Is it really almost Halloween? Wasn’t it just Labor Day? I guess the old saying is true: time flies when you’re having fun.
Lately, there has been a lot of fun going on in my kitchen. Anytime there is a festive holiday approaching, you can assume that healthy (and non-healthy) food bloggers are coming up with some themed treats just for the occasion.
I’m no different, except that I purposely spent some time brainstorming Halloween treat ideas that could be extremely hands on for the kids.
After all, studies show that kids that help prepare food are more likely to eat it, even if it’s healthy, knowing that they played a part in the process.
Energy bites are a staple in our home. Each weekend I put together a huge batch for the upcoming week. They’re easy to make, packed with energy and easy to grab for on-the-go snacks or to toss in a lunch box. Though you might have to hide them if you want them to last more than an hour!
Halloween Apricot Energy Bites
- 1 Cup Dried Apricots
- 1/2 Cup Cashews (unsalted)
- 2 Tbsp Nut Butter
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds (or Chia)
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- Unsweetened Coconut
- Place everything into a blender EXCEPT for the water and coconut. Blend until smooth. If it’s dry, add 2 Tbsp of water and blend.
- Once blended into a cookie dough-like paste, use a tablespoon to gather the dough and roll into balls. It helps to have a little water on your hands to help keep the balls from sticking.
- Place on parchment or wax paper and allow to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Remove from fridge. Sprinkle coconut shavings onto a plate and roll each ball in the coconut to coat them evenly.
- Place balls back into the fridge for 20-30 minutes before eating. Store in the refrigerator.
There are so many ways to make these unique and fun! Instead of coconut, using black decorating sprinkles would be great idea for a party spread. Or add a stick to make them cake pops. Even drizzle gooey melted chocolate and carmel over each one!
No matter what you opt for..enjoy knowing that you created not only a tasty treat, but that each ball is filled with a healthy dose of protein, fat (good fat), and lots of vitamins/nutrients!
Your kids might even choose one of these over their Trick-Or-Treat candy! Maybe…