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Healthier homemade Halloween treats fill candy bags


That time of year when you cover yourself in fake blood, wear scary masks and trick-or-treat door-to-door is just around the corner.

The pressure to find the best Halloween candy has started. Candy corn is said to be the most popular candy for Halloween, but who could resist a sugary treat like Snickers, M&Ms or a Kit Kat?

Although we love the creativity that the holiday inspires, with gummy worms on top of cupcakes, cookies shaped as ghosts and cake balls designed like spiders, the use of self-control in saying no to sweets can be difficult.

Give your favorite Halloween treats a healthy makeover to satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings with these three easy recipes that are fun for adults and children.

Halloween Crispy Treats

Ghost Rice Crispy Treat

Halloween Crispy Treat | Courtesy of Cooking Light

Pull out the cookie cutters and get creative. Don’t use the simple square with this tasty rice crispy treat; shape the batch with Halloween cookie cutters right in the pan. Mini morsels can be used for eyes on any of your spooky treats.

What You Will Need: 

1 stick of butter

Cooking spray

A pan

A box of Rice Krispies cereal

1 bag of large marshmallows

How To Make It:

Melt the stick of butter.

Add the large marshmallows to the melted butter on a medium heat.

Slowly add the cereal to the melted butter and marshmallows.

Press the mixture into a pan coated with cooking spray.

Use your Halloween cutters and cut out shapes while the mix is still hot.

Use frosting and mini morsels to decorate if you want to.

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this recipe is for you.

What You Will Need:

Bowl to mix ingredients together

2/3 cup vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 ½ cup reduced fat creamy peanut butter

½ teaspoon of salt

1 ¼ cups Fiber One cereal

2 bags of dark chocolate (Godiva cacao), chopped

How To Make It:

Add the vanilla protein powder, powdered sugar, coconut oil, creamy peanut butter, salt and Fiber One cereal together in a bowl.

Cover a baking pan with cooking spray.

Shape the peanut butter mixture into small balls.

Place the balls on the baking pan.

Put the pan in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Pull the pan out of the freezer and reshape the balls.

Place the pan back into the freezer for 15 minutes.

Put the chopped dark chocolate in the microwave for about 45 seconds.

Take the chocolate out of the microwave, stir and place back into the microwave. Repeat this step until the chocolate is completely melted.

Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip them into the chocolate.

Once covered in chocolate, place the peanut butter balls back in the freezer for 20 minutes so the chocolate can harden.

Spider Jell-O Bites

Spider Jell-O Bites

Spider Jell-O Bites | Courtesy of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

In a time crunch to make some Halloween treats? These Jell-O bites need only 20 minutes to make after pre-preparations.

What You Will Need:

Plastic ice cube trays

Mixing bowl

1  1/3 cups boiling water

1 package Jello-O grape flavor

1 package blackberries

1 bag black string licorice

1 bag red miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces

How To Make It:

Spray plastic ice cube trays with cooking spray.

Add boiling water to the Jell-O mix in a bowl and stir for two to three minutes.

Pour mix into prepared ice cube trays.

Refrigerate until the Jell-O is firm (about three hours).

Once the Jell-O is ready, put a blackberry onto a wooden skewer to make and thread it through each piece to make the head.

Stick the thin black licorice into the pieces for the legs.

Add the red candy-coated chocolate pieces for the eyes.

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