Real Healthy Halloween

Best refined-sugar free caramel apple recipe.

These Real Healthy Caramel Apples are even tastier than traditional ones!

Halloween really is the scariest day of the year…especially when you consider all of the refined sugar and packaged treats that are eaten. Spooky!

I’ve put together this collection of fun, creepy, wholesome and delicious treats to enjoy with your little ones as they dress up, carve pumpkins and have a blast. These recipe are a wonderful way to still have fun without going into a sugar coma. Enjoy!

Real Healthy Caramel Apples

Who doesn’t have fond memories of chowing down on sticky caramel apples as a child? I sure do.

Most caramel apple recipes call for loads of refined sugar and corn syrup. That wasn’t going to work for us, so after some trial and error, I came up with the perfect equation of Coconut Crystals to create that delicious caramel-y flavor.

If you’d rather use the Coconut Crystal Caramel Sauce as a dipping sauce, that works too! Simply slice your apples and serve with a little bowl of this awesome, sticky, authentic-tasting caramel sauce.

 

Best refined-sugar free caramel apple recipe.

These Real Healthy Caramel Apples are even tastier than traditional ones!

 Ghostly Pumpkin Custard

 

These little white ghosts are not only cute, they’re also wholesome and delicious. Not sure which is more tasty—the cream made from young coconut meat or the silky pumpkin custard.

Spooky ghostly pumpkin custard.

This wholesome custard recipe is made spooky with the addition of coconut cream ghosts!

Franken-Slime (Kiwi Chia Pudding)

Maybe you’re seen this fun technique for Frankenstein treats floating around on Pinterest, well this version is quite different.

Not only is the pudding made with nutritious chia seeds and zero refined sugar, the awesome green color comes from spirulina powder rather than artificial food coloring. While the biggest draw to this treat may be the novelty of the Frankenstein face, what I love the most is the delicious taste!

Kiwi chia seed pudding recipe.

Nothing scary about these ingredients…

No-Sugar Sour Fruit Candy

When RHR blog reader, Sarai, emailed asking for a healthy recipe to replace the sour candies that she loves, I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if I could do it.

Regular sour candies are made with refined sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors…ALL of those ingredients are off limits in the RHR kitchen! This was starting to remind me of the time that my son, Andrew, asked me to make a healthy version of Fun Dip…If I could turn that 100% sugar treat into something wholesome, then refined sugar free sour candies had to be possible.

Turns out these No-Sugar Sour Fruit Candies were much simpler to make than I could have imagined. By simply using fruit-only juice, gelatin and citric acid, these candies are just as satisfyingly sour as the ones from the store!

Zero sugar candy recipe

Here’s a fun recipe for sour candy that’s sweetened with fruit-only juice.

Sweet Potato Candy (Real Healthy Candy Corns)

 

An RHR blog reader, Micaela, wrote me an email asking for a healthy recipe that would cure her craving for candy corn. This was a tough one! As a former candy corn lover, I knew from firsthand how tasty and addicting those sweet little kernels can be.

And I also knew that the flavor I was trying to wholesomely reproduce was…corn syrup. Gulp!

I didn’t want to end up with a super sweet, high-calorie treat that simply replaced the refined sugar with a more wholesome sweetener. No, I saw a treat developing that had more to it nutritionally.

Enter the sweet potato.

With the addition of cooked sweet potato, this wholesome candy (and yes, make no mistake, it IS candy) provides usable, complex carbohydrates as well as the cure for your candy corn craving.

Make the candies into pinwheels, or channel your inner candy corn with little kernel shapes. It’s delish either way!

Recipe for candy corn without cane sugar

Try this: shape your Sweet Potato Candy into little kernels like candy corn.

Spider Web Soup

Mmmmmm curling up with a bowl of warm butternut squash soup on a chilly evening is my idea of a cozy night. Light some pumpkin spice candles, pull on a soft sweater and enjoy.

It’s a bonus that carefully placed rings of coconut milk easily turn an ordinary bowl of soup into a spider web. The kids have so much fun with this. And that means dinner gets eaten without complaint – score one for mom!

Spider web soup recipe

This is the spookiest way to enjoy homemade Butternut Squash Soup :)

Eyeball Spaghetti Squash Pie

 

I think that healthy food should be more fun. Like way more fun.

There are soooo many quick, convenient, FUN-looking unhealthy meal options out there that we are competing with. Happy meals, take-out pizza, hamburger helper, and frozen foods with cartoons on the packaging. And we expect our kids to sit down and happily eat the wholesome meal that we prepared? At some point we have to think outside of the broccoli and chicken breast and turn our healthy dinner into an experience…

This pie is so much fun! Spaghetti squash takes the place of noodles in this not-so-traditional spaghetti pie. Pairs of black olives placed on cashew cream give the look and feel of a critter looking up at you. It’s both creep and exciting. Eat it if you dare!

Now this is what I’d call a happy meal 🙂

Spaghetti Squash Pie Recipe

This creepy Grain-Free Spaghetti Squash Pie is great to serve on Halloween!

Monster Face Muffins

 

My kids have so much fun with these grain-free Monster Face Muffins. It tastes like a traditional cornbread muffin with the salty olives giving a delicious sweet and salty effect.

My son loves the olive part so much that he eats his with a bowl of olives – popping an olive in with each bite :)

It’s perfectly fine to reduce the amount of honey in this recipe, however if you’re making it for kids I’d use the full amount.

Grain and gluten free recipe for conrbread muffins with monster faces.

Sweet Faux Cornbread Muffins with cute monster faces…no wonder the kids gobble these up!

Jack-O-Lantern Cake Pops

I’m not afraid to tell you that Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Sure, dressing up is fun, but getting scared just isn’t my thing. The last scary movie I watched was Identity back in 2003–and then I slept with the lights on for a month. These days what disturbs me most about Halloween has less to do with goblins and ghosts and more to do with the ungodly amounts of refined sugar that the kids get.

Even though I don’t like to be scared and I don’t like refined sugar — I’m not a complete Halloween Grinch! The kids and I had a blast making these wholesome Jack-O-Lantern Cake Pops :)

 

Have a happy, fun and Real Healthy Halloween!

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