Like many festive occasions, Halloween can be an opportunity to indulge in lots of sugary sweets but if you’re trying to watch your sugar consumption, we’re sharing some sugar-free alternatives for guilt-free trick or treating! Here are our favourite healthy Halloween recipes-
Chocolatey Bat Biscuits
Kids and parents will love these chocolatey bat biscuits because rather than regular sugar, they are sweetened with erythritol a low-calorie natural alternative which works well as a sugar substitute in baking. Erythritol is available in major supermarkets including Tesco, Ocado and online at Amazon.
- 40 g coconut flour
- 80 g ground almonds
- 60 g erythritol
- 120 g butter softened, unsalted
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 50g dark chocolate
- Preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor, then add the butter and combine until you have a smooth dough.
- Divide into 2 balls and roll out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper.
- Place in the freezer for 15 minutes – this is an essential step and will make the dough much easier to handle.
- Cut into shapes with a bat shaped cookie cutter. If the dough has been in the freezer for too long, it might break easily so wait a few minutes to continue. Place the cut-outs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Form the leftover dough into a ball, roll out again and repeat the freezer step.
- Bake your first batch for 6-7 minutes until the edges are just beginning to brown.
- Let cool completely before glazing. These biscuits are VERY FRAGILE when straight out of the oven. They firm up as they cool down.
Slowly melt the dark chocolate in a water bath over a low heat, then simply drizzle, leave to cool then refrigerate.
Recipe adapted from https://sugarfreelondoner.com/halloween-bat-cookies-sugar-free
Halloween Ghost Coconut Balls
These ghoulish ghost balls are super easy to make and like the bat biscuits use erythritol, a powdered sugar alternative- worthy of a Healthy Halloween celebration!
- 160 g desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp erythritol
- 110 g coconut cream, chilled
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- choc chips for decorating
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir with a spoon until all combined.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and form into balls. Place on a baking paper lined tray. Press choc chips firmly into the balls for eyes. Chop some choc chips in half for mouths if you wish.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set.
Recipe adapted from https://natvia.com/halloween-ghost-coconut-balls/
Halloween Banana Lollypops – makes 16
Bananas provide health benefits as a source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, B6, potassium and magnesium, these lollies are simply sweetened with vanilla yoghurt.
- 4 large fresh bananas – not overly ripe, or the bananas may be too soft
- 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- chocolate chips – for eyes
- 16 wooden lollypop sticks
- Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Peel the bananas and slice in half, then slice each half again longways, so you have 16 long narrow pieces in total.
- Carefully insert a wooden stick into the bottom of each bit of banana, then place on the baking sheet and pop into the freezer for 30 mins (or overnight).
- Once the bananas are frozen, dip into the yogurt mixture, then return them to the lined baking sheet. Place 2 mini chocolate chips on each of the ghosts for eyes. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour to allow the yogurt to set.
NB – Banana lollies can be frozen for up to 2 months
Recipe adapted from https://www.wellplated.com/halloween-banana