There are only twelve days until Halloween!
I am getting more and more excited, doing more and more decorating, and this weekend I have big plans to build something for our yard to add to our existing decor. I may need an intervention soon.
Look what I found today at the book store:
Of course I had to have it.
Before I do anything else though, we need to talk balls.
Specifically, Halloween balls.
There must be a gazillion recipes out there on the internet of various types of healthy no-bake balls that are reminiscent of traditional balls of cookie dough. But these you can eat without the guilt of regular cookie dough, or risk of salmonella.
We make balls all the time. They are a quick, easy, portable snack that is nutrient dense and good for you. Kids love them, and grown ups love them too. We pack them in school lunches, have one before or after a workout, or before soccer practice, whenever.
I decided to Halloween-ify a couple different recipes and make them the latest edition to a healthier Halloween menu, along with my previously featured Halloween smoothie.
I ground the unsweetened coconut a bit finer in the Vitamix and tinted it orange with some natural orange food coloring. (It’s made from annatto seeds, not cancer-causing chemicals.)
I then inserted a piece of pretzel stick and voila–little chocolatey, healthy Halloween pumpkins!
They are delicious! And nutritious! Chock-full of healthy fats, antioxidants, and protein and free of any refined sugar.
Plus, they are sort of adorable, don’t you think?
But wait, there’s more!
Next, it was time to get a little more gory.
Naturally, no-bake dough balls were screaming to be turned into no-bake eye balls.
These were adapted from Laura’s PB-Oat Balls, but I made a few additions and changes.
No Bake Peanut Butter Eye Balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: –
Keywords: raw dessert snack gluten-free sugar-free peanut butter oats coconut Halloween fall
Ingredients (Makes about 10 eyeballs)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup oat flour (ground oats)
- 4 T maple syrup
- 3-6 T water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 T chocolate chips
- 1 natural dried fruit strip, optional
Add peanut butter, oats, oat flour, and maple syrup to food processor and process until well combined.
Add water, one tablespoon at a time until mixture comes together and starts to form a ball.
Using a cookie dough scoop, form and roll into ~1 inch-balls.
Roll in coconut until completely covered.
Insert a chocolate chip, tip side down, onto center of ball until flat side of chocolate chip is nearly flush with the doughball.
If desired, use natural fruit strip, cut into small pieces to form eyebrows.
Refrigerate or freeze for about 20 minutes to set up.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Does it feel like someone’s watching you?
And then, because some people are not fans of coconut, I made some without it, and molded them using some fun Halloween ice cube trays I found at the Dollar store.
What do you think?
Are you getting excited for Halloween or am I the only one?