Naturally, a struggle with being on any type of diet during Halloween is that you can’t have the candy, and paleo is no exception. On the paleo diet, you are very careful about the type of sugar you eat, and even things like regular peanuts are not usually allowed. Luckily, there are some homemade candy options you can make that are yummy and entirely paleo-friendly.
Pumpkin Nut Candy Bars
These candy bars are similar to Snickers bars but paleo-approved. They are perfect if you enjoy chocolate or Snickers candy in general for Halloween, but want to stick to the paleo-eating lifestyle during the festivities. Ingredients used with these candy bars include pumpkin puree, almond or coconut flour, almond butter, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, dates, nuts, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder. This gives you that yummy chocolate flavor from the cocoa without the added sugar you shouldn’t have on the paleo diet.
Almond Butter Cups
If you or your kids are a big fan of peanut butter cups, you know you can no longer eat them while on the paleo diet. Instead of those, you can use this extremely simple recipe to make an alternative version at home. All you need are some chunks of dark chocolate (if you allow it on your version of the paleo diet) and almond butter. In a muffin tin, line it with muffin wrappers, then pour some melted chocolate into each of the wrappers, followed by a layer of almond butter. Add a little more chocolate to each one, and let it harden. You can then remove the cups from the muffin wrappers and you have your chocolate almond butter cups.
Truffles might sound like something you shouldn’t have on paleo, but you can make a version of these that works with your diet restrictions. This is a much healthier version of traditional truffles and they use pumpkin, which turns them into a fun Halloween treat. For the truffles, you will need to combine the following ingredients:
- Coconut oil
- Coconut butter
- Pumpkin puree
- Sea salt
- Pure honey
- Dark chocolate
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and roll them into round-shaped truffles. Place in the refrigerator to cool. You can use the dark chocolate to melt and dip the truffles or leave that part out. This is completely up to you. After dipping, put them on wax paper until the chocolate hardens, or put them in the refrigerator again to speed up the process.