Tootsie Rolls (Paleo).

Tootsie Rolls (Paleo).

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

Yield: 80-100 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.


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

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.


Brittany Angell

27 comments | Leave your own

  1. Kris W.

    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!

  2. stephanie

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

  3. Lisa Rybka

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

  4. MJ

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

  5. Carolyn

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

  6. Tamara

    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).

  7. Melissa

    (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. πŸ™‚ Thanks For The Recipe!

  8. Allison

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

  9. Leah

    Would I be able to use Arrowroot instead of Tapioca?

  10. Jenni

    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!

  11. Amy

    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.

    1. Linda

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

  12. Pamela

    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. πŸ™‚

  13. Emily K @ Leaf Parade

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

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