Alternative Halloween Treats

As Halloween approaches, the unfortunate fact is that many people with allergies have every reason to be paranoid. Not all candy packaging is marked with ingredients, and this could pose a serious threat to people with severe food allergies. This year, try some alternative halloween treats, instead of candy, for trick-or-treaters who bring some common allergies to your door. Sabrina Garibian, who blogs on the site babycenter, says that she refuses to give out Halloween candy this year, saying, “As a health conscious parent of a child with a peanut allergy, I decided I wanted to do something other than candy this year… instead of doing a healthy snack or the traditional yummy candy, we are giving out stampers and stickers.” On her blog’s list of top eleven non-candy Halloween options, stickers is one of the most common second options for trick-or-treaters. Other non-candy options are pre-packaged fruits or vegetables, packs of pretzels and cookies, and single servings boxes of cereal. If you are looking for something more festive for trick or treaters, you can try your hand at making some yummy-mummy granola bars.

This recipe comes from: http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/mummy-granola-bars/

 

 

These easy-to-make, festive granola bars are a great alternative Halloween treat! Source: http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com
These easy-to-make, festive granola bars are a great alternative Halloween treat!
Source: http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com

Granola Bars

  • 4 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup avocado oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup honey

Topping

  • White chocolate, melted
  • Candy eyes (made by Wilton)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, chocolate chips and salt. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour oil, vanilla, and honey over oat mixture. Stir until everything is well coated.
  4. Dump onto prepared baking sheet. Press firmly until about 1 inch thick, or about a 9×13 rectangle.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the bars are dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut into small bars while still slightly warm.
  7. Once completely cool set them on a wire rack, and drizzle with the melted white chocolate. Place on the eyes immediately, so they stick as the chocolate hardens. Let the chocolate set completely before storing.
  8. Store in an airtight container or individually wrap the bars in wax paper.

-Amanda Rinnert

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