As you hear me say all the time around here, sugar is not a food. It is a harmful addictive drug and has no place in the diet of our children, even at Halloween. Although it may temporarily put a smile on their face, it ultimately sets them up for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, endocrine disorders, depression, anxiety, adhd, poor cognitive function, alcoholism or drug addiction and a whole list of other potential health conditions.
However, you don’t want your child to feel left out, so finding healthier alternatives for the holidays is important. And of course, it isn’t only the children who need to be concerned about sugar intake. The same applies to adults as well, and many of us like to have a treat on Halloween as well.
A site visitor, Sylvia Long, sent me this recipe earlier this week and I thought it would make a delicious and healthy Halloween treat, so I asked her if I could post it online and she graciously agreed.
- Almond butter (crunchy)
- Chopped up dates (could omit this, to reduce carb level)
- Flaxseeds (I suggest sunflower seeds instead)
- Carob powder
- Almond meal
- Mix everything together except the almond meal.
- Shape into round balls.
- Coat the balls with almond meal.
- (I would also add that ingredients should be organic if possible.)
Sylvia didn’t provide measurements, probably because it depends on how big of a batch you want to make and you could have different textures depending on how you vary the measurements. So you can experiment and see what works best for you.
A couple things to keep in mind, I don’t advocate the consumption of carob on a daily or weekly basis, because it is a legume and not Paleo friendly. Legumes, if eaten regularly, destroy the gastrointestinal tract, lead to inflammation and nutritional deficiencies and are too high on the glycemic index, which means they have a negative impact on blood sugar, candida, neurotransmitters, and insulin. However, there is nothing wrong with an occasional carob treat and carob is a much better choice than chocolate that is filled with addictive substances as well.
Dates are also too high on the glycemic index to be eaten on a frequent basis, but okay once in a while. However, you could omit the dates from the recipe to reduce the carb content, and it will still work just fine.
Overall this recipe is pretty healthy as long as it is reserved for special occasions.
Also, flaxseeds can be problematic for people who are estrogen dominant. If you are estrogen dominant, you may want to avoid the flaxseeds and replace with sunflower seeds. However, just one serving may not cause a disruption.
I’ve written about the topic of Healthy Halloween treats in more depth in posts from previous years, so please visit these pages to learn more about the health dangers of sugar and a variety of healthy alternatives to candy as well.
Thank you Sylvia, for the recipe. I think it sounds delicious.
Have a healthy and happy Halloween.