Happy Halloween, my wonderful Cuisinicity fans! Today I want to share with you some healthy and delicious bite-sized snacks that your little witches and goblins will love to munch on this Halloween. These recipes provide healthy alternative choices to the typical store-bought processed candy that has so much fat and sugar content and zero health benefit. Instead of candy, why not give the kids a healthier treat for Halloween – cookies and muffins! Here are some delectable recipes for you to enjoy with the kids this year.
The first one is my Katz Flax Crisps. These are so easy because they are no-bake! They are square cookies that remind me of rice crisps but soooo much healthier! I use organic, gluten-free crispy brown rice cereal instead of the gross white rice with fatty marshmellow version. My kids and their friends love these and I know yours will too. You can individually wrap these little gems and give them out at Halloween or lay them out on your favorite ghost platter for the Halloween party.
Another fantastic Halloween goodie is my Hazelnut Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies recipe. Perfect for the fall season. What a scrumptious combination of yummy goodness! And another absolute plus is again, they are gluten free, as long as you check the label on the oats you use. Fiber rich, your kids will never know how good these cookies are for them.
Here’s another delicious and nutritious pumpkin recipe favorite: my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, which are very moist and fill up the tummies of our little goblins! You can make them as muffins or a bundt cake, and also I was able to make these with much less sugar than the usual cookie recipe. Try them; I know your kids and their fellow trick-or-treaters will come back for more!
For all my vegan friends out there, you will love my Pumpkin Banana Date Muffins! Because the ingredients are naturally sweetening, there is no need for added sugar so this recipe has ZERO added sugar in it! These muffins are so moist and naturally sweet, they make a perfect addition to any Halloween bag.
Okay I must add my most delicious Chewy Granola Squares for a flavorful and colorful Halloween treat that offers lots of fruit and fiber. Lower in sugar, lower in fat, these granola squares provide an amazing healthy alternative to those fatty candies purchased in grocery stores.
And of course, what would a blog post about cookies be without the quintessential Chocolate Chip Cookie! I use another surprise ingredient here that really adds a delicious, rich flavor to the cookies and I also give you a couple more tips, one to bring out the texture and one to add a lighter taste to the cookies. And once again the sugar content is lower so your little ghosts will be eating a healthier snack.
If your kids like nuts, I have an Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and if you want to be really sneaky, give them a banana in their cookies with the Almond Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! They’ll never know what hit them!
Who says Halloween goodies have to be limited to the trick-or-treat bags? Why not start your Halloween weekend this year with a delicious and nutritious pancake breakfast? These ghoulishly-flavorful Pumpkin Cinnamon Walnut Pancakes pack organic puréed pumpkin and walnuts together for a nutritious way to start your Halloween morning. You can even make them in your pajamas like I do in the how-to video below!
Raising 5 kids, I had to be all kinds of sneaky to get them to eat nutritious foods that also tasted good. For more ideas on healthy snacks and meals, visit my Stealth Mom blog post. Meanwhile, here are some photos of my family pumpkins carving out their spooky masterpieces …so many years ago when all my kiddies were still home. Let me know your healthy Halloween plans in the comments below. Happy Happy Halloween to you and your boo-tiful families!