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Halloween usually spells sugar and fat overload. Those mini candy bars? Sure, they’re small, but who eats just one? In keeping with our (and your) commitment to building a stronger, leaner body, we decided it was time to develop some healthy trick-or-treat sweets for Halloween.

These delicious - and even a little creepy - goodies do not require baking and are actually good for you. Perfect for a Halloween party, to hand out to trick or treaters or just to eat yourself.

Celebrate a clean Halloween with these easy-to-make recipes.

Spiced Marzipan Pumpkins

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Swap fake orange-colored candy pumpkins for these homemade ones. With the rich fall flavors of maple syrup and spices, these taste 10x better. Just be sure not to eat the clove stem - it’s just there to look good.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 - 15 pumpkins

● 200g (2 cups) almond flour

● 100g (½ cup) pureed pumpkin, unsweetened

● 50 ml (¼ cup) maple syrup

● ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

● ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

● ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

● 12 - 15 whole cloves

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. With hands, knead the mixture for several minutes into a smooth marzipan dough.
  2. Remove a heaping tablespoon of marzipan and roll with hands into a ball. With a sharp knife, make 6 shallow cuts, top to bottom, on the sides with (as pictured). Smooth the edges into pumpkin-like ridges. Place a clove in the top as the stem. Repeat with the rest of the marzipan dough.

Protein “Eyeballs”

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Who doesn’t love gruesome-looking food at Halloween? It’s all part of the tradition, and these “eyeballs” taste way better than the store-bought junk food variations. Tasty enough to serve at a party, but clean enough to eat as a post-workout snack.

Ingredients:

Makes 10 - 12 balls

● 200g (7 oz) pitted dates

● 50g (½ cup) dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut

● 2 large fresh or frozen, defrosted strawberries

● 15g (2 tablespoons) cocoa powder

● 1 tablespoon coconut oil

● 40g (¼ cup) raw sunflower seeds

● 2 tablespoons chia seeds

● handful of white grapes

For the chocolate

● 3 tablespoons coconut oil

● 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

● 1 teaspoon agave syrup or honey

● pinch salt

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Preparation:

  1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer dates to a food processor. Spread coconut onto a large plate. Mash strawberries with a fork into a pulp.
  2. To make the chocolate, melt coconut oil in pan, then add other ingredients and mix over low heat until combined and the consistency is that of a melted chocolate bar. Place to the side.
  3. Add cocoa powder, coconut oil, sunflower seeds and chia seeds to the dates in the food processor and process for about 1 - 2 minutes, stopping in between a couple of times to scrape the contents from the sides.
  4. Remove a tablespoon of date mixture and roll with water-moistened hands into a ball. Roll the ball in coconut to cover completely and transfer to a clean plate. Repeat until all balls are finished.
  5. With your thumb, make a small indentation in the top of each ball, and fill with a small dollop of strawberry puree. Place a grape piece on top (as pictured). Dip a toothpick in chocolate and add a drop in the middle of the grape to form the pupil of the eye. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Banana Ghosts

Bananaghosts

With just 5 ingredients, these are probably the easiest Halloween treats you could make. And the healthiest, too. No sugar added - just the combined awesomeness of bananas and chocolate. Make these shortly before serving so the fruit does not go brown.

Ingredients:

Makes 10

● 10 large, firm bananas (not too ripe)

For the chocolate

● 4 tablespoons coconut oil

● 4 tablespoons cocoa powder

● 2 teaspoon agave syrup or honey

● Pinch salt

Preparation:

  1. Cut off a 8-cm (3-inch) piece from the top and bottom of each banana. Set the middle part aside to eat later.
  2. To make the chocolate, melt coconut oil in pan, then add other ingredients and mix over low heat until combined and the consistency is that of a melted chocolate bar. Place to the side to allow to cool and thicken.
  3. Dip the end of a teaspoon into the chocolate and draw eyes and large oval mouth on each banana (as shown). Lay them down on a plate and refrigerate briefly until chocolate hardens.
  4. Serve them cut-side down on a plate.