7 Vegan Halloween Treats: Caramel Pumpkin Chocolate Bars and More!
With Halloween just around the corner I thought I'd share several healthy treat recipes for you to enjoy for yourself and/or make for your kids. While I don't have kids yet, I know that when I do I'll make things like this for them instead of feeding them the refined sugar/hydrogenated oil laden treats that are out there. When I was a child I'd separate and categorize all my treats and then start by eating the kind I had the most of. I'd eat them until they were all to an even number to make sure that I had a little bit of everything lol. So funny. I loved the kitkat bar, snickers, peanut butter cups and coffee crisps the best. I'd plan my costumes far in advance. I was a fairy, Holly Hobby, a witch, a butterfly, and even made a joint costume with a friend one year - we were each a half of a sandwich haha. Oh and one year I was Wilma and my friend was Betty. I spray died my hair orange and she did black. Thank goodness it washed out of our blonde hair! What were your Halloween traditions growing up??
Anywho, first I have a healthy new chocolate bar recipe to share with you! These caramel pumpkin chocolate bars combine a creamy pumpkin filling with a layer of caramel and get dipped into dark chocolate. Lets just say that a batch of these didn't last long around our place. Our friends and Jesse's coworkers loved them too!
Tip: You can keep the centres in the freezer and just dip a few at a time.
Creamy yet firm pumpkin centre with a thin caramel topping (these are actually great all on their own without the chocolate).
Dark chocolate of your choice for dipping. You can buy chocolate and melt it or you can make your own raw chocolate (try my "basic raw dark chocolate" in my Raw Chocolate Dream ebook or Sweetly Raw Desserts book).
Dip the bar into the chocolate making sure its coating and transfer onto a parchment paper lined tray.
I like to drizzle extra chocolate on top to finish it off. Do this once the chocolate has chilled/set. A sprinkle of cinnamon looks great on the top too.
You can also just drizzle chocolate over the centres and eat them that way!
Vegan Caramel Pumpkin Chocolate Bars
Makes 14 bars
1 cup cooked pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons coconut sugar, ground in a coffee grinder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup melted warm coconut butter
3 tablespoons melted warm coconut oil
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until combined and smooth (I add them in the order given to make sure the oil and butter are added last and stay warm). Spread the mixture into a parchment paper lined 8x8" pan. Chill in the freezer while making the caramel.
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon almond butter (sunflower seed butter or tahini if nut-free)
1/2 tablespoon melted coconut butter
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon hot water
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Spread on top of the pumpkin centre and spread quickly (using a mini offset spatula) as it will start to firm up. Transfer to the freezer and chill for at least 4 hours. When firm
NOTE: You could omit the caramel layer all together if you prefer.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Add the chocolate and oil (no oil if using my basic raw chocolate) to a heat proof bowl. Set over a pot of hot water on the stove and gently melt on low heat. Dip the bar into the chocolate and transfer onto a parchment paper lined tray. Let set in the fridge until firm, about 20 minutes.
Next up we have 2 healthy takes on candy apples! If you feel like making something SIMPLE for a Halloween party or with your kids, this is the one to do. They're easy yet look amazing and taste great too. You can use sucker sticks like I did or popsicle stickers… or forget a stick all together. I bought my sticks at Bulk Barn. Im sure you can get them at Walmart, Michael's or other craft stores. And yesterday I saw popsicle sticks at the grocery store, so that should be easy to find.
The candy apples with peanut butter caramel I already shared in THIS POST, so hop over and check it out if you haven't already. I have to tell you that if nothing else you need to try the peanut butter caramel. Ooooh baby! Its so good and could be great dip with apple slices, on dark chocolate, or simply by the spoonful with some chopped peanuts on top.
And these candy apples are a similar idea...
-I cored an apple and then sliced thick rings, stuck them on sticks and dipped them into chocolate, chilled them to set the chocolate.
-Next I dipped them into a coconut butter mixture (melted coconut butter, coconut oil, and warm water), some of which I mixed with beet root powder (dried powdered beets). It gives such a pretty pink colour, lighter or darker depending on how much you use.
-I sprinkled ground dried strawberries on top. I dehydrated a batch of strawberries this summer when they were in season. You can also use freeze dried strawberries and grind them up in a coffee grinder. It works really well. It all hardens up in the fridge, and voila! A fun healthy treat.
Next is White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge Squares. These could actually be made into bar shapes too.
Mini Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups. While I don't have a whole post for these, I shared the recipe HERE on my instagram when there was a lot of interest for them.
Lucuma Crunch Cups HERE.
And my pumpkin truffle pops are pretty darn awesome too!! Check out my RECIPE HERE.
Do you have any cool healthy Halloween treat ideas? Would love to hear them!
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