With Halloween approaching around the corner who doesn’t like trick OR treating.
When I was young I couldn’t wait to get in my costume, meet my friends , get my bucket and set off down the street and knock on doors and scream trick or Treat!!
Most of the neighbours were nice enough to give us some candy bars, chocolates some even loose change. We did on occasion get a household that didn’t have any candy (HOW can you not have candy on Halloween is any ones guess) and we got …..yes wait for it …….every child’s delight (NOT) a nice big crisp green apple!!! HOOORRAHHH!!!
So anyway we would run home tip out the contents of our bag/ bucket and sort out all the candy , and discard the green apples, giving them over to Mum to make that sweet apple pie! ( So I guess they weren’t totally wasted).
Then there would be a fight with Mum, that we couldn’t possibly have all that candy , and how bad it was for our teeth. So after some negotiating we were probably left with half the candy and the rest was stashed somewhere up high out of reach.
So with the day approaching and me feeling a little nostalgic about the whole thing I decided to make some sweet treats for the occasion!!!
Yes some DIY candy and chocolates!!! Super easy to make and to top it off they are plant based, gluten free and refined sugar free!!!
Peanut butter cookies
Rice crispy Pops
So here we go!!!!!
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
I love peanut butter, its creamy rich and delicious. I also like it extra roasted !!!! These cookies come together in under 5 minutes have only 5 ingredients and take only 10 minutes to cook AND im sure the kids and any ADULTS will love them. (As long as you are not allergic to peanuts that is !!!)
Mix all ingredients together. Form balls of mixture and spread out on a baking tray. If you have a cookie cutter you can use them to make cookie shapes. Cook in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for 8 – 10 minutes until golden. Let them cool and then drizzle with some sugar free dark chocolate if desired. Since we are in the Halloween theme I drew some spiders on mine.
You will not believe how simple it is to make your own chocolate. With just 4 ingredients you are on your way.
Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Make sure they are not too hot , about 27 degrees is best. Sift the cocoa powder to get rid of any lumps and stir into the melted mixture. Then add the liquid sweetener and stir to form a nice silky glossy mixture. Stir in your Add Ins of choice and then scoop the mixture into small chocolate moulds and pop them into the freezer to set.. Once set they should just pop out. Store them in the fridge in order to avoid them from melting. Additionally you could also individually wrap each chocolate piece with some coloured foil to give some added excitement when kids get there candy.
RICE CRISPY POPS
Ok so which kid doesn't like a crunchy chocolate coated rice crispy ball. Hell I'm an adult and I cant resist them. I love the crunchy yet slight stickiness they have, being sweet and having that chocolate bittersweet bust … MMMMMM And yes there have been occasions when Ive had to tell my kids that the pops were eaten by gremlins as they were sleeping and that’s why there are none left.. And yes naughty buggers they ate all 20 of them in one night !!!!
My daughters 7 .. so not sure how long the Gremlin story is going to hold up…Hopefully for another couple of years.
So on to the recipe:
SOO there you have it 3 great healthier sweet ideas which are great for any occasion and not just as Halloween treats.
Would love to hear your comments if you do make them.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!