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The secret to healthier Halloween treats? I'm convinced, lies in the decorating. If you're creative, you've got it made. If you're an artistically challenged techie?
The ghosts made their first appearance at our Eerie Edibles Food Swap in the fall of 2013. This year, with grandchildren underfoot, and neighborhood kids already in costume; I couldn't resist making them again.
My search began by googling “Healthy Halloween Treats” and was often discouraged by another author's version of healthy. Not that theirs were bad, lots of people have definitions that work for them, although
I wanted something a little closer to mine
“Shoot .. I have treats that I love. I sure wish I could find similar recipes that would be cute and Halloween-y.”
Paradigm shift: take that which you love and look instead for fun ways to decorate
The idea that caught my eye: a ball.
What food artists have done with the simple ball, is nothing short of impressive(!)
Our family's recipe for peanut butter balls lives in a binder my step-mom keeps in her kitchen. During my growing-up years, they were a staple and filled with all of the traditional ingredients, including lots of powdered sugar and butter.
This version has lighter ingredients and natural sweetener. Therefore, a healthier ball of peanut butter goodness covered with chocolate? A couple of edible eyes on top?
I believe we may be on to something
This weekend little black ghosts dotted the counter. Their eyes and imperfect chocolate markings brought them to life and gave them funny personalities
They were fun to bring to the swap, are a hit with kids (of all ages), and are great for parties as mess-free finger food (serve them in mini cupcake liners).
A little bite of healthy, eerie, goodness. Bet they'll make you smile.
Ps: A note about the peanut butter. Natural peanut butter is best; look for only peanuts (and maybe a little bit of salt) listed on the label
pps: Another idea for their chocolatey coating? PB Chocolate Protein Fudge
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Happy and Healthy Black Halloween Ghosts
- Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter will also be great)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1 - 2 Tbsp coconut flour, as needed
- ⅓ - ½ cup rice crisp cereal (not puffed rice)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ - 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- candy eyes (I found mine at a local craft store)
- Peanut Butter Balls
- In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter and maple syrup vigorously, for 30-60 seconds, until the mix thickens.
- If the dough is thick enough to shape into balls, skip the coconut flour. (If the dough is too sticky or runny, add a tbsp of coconut flour and combine)
- The coconut flour will absorb moisture, so allow the dough to sit for a minute or so before deciding if a bit more coconut flour is needed
- If you happen to go too far with the coconut flour and your dough becomes too dry, add a bit of maple syrup and mix again
- Add the crispy cereal, using your hands to knead it into the dough
- Shape the dough into 18-20 balls (using ~ 1 Tbsp of dough per ball)
- In the top of a double boiler, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil
- Melt over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth
- With a fork or toothpick, dip the balls into the melted chocolate.
- Place the ball onto a plate or cutting board lined with parchment. Repeat for the rest.
- Save any leftover melted chocolate for drizzling on top of the ghosts
- Gently add their eyes
- Place balls in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until they've mostly set