Naturally, with eating healthy and staying away from candy during Halloween can be difficult. Seriously this is the 4th blog I have done on the subject and it's not just because I think it is what's on your mind, if you get my meaning! Oh sugar, such a temptation and always made to look so delicious. Luckily, there are some homemade candy options you can make that are yummy and entirely health-friendly. These still have sugar but at least they are a whole food version of the sweet stuff.
Pumpkin Nut Candy Bars
These candy bars are similar to Snickers bars, but diet-approved. They are perfect if you enjoy chocolate or Snickers candy in general for Halloween, but want to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle during the festivities. Ingredients used with these candy bars include pumpkin puree, almond or coconut flour, almond butter, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, dates, nuts, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder. This gives you that yummy chocolate flavor from the cocoa without the added sugar you shouldn’t have on your diet.
*This recipe is modified from Two peas and their Pod
Almond Butter Cups
If you or your kids are a big fan of peanut butter cups, we all understand these are not the healthiest of treats. Instead of those, you can use this extremely simple recipe to make an alternative version at home. All you need are some chunks of dark chocolate (if you allow it on your personal version of your diet) and almond butter. In a muffin tin, line it with muffin wrappers, then pour some melted chocolate into each of the wrappers, followed by a layer of almond butter. Add a little more chocolate to each one, and let it harden. You can then remove the cups from the muffin wrappers and you have your chocolate almond butter cups. Go here to find a great recipe.
Truffles might sound like something you shouldn’t have on a diet, but you can definitely make a version of these that work with your diet restrictions. This is a much healthier version of traditional truffles and they use pumpkin, which turns them into a fun Halloween treat. The truffles have some healthier ingredients such as coconut oil, coconut butter, pumpkin puree, sea salt and maple syrup.
It is such a simple recipe all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a bowl and roll them into round-shaped truffles. Place in the refrigerator to cool. You can use the dark chocolate to melt and dip the truffles, or leave that part out. This is completely up to you. Here are good directions from a website I found that has so many good recipes! Hopefully you can use it as a resource too!
Good luck tomorrow night and Happy Halloween!!
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