7 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

healthy junk food alternatives

Are you seriously crave-city when it comes to sugar and things? Do you start healthy diets only to get derailed? We’ve all been there so there’s no need to ride the guilt train! Rather than sneaking snacks, you can consciously add a little indulgence that are just as good as the traditional high sugar treats.

We’ve rounded up seven delicious recipes for classic candies gone healthy, and even given you an exclusive. Here are seven healthy junk food alternatives that will satisfy your sweet tooth while being a lot better for you in the long run.

Make-Your-Own Snickers Bars

snickers bars

These snickers layer bars are refined sugar and dairy free, and they’re unbelievably and sinfully good.

Homemade Watermelon Gummies

watermelon gummies

These homemade sour watermelon gummies have only four ingredients, including real watermelon! They are a much healthier version of your favorite classic treat.

Twix Goes Vegan

twix bars

These vegan-friendly Twix bars have virtually no saturated fat compared to the real deal. Grab one of these delicious homemade goodies for a satisfying, guilt-free snack.

3-Ingredient PB Cups

peanut butter cups

These peanut butter cups are made with three clean ingredients and are ridiculously tasty without any processed ingredients.

DIY Peppermint Patties

peppermint patties

Cashews and almond milk make a creamy filling for these melt-in-your-mouth healthy peppermint patties that are vegan, gluten-free and grain free.

Healthy Homemade Almond Joy

almond joy bars

An Almond Joy is a popular store-bought treat, but you can steer your kids away from those with these no bake, vegan almond bars that you’ll feel good about serving.

Almond Butter Cups (an exclusive for The Good Stuff)

almond butter cups

These delicious cups are perfect for those times when you want a bit of junk food, but don’t want to cheat on healthy eating. Make them ahead of time and keep them refrigerated for those moments when cravings hit.

Servings: Makes 12 Mini Cups

Ingredients: 1/2 cup very dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, ¼ cup granola or brown rice cereal, 1/3 cup creamy almond butter, 2 tablespoons raw honey

Directions: Heat chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl in the microwave just until they melt, or for about 60-90 seconds. Remove and stir in granola. In a second smaller bowl, use a fork to stir the almond butter and honey together.

Place 12 mini cupcakes or candy wrappers inside a mini muffin tin. Spoon a teaspoon of the chocolate on the bottom of the cupcake wrapper. Top with 1 ½ teaspoons of the almond butter mixture. Then top each with melted chocolate topping. Place in the fridge until chocolate sets. Serve and enjoy!

July 21 is National Junk Food Day so indulge in your favorite sweet and savory treats. Keep it healthy and look for snacks with under 200 calories and 10 grams of fat.


brooke-mclayBrooke McLay is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, food writer, and single mom to four rad kids. Author of two cookbooks and the beloved blog, CheekyKitchen.com, her creative approach to fast, fresh, family-friendly foods has garnered her regular gigs with Disney’s Babble.com, Tablespoon.com and Good Cook.