4 Healthy Halloween Treats Your Kids (and Adults!) Will Love
It’s official…the Halloween season is in full swing, and, for many, that means having an overabundance of sugar-laden sweets on hand. And, while enjoying a piece or two is an indulgence worth having, we’re also big supporters of keeping healthy treats available that are delicious and nutritious. That’s why we’ve gathered this list with 4 of our favorite fall-themed treats that the whole family can enjoy without overloading on sugar.
Sounds too good to be true, right? We guess you’ll just have to read it to believe it!
Paleo Apple Muffins
If you’ve ever wondered what the fall season would taste like if it were edible, these muffins will give you the answer. They are packed with chunks of apple and warm spices and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar.
Even better? Each impossibly moist muffin is free of gluten, dairy, and grains…a rare find for those who are sensitive. Bake up a batch of these today and you’ll have your entire home smelling like fall!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Having the option to drink your pumpkin pie? Yes, please! This recipe makes one large smoothie that is perfect for splitting into two portions for the kiddos…or enjoying the whole thing yourself.
Canned pumpkin and vanilla yogurt are sweetened with a hint of agave and banana and seasoned with pumpkin pie spice for a creamy creation the whole family will love! You can ramp up the protein content of this smoothie by using Greek yogurt mixed with a splash of vanilla and throwing in a scoop of vanilla protein powder or collagen for a filling meal replacement or after-school snack with all the flavors of the season!
This recipe falls in the “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” category of snack time genius. If you aren’t a baker…or just don’t have the time…you’re going to love this absurdly simple, three-step recipe. Simply core an apple, slice it into rings, then add toppings of your choice. The recipe creator uses peanut butter, nuts and chocolate chips (delicious!), but you could always use sun butter and top with pumpkin or sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.
Any way you slice it (see what we did there?) these “cookies” are destined to be delicious!
Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Baked Apple
If you’re looking for a sweet treat that kids will love but is also pretty enough to serve for dessert at your next fall gathering, have we got the recipe for you!
Apples are hollowed out and then stuffed with an autumnal mix of rolled oats, pumpkin butter, raisins and pumpkin pie spice then baked until golden and glazed with the syrup that’s created from baking the apples.
Be. still. my. heart.
One thing that is important to remember for this holiday season…and all the others fast approaching…is that life is about balance. There are no inherently “good” or “bad” foods and it is absolutely ok to incorporate treats that are higher in calories and lower in nutrition into your diet on occasion.
But having healthier options on hand allows you to enjoy some of the delicious flavors of fall while still maintaining your long-term health goals.
And that, friends, is always a good thing. Happy fall!