5 Healthy Halloween Candies – No Fruit, No Tricks, All Treat

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Photo: Selvabeat.com

Nothing is scarier to a five year old trick-or-treater than that apple you just dropped in his basket. It doesn’t matter if an orange ribbon and ghosts made of tissue paper adorn the stem. “That’s disgusting,” and anything raw always will be on October 31st.

The problem, mom and dad, is that you want to avoid refined sugar, preservatives and chemicals that no one can pronounce. Krrb understands and has created a list of heathy, alternative candy recipes to guide you in the kitchen this Halloween. Disguising magnesium in seeds like raw cacao, antioxidants in peppermint oil, vitamin E in raw almonds and zinc in pure maple syrup, these ‘candies’ boast a longer list of vitamins and minerals than your average cafeteria plate at lunchtime.

Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

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Photo: Pastryaffair.com

The brilliance behind these Almond Joy Candy Bars is that they’re no-bake treats and almost raw. No-bake isn’t to be confused with fully raw, with ‘raw’ referring to unheated and unprocessed plants and seeds. While this no-bake recipe does call for a raw coconut center, made of unsweetened shredded coconut that you could dry yourself, coconut oil, vanilla extract and raw honey, the chocolate coating must be heated above 48 degrees.

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

For a fully raw, vitamin-packed candy bar, substitute the chocolate sauce with raw cacao nibs, pressing as many spooky designs into the gooey coconut bar as you wish.

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Photo: Foodmatters.tv

Also, don’t worry about refusing the almonds if the little ones are allergic to nuts. The raw cacao will make up for the loss, providing iron, zinc, vitamin c, Omega 6 Fatty Acids and more magnesium than any other source.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

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Photo: Wholeheartedeats.com

These Raw Peppermint Patties, on the other hand, are fully raw and ripe already with health benefits! Simply follow Sophie’s instructions on how to create this healthful Halloween treat, not hesitating to replace the peppermint extract with something less conventional, such as orange or black current.

Photo: Wholeheartedeats.com

Photo: Wholeheartedeats.com

Your fresh batch of raw patties will provide the following health benefits to those little goblins at your front door:

  • Magnesium: a mineral that fights acid buildup, neutralizes toxins, calms sensitivity to pain, quiets nerves, builds strong bones and teeth and is essential for many other functions.
  • Tryptophan: an essential amino acid that digests as important stress-protective neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan is heat sensitive and therefore “cooked out” of processed meats and chocolate.
  • Theobromine: an effective anti-bacterial substance that kills streptococci mutans, the primary organism that causes cavities.
  • Amylase: naturally occurring enzyme that reduces the burden of digestion on the body.
  • Lauric acid: a fatty acid that increases good-HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Homemade Nestlé Crunch Bars

    Photo: Food52.com

    Photo: Food52.com

    Sharon came up with this incredible recipe for Chocolate & Almond Crunch Bars in order to re-create the Nestle Crunch bar with nutritious but equally delicious ingredients. Though the quinoa disqualifies this treat from being raw, your trick-or-treaters will receive a nice portion of protein to balance out their blood sugars. Because let’s face facts: Your neighbors might not be monitoring the amount of high fructose corn syrup they’re dishing out next door.

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    Photo: Thegreencreator.com

    Oh! Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed that’s related to spinach, beets and chard? It has an unusually high ratio of protein to carbohydrates and, unlike grains, contains all essential amino acids. This means that quinoa doesn’t need to be eaten with legumes to provide the body with complete proteins.

    Homemade Malted Milk Balls

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    Photo: Daleydish.com

    Danielle is one of my favorite food bloggers out there, sharing family-friendly recipes that serve not as medical advice but as a dose of nature’s goodness. Her oldest son is autistic, and her recipe for Chocolate Coated Chickpeas is a healthy homage to his favorite snack. The Whoppers Malted Milk Ball wasn’t picked from the tree exactly, but with these garbanzo beans on the inside it could’ve been.

    Photo: Cheaprecipeblog.com

    Photo: Cheaprecipeblog.com

    Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, contain trace amounts of antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene along with significant amounts of antioxidant phytonutrients. These phytonutrients include the flavonoids quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin, all of which are known for their support of the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

    Homemade M&M’s

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    Photo: Ranker.com

    These Peanut Butter M&Ms are amazing, supplying the benefits of wholesome ingredients along with the taste of, well, the fake ones. Fiber is bountiful in the rolled oats, and the kids will get their protein and healthy fats from the almonds, peanuts and peanut butter. If you use chocolate, go as dark as possible for the antioxidant boost. Choose raw peanuts and peanut butter instead of the roasted ones to avoid heating oils, and roll the oats, dates and nuts mix in raw cacao powder instead of heated chocolate to pack on the nutrients.

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    Photo: Uwishunu.com

    We want to see photos! Tell us about the treats you’ll be making this Halloween along with where you’ll be posting snapshots of them in the comments section below.

     
    • Sara Bedillion

      What a great post! I can’t wait to try the Almond Joy! Our fall harvest of honeys is off the beehives now, if anybody needs any ;-) BedillionHoneyFarm.com

    • Jars

      I checked out the popping quinoa process and it looks easy – next step crunch bars!

    • Alexandra Riess

      Thanks, Jars! I’m going to try my hand at the chocolate chickpeas and let you know how they turn out.

    • Vanessa Londono

      I’m curious to hear how they turn out. Thinking I might try the crunch bars, I certainly have enough quinoa to make them!

    • Jars

      This is information packed greatness – Halloween candy is everywhere and finding healthy alternatives is so hard. Thanks for doing all the leg work!! I can’t wait to try these recipes and am thrilled to know the nutritional value.

    • Chrissy

      YUM!! I checked out the recipe for the homemade peppermint patties and I think I’m going to try them out! So interested by the fact that they have coconut in them.