Caramel Apples | Healthy Halloween Treats

Your Favorite Halloween Treats…But Healthier!

Now that it’s October, Halloween is just around the corner – and with this spooky holiday comes the spooky ingredients and calories lurking in your favorite Halloween candy! But did you know that your go-to festive dessert doesn’t have to be unhealthy? Below, we’ve put together a list of healthy Halloween treats to try for yourself.

Honey Caramel Apples

If you’re craving a sweet treat, there is nothing more classic than a caramel apple – creamy and salty combined with the fresh crunch of apple is hard to resist. Notorious for being stick-to-your-teeth chewy, we’ve found a delicious alternative using only honey, cream, butter and sea salt (plus pecans, if you like them!) 

Tip: If you do decide to include nuts in your recipe, soak them overnight in warm salted water, which helps to improve their flavor and digestibility!

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions from Nourished Kitchen.

Homemade Butterfingers

The crunchy, peanutty combination of Butterfingers is timeless…and addicting! The good news is, they’re surprisingly simple to make. You most likely have all the ingredients needed in your pantry at this very moment and they take only about 10 minutes! Easy to bake and even easier to eat, you’ll want to keep a batch of these in your freezer when temptation arises.

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions by Natural Sweet Recipes.

Rice Chex Kit Kat Bars

These gluten-free Kit Kat bar dupes are genius, mostly because the coveted crunch of the original comes from – you guessed it – Rice Chex! The ingredients in these delicious candy bars are so easily accessible, you may even find yourself making them outside the Halloween season.

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions from Fork and Beans.

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

These homemade tootsie rolls are no-bake, meaning they couldn’t be more easy to make any time your sweet tooth is calling. They can also be made both gluten-free and dairy-free, so they’re the perfect indulgence for anyone who may have a food allergy.

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions from The Prairie Homestead.

Vegan Snickers Bars

These knock-off Snickers bars are so delectable, you won’t even miss those from the store! Satisfy your sugar cravings with only a handful of pantry ingredients for a naturally sweet treat. Plus, these are even dairy-free!

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions from Detoxinista.

Gluten-Free Cherry Licorice

Licorice is an acquired taste, but if you love it…you really love it. It can be hard for those with gluten allergies, since traditional licorice isn’t gluten-free. But have we got a treat for you! You can make your own incredible gluten-free cherry licorice right in your kitchen that will rival even the most high-end version. 

Tip: You will want to use a candy thermometer for this treat, but it’s worth it for the perfect finished product – trust us!

To give this recipe a try, follow these instructions from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.


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