5 ingredient grown-up dark chocolate tootsie rolls

by purelytwins

Delicious chocolately homemade tootsie rolls made without corn syrup! A real food dessert made in under 5 minutes using 5 ingredients!

Healthy real food no junk tootsie roll recipe without corn syrup and milk

We are so excited to share this recipe for homemade grown-up dark chocolate tootsie rolls!

Now we love to eat high quality real foods, making things from scratch, not overdoing the sugar, but we still follow the 80/20 rule. We believe in balance. Making good healthy choices daily with allowing in some fun too. It keeps us happy.  We choose to live this way because it works for us. We don’t think it’s good to stress about enjoying a sweet treat once in awhile.  There are quite a few junk foods that we still avoid over all because of how they make us feel — not good. So we avoid them.

That being said…

These tootsie rolls we are calling our “grown-up” version since they are richer in that dark chocolate flavor.

A healthy recipe for how to make dark chocolate tootsie rolls made with natural ingredients

We are beyond thrilled with how these tootsie rolls turned out.

Soft and chewy.

Melt-in-your-mouth delicious treats.

In less than 5 minutes you have yourself dark chocolate tootsie rolls made without processed sugars and dairy…
That the whole family will love.

How to make homemade gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free tootsie rolls.

dairy-free grain-free real food tootsie roll recipe using raw cacao and protein powder

You know we have a sweet tooth.

Even though we eat a lot of good quality fats to keep our cravings at bay… we still enjoy something sweet just about everyday.

It makes us so happy when we can take a treat like tootsie rolls and make a version with more ‘real’ ingredients.  We actually created this recipe  many years ago and finally got around to going through our huge stack of recipes and saw it.  Immediately went to the kitchen to make it again! Although it was originally intended to be more of a Hersey Kiss, but when we made them they were more chewy…and we both screamed tootsie roll!!

A perfect treat for anytime of the year. And great to make for the next Easter or Halloween celebration when candy is involved.

Grain-free paleo dessert recipe homemade tootsie rolls

We made two versions! This one (pictured above) is made with tahini and protein powder!! And it still came out. So you can easily make this recipe your own — think of it as DIY tootsie roll.

We’ve seen loads of other tootsie roll recipes floating around the internet, but they typically involve two ingredients that we don’t like or buy – corn syrup and nonfat dry milk powder.

We know you avoid those ingredients too which is why we know you will love our simple healthy version of tootsie rolls.


grown-up dark chocolate tootsie rolls

Delicious quick, no-bake tootsie rolls would make a healthy addition. No corn syrup or dry milk powder needed for these grown-up dark chocolate candy. Homemade tootsie rolls without all the JUNK!!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 14-16 mini tootsie rolls 1x


  • 1 tablespoon lucuma or protein powder
  • 6 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, liquid
  • *can add in 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract if desired, we did not


  1. Gather ingredients and grab blender.
  2. Place all ingredients into the blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Batter will be a little sticky and oily.
  5. Press tootsie roll batter onto a non-stick surface.
  6. Start to press into a square/rectangle shape.
  7. Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Store in refrigerator.


To replace honey we recommend using coconut nectar for the best chewy texture.

You can use lucuma or any protein powder.

To replace almond butter you can use tahini (we have and it turned out great) or any nut or seed butter of your liking.

We hope you enjoy making yourself some grown-up healthy tootsie rolls without all the junk!

Just a few simple ingredients to make a healthier way to enjoy the classic candy that you can enjoy anytime.

No-bake tootsie rolls without all the junk & made in under 5 minutes.

Homemade tootsie rolls made without corn syrup

Are you a tootsie roll fan?

What candy do you like? 

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Cara's Healthy Cravings March 10, 2015 - 1:07 pm

My my these look delicious! They would make a perfect after dinner sweet for me and I love the simple ingredient list. You ladies are so creative!

purelytwins March 10, 2015 - 4:36 pm

thanks Cara 🙂

lindsay March 10, 2015 - 4:03 pm

my husband is gonna flip! YUM! well done ya’ll!

purelytwins March 10, 2015 - 4:36 pm

hehehe 😉

Jennifer F March 10, 2015 - 5:01 pm

hell yeah! when my kids were little, I would always make them scoop up the tootsie rolls from pinata fall out just for me or Trick or Treating. Sometimes they would out me and say “these are for my mom” lol

purelytwins March 10, 2015 - 7:26 pm

love it Jennifer too cute!

Liz S. March 11, 2015 - 7:13 am

These sound AMAZING! I bet this recipe would be a great base to make the fruity flavored tootsie rolls (I used to looove the cherry and vanilla ones, oh my goodness).

purelytwins March 11, 2015 - 11:20 am

oh yes 😉 yummy

Lisa @ RunWiki March 11, 2015 - 10:39 am

I used to love Tootsie Rolls– now when I look at them I wonder if they ever digest… I may still have some in my gut from Halloween 1984. What a great idea and the ingredients sound delicious!

purelytwins March 11, 2015 - 11:21 am

thanks Lisa! haha crazy to look back and think about if past foods ever really digested sometimes 😉

rachel and Bethany @ Athletic Avocado March 16, 2015 - 3:34 pm

These look so yummy!! how creative! love the ingredients!

purelytwins March 16, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Thank you

Ashlee March 20, 2015 - 7:26 pm

I just made these and they are sooo good!!! I’m glad glad I found your site. 🙂

purelytwins March 20, 2015 - 11:23 pm

glad you found us too Ashlee – we are so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

Heather | HealthyLifeHeather May 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Ladies, I LOVE this recipe — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it in the last two and a half months! It’s been my go-to treat. I usually halve the recipe and try not to devour it too quickly O:-)

purelytwins May 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

Heather so happy to hear you are enjoying this recipe 🙂

Bernadette B. September 13, 2015 - 9:30 pm

OMG… they look gorgeous… I discovered this page just in time for Halloween… I bet they are very tasty too. Thanks for creating these fantastic looking orange bites…

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