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These easy to make healthier homemade tootsie rolls are sweetened with stevia and an all natural high fiber sweetener. You won’t believe they are sugar free.
If you are a serious low carber, you really need to check out VitaFiber which is a sweetener that is 90% fiber and has no sugar alcohols. This amazing natural sweetener has been used in the food industry for a decade in beverages, protein bars, yogurt, baked goods, chocolate and candy.
In fact, if you use Swerve, you have already been consuming oligosaccharides, similar to the Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (IMO) which is sold under the brand name VitaFiber. In 2009, the US FDA approved a recommended daily allowance of up to 30 grams per day in response to allowing BioNeutra (the maker of VitaFiber) to market health products in the United States that contain VitaFiber IMO. The most popular products since approval to market items containing IMO in the US are Quest protein bars which have been a favorite of mine for years.
The VitaFiber website has links to some recipes using their product and I was curious to try the healthy homemade Tootsie Rolls recipe. The original recipe uses artificial sweetener and skim milk powder so I modified it to be a healthier low carb candy treat.
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I had my doubts about the taste of sugar free tootsie rolls, but I have to say these low carb candy treats are very similar to the real thing. In fact, I let several non-low carbers try these healthy homemade Tootsie rolls sweetened with the natural sweeteners VitaFiber and Natvia and they all were amazed that this is a sugar free candy.
UPDATE: VitaFiber Syrup is now available on Amazon.com.
These low carb Tootsie rolls are very easy to make. I find that the VitaFiber syrup is easier to work with heated as it becomes thinner when warmed so I microwave it in a glass bowl just until bubbles form. Then the other liquid ingredients are mixed into the heated syrup.
The dry ingredient mixture is then worked into the liquid ingredients until crumbly. At this point, you have to knead the mix with your hands until a uniform dough is formed. The dough was very similar to “Play-Doh” and it became shinier the longer it was kneaded.
Once the dough has come together, you simply flatten it out and then cut it into strips. Each strip is then rolled out into long rolls and cut into the size of Tootsie roll midgees. You can make the rolls whatever size you like, but I wanted to mimic the smaller size candy rolls. I got about 3 dozen of these small chewy chocolate rolls when I was done.
The candy will be somewhat soft so you’ll want to put the candy in the refrigerator so it will become harder like actual Tootsie rolls. You don’t have to individually wrap each piece of candy, but I thought they were cute wrapped up in small rectangular pieces of waxed paper similar to real Tootsie rolls.
Homemade Sugar Free Tootsie Rolls
Powder Natvia granular sweetener in blender or food processor.
Mix cocoa, whey protein powder, powdered milk, Natvia, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Heat VitaFiber in microwave until bubbles form (about 30 seconds). Add melted butter and vanilla.
Stir dry cocoa mix into wet VitaFiber mix until crumbly. Using hands, knead mixture until a dough is formed.
Shape dough into a ball, then flatten out. Cut into strips and roll out each strip into a rope about the diameter of a Tootsie roll. Cut dough rope into Tootsie roll size pieces.
Wrap each roll in small rectangular pieces of wax paper if desired. Store rolls in refrigerator so they will be firm.
Can replace vanilla extract with other flavor extract such as orange or mint.
May be able to replace Vitafiber with maltitol syrup, but Natvia (additional sweetener used) would need to be reduced.
Makes 3 dozen rolls
Per roll: 15 calories, 0.9g fat, 10.6mg sodium, 3.3g carb, 1.4g fiber, 1.5g erythritol, 0.4g net carb, 0.6g protein
Per serving (6 rolls): 90 calories, 5.4g fat, 63.6mg sodium, 19.8g carbs, 8.4g fiber, 9g erythritol, 2.4g net carbs, 3.6g protein