By Lindsay Cohn
If just the word “October” gets you salivating over those all those orange and black-wrapped mini candies, you are not alone. Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year… and also one that always leaves us feeling not so festive afterwards.
But since it obviously wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, we gathered up recipes for five cleaner confections that taste as indulgent as their classic counterparts, minus the high-fructose corn syrup, fake dyes and hydrogenated fats. These delicious, simple-to-make sweets are sure satisfy, without leaving you in a sugar-crash coma. They’re even vegan and gluten-free. Make them for yourself, and share them with your little ghosts and goblins, too.
Forget faux flavoring and fillers, the center of these minty medallions are a combination of raw cashews, shredded coconut, maple syrup and pure peppermint extract.
Crispety, crunchety and peanut buttery, even Bart Simpson couldn’t tell these healthy homemade Butterfingers from their store-bought predecessor…that is, unless he saw the ingredients, which include bran flakes and all-natural peanut butter.
If you liked gummy bears as a kid, you’re going to love these grown-up fruit snacks. And while some DIY versions call for food coloring and gelatin, these fruity treats are made with antioxidant-rich berries and vegan-friendly agar (a clear, jelly-like substance derived from algae).
All-natural peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, pure vanilla extract and liquid stevia come together to bring you those little cups you’ve loved since childhood.