Paleo toffee, made with just 5 simple ingredients, plus your favorite topping. Paleo candy recipe made with real butter, maple syrup, dark chocolate, and more. The perfect homemade paleo toffee candy to get you through the holidays. Actually, it’s just good ANYTIME! Healthier gluten free treats to love and share.
Hold the phone…. I’m posting a 5 Ingredient paleo toffee recipe less than a week after tropical banana soft serve. Well, geeze. Just shows how off I am this week. Holidays that are between seasons through me off. Do I eat pumpkin? Even thought it’s 90F? Or do I keep drinkin mojito smoothies until we reach September 23rd and a crisp cool 85F? LOL! First world problems.
In all honesty, I think this is the best time to ENJOY both. End of Summer Fruit and SO close to Fall spices/flavors. You get variety and comfort at the same time. Which leads me to this 4 ingredient maple Paleo Toffee. Uh… can I just call this crack toffee? Yes, let’s go with it. It’s addicting in the best way possible. Paleo it is, sure, but I won’t lie, it’s no superfood. Just Super Delicious. Actually, come to thing of it, maple and butter and superfoods. I’ll explain my reasoning in a minute.
But first. A STORY! True story, once upon a time there was a young blog girl who grew up with 3 brothers. They often dared her to do stuff. Like eat WHOLE sticks of butter in one sitting. Ahem… that girl was me. The only problem was that after I accepted the dare and ate the stick of butter, I realized that I REALLY liked butter. In fact, I continued to eat slabs of butter with cinnamon sugar or maple syrup on top. Obviously this was without my mom knowing. In fact, I don’t think she know now. Haha, whoops. Maybe I’m really Paula Dean’s long lost daughter? I kid. Honestly, I never had any health issues growing up. I was quite active and healthy. I guess you could say my life life motto back then was “fueled by butter!” Haha.
Point being friends, REAL butter is magical (if well tolerated). And if fact, it can be a healthy addition to the diet. Just don’t eat the whole stick in one sitting like I did. Instead focus on using it recipes or a little bit here or there for individual servings.. Also, Dairy Free Ghee, Grass-fed, or even the new coconut oil based vegan butters work wonders as well! Oh the natural healthy fats make me swoon!
Nerdy Nutrition Facts about Butter –>
Yes I am going there. BUT… only so I can justify the 5 ingredient paleo toffee addiction. Cool?
- Butter contains healthy fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin k2 in particular. Remember my love for Vitamin K in the Brussel Sprouts recipe? Yes, it’s so needed. But Vitamin K2 does wonders for calcium metabolism.
- Butter contains a two pretty AMAZING fatty acids. One is called butyrate and the other Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Both contain anti-inflammatory properties (source), but what I love about butryate (I may be bias) is that is can help with your digestive system by regulating proper cell growth or “balance” of good/bad cells in the lining of the gut.
Don’t worry, I won’t get any more nerdy on you. Just had to hare those two tidbits. Like I said, maybe those healthy facts justify my reasoning sticks of butter as a young child. I’m one big BUTYRATE BUTTER LOVING machine now!
Okay, now let’s discuss how 5 ingredient paleo toffee can fit in here. Um…. can you tell by the picture below?
ALL THE BUTTAH!
Today’s 5 ingredient paleo toffee is my ode to butter. With a little bit of maple, dark chocolate, chip, and coconut sugar mixed in. You diggin it?
All you need are 5 ingredients and a lot of LOVE for healthy snacks and desserts to make this paleo toffee.
Although… I won’t like. IF.. and only IF you want a topping, then this will make it a 6 ingredient Maple Paleo toffee. 5 or 6, meh. Same thing right? Does water count as an ingredient? Ugh, you get my point. Still, butter is INVOLVED. YEA!
Personally, I liked adding a little coconut sugar and crushed almond on top. For Crunch factor. Hello, my blog is Cotter Crunch. You can quote me on that. Obviously, you don’t have to add any topping. I will leave that up to you.
So what does it take to make this toffee? Mmmm… just 15 minutes and then bam, in the fridge it goes.
One tip –> to perfect the chewy toffee texture, I highly recommend using a candy thermometer or a thermometer that reaches 330- 350F.
Let’s get to it. You’re gonna love this paleo toffee! Super easy and great for holidays!
EASY Maple Paleo Toffee
Paleo Toffee made with 5 ingredients plus your favorite topping! Real butter, maple syrup, dark chocolate, etc. Healthier Paleo Toffee that's easy to make!
- 1 cup butter (8oz) softened - ( We use KerryGold. ghee for dairy free option)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar (see notes for alternative)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy life Vegan/GF brand)
- Optional toppings or add-ins if desired - crushed nuts, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.
- Baking pan
- Parchment paper
- Small sauce pan
- First make sure your butter is softened somewhat. This speeds up process.
- In a medium pot, combine your butter, sugar, maple syrup, and water.
- Mix on stove top on medium heat until sugar is dissolved into butter.
- Then place on medium high until you reach a boil. Don't boil too high too long otherwise your sugar will burn.
- Reduce to medium or at 285F, somewhat of a soft boil.
- Continue to cook, whisking constantly, about 10-15 minutes. Be careful to watch the pot so the butter doesn't overflow. If it starts too, just lift pot with pot holder for a second then place back down.
- The liquid boil will be nice darker amber color once done.
- Carefully pour the hot mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread it around evenly.
- Pour your dark chocolate chips on top.
- The chocolate will start to melt with mixture. Spread the melted dark chocolate around evenly with spatula.
- Add any other topping you'd like. Crushed nuts, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Spread it around the pan as well.
- Place in fridge for 2 hrs.
- Once hardened, remove from fridge and cut into bark.
- I like to add a little coconut sugar on top to make it more "sticky." This is optional.
- Store in air tight container or ziplock bag.
- I keep mine in fridge to last longer but room temperature is fine as well.
If you don't have a thermometer, just be sure to continue whisking at soft boil for at least 10-12 minutes.
This is a good "base" toffee. You can add in vanilla extracts, spices, nuts, cranberries, and more!
be careful when cooking, you don't want butter/sugar mixture to boil over. It's very HOT when you pour into baking sheet so do so gently.
subs You can use brown sugar or raw sugar in place of coconut sugar but it will not be paleo.
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p.s.if you want STICKY toffee, just drizzle with a little extra maple syrup or coconut sugar. Oh so bad yet so good, right?
Confess.. did you love butter as much as I did growing up? Are you ready for so all the holiday shenanigans and treats?
If you are, make it PALEO TOFFEE!! mm k?