While most of us love the taste of junk food, we still know how unhealthy it can be for our body. Wouldn’t it be great if healthy food tasted this good? Well, since we can’t change the nutritional value of junk food, the next best idea is to use substitute ingredients to make them healthy. Here are some healthy versions of your favorite junk food:
Sour Patch Kids
For the Jellies:
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime, lemon, or orange juice or bottled cherry juice
- 1/2 t citric acid
- 1/2 cup water, divided
- 4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
For the coating:
- 1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
- 1 T cornstarch
- 1 T granulated sugar
- 1/2 t citric acid
- 1¼ cups/155g cocoa powder
- 1½ cups/190g all-purpose/plain flour, plus more for dusting
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup/228g butter, softened
- 1½ cups/300g granulated sugar
- ½ cup/110g soft brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved into ½ teaspoon warm water
- 6oz/170g rolling fondant icing
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 stick room temperature butter
- 2 tablespoons quark, sour cream, or half and half
salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon hungarian hot paprika (optional)
Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips
- 2 russet potatoes, sliced thinly with a mandolin
- oil for frying
For the seasoning:
- ¼ c. nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. dried chives
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- ½ tsp. sea salt
Peanut Butter Cups
For the peanut butter:
- 16 oz. jar of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 2 t coarse seal salt
- 2 T honey
For the peanut butter cups:
- About ¾-1 c peanut butter (the homemade above, or another natural peanut butter would probably work if you pour off the oil), well chilled in the refrigerator.
- 2 10 oz. bags of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
- Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz
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