Healthy Halloween Treats

DSC_1381_hummusWith some nutritious ingredients and a few simple steps, kids can help prepare these healthy, family-friendly treats.

Maple Pumpkin Hummus

15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
½ cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
Dash coarse salt
2 Tbsp olive oil

1. Place garbanzo beans, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a food processor and process until smooth.  Drizzle in olive oil until combined and hummus is creamy.  Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
2. Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips or pita chips.

Serves 8

‘Caramel’ Apples

2 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 40)
¼ cup canned coconut milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Dash coarse salt
6 granny smith apples
1 cup crushed nuts, toasted coconut, mini dark chocolate chips and/or pretzels
Dash coarse salt (optional)

1. Place dates, coconut milk, vanilla and a pinch of salt to a food processor.  Process on high, until smooth, scraping the sides regularly, for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Place apples on parchment paper and insert a Popsicle stick through the top of apple. Spread ‘caramel’ on each apple with a butter knife.  Press coated apples in desired toppings.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired.  Repeat with remaining apples.  Place the apples in the fridge until caramel is set, 20-25 minutes.  Serve.

Serves 6

Peanut Butter Popcorn Munch

Peanut Butter Popcorn MunchIngredients:
8 cups air-popped popcorn
1 cup mini pretzels
½ cup unshelled peanuts
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
½ cup powdered sugar

1. Combine popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
2. In a glass bowl, microwave peanut butter and oil/butter for 60-90 seconds, until melted.   Pour mixture over snack mix and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Toss mixture until evenly coated.   Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6