Healthy Halloween Snacks

Posted on October 27 2016

By Niki Amini-Naieni, Jujubeet student intern

 Halloween healthy treat

Winds curl against the rain, and the air cools down. I love the warmth and hardiness of autumn. Something about the darkness and the orange glow of lamplight is heartwarming. I love Halloween. However, the candy convention is not always the best for children’s health. But there are other ways to celebrate Halloween without a sugar rush. I have created two delicious treats that will put a smile on your child’s face and keep him or her healthy. And to add on, these snacks have absolutely no refined sugar. They are, instead, solely sweetened by fruits.

 

Coconut Ghosts:

Ingredients (8 ghosts):

  1. 1 cup of pitted and chopped dates
  2. 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  3. 16 carob chips or dark unsweetened chocolate (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the dates into a dough/paste 
  2. Roll the date paste into 8 spheres
  3. Press each sphere into a ghost shape by pinching the two bottom parts out
  4. Dip each ghost into the shredded coconut
  5. Chop up the dark chocolate into tiny chips
  6. Dot each ghost twice with the carob chips or dark chocolate chips (eyes of ghosts)
  7. Enjoy with your family and friends!

Apricot Orange Shapes

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of pitted dried apricots
  2. ¼ cup of chopped cashews
  3. Toppings (I used dried edible purple flowers and shredded coconut as garnish)

Directions:

  1. Blend the dried apricots and cashews into a paste
  2. Flatten out the paste on parchment paper
  3. Cut the paste into squares (or other shapes such as pumpkins, hearts, flowers)
  4. Freeze the apricot squares/shapes
  5. Sprinkle with toppings
  6. Enjoy as snack, dessert, or post-workout snack

 

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