Does the thought of going gluten-free for Halloween spook you? I recently jumped back on the gluten-free wagon as part of a holistic approach to taming my Hashimoto’s and healing my gut. With Halloween just around the corner, a certain level of fright crept up on me. Our department always hosts a Halloween potluck party nicknamed ‘Spooky Boucke.’ Desperate for some creative gluten-free Halloween treats, I posed a question to the universe, umm, kindred spirit bloggers, and was overwhelmed by their collective generosity to share these creepy yet delicious Halloween goodies!
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No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops
Jaclyn Anne at Crayons and Cravings had me at ‘no-bake’ and cookie dough. These delicious treats require about 25 minutes of prep time and then around 2 hours in the fridge to set. Yes, please!
Candy Corn Popcorn
The first thing that pops into my mind when I think about Halloween treats is candy corn! This spin on a favorite treat from Robin Gagnon at Mom Foodie is a yummy combo when you add popcorn to the mix.
White Chocolate Skulls with Brains
Robin Gagnon at Mom Foodie also shares her secret to treats that will delight children and adults alike. The white chocolate skulls are filled with pink cheesecake mousse
Chewy Pumpkin Spice Candy
For me, food is often about texture. The chewiness comes from honey, maple syrup (Side note: My husband is French-Canadian, so real maple syrup (not the fake corn syrup stuff) is a staple in our house!), seeds, and nuts. Thank you, Jessica Espinoza at Delicious Obesssions!
Orange Fruit Jack-O’Lanterns
These are the cutest and healthiest treat I have ever seen! Chrysa Duran at Thrifty Jinxy shows us how to make jack-o’lanterns by using orange peel as the shell and stuffing them with yummy berries.
Chrysa Duran also shares her super easy to make clementine pumpkins treat. So simple, classy, and healthy!
Easy Homemade Caramel Apples
Halloween also conjures up fall seasonal fruit — apples! Who doesn’t love caramel apples? Chrysa notes in her post that it can be hard to resist buying ready-made caramel apples, only to be disappointed by the quality of the apple. How to fix that? Make your own!
Gluten-Free Vegan Halloween Ghost Cake
Remember the Halloween potluck I mentioned above? Well, one of the challenges in our office is that several people are not only gluten-free but also vegan. This cake from Rhian at Rhian’s Recipes is here to the rescue!
Bintu over at Recipes from a Pantry shares her vegan zombie fingers creation which combines chocolate and dates. These are no-bake and vegan…they will creep out the kiddos and intrigue the adults. Bring them on!
(Side note aka digression: When I was an international student in Montreal, my favorite treat at the bakery was ‘carrés aux dates’ or date squares. They say food brings back memories–dates bring back fond memories of my studies at l’université de Montréal!)
Monster Halloween Marshmallow Pops
Bintu also shares these super easy treats. My children love to eat anything with marshmallows, so I will be sure to try these out!!
Keto Peanut Butter Cups
Savory Tooth’s got a keto version of peanut butter cups. You can either make your low carb chocolate or Julia will recommend which brand to buy. You can substitute whey protein powder with blanched almond flour and if peanut butter isn’t your jam (no pun intended), experiment with other nut butters.
Gluten-Free Halloween Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies bring back fond memories of making Joy of Cooking’s Rich Roll sugar cookies at Christmas time with my mom. Since I’ve rejoined the gluten-free lifestyle this past summer, I have been dreading the holidays without sugar cookies. No fear since Chrystal from Gluten-Free Palate comes to the rescue with her gluten-free sugar cookie recipe! Oh, and speaking of sugar cookies, during my grassroots diplomacy days as an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Fukuoka, Japan, I taught my students how to make sugar cookies.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Macrons
I swear I didn’t plan this, but lucky number 13 happens to be frightfully delicious chocolate macrons. Thank you Chrystal! My French-American kiddos are so going to love these festive and colorful delights.
Oh, and I wasn’t being sarcastic, by the way. I was actually born on a Friday the 13th!
Gluten-Free Mummy Cookies
These spooky yet adorable mummy cookies from Sharon aka Shay from What the Fork (love her blog’s name!) are made with a gluten-free sugar cookie base. They are uber easy and creative.
Gluten-Free Spider Cookies
Sharon (Shay) serves up another gluten-free treat — adorable spider cookies. I know, how can anything related to spiders not be creepy? Trust me, these are cute!! Oh, and I forgot to mention under the peanut butter cup recipe further up how much I love all things peanut butter and chocolate!!
Spooky Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
Sandi at Fearless Dining serves up these gorey yet scrumptious treats. She notes how this recipe is part of her quest to convince ‘Mr. Fearless Dining’ that Halloween can be fun. Yes!!
Easy Spooky Tumeric White Chocolate Bark
Sandi doesn’t disappoint with this healthy twist — turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, is used in this Halloween treat for natural coloring. Super easy – you just need two ingredients, unless you opt to add some nuts to the mix.
Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Muffins
Savory Lotus shares this scrumptious mini muffin recipe. Pumpkins topped with pecans? Yummy!!
Easy Pumpkin Fudge Recipe – Sugar Free and Paleo
Lisa at Low Carb Yum has a sugar-free, paleo, and — are you ready for this — dairy-free pumpkin fudge recipe. Ghoulishly delicious!
Paleo Pumpkin Custard Recipe (Keto, Low Carb)
Lisa also shared this fall treat that would make the perfect Halloween dessert!
Autumn-Themed Paleo Sugar Cookies
SuperKid Eats has a new spin on sugar cookies. Kathryn shares her nutrition hack — hint, it’s in the food coloring ingredients. Matcha green tea latte powder for, well, green, turmeric for orange (she provides a hack for making it more palatable for the kiddos), and cacao. These cookies are healthy AND gorgeous!
Halloween Mummy Bark
This mummy bark from Lara at Love on a Plate is outright spooky! And the best thing? Only three ingredients!!
Mummy Rice Krispy Treats
Holly at Pink Fortitude shares these gluten-free AND vegan treats. These are so frightfully adorable!
Poison Apples — No Sugar, No Dairy, No Dye
Holly sent us this scary (in a good way) nontoxic (pun intended) poison apple recipe. Sidenote: Holly’s blog, Pink Fortitude, stems from her battle with breast cancer and Hashimoto’s.
Bonus Halloween Hack
Last, but not least, Kay at Paws and Pines shares ideas for a zero waste Halloween. Whether it’s treats that have zero waste to non-food gifts for trick-or-treaters, you will find brilliant Halloween hacks!
So, which spooky treats will you make? My biggest dilemma is deciding which ones to bring to the office party — all of these are frightfully delicious and some are even healthy!!
I would love to hear from you if you decide to try these out. Please feel free to post a photo to the AllThingsRelax Facebook group for a chance to win a framed spooky spider photo!
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