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 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.
Note: I don’t mean for you to hand these out at your door. The intention behind these Halloween treats are for situations and small gatherings where you know everyone, and everyone knows you. As many of us aren’t having big parties, or maybe not even going door-to-door due to the current global circumstances, these recipes are ideal for personal settings.
If you’re looking for some non-food Halloween ‘treats’ to share, scroll down to the bottom.
17 Kid-Friendly Healthy Halloween Treats
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Once you try these, you won’t be able to go back to peanut butter cups. Swap in tahini or sunflower seed butter if there are nut allergies.
Homemade Fruit Rollups
You will love these easily customizable fruit rollups, with both dehydrator and oven directions.
Easy Baked Apples
Bonus: Your home will smell incredible.
Hazelnut Coconut Fudge
This is a very low sugar, brain-fueling recipe. We actually enjoy this is a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack in our house!
Paleo Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie
This one is ALWAYS a hit with a small crowd.
Grain-Free Raw Coconut Cookies
Packed with nutritious fats, protein and fibre, these cookies are a hit with my young son (and keeps him from having blood sugar meltdowns.)
Dairy-Free Maple Cream Custards
Egg yolks combine with full fat coconut milk and warming, grounding spices to make this custard the ultimate in comfort food, in every sense of the phrase.
A delicious gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free alternative to the Turtles chocolate you know and love.
Caramel Fudge Chocolate Bar
This extra special chocolate bar is gluten-free, dairy-free and absolutely divine.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Licorice
Yes, you can make licorice yourself! This is a 3-ingredient recipe that both kids and grownups will adore.
Grain-Free Fruit Crumble
Use any of your fave seasonal fruit in this one. It’s also delectable when topped with coconut whipped cream.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Can’t go wrong with a classic.
Spicy Sweet Potato Brownies
If your little ones are sensitive to spicy foods, you can leave out the cayenne.
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
These simple treats are infused with fermented protein powder, and have a healthy dose of fat and fibre.
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns
You’ll want to drizzle that coconut butter icing over everything!
Chocolate and figs: two aphrodisiac ingredients for a romantic treat after the kids fall asleep.
Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins/Cupcakes
A completely unprocessed and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free lemon poppyseed muffin with lemon cream frosting.
Non-Food Healthy Halloween Treats
Don’t want to be the parents giving out dried fruit? Consider handing out some of these fun things:
- Fun pencils, pens and erasers
- Non-toxic removable tattoos
What are you making this year to have a healthy Halloween?