Let’s face it – Halloween isn’t Halloween without some sweet treats.  Unfortunately, sugar overload has a nasty downside.   This year have your cake and eat it too – (pun intended) – without regret!

Here are some healthy alternatives that will keep you energized without those sugary side effects.

1. Strawberry – Ghosts

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Recipe:  Dip ’em in white chocolate. Boo.

 

2.  Peanut Butter Pumpkins

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Recipe: 

  •  1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • peanut butter chips, for melting
  • a couple squares of your favorite chocolate
Melt the peanut butter and honey together in a small microwavable bowl until easily stirred.  Mix until well blended.  In another bowl, combine oats and flax.  Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and mix together.  It may seem dry at first, but just keep mixing.  Form the now combined mixture into balls and place on a plate.  Chill in freezer overnight.  The next day, melt peanut butter chips in a small bowl (I used a ramekin).  If desired, thin the mixture with a bit of milk (I did this).  Using a toothpick, fork, of your hands if you don’t mind getting a bit messy, dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the melted peanut butter chip and twist a bit to coat.  Set back on plate.  Repeat with each ball before returning them to freezer to let peanut butter coating harden (about an hour or so).  Once hardened, cut chocolate pieces into rectangular chunks and place on top of balls to make pumpkins.  You may have to melt the bottom of the chocolate a bit to get it to stick on top.  Return balls to freezer until serving time.

Note:  If you want, after attaching the chocolate stems on top of the pumpkin, you can also melt down some chocolate and paint on a jackolantern face with a small paintbrush or toothpick.

(Taken from thesmartcookieblog.com)

 

3. Ghoul Pops

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Recipe: Take frozen bananas, dip them into orange juice and then shredded coconut. Don’t forget chocolate chips for the eyes and a raisin for the mouth!

 

4.  Popcorn Balls

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Recipe:

  • Place 4 cups of popcorn into the mixing bowl

  • Combine 1/4 cup agave nectar and 1/4 cup peanut butter or tahini in the saucepan. Set the heat to medium, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until the mixture becomes frothy and bubbly

  • Pour hot nectar and peanut butter or tahini over the popcorn in the bowl and mix well.

  • Allow to cool, and then form mixture into balls with your hands.

  • Place the popcorn balls on wax paper and allow to set for 20 to 30 minutes.

 

5. Witches Fingers

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Recipe:

Gluten, egg, dairy and refined sugar-free

Makes 8 fingers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 dates, chopped with pits removed + 1 Tb water
  • 1/3 c. walnuts
  • 1/3 c. almonds
  • 1/3 c. cashews
  • 1 Tb cacao powder
  • 4 almonds, sliced in half

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a food processor, blend dates and water until a rough paste is formed.
  2. Add nuts and cacao. Blend until a dough forms.
  3. Using 1 Tb of dough, form into finger shapes with hands.
  4. Place almond slice at the tip for fingernail.
  5. Chill for 15 minutes or devour immediately.

 

And, isn’t it true? – Any dessert is so much more rewarding when it’s followed by something like…

Spinach, Grilled Chicken, Pickled Red Onions, Sun dried Tomatoes, Feta, 1/2 Hard Egg, Tangy Dressing

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Happy Halloween!