Tootsie Rolls (Paleo).

by Brittany on October 15, 2013

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Let me see your tootsie roll!! And trust me – you need to roll right to the store to gather these ingredients!! The flavor experience is a mix between a tootsie roll and fudge. This recipe makes a lot of dough so feel free to make some and store the rest in the freezer for later usage!


Tootsie Rolls.


  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) Chocolate Chips or Bar (dairy or nondairy) , chopped
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Nectar
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (Dairy or Nondairy)
  • 3 Tbsp Tapioca
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Cup Powdered Sugar (*See substitution notes below)
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir in coconut  nectar, and butter; until butter has melted.
  3. Next add in Tapioca, and Vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Add in powdered sugar until incorporated.
  5. Next add in cocoa powder.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar onto a cutting board and kneed the dough until smooth.
  7. Take a handful of dough and roll out into a rope
  8. With a sharp knife, cut out tootsie roll size pieces.
  9. Once dough has been used up place on a baking sheet and in the refrigerator for an hour.

Yields 80-100 Tootsie Rolls

Note- These can be stored in an air tight container, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Recipe & Substitution Notes:

  • To make this recipe Low in sugar – use my homemade Sugar Free Chocolate Recipe instead of store bought chocolate. 
  • White powdered sugar isn’t the only option for this recipe. You can make your own powdered sugar from ANY granulated sugar of choice. To do this simply place granulated sugar of your choice into a high powered blender or into a coffee grinder and pulse until powdered. To make these Paleo make powdered sugar from coconut palm sugar or to make them Low in sugar Powder Xyitol or Truvia Baking Blend can be used (or another sugar alcohol of choice).
  • Instead of Coconut Nectar feel free to use Agave or Honey.


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris W. October 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

This is awesome!! Tootsie Rolls were my favorite candy! Thank you so much for re-creating it! I have one question, the Tapioca, is that the pearls or the flour? I am assuming flour as I don’t believe the pearls would work in this, but I just wanted to double check. Thanks again!


Brittany October 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Tapioca starch! :)


Brooke October 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Oh no!!! Is the starch not made from the pearls?? I’m a dork! All I could find at Sprouts were the pearls last week and so I ground them up to make a powder.. it’s not super fine but it worked in a recipe that I tried.
These look yummy. What is coconut nectar though?


Bernadette October 17, 2013 at 5:27 am

Whew! This was the only question I had too. Will be making these for sure. My kids LOVED Tootsie Rolls, but haven’t had them in forever. They will love this!


stephanie October 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I am shocked & amazed at your culinary ingenuity. Seriously, would have never thought of it.


Lisa Rybka October 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hi Brittany, thank you so much for this recipe!!! It is tapioca starch or pearls?


MJ October 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

What about carob chips and powder for those of us who can no longer have chocolate (sad face) would that work?


Brittany October 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

Sure! Give it a try!


Carolyn October 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

This is intriguing! Allergic to chocolate so I’ll try carob substitute.


Tamara October 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

These are definitely gluten-free, could be dairy-free and vegan depending on the chocolate and “butter” used, but definitely not Paleo. Not only does the Paleo diet not include sugar (which will not only be in the powder sugar, but in the chocolate bar/chocolate chips), it also omits starches (such as tapioca), dairy (butter), and processed foods in general (margarine).


Brittany October 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

That’s not true- Paleo does allow starch! And if you read my substitution notes I explain how to make homemade powdered sugar from coconut palm sugar. I recommend you check out robb wolfs blog – he talks about the 7 shades of Paleo. It’s not nearly as hardcore as you seem to think.


Coco October 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Yep! :-) I agree 100% w/you on the “Shades of Paleo”. I love your recipes!!! Always trying something new BUT I keep making your waffles (on IG as cocos_paleo_kitchen :-) And I suggest peeps keep reading after actual ingredient list bcuz some questions are answered in the notes at the end. Oh! And I voted for you!! :-) Keep inventing…you’ve inspired me to “invent” and I’m having so much fun w/it!


Tamara October 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’m sorry to disagree with you. I have read Robb Wolf’s blog, as well as his book. If, on his blog, you go to the tab “What is the Paleo diet?” he explains that it means avoiding “Dairy, grains, processed foods & sugars, legumes, starches, alcohol”, and if you read his book, he explains why. The point of the diet is to try to avoid eating foods that aren’t good for humans, and he overviews the biochemistry behind each restriction. In “7 Shades of Paleo”, he isn’t rescinding that — he’s discussing different ways that people choose to deviate from the Paleo diet, based on what they are or are not prepared to change in their diet. For instance, he describes a Lacto-Paleo group, that eats mostly Paleo but still has dairy. He isn’t saying that dairy is now back on the Paleo diet; he’s just saying that there’s a group of people who choose to stray from the diet in this way. I fully admit I’m not 100% Paleo either: I sometimes enjoy non-Paleo foods. But when I do, I acknowledge that those choices are cheats, and not part of the Paleo diet. I understand when I occasionally choose to use maple syrup or coconut palm sugar, that these are still refined sugars; even if they are more natural or lower glycemic that traditional white sugar, they are not foods to be eaten freely. They are not in the spirit of Paleo. I’m not knocking you or your recipe — I’m just saying, I think any recipe advertised as “Paleo” should meet the basic requirements that Robb Wolf outlines here


Ashley October 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Look paleo police . Knock it off. If you don’t want a dang recipie for tootsie rolls using real food, why even bother ?
You know what else isn’t paleo ? Making any “SAD” food into a paleo alternative . You think caveman were eating tootsie rolls ?
Chill out .

Good job , Brittany !


Melissa October 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

(ForgiveMyBadSwypeApp) Just Made These-They’re Fun AndTaste Great! I Think 2 Cups Of Powdered Sugar Would Be Prefect. I UseD 2.5Cups And It Lost Some Chewy Texture. :) Thanks For The Recipe!


Allison October 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Can I try honey instead of coconut nectar, or is coconut nectar totally different?


Leah October 16, 2013 at 2:55 am

Would I be able to use Arrowroot instead of Tapioca?


Jenni October 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I just made these and they taste great! The only thing is the dough was really gooey and I was not able to roll it. I substituted honey for the coconut nectar. Should I have added more tapioca? I also used coconut oil for the non-dairy butter. Was that okay? I used the stevia powder for the powder sugar. Is the powder sugar what makes it dough like? I did put it in the refrigerator for an hour and it was a little more dough like, but still gooey.

I know I made a few substitutions, but I thought I followed the substitution notes.

Help, Please!


Amy October 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thank you for the great ideas Brittany! I try to live a Paleo lifestyle and I can make these fit right in!

One question…I have never used coconut nectar. Where do you get it?

And Tamara-you should be ashamed of yourself for playing ‘Paleo Policeman”. The great thing about Paleo is that it teaches us to make choices. If you don’t choose to use any starch or coconut sugar, that is really great for you. Don’t ruin a great idea by being a know-it-all. We are adults who make our own choices. We can decide for ourselves if it fits our Paleo lifestyles.


Linda October 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Nicely said…. Thank you!! I felt compelled to say something as well to Tamara but you already did!!


Pamela October 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Made these today for Halloween (found them on the Paleo Parents Halloween Round-Up post) and they are a very tasty GF/CF alternative! Thank you. :)


Brittany November 1, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thanks Pamela!!


Emily K @ Leaf Parade November 8, 2013 at 2:11 am

I am making these this weekend, and I am very excited! Could I substitute arrowroot for the tapioca? Thanks!


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