Have ever heard about a candy hangover because of Halloween treats?
Halloween brings a lot of fun tricks and treats but it can also bring candy hangovers, sugar-induced moods swings and skin breakouts (for us older ‘kids’). To help you mitigate those post-Halloween candy blues, I’m sharing my favourite treat recipe that whips up super-fast and doesn’t require any baking. It’s dairy and wheat-free for sensitive tummy’s and healthy enough to even have as a snack!
Why this recipe is a good alternative to avoid candy hangovers?
A healthy alternative to classic Halloween treats, these spooky spider bites will satisfy any sweet tooth. Chock full of fiber from oats, your children won’t have the energy spike and crash that refined sugar-ladened treats bring. Using dates and honey as an alternative to nutritionally devoid white sugar is a great way to bump up the nutritional value without compromising taste. Peanut butter is not only a sneaky way to increase the protein content but is rich in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. For those with a peanut allergy, sunflower seed butter can be used instead.
For the adults, the health benefits of these treats lies in the antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Research shows that this damage is a factor in the development of heart disease, cancer, and other conditions and that an antioxidant-rich diet can help buffer against these conditions.
What are the ingredients?
1 cup organic peanut butter
1 cup pitted dates
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup rolled oats (Not quick. Use gluten-free if needed)
¾ cup Glutino pretzels, crushed
1 – 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (optional)
Process peanut butter, dates, cocoa powder and honey together in food processor. Add oats and pretzels and process until combined. If mixture is dry or crumbly, add coconut oil by the tablespoon until the mixture sticks together. Roll into 1 inch balls.
Store in the refrigerator.
Jessica Mosiuk , as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist is passionate about helping others break-free from the pain of chronic health conditions by making practical and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes. Jessica works with a wide array of conditions such as digestive disorders including IBS and SIBO, hormone imbalances, weight loss, arthritis, diabetes, skin conditions and cardiovascular disease. She also offers Weight Loss and Gut Disorders programs. To learn more about Jessica, visit her website joyfulbelly.ca.
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