RECIPE: Beet Candy from Susan Jane White's Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice.

In Susan Jane White's book Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice, she promises to "take the hell out of healthy" with her delicious treats and simple recipes that are nutritional slam dunks. This particular recipe can be made Whole 30 and paleo compliant, so it's a special treat for anyone craving something sweet that's also good for you!

Beet Candy

Tiny titans of flavor, no one would guess these candies are scrupulously healthy. Underneath their neon pink dusting lies some of Mother N’s finest superfoods: beetroot, seaweed, and raw almonds.

That bold pigment that give beets their Harry Potter glimmer is where the magic lies. Deep red–colored foods like beetroot and onions store powerful chemicals called betacyanins. These compounds love your liver and are believed to support the body’s detoxification process. This might be why beets have charmed every detox clinic from North America to the West of Ireland.

You don’t need to stick to beetroot powder for the recipe to work–try a Peruvian powdered fruit called lúcuma. Apparently lúcuma is the maple syrup of South America. A mere whiff of this ambrosial substance has the ability to drive the feminine persuasion wild. Move over, Justin Bieber, there’s a new fixation on the block.

Makes 30-35 candies

Ingredients:

15 plump Medjool dates
2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon spirulina
1 teaspoon gluten free tamari (paleo) or coconut aminos (Whole30 compliant)
2 tablespoons beet powder, to dust

Directions:

Destone the dates before dropping them into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients except the beet powder. Whiz on a low speed for 1–2 minutes.

Using a teaspoon amount, mold the candy mix into teeny bonbons. Your hands will become slippery, aiding the process. Expect to get around 30–35 candies from the batch, depending on how many times the teaspoon falls into your mouth.

Chill for 24 hours before rolling in the beet powder. Any sooner, and the candy will drink up the
coating. No harm in looting one or seven in the meantime. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.