I’m almost too late for this post, but just in case some of you are procrastinators like me, here are some scary good (healthier) treats for Halloween that won’t make you feel ghoulish!
Pardon the vintage/early-days-of-FYB photo, because these are really so delicious! Also they have no sweeteners of any kind, they’re completely raw, gluten-free, vegan, and are only 5 ingredients not counting the apples. They taste like a fudge covered apple, and that can’t be a bad thing.
This dip really lives up to its name. If you love those tubs of T. Marzetti caramel apple dip, you are going to swoon over this stuff, it tastes 195% better. Plus it has no refined sugar, it’s completely raw, has only 6 simple ingredients, and will take you about 10 quick minutes to throw together. Your mouth will be wowed.
I probably wouldn’t have thought to include this in a Halloween recipe round-up, if it wasn’t for the smart alec on Instagram leaving a comment that it looked like I had blended up Slimer from Ghostbusters. It’s actually kind of funny! It does have an outrageous green color. Tell your kiddos its a Slimer smoothie, they won’t even care that they’re eating over a serving of spinach. I ain’t afraid of no greens!
4. Scary Black Cherry Beet Juice (Instagram exclusive, recipe below)
I vaaaant to driiiink your… beets? Sorry that was a terrible joke. The health benefits of drinking this sweet cherry infused beet juice are serious, though. It is bursting with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C, and carotenoids. Both cherries and beets have been studied for their cancer fighting powers. Sweet cherries may help calm your mood, reduce pain and headaches, and help you sleep better. Beets are a potent detoxifier and blood purifier. To make, simply juice 2 peeled beets, 1 cup of frozen cherries defrosted, and 1 apple. Drink up if you daaarrrrre.
These soft and fluffy doughnuts are gluten-free, vegan, baked, and have very little sweetener, but still taste amazing. They are brimming with autumn spices and apple flavor, and there is even the option of baking an apple slice right into them. They would be awesome after traipsing around in the chilly weather with a big mug of hot cider or homemade pumpkin spice latte.
If you need an excuse to make homemade Snickers bars, I can’t think of a better time than Halloween. These are everything you love about a Snickers; soft nougat, gooey caramel, crunchy peanuts, and smooth chocolate. No animal products, high fructose corn syrup, or other unmentionables in these mouthwatering little bites.
These are grown up chocolate bars, packed full of yummy super foods like ceylon cinnamon, matcha, turmeric and topped with coconut, pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs. There are two ways to make these and version #2 is oh so easy, just melt a little coconut oil, add cacao powder and your choice of sweetener and then start sprinkling in the superfoods like a glittering fairy princess wielding a magical health wand.
Can you tell I have a thing for Snickers? These are the ice cream version of the snickers bar, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it’s not really ice cream. It’s frozen banana, and it’s delicious. These are vegan, almost raw, have very little added sweetener, and are dangerously bite-sized. Yeah, try to eat just one. I dare ya!
I don’t like to toot my own flute, or horn, but I am pretty proud of this recipe. It took lots of experimenting and failed attempts, but eventually I created the most buttery, delicious, naturally sweetened classic caramel apples I’ve ever tasted. The caramel has only two ingredients, dates and canned coconut milk. Ok and a little pinch of salt. The caramel firms up and hugs the apples perfectly, just like its conventional corn syrup and dairy-filled counterparts, and is every bit as sticky-sweet and deliciously messy.
Can you tell that I also have a thing for caramel and apples? Yeah. Obsessions. This raw caramel apple smoothie is so delicious and is made up of only whole-food, real ingredients, found in nature. It tastes just like a caramel apple, but it’s good for you! If you don’t feel like standing over a boiling pot for the previous old fashioned c.a.’s then grab your blender and whip up this smoothie in about two minutes flat.
Ok, so technically these are eggs, because I made them for Easter last year, but they can be easily made into squares or almond butter cups. Simply use mini cupcake liners and a mini cupcake tray, fill the bottom of the liner with a bit of melted chocolate, freeze, add a dollop of almond butter mixture, and fill the remainder of the cup with chocolate. For squares, use a silicone ice cube tray or candy mold. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what shape you fashion these bites into, because they are addictively yummy.
These bites taste like fudge, and do not require a food processor, like most energy bites. If you’ve never considered putting tahini in a sweet recipe, I implore you to give it a try. The tahini adds a subtle sesame seed flavor, and combined with almond butter, cacao powder, coconut shreds, chia seeds, coconut oil, a little maple syrup, and dried Montmorency cherries, it is simply divine, not to mention an easy way to boost your energy levels.
Cheers to a happy, safe, and healthy Halloween!