7 Healthy Halloween Desserts That Are Better Than Candy
October heralds the start of pumpkin season, steaming apple cider, and fall's most hair-raising holiday, Halloween. The day has always been a great excuse to step into a new character, whip up some themed cocktails, and over-indulge in sweet treats, but the health-conscious among us have discovered how to satisfy their sweet tooth without a pang of next-day guilt.
Rather than serving store-bought treats that are laden with spooky-sounding preservatives and additives, opt for these seven healthy homemade goodies. They're vegan and gluten-free, so you can feel good about serving them to any guest. Add these ingredients to your shopping list for Halloween treats that look naughty, but aren't.
Gluten-Free Churro Poppers
These light and fluffy pillows are made from rice flour instead of wheat flour, non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, and a traditional cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bonus: Since these are made at home and not in a commercial fryer, you can control the amount and kind of oil you fry in, making them a better alternative to store-bought donuts or poppers.
Beet Nut Butter Cups
Gluten-Free Orange-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
When you find donuts that are not only gluten-free, dairy-free, and baked, it feels like you’ve found the baking holy grail. These donuts definitely won’t disappoint—they’re packed full of flavor thanks to spices and a zesty, tart orange glaze. The pumpkin donut base is moist and soft, and the glaze nicely counterbalances the sweetness of the pumpkin.
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Healthy Harvest Buckeyes
Anyone who is familiar with Ohio is most likely familiar with the state’s favorite sweet treat, the buckeye. Usually made from peanut butter, powdered sugar, chocolate, and lots of other ingredients, they can be a tooth-achingly sweet morsel.
These buckeyes might look naughty, but they're not. Half Basked Harvest has created the base with a unique combination of cannellini beans, applesauce, and pumpkin, plus the usual suspects of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a no-bake recipe that won’t have you using every single appliance in your kitchen, and no one will be able to taste the beans, pumpkin, or applesauce—just the treat’s signature delicious and creamy peanut butter and chocolate.
Vegan Mayan Drinking Chocolate
If you’d rather drink your dessert, hot chocolate is definitely a classic choice. Instead of a super-rich hot chocolate topped with calorie-filled whipped cream, go for a Mayan drinking chocolate instead. This one is made from extra dark chocolate and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and cayenne (yes!), plus coconut milk. The result is complex and deeply satisfying, and it only takes 15 minutes to whip up.
Cashew Cream Caramels
Cashews are a popular replacement for anything dairy-related because they offer the same creamy consistency without all the stomach-upsetting ingredients. Take simple cashew milk to the next level by turning it into soft, chewy caramels. Wrap them in wax paper and place them in bowls around your house, or give them to neighborhood families as a welcome fall treat.
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Graveyard Mousse Pots
These chocolate mousse pots will please everyone, regardless of age. Wallflower Kitchen uses Nakd Cocoa Delight bars as the dirt and an avocado-based chocolate pudding that tastes surprisingly like the real thing. Simple gluten-free gravestone cookies top off the pots to make these a spooky and yummy (and healthy!) crowd-pleaser.