Homemade Halloween Treats (No Trick!)

The following post is written by guest contributor Marla Meridith of Family Fresh Cooking.

When we think of Halloween, we automatically think of sweet treats that get handed out and gobbled up while giggling with friends. There is so much fun to be had and calories to be eaten, but Halloween starts earlier and earlier each year. I started seeing stuff in the stores in early September.

Fall is my favorite time of year and the flavors of the season tempt me to no end. That said, there is no reason to dive into the packaged, overly refined treats when we can make our own organic seasonal favorites at home.

Balance

When we start munching traditional Halloween goodies too early, they can give us way too many unnecessary calories. At Family Fresh Cooking, my goal is to keep the majority of our foods very low glycemic, with little to no refined sugars. I have had so much fun creating new recipes that combine traditional flavors but are quite a bit healthier than the usual selections.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Over here we love our pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon and spices throughout the year. Finally, the season is upon us to really embrace all of those farmers’ market finds. Fields are bursting with all kinds of squash, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. With all my recipe development, I always encourage my readers to purchase organic ingredients when available. With a mindful eye toward sustainability, we not only serve our bodies with higher quality nutrition, but we help our planet as well.

Recipes to Share

Here are a few Fall/Halloween recipes I have come up with. Again, please remember to sub in your favorite organic ingredients when available. I try not to stress out my readers with the details of “must.” Just try to get the highest quality organic ingredients when they are available and affordable.

Chocolate Pumpkin Halloween Pancakes

The kids and I were looking for fun breakfast pancakes one day and we came up with this idea. Not only are they super quick to make and fun to look at, they taste wonderful. I referenced this blog called Jim’s Pancakes to learn the skills to make the shapes. This is a very simple technique and adds fun and creativity to your day.  Find the recipe here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Oat Muffins

These mini muffins are the perfect handheld snack, and they go great in lunchboxes too!  Find the recipe here.

No-Bake Chocolate Tarts with Oat Cereal Crust

These tarts were created for a contest using a popular and legendary oat breakfast cereal that is on the market. I urge you to try these treats. Simply adapt and use your favorite organic O’s cereal. They are such a yummy dessert and very simple to prepare. The “crust” is filled with flavor and you don’t even have to pop it in the oven. No time to bake? Here is your answer.  Find the recipe here.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last year my then-two-year-old son and I visited the Rocky Mountains just as the last few fall leaves were clinging to the trees. I will never forget that time spent alone with my little guy and these cookies I made for him. He gobbled them up with a chilled glass of milk and a big grin on his face.  Find the recipe here.

Happy Halloween!

Do you have any fun Halloween recipes to share? Link up below in the comments so we can all try them out!

All photos and food styling by Marla Meridith. All recipes are original creations by Marla.

16 Comments

  1. Kara @Simple Kids

    Oh, my goodness, how cute are these? These would be sure to delight and I love that you can feel good about serving these “treats” 🙂

    Those pancakes and the sweet potato choc. chip cookies are going at the top of my “to try” list. Thanks!

  2. Kim

    Spicy pumpkin and chocolate is a match made in heaven! Sadly, the link to the pumpkin chocolate oat muffin recipe doesn’t seem to be working. I also tried to grab it directly from the Family Fresh Cooking site but got the same error message. Help?

    • Katie

      Kim, are you still having problems with the links? I just checked them and they seem to be working fine for me. Please let me know! Thanks!

  3. Karen Ho Fatt@ fire pit reviews

    Thanks for the recipes. Will try them out with the kids – they are too yummy and fun to pass up!

  4. cori

    My boys saw the photos and wanted to try everything right away! I’m having the same trouble as above though–the links aren’t working from this site or Family Fresh Cooking. Any chance it’s in the process of being fixed?

    • Katie

      Cori, I checked the links and they seem to be working fine on my machine. Are you still having trouble? Can you tell me where the links take you or what kind of error you’re getting? Thanks!

      • cori

        Thanks for your help! We would like to try the recipes. I do have a Mac and I am trying to get on from the United Kingdom. Don’t know if that makes a difference?

        Here’s the text I get when I click the read the full article from the Family Fresh Cooking site. It’s the same text I get when I try to click the link in the Simple Organic article. It’s this url: http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/09/24/chocolate-pumpkin-spice-hallowee-pancakes/

        Here’s the error message:
        PAGE NOT FOUND

        We cannot locate the page you’re looking for. Please check the address and make sure all letters are lowercased with no spaces. You may also move to a different page by using the links in the menu bar above.

        Here’s the text I get whenever I click this url either from the Simple Organic article or the same recipe on the Family Fresh cooking site: http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/09/29/cheerios-and-chocolate-pumpkin-tarts-halloween-treats/
        PAGE NOT FOUND

        We cannot locate the page you’re looking for. Please check the address and make sure all letters are lowercased with no spaces. You may also move to a different page by using the links in the menu bar above

  5. Jenny Flake

    Great ideas, what a great post! Loving all those healthy treats!

  6. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Hi you guys! I am sooooo happy you are all enjoying my Halloween recipes. We had so much fun creating them & even more fun eating them!

    As far as the links go, they are all functional and active. Our host has been a bit sketchy & unpredictable these days. Sorry you have been encountering some issues. We are working on this end to sort out this out 🙂

  7. Nina

    those are awesome. thank you I’ll definitely be trying some of those out.

  8. Amanda :)

    *Love* all these healthy recipes for homemade Halloween treats! Thank you! 🙂

  9. priest's wife

    We will be making the sweet potato cookies- looksdelicious!

  10. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Cori: I hope your boys do get to try all these recipes! They will have so much fun helping you make them too 🙂

    Katie (Kitchen Stewardship): I don’t always go all fancy with the shapes, but it was super simple & fun for a change. With those squirt bottles anything is possible!

  11. Alison

    Awesome guest post! Great recipes and photos! Love your style

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