Top 3 Spooky Paleo-ish Recipes for Halloween!


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Halloween is a time for dress up, make believe, and fun. It’s not about eating a whole bag of Halloween candy, cookies, cakes, and treats then doubling over in pain and gaining 20 pounds. Thats a scary thought, isn’t it?! So instead of indulging, and feeling sick afterwords, try these 5 amazingly delicious and spooky Paleo recipes to keep your kids, and you happy and healthy this Halloween.

 

1. Chocolate Almond Pumpkins from Multiply Delicious

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.23.00 PMThese delicious cups are a lot like Reeses cups except in a fun Pumpkin mold for Halloween. Not sure where to get pumpkin trays for baking, try Michaels. If your family is anything like mine, then we all know that Reeses cups are a traditional Halloween candy. My Fiance has had these Paleo almond cups and they did not last! So instead of putting a ban on all Halloween food, opt for something healthier, but still does the trick of making you and your kids feel like your enjoying the Holiday. There is no reason you should miss out on the fun!

Chocolate Almond Cups

1 cup (about 4 bars) Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bars (or 72% dark chocolate)

1/2 cup almond butter

 

Instructions:

Over very low heat, melt chocolate in a double broiler.  Or you can heat the chocolate in the microwave until melted.

With clean, unused paint brush, paint chocolate into candy molds.

Place in freezer for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.  After 10 minutes if the chocolate hasn’t set place back into freezer until it is sold.

Fill hardened chocolate molds with almond butter.

Carefully fill in the top of the mold, over almond butter, with additional chocolate.

Place in freezer for 10 to 20 minutes until completely hardened.

Carefully pop candy out of their molds and serve.  Enjoy!

 

 

2. Frozen Banana Mummies from Lexies Kitchen

low-sugar-halloween-treats-02Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Low Oxalate Recipe

Your kids will love these frozen treats, with fun eyeballs and spooky mummy wrappings. Not only are they Paleo but as you see they qualify for many other nutritional restrictions. Check out the amazing recipe and notes from Lexis Kitchen blog below:

Makes:  12-15 Mummies/Things
Active Time:  30 minutes
Total Time:  3-4 hours

 

Ingredients:

3 large BANANAS
3 tablespoons gently melted, food grade COCOA BUTTER
3 tablespoons powdered COCONUT SUGAR (it’s low glycemic and so easy to make it)
CANDY EYES, “safe” chocolate chips, currants or raisins

Directions:

Have the kids peel and slice (butter knife it) the bananas into 1-1/2″ chunks. Skewer bananas with lollipop sticks (available at most craft stores), or use kabob skewers cut in half using wire cutters as I did. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze.

For the candy coating; in a small bowl, mix the melted cocoa butter with the powdered sugar.

Spoon a little drop of candy coating on a frozen banana and stick on an eye (or two, or three). Using a spoon, have the kids drizzle candy coating over the bananas in all directions, avoiding the eye.

An egg carton turned upside down with little holes poked in the bottom made a good stand as we worked on them. See Cara’s post for her rice idea (toward the end).

For the “Things”; We made the orange shredded coconut by mixing a few drops of yellow and a drop of red India Tree Liquid Natural Decorating Colors with some unsweetened shredded coconut. We opted to toast the coconut for a few minutes. Voila, colored sprinkles. To assemble the “Things”: Attach eyes with a dot of candy coating. Drizzle candy coating on to coat front, avoiding eye(s). Sprinkle with coconut. Drizzle to coat back. Sprinkle again. Drizzle to coat top. Sprinkle again. You gotta work in stages as the candy coat hardens real quick on the frozen bananas.

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Notes:

Cocoa Butter: If your local natural food store doesn’t carry food grade cocoa butter, here are some chips that look fantastic (just pure cocoa butter). Whatever brand you buy, ensure that it’s food grade.

Candy Eyes: These candy eyes were purchased at Michaels. You can find them in the cake decorating aisle. They contain some artificial colors and the usual yucky stuff. You can remove them prior to eating—or choose not to sweat it. Up to you.

 

 

 

 

3. Paleo Halloween Cupcakes by Elana’s Pantry

Paleo-Halloween-Cupcakes-3284While you might not be able to hand out these handmade treats to Trick or Treaters, you can share them with friends and family. Or not share them at all and gobble them up if your feeling a little witchy. I can describe these delectable desserts with one word…CHOCOLATE! Your kids will not be disappointed. See the recipe below from Elana’s Pantry.

 

Paleo Cupcakes

  1. Pulse together dry ingredients in a food processor
  2. Pulse in wet ingredients
  3. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners and scoop ¼ cup into each
  4. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes
  5. Cool and serve

Paleo Chocolate Frosting

  1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil
  2. Stir in vanilla extract
  3. Place frosting in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thicken
  4. Remove from refrigerator and whip frosting with a hand blender until thick and fluffy
  5. Frost over Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes
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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins