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Halloween is here…and seeing candy and sweets literally EVERYWHERE has you dying for some chocolately, pumpkiney, caramelly Halloween treats! But don’t let all those treats spook you! Making candy and other Halloween sweets at home allows you to eat clean, avoid processed sugar, refined flours and gluten and dairy if you so desire!
These healthy treats are perfect for having a healthier Halloween with your kids, too! If your kids are sugar sensitive or have food intolerances (or if you yourself do) you’ll find that many if not most of these recipes will work or can be adapted. All of the recipes are refined sugar free and use natural sweeteners, and most are also dairy free and gluten free for those with food sensitivities. Most of these recipes come from vegan and paleo blogs, and these can be good places to find dessert recipes that are adapted to be refined sugar, dairy and grain free. Each of these bloggers has her own favorite sweetener, but as a general rule you can substitute granulated white sugar for stevia (or Splenda if you prefer) and you can swap any syrupy sweetener for agave nectar, honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar.
1) Frank and Willy Pops by ForkAndBeans.com
These adorable pops are perfect treats for kids or a healthy Halloween party! They’re made using bananas, vegan white chocolate, shredded coconut and fig…and of course, non-edible googley eyes! Please note, vegan white chocolate does still have sugar, just like regular white chocolate. If you want sugar-free white chocolate, it’s possible to purchase stevia-sweetened white chocolate on Amazon.com.
2) Paleo Candy Bars by ElanasPantry.com
These nutty, dark chocolate candy bars with satisfy your Snickers cravings without sending your blood sugar through the roof!
3) Coconut Klondike Bites by PaleOMG.com
If you’re a coconut fan and can’t resist the mini Mounds, this one’s for you! Made with shredded coconut, coconut cream concentrate, coconut oil, vanilla and healthy chocolate chips (she recommends Enjoy Life brand which are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and cane juice sweetened).
4) No Bake Vegan Twix Bars by HealthfulPursuit.com
Hard to believe, but it’s true. Leanne from Healthful Pursuit has brought us homemade Twix bars with real shortbread and real caramel made with no sugar! She uses coconut nectar (purchase on Amazon.com) as a sweetener. Choose a healthy vegan chocolate chip sweetened with stevia or cane juice.
5) Sugar free Caramel Apples by TheSpunkyCoconut.com
The caramel on these apples is made with honey and maple syrup and absolutely no sugar for a sweet healthy treat! Awesome Halloween treat for the kiddos!
6) Vegan Peanut Butter Cups by CalmMindBusyBody.com
Unfortunately, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are some of the unhealthiest candy out there. Loaded with sugar, trans fats and calories, they’re definitely one to avoid. If you like peanut butter cups as much as I do, you’ll be thankful for this recipe which uses healthy ingredients like raw cacao, coconut oil, powdered peanut butter and honey.
7) Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls by TheNakedKitchen.com
At one time, popcorn balls were a popular Halloween treat. They unfortunately seem to have gone by the wayside because they’re healthy, fun and tasty! These are made with honey, coconut crystals, peanut butter, popcorn, salt and peanuts…nothing more!
8 ) Pumpkin Pucks by PaleoParents.com
These actually look like pucks or little dwarf muffins, and they taste super good. Made with pumpkin puree, almond butter and eggs and sweetened with honey and maple syrup, they’re good for you too!
9) Grain-Free Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes by QueenOfQuinoa.com
These healthy cupcakes are made with coconut flour, cocoa powder, honey, coconut oil and sweet potato. Turmeric is used to color the frosting orange!
10) Paleo Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple-Vanilla Frosting
This cake is the essence of fall! The cake uses pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and maple syrup for harvest-time sweetness. Perfect for Halloween party or even Thanksgiving!
At Athlean-XX for Women, we’re all about healthy nutrition because it helps us lose weight and have energy for our tough workouts! Our nutrition plan recommends combining proteins and slow-burning carbohydrates at every meal and snack to help keep you feeling full. In fact, the Athlean-XX for Women nutrition plan is anything but a diet – we actually recommend you eat more – 5 – 6 times per day! This type of diet will help turn your metabolism into a fat burning machine – when combined with our killer 30 minute workouts. Yes, with Athlean-XX for Women, eat more, exercise shorter but harder and weigh less! Join us on Team Athlean to start your lifestyle makeover now!
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