I love candy. I have a favorite kind for almost every holiday and then the usuals that are available year round (i.e M&Ms). Candy corn is my favorite Halloween candy but I also love the fun-sized versions of kit-kats, twix, butterfingers, snickers and many more that begin to appear on grocery store shelves this time of year. For some reason I have no problem chowing down mini versions of candy that I would never eat a full size of.
Halloween is certainly a hard time to keep up my healthy eating habits. Bite sized candy is everywhere and I just feel less guilty eating small servings of my favorite treats. (Of course there is nothing wrong with indulging, it just adds up to a lot by the end of the day – for me at least!) So needless to say I was very excited when a fellow blogger (Angela at Oh She Glows) created healthier versions of her favorite Halloween candy.
The first revised recipe – Knock-off Rolos – seemed to be made for me. They are vegan and feature one of my favorite things to snack on – dates and peanut butter. This recipe takes that combination to a whole new level by dipping it in chocolate. Yum! Since it’s a short recipe I typed it out for you:
(from Oh She Glows)
– 200 grams pitted soft Medjool dates (about 11 large)
– 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
– pinch of fine grain sea salt
– 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
-1 tsp coconut oil
– Process dates with nut/seed butter until a sticky paste forms.
– Chill date mixture in freezer for 10 minutes, then shape into about 18 small balls.
– Freeze balls again for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt chocolate with coconut oil.
– Dunk each chilled ball into chocolate. Tap off excess.
– Place bites back into the freezer for at least 20 minutes to set. Store them in the freezer.
The rolos taste best straight from the freezer as they are a bit firmer, more like a cross between a milk dud and a rolo. They were a breeze to whip up and are absolutely delicious. It’s nice to have a bite-sized healthy treat to grab when I’m in the mood for some candy. If you’re not into rolos, maybe you’d prefer vegan Twix Bars or Kit-Kats. I think Twix are next on my list.
I hope you all have a fun, safe and chocolate-filled Halloween!