Halloween is quickly approaching, which can also mean lots and lots of sugar. Now don’t get me wrong, I let my toddler have some sugar, especially on special occasions, like Halloween night. But with school, parties, etc. Halloween seems to be celebrated for at least a full week, so I’ve created some healthier, lower sugar alternatives for both you and your littles. Most of these items are extremely allergy friendly as well!
Boo Bark! I used SoChatti’s meltable chocolate. SoChatti is a local chocolate company that makes a pure chocolate product that is easy to melt and totally mess-free. Their chocolate is made with only three ingredients, so it is also dairy free, gluten free, and nut free – something everyone can eat! After warming the chocolate up, I piped it onto parchment paper and then added Halloween sprinkles. I then put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden, then broke apart and served! I love this treat for everyone because the chocolate is vegan and nut free, and only has 6g of sugar! You can find SoChatti on Amazon.
Again, I used SoChatti chocolate to simply dip some healthier options – orange slices and pretzels and then added some Halloween sprinkles to make more festive. Just dip your oranges and pretzels in the chocolate and place on parchment paper. Immediately add your sprinkles, and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until chocolate hardens. For an adult version, I love to dip the orange slices in the chocolate and then add sea salt instead of sprinkles.
Halloween Popcorn Mix! I used a local brand, Black Jewell Popcorn for this healthier Halloween alternative. Unlike many other popcorn brands that use regular yellow corn kernels, Black Jewell uses black heirloom kernels, which are higher in antioxidants than other kernels. For this treat I mixed in some candy corn, chocolate chips (you can use dairy free!), and marshmallows. My kids loved taking part in making this allergy-friendly treat that is better for you than all of that Halloween candy. I put the mix in cute Halloween bags, but you could also make a big bowl of the mix for family movie night! Find Black Jewell Popcorn on Amazon or in retailers nationwide like Market District, Jewell Osco and Publix!
Pumpkin Pie Hummus. This hummus is delicious and only has 6g of sugar. I made a fun platter with fruit skewers in Halloween colors, and other healthy dipping options. Great for a Halloween party, and also great for a Halloween or Holiday pitch-in at work. You can provide a healthier option for your co-workers when this time of year the dishes can be heavy and desserts full of calories.
Pre-packaged Halloween Snacks. Some schools/daycares no longer allow homemade treats to be brought in, in order to protect those students with food allergies. So here are some healthy, pre-packaged snacks that I made a little more festive. These would be great to bring in to class for a Halloween party, or even to put in your little one’s lunch box the week of Halloween. I think teachers/parents appreciate some non-candy, lower sugar snacks as well, especially this time of year.
Most of the items I used to prepare these treats are linked above, and/or can be found here in my Amazon shop. I also found some cute things at my local Target and Kroger.
Taylor Pearl took all of these cute photos for me : )