Halloween comes and goes around here without a whole lot of hoopla. If I’m being honest, I really don’t like creepy things. I feel like there’s enough real life stuff already that’s pretty scary as it is, so why go looking for more spookiness?
Although I’m not much of a Halloween fan, I do love the harvest season and the abundance that comes with it. And the inevitable excuse to eat some healthy candy.
Little bites curb a sweet tooth for me much more effectively than a big honking slice of cake, so they’re usually what I enjoy as a treat every now and then. Scroll through this post for a collection of my favorite sweet nibbles. They’re perfect for Halloween or any time you need a healthy, refined sugar-free “sugar fix.”
In no particular order…
1. Pumpkin Seed Power Truffles
Nothing says “special occasion” like chocolate. These antioxidant-packed Pumpkin Seed Power Truffles are one of my favorite treats to make any time of year, but especially in the fall because of their warm, toasty spices.
2. Carrot Cake Energy Squares
Put some zip into your day with these healthy Carrot Cake Energy Squares that don’t really taste healthy at all. They’re a great sweet treat to grab when you want to kick a sweet tooth in a hurry.
3. Fudgy Brownie Bites
Everyone needs a chocolate fix once in a while, right? Take the edge off of your chocolate cravings with these Fudgy Brownie Bites. (They freeze well, too.)
4. Frozen Banana Split Bites
You’ll never miss a banana split when you can enjoy these mouthwatering Frozen Banana Split Bites! I made them this summer for a cool treat, but honestly I would eat them anytime of year…even in the middle of winter. They’re amazing.
5. Nutty Chocolate Candy
Making your own candy bars couldn’t be easier. These Nutty Chocolate Candy “shards” are fun to make and disappear in a hurry. Everyone loves their sweet flavor and crunchy texture.
6. Baked Apple Hazelnut Wedges
Earlier this week I shared these Baked Apple Hazelnut Wedges with you. They are the perfect autumnal treat when you want something light that still has loads of flavor and great nutrition.
7. Fresh Fruit
You really can’t get healthier or closer to nature than with a big bowl of fresh fruit for a treat. Isn’t this picture gorgeous? Big thanks to my talented sister for sharing it with us! I want to pop one of those oranges in my mouth right this minute.
Oranges, apples, pears, figs, and dried fruits are what I reach for most often when I need something sweet pronto. Fruit is the original fast food! It’s easy to store and even easier to eat. Just cut it up and serve it up. Add a little cinnamon or a pinch of sea salt to your fruit for extra flavor.
8. Vampire Teeth!
This is about as creepy as I get when it comes to Halloween. Turning apple wedges into vampire teeth. Scary stuff, I know.
Here’s how to make them:
- Cut an apple into quarters and cut away the little sliver of core in each quarter.
- With a sharp paring knife, cut a notch in the skin side of each apple wedge to create the open “mouth.”
- Fill the notch with nut/seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter in the photos).
- Press slivered almonds into the nut/seed butter to look like teeth.
Pretty cute, huh?
What are your favorite healthy Halloween treats? Do you like Halloween or are you scared of it like me?