My Top 5 Treats for an Autoimmune-Friendly Halloween

October 14th, 2018

autoimmune-friendly Halloween treatsHalloween is almost here! Time to dress up as your favorite ghoul, carve jack o’lanterns, and share scary stories around the fire. You know what’s even scarier than vampires, ghosts, and skeletons though? The long list of nasty ingredients in the candy kids eat by the bucket-full on Halloween. It can be extremely challenging to find autoimmune-friendly Halloween treats on a holiday dominated by candy corn and fun-size chocolate bars.

Whether your child is out trick-or-treating or at a friend’s house for a costume party, you want to make sure they feel included in the festivities. However, you DON’T want them to wreck their health with high-fructose corn syrup, dairy in milk chocolate, artificial colors and flavors, and all of the other spooky fillers hidden in holiday treats.

One way to ensure a safe and healthy Halloween for your little witch or wizard is to look out for teal pumpkins on your neighbors’ doorsteps. This indicates a house that offers non-food items for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or sensitivities, such as glow sticks, stickers, or small toys.

Another option is to make autoimmune-friendly Halloween treats yourself! That way, you know exactly what’s in the food your child is eating, and they can bring your homemade sweets to share at their friends’ parties. Now you don’t have to worry about them missing out on the holiday fun! (Plus, I’m sure other parents will be thrilled to have some better-for-you alternatives on hand!)

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite AIP Halloween recipes to get you started. If your child is old enough, you can even enlist their help with stirring, measuring, and decorating so they can enjoy creating natural, delicious treats while building lifelong skills!

Pumpkin Butter Cups

pumpkin butter cups
These Pumpkin Butter Cups are a seasonal and allergy-free take on Peanut Butter Cups! The best part has to be the center–it’s so creamy, pumpkin-filled, and the orange color will get everyone into the Halloween spirit!

Pumpkin Butter Cups

Pumpkin Butter Cups

Servings

8 cups

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Combine coconut, coconut oil, collagen, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender or food processor. Blend until combined into a “nut butter” like consistency.
  2. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. In a glass bowl, place chocolate chips and set bowl over top of saucepan to create a double-boiler (alternatively, you can use a double-boiler if you have one). Consistently stir chocolate until fully melted.
  3. In mini-muffin liners or silicone mold, fill each slightly under halfway with melted chocolate. Roll pumpkin mixture into small balls and place in chocolate. Pour remaining chocolate on top to cover pumpkin mixture.
  4. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until set.
  5. Enjoy!

Paleo Caramel Apples

caramel apples
Nothing says fall like caramel apples! This 5-ingredient recipe skips the dairy and corn-syrup typically found in store-bought caramel so, you don’t have to worry about serving an overload of inflammatory ingredients! Plus you can top these caramel apples with your favorite toppings and save any extra caramel for up to 2 weeks for other fun Halloween goodies!

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 granny smith apple

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Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring coconut milk and maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Be sure to stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  2. Once at a boil, reduce to a simmer and let boil until reduced to desired consistency (this will take at least 30 minutes for it to begin to thicken and may need longer depending on how thick you would like). Stir occasionally to continue to keep from burning to the bottom.
  3. Once to desired consistency, remove from heat and stir in coconut oil and vanilla. Stir occasionally to keep coconut oil incorporated.
  4. Once at room temperature, drizzle caramel over or submerge apples in caramel. Place on parchment paper and let chill in refrigerator.
  5. Enjoy!

Yummy Gummy Worms

gummy worms
Your kids will love making their own creepy-crawly gummy worms–and you’ll love that these gummies skip the artificial colors, flavors, and other icky ingredients! Instead, they are made with 100% fruit juice, gelatin, and a touch of stevia. You can have fun customizing these with your child’s favorite juice–try apple, pomegranate, or grape, or make a few batches for a variety of colors and flavors!

Yummy Gummy Worms

Yummy Gummy Worms

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. To a small saucepan, add the juice, gelatin, and stevia. Whisk to combine and let sit for about 5 minutes so the gelatin “blooms.”
  2. Place saucepan over low-medium heat. As the mixture heats up, it will start to liquefy. Once the gelatin is dissolved, turn off the heat. Whisk once or twice to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture carefully into a parchment-lined 8x8 baking dish or gummy worm shaped molds.
  4. Refrigerate the dish or molds until fully set, about 2 hours. Then cut into “worm-like” strips, or carefully pop gummies out of molds and place in a storage container in the fridge.

Mint Meltaway Candies

mint meltaway candies
These mint meltaways are the perfect alternative to satisfy your craving for Junior Mints or other bite-size treats! Go to your local craft store or Target to find silicone pumpkin molds or other fun shapes to make these minty candies unique!

Mint Meltaway Candies

Mint Meltaway Candies

Servings

15 candies

Prep Time

15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • pinch salt
  • 5 drops liquid Stevia mint flavor

Servings: candies

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Instructions

  1. Melt coconut butter and coconut oil in small pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add stevia extract and stir well with a spoon until mixture is melted and well combined.
  3. Scoop into ice cube trays or silicone molds of your choice, then freeze for one hour. After 1 hour, store in fridge.

Dark Chocolate Bark

dark chocolate bark
Rather than highly-processed candy bars loaded with dairy and sugar, try whipping up a batch of your own dark chocolate bark! This recipe couldn’t get any easier, making it a a fantastic holiday activity the whole family can enjoy! Fill a few small bowls with tasty add-ons such as freeze-dried fruit, toasted coconut chips, and coarse sea salt, and let your kids sprinkle on toppings of their choice.

Dark Chocolate Bark

Dark Chocolate Bark

Servings

12 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp powdered stevia
  • 2 scoops The Myers Way® Collagen Protein (or similar collagen)
  • Optional Toppings: Freeze-dried fruit, toasted unsweetened coconut chips, coarse sea salt

Servings: pieces

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Instructions

  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Remove saucepan from heat and add the cocoa powder, stevia, and collagen. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle on toppings of your choice. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm. Break into pieces to serve.

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