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Top 12 Healthy Halloween Treats

 

Like so many others, Halloween is one of those holidays where we throw caution to the wind and stuff our faces with gobs of treats. On the one hand, who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up like a cat and play with pumpkins? On the other hand, chowing down on ultra-processed, sugar-packed candy is a one-way ticket to cavities, hormone imbalances and a mean case of the grumps. Conventional candy is loaded with artificial colours, "natural" flavours, refined sugars and hydrogenated palm oils. The good news? There are plenty of homemade healthy Halloween treat options!

But What About the Kids?

We worry about the kids, though, right? We don't want them missing out. I can hear you now: “But I only buy Halloween candy for the kids!” Right. Despite your good intentions, you know that jumbo pack of mini chocolate bars is going to disappear long before the trick-or-treaters come knocking. Besides, don't the little ones deserve some superfood-filled, health-promoting goodies, too? (YES!!!)

There may have once been a time where Halloween was the one time of year where kids ate junk. Now, treats are everywhere. Birthday parties, school events, chocolate or candy from well-meaning grocery stores or local businesses, sports and activities, the list goes on. Even the 'healthy snacks' are basically treats.

Excess sugar in our children's diets is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease risk, dental cavities and can affect their mental health. This probably isn't news to you - the dangers of excess sugar have been making headlines for years. It's time to stop the processed candy cycle and there's no time like the present!

Instead of stocking up on store-bought candy this year, try making these healthy treats for yourself and the kiddos instead.

Kid-Friendly Healthy Halloween Treats

Dark chocolate almond butter cups

Dark Chocolate almond Butter Cups- Healthy halloween

Once you try these, you won't be able to go back to peanut butter cups.

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Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Roll up - Healthy Halloween

You will love these easily customizable fruit rollups, with both dehydrator and oven directions.

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chocolate turtles

Healthy Halloween Treats

A delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free alternative to the Turtles chocolate you know and love.

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caramel fudge chocolate bar

Caramel Fudge Bar - Healthy Halloween Treats

This extra special chocolate bar is gluten-free, dairy-free and absolutely divine.

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gluten-free strawberry licorice

Strawberry Licorice - Healthy Halloween Treats

Yes, you can make licorice yourself! This is a 3-ingredient recipe that both kids and grownups will adore.

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Chocolate Crispy Rice Squares

Healthy Halloween Treats

Just like Mama used to make (sans marshmallows, of course, and with extra protein to keep your blood sugar steady).

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Gluten-free Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Healthy Halloween Treats

Can't go wrong with a classic.

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Raw Jam + Coconut Thumpprint Cookies

healthy halloween treats

The best part of these Raw Jam + Coconut Thumbprint Cookies is that they require no cook time, so you can enjoy them immediately!

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Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Vegan Vanilla Macaroon Recipe - Healthy Halloween Treats

These simple treats are infused with fermented protein powder, and have a healthy dose of fat and fibre.

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Vanilla Cacao Bliss Bites

Healthy Halloween Treats

Vanilla is stress-reducing and antioxidant-rich (as if you needed an excuse to chow down on these.)

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Chocolate-Covered Figs

Healthy Halloween Treats

Chocolate and figs: two aphrodisiac ingredients for a romantic treat after the kids fall asleep.

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Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins/Cupcakes

lemon poppyseed muffin icing - Healthy Halloween Treats

A completely unprocessed and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free lemon poppyseed muffin with lemon cream frosting.

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Non-Food Healthy Halloween Treats

Don't want to be the hippie parents giving out dried fruit? Consider handing out some of these fun things:

  • Stickers
  • Fun pencils, pens and erasers
  • Crayons
  • Yo-yos
  • Non-toxic removable tattoos

What are you making this year to have a healthy Halloween?

Healthy Halloween Treats

3 Responses to “Top 12 Healthy Halloween Treats”

  1. Kika said…
    You don't mean hand these treats out to children at the door?! Since I was a young girl we were told not to eat homemade treats due to dangers of what could have been added to them by crazy people- I assume this is still the case. In addition they wouldn't have ingredients listed and almonds, for instance, are a common allergen. While these treat options look great for home, choosing packaged treats to give away that are still 'healthier' (fairtrade chocolates, Yummy Earth suckers, etc) would be a better idea, in my opinion. As a mom of three I hate halloween- My youngest dresses up and visits just ten homes for treats.
    • Kika said…
      Ok now I'm mad at you; I've pinned many of these recipes and can't wait to get baking:)
    • Vanessa said…
      I don't think the intention is to hand these out at the door. I would also throw anything homemade away unless I knew the person who made it. These are treats to make for your own kids (and yourself). They would also be great treats to bring to kid halloween parties (where most people bring cupcakes, etc). Another idea would be to get your kids to trade their candy for these homemade treats. To avoid handing out junk, you can hand out things like stickers, playdoh, bubbles (party favour type things). I also am mad at Meghan since I have pinned so many of these;)

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