a few minutes. Be patient and work those hand and arm muscles.
- Remove a good handful of the mixture and begin to form a log. Place on a sheet of wax paper. Yes, I know what this looks like but, believe me, it's going to be delicious.
- Roll a portion of the wax paper over log and begin to lightly squeeze to form thinner log.
- Wrap the rest of the wax paper over log and roll on counter or cutting board to firm up.
- Unwrap log and place on cutting board.
- Slice into 1" pieces.
- Place on a pan lined with wax paper and arrange in single layer.
- Eat immediately and store leftovers in freezer or refrigerator. These are terrific Halloween treats or a dessert for anytime of the year.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123 Total Fat: 5.7g Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 3.7g Sugar: 8.4g Protein: 4.8g