By: Isabel De Los Rios, Nutritionist and Co-Founder of BeyondDiet.com
Getting children involved in making their own Halloween treats is one of the best ways to get children less interested in harmful packaged candies, and more interested in their own healthy creations.
Here are a few favorites in my house, especially for my 3 year old who loves to help in the kitchen with mixing and pouring.
Halloween Fruit Gummies
- 2/3 cup of fresh strawberries or blueberries (or a combo of both)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of unflavored gelatin (I use Great Lakes Gelatin)
- 1-2 tbsp of raw honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, omit to make gummies less sweet)
Throw the fresh berries in a blender and add the water until you reach a runny consistency.
Pour the berry mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat and slowly add the gelatin. Stir until all the gelatin is dissolved.
Pour the mixture into a small 8×8 Pyrex pan. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting it. Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut out ghosts, monsters and pumpkins.
Kids love these easy to grab gummies and parents can feel good that they only contain all natural ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Nuts and Raisins
If you’re kids are really insisting on chocolate treats, it is so easy and simple to make your own chocolate covered nuts and raisins.
· Organic Chocolate bar (Dark chocolate is best but milk chocolate will also do)
· Raw Almonds (or whichever nut is your child’s favorite
· 1 tsp grass fed butter
· Unsweetened Raisins
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and have it ready.
Using a double boiler, melt your chocolate. Do not let the chocolate directly touch the heat. It will burn. The water should not be boiling, but be hot enough to melt the chocolate.
Add in the butter.
Add in your almonds and raisins.
Use 2 tablespoons to scoop clusters of mixture onto the parchment paper.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for several hours until clusters have hardened.
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