I think some super sweet Halloween treats are perfectly justifiable. However, it is nice to have some healthy options on hand as well.
This first Halloween treat is an icy Halloween smoothie that I found a long time ago in Fitness Magazine. It wasn’t organic, but you can change ANY recipe to make it organic, so I did. Babies, kids and adults like this smoothie.
- 1 cup organic canned pumpkin
- 1 cup organic milk (you can use soy if you like)
- 2 tablespoons real, organic maple syrup
- 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure Fair Trade, organic vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice
To make your smoothies (makes about 4 servings):
Blend everything, minus the ice until you get a nice smooth mixture. Add ice and blend until thick and creamy. If you want to get crazy, garnish with organic whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or chocolate sprinkles.
The second treat of the day is a pumpkin seed bar I found in Taste for Life, many years ago. This treat is a healthy way to use up extra Halloween pumpkin seeds, and if you have leftovers of this treat, you can leave them out for hungry winter birds.
Pumpkin Seed Bars:
Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of organic pumpkin seeds with 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. In another bowl mix 4-5 tablespoons of organic honey along with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or orange extract. Mix the seeds and berries into the honey mix until well combined. Coat a basic loaf pan with organic butter or organic olive oil (just a little) then press the seed mixture in.
Chill in the fridge overnight. Cut into pieces and serve. This treat is tasty and very portable. You can also try it with other dried fruit instead of cranberries like apples or blueberries and even add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
You can serve both of these treats together at a Halloween party or as after-school snacks too.
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