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Low-Fat, No-Hassle Nut Candy Recipes & Healthy Brittle

Updated on March 8, 2011

Low-Fat Peanut Brittle

Made easily in the microwave, this sweet, low-fat candy is quick to make, and gets eaten even faster!


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Spray baking sheet pan liberally with non-stick zero-calorie cooking spray. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl or large measuring cup and heat on high for 4 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir in peanuts and microwave on high an additional 3 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave in 45-second intervals until candy thermometer reads 300 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a small amount of mixture, when dropped into cold water, separates into brittle threads. Stir in baking soda and mix until light and foamy. Pour onto baking sheet, spreading outwards with the back of the wooden spoon. As brittle cools, use palms of hands to stretch out into thin sheets. Let cool completely before breaking into pieces and storing.

Low-Fat Almond Marzipan

Serve in squares, or make your marzipan more festive by adding food coloring and molding into whatever shapes you (and your family) please!


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 4 cups finely ground almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup or less powdered sugar


Prepare by filling a basin or your sink with cold water, and laying out a sheet of wax paper, dusting lightly with powdered sugar. Combine white sugar and water in large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is completely dissolved. Add cream of tartar and cover. Bring to a boil, and simmer 3 minutes. Uncover and continue boiling until candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and remove from heat. Holding the pan in prepared cold water (without letting water overflow into the pan itself) stir mixture until it begins to thicken. Remove from water, place over low heat, and stir in almonds and egg whites, about 3 minutes, until mixture is thick. Displace onto wax paper, turning with a stirring implement until cool enough to work with. Dust hands with powdered sugar and need marzipan until smooth. Press into pan or mold, or shape by hand, and allow to cool completely.

Low-Fat Pecan Crunch

Using oil and apple butter instead of regular butter or margarine ups this recipe's health factor without damaging taste or texture.


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 cup toasted pecans


Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan by lining with foil and spraying generously with non-stick cooking spray. Over low heat, stir together oil, apple butter, sugar, and corn syrup until well combined. Bring to 290 degrees Fahrenheit and add toasted pecans, allowing to cool to 260 degrees before displacing into baking dish and spreading with the back of a wooden spoon. Allow to cool completely before cutting and storing.


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    • Gemynii profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      I tried the brittle recipe today and i must say that it turned out just great! Thanks for sharing these delicious treats!

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      10 years ago

      i love brittle and its much like the infamous pralines that we make. this works nicely for those who want less sugar. mm mmm good.

    • Rapidwriter profile image


      11 years ago from UK

      I am diabetic and will try them all. Happy New Year.

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      11 years ago

      Wonderful!The best part is that they are low calorie sweets.Thanks for sharing this.I am going to try at least one.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      11 years ago

      You sooooooooo must write your own Cookbook!! These are wonderful!! Blessings to you for tickling my taste buds time and again!! Earth Angel!!

    • lilmizmoore profile image


      11 years ago from Portage

      I will be trying this one over the weekend. Looks delicious!

    • Aman deep Garg profile image

      Aman deep Garg 

      11 years ago

      Gr8's a real yum.Thanks a lot.

    • gabriella05 profile image


      11 years ago from Oldham

      Great recipes. I love almond, but I will try them all

      Thank you very much

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      11 years ago from Sydney

      Great have copied and placed in my cookie jar

      thank you will enjoy over Christmas. You have a good one also


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