Happy Halloween everyone!
Has anybody been tempted to eat the candy you've been giving out at the door? How about the candy from your kids' treat bags? My downfall is usually the Reese peanut butter cups. This year, however, my goal is not to touch the candy at all. To make sure I don't crave them the plan was to make my own 'healthy' chocolate and nut alternative and have some of that instead. Let me introduce you to my favorite 'treat'!
I originally got this recipe from the Seasonal Family blog (www.seasonalfamily.com) and have been making them for a while now. It's an easy recipe to adjust too. Any nuts, seeds, dried fruit can be used.
Dallas' favorite Treat Bars:
- 2.5 cups mixed nuts and seeds (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, and cashews)
- 1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
In a saucepan, mix together the coconut oil, almond butter, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat until combined. Place in a 9x9 inch pan covered with parchment paper. Place in freezer for a couple of hours.
Remove from freezer and cut into bars or squares.
Look yummy? They are!
The best part is that instead of eating junky Halloween crap I'm treating myself with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, etc.. Plus, I get my chocolate/nut craving out of the way.
See those orange things in the corner? I had some sweet potato slices leftover from dinner so I made some sweet potato chips too.
Stay out of the treat bag!! Sugar depletes your body of vitamins and minerals! Make yourself healthier versions that add nutrients instead. Your body will thank you for it.