Every year I feel overwhelmed with sugary delights and candies I decided to go easier on the food I prepare on this day. If I as a grown-up feel overwhelmed, imagine how the kids must feel after consuming sweet all day long. I know what follows: moms complaining about their kids’ having stomachache, constipation, and vomiting. Because kids just don’t know when to stop.
I am not one of those moms that will ban their children from accepting candies as Trick-or-treats, but I can at least control what they eat at home and what I hand out to Trick-or-treaters. That is why I choose vegan sweet treats even though no one is vegan in my family.
There are so many amazing vegan recipes for Halloween candy bars that look and taste so good you kids will never know how healthy they are. So, consider Halloween a perfect opportunity to sneak healthy ingredients into your kids’ sweet treats instead as a day when you unwillingly let them overeat on horrible, unhealthy foods. The key word when it comes to these vegan chocolate recipes is: easy.
Bloody Good Vegan Halloween Recipes
Bloody Cups. These cups are like Peanut Butter Cups filled with a raspberry sauce. They are vegan, gluten-free and only need 3 ingredients: 1 cup frozen raspberries, 1 tablespoon rice syrup, and 2 cups vegan baking chocolate (or chocolate chips). A piece of (cup)cake.
Bloody Pancakes. Another bloody variation that everyone in the family loves are the vegan chocolate pancakes. Here are the key ingredients for vegan pancakes: whole-grain gluten-free flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, rising agents, vegan chocolate chips, almond milk, pure maple syrup or stevia as sweeteners and unsweetened applesauce.
Then prepare a “bloody” syrup using a cup of raspberries or strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract and chocolate syrup. Cover the pancakes and stick a knife. You can adapt them as trick-or-treats by making them mini sized. Achieve this by scooping only a tablespoon of the batter per pancake when cooking.
Vegan Chocolate and Pumpkin Love Affair
I tried to avoid pumpkin as too obvious a choice but I couldn’t resist. I just can’t imagine Halloween without pumpkin recipes. And when it comes to combining pumpkin and chocolate, you got me there.
Halloween Whoopie Pies. To simplify things, I usually use the above mentioned mini vegan pancakes recipe instead of making a new batch of whoopee pies (trying to be practical here). Then all you need is the frosting made with 1 cup pumpkin purée, agave nectar or stevia as sweeteners, natural cashew butter, pure vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, rice milk, and coconut butter. Just place the filling between two pancakes and you’re good to go.
A Cake Inside a Pumpkin. Use one big or several smaller pumpkins. Hollow them. Use your favorite recipe to prepare a vegan cake mix and fill the pumpkin cavity but don’t overfill in case your cake rises during baking. Place pumpkins on a baking sheet and put into a preheated 350F oven. Bake for about an hour.
Happy vegan Halloween guys!