BY: HANNAH SUTTON
Halloween marks the start of the unhealthiest season of the year, but it doesn’t necessarily mean us dieters and healthy-eaters need to give up all hope. Although totally healthy sweet treats are hard to come by, healthier ones can be inexpensive and just as easy to make as the sweet treats and desserts that leave us feeling guilty. Check out these three recipes that will trick you into thinking you’re treating yourself.
Packed with Protein Peanut Butter Bars
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder
2 cups toasted rice cereal
Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Heat the maple syrup and peanut butter in a medium pan until liquefied (about 5 minutes).
Turn off heat and stir in the vanilla extract and protein powder.
Add water as needed to thin-out the mixture.
Quickly stir in the rice cereal.
Pour the rice mixture into your prepared pan, pressing firmly to ensure an even thickness.
Cool in the fridge for about an hour, then cut into bars.
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
¼ cup 100% maple syrup
1 cup toasted rice cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl, then add in the rice cereal.
2. Scoop out tablespoons of the mixture at a time, forming the clusters into tightly packed balls.
3. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, and place the balls on an unlined cookie sheet.
4. Chill the balls in the fridge for about an hour.
5. After an hour, pour the chocolate chips into a glass or metal bowl.
6. In a small pot, heat some water over medium heat. Place the bowl of chocolate chips on top of the pot.
7. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted, then remove the bowl from the heat.
8. Take the balls out of the fridge. Using a spoon or metal tongs, drop the balls into the chocolate one at a time. Roll each one around to coat it, then place it back on your cookie sheet.
9. Pop the balls back in the fridge for another hour, then serve.
Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail
One can of diced pineapple
One can of mandarin orange slices
1. In a clear glass, scoop in a layer of pineapple chunks.
2. Top the pineapple with a layer of orange slices.
3. Cover the top with whipped cream (or just spray on a small dollop, depending on how healthy you want to be).
4. Finish with a few candy corn for decoration, and serve.
College appetite and college budget approved! A few components from each recipe can be shared with another, so you won’t need to spend as much on ingredients. Plus, none of these spooky, sweet treats require the use of an oven, which is a bonus during our unseasonably hot fall weather.
Happy (healthier) Halloween!