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2 Less-Sugary Halloween Desserts

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Having a Halloween party this year? Whether you're hosting a spooky haunted house for the kids or having some of your friends over for an evening of scary movies and hot apple cider, the desserts tend to be full of sugar and corn syrup. Instead of buying prepackaged candy or sugar-laden cakes from the store, make your desserts at home, where you can add some personal flair and keep the calorie count from getting too scary.

These desserts are great for Halloween parties.These desserts are great for Halloween parties.

1. Brains and eyes
This is a nutritious dessert that has no added sugar. The custard is creamy and delicious and the frozen grapes add a touch of sweetness. Kids will love the aesthetics and adults will appreciate how nourishing it is.

Ingredients:

  • 36 green grapes
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 can of coconut milk.

Directions
The night before you wish to serve this recipe, peel the skins from 36 green grapes, put them in a bowl and leave them in the freezer overnight. The next day, fill a large glass baking pan with a quarter inch of water. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a blender or food processor, combine the eggs, peeled bananas and coconut milk. Blend until the consistency is like that of a thin pudding. Divide the mixture between six half-pint mason jars and gently place them in the water-filled baking pan. The water should not rise over the edge of the pan. Bake for 45 minutes, then let cool before refrigerating. Before serving, drop six frozen grapes into each jar.

Spooky treats don't need to be unhealthy.Spooky treats don't need to be unhealthy.

2. Spooky Spiders
This is another fun treat that has less sugar than typical Halloween desserts - in fact, the only sugar is in the legs. Try out these delicious brownie balls before they scurry away.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups shelled walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Shredded coconut for topping
  • Crushed almonds for topping
  • 6 ounces black string candy.

Directions
In a food processor, combine the pitted dates and walnuts. Pulse them until they are finely chopped. Add the honey, avocado, vanilla extract, coconut oil, salt and cocoa. Blend until the ingredients form a moist, pliable dough. Remove the dough from the processor and break it up into tablespoon-sized balls. On a cutting board or other clean surface, spread the shredded coconut and crushed almonds. Roll each ball over the toppings until thoroughly coated. Cut the candy string into small lengths and insert them into the balls as if they were legs. Place the finished spiders in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.

 
 
 

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