Halloween is an exciting time for all the kids and adults alike. But, what about all those sweet candies that are not so healthy for them? On an average, children keep consuming these sweet treats anywhere from two weeks to a month after the festivities. A majority of parents do put a limit to the number of sweets that their little ones may gobble. However, the sheer amount of sweetness has the potential to turn Halloween scarier in more ways than one for any family.
Well, one shouldn’t put a dampener on all the excitement by cutting out all that fun associated with treats at this time. But, with so many healthy ideas available nowadays, it is easier to maintain both fun and health while enjoying the true spirit of Halloween. So, with the kids’ health at stake due to all that sugar, you certainly need some alternatives.
Your Answer is Almost Raw
So, you want to stick to a diet that makes you feel good – even though your friends will tempt you with Twizzlers and Milk Duds. How does a somewhat raw chocolaty nutty candy bar, sound? Hey, it’s Halloween, live a little!
The Daily Raw Café posted this recipe for The Legally raw Bar, just in time to curb your enthusiasm for the American junk food cartel. This recipe calls for cocoa powder, which has been processed – so it cannot be considered totally raw. However, as a perpetual changer of ingredients, I think it’s possible to modify the recipe to your own tastes.
The Legally Raw Bar
1 cup almonds, unsoaked
1 cup cashews, unsoaked
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water, or more if needed
1 cup dates
1/4 cup maple syrup*
juice of one half lemon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup water
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup maple syrup*
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup water
- Soak dates in the water and lemon juice for an hour. Reserve soaking water. Meanwhile, make nougats.
- In a coffee grinder, grind cashews into a fine powder. Remove. Process the almonds into a fine powder.
- Place nut powders in a large bowl. Add honey and water. Stir until mixture is a thick paste-like consistency.
- Form nougat into miniature candy pieces. Place nougat pieces on a plate and put in the freezer for an hour.
- To make the caramel, process soaked dates, coconut oil and sea salt in a blender.
Using soaking water one tablespoon at time, blend until you achieve a thick creamy mixture.
- Spread caramel on top of nougat pieces and return the candy to the freezer while you make the chocolate.
- In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut butter and water together until smooth and creamy.
- Pour chocolate over candy pieces and freeze an additional hour or until chocolate sets hard.
Yield: 15-20 candy pieces
*not a raw product
I am planning to substitute the honey with raw agave nectar because I can’t do honey right now.
Thank You Daily Raw Cafe for this Awesome Recipe!!
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.