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Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

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Looking for Halloween treats that won’t make your little ghosts and goblins frown?  So am I.  Hence, I’ve composed the lists below of gluten-free goodies.

This year, I’ve purchased organic (gluten-free) milk chocolate squares to hand out to the trick-or-treaters.  My children and I had a funny conversation about this at Whole Foods the other day while we were grocery shopping.  When they asked what we would be passing out for Halloween this year.  I told them, “organic milk chocolate.”

Their response?  “Why can’t we be NORMAL like everyone else and hand out non-organic candy?!”

If they only knew how much of a compromise I’ve already made.  If I had it my way, I’d be handing out tooth brushes and raisins, in that order.  Nevertheless, here’s a list of “healthier” Halloween candies (if you can appreciate that oxymoron):

Gluten Free “Healthier” Packaged Candy:
-Bug Bites – Organic Milk Chocolate (my treat of choice this year)
-YummyEarth Organic Lollipops
-College Farm Organic Naturepops
-Kind Bars
-Organic Gummi Bears
-Organic Berry Patch Bunny Fruit Snacks

And here’s a list of real food, not packaged, for your Halloween parties and gatherings:

Finally, below is a list of lists; yes, you got that right.  These are links to lists of gluten free candies, in case you decide to buy “real” treats and want to make sure they’re gluten free.

Thanks for all of your comments in response to the giveaway for a Chantal teakettle.  Contrary to popular belief, I don’t judge the comments (though I do read each and every one, which was a bit of a feat since there were almost 800).  All of the comments were fabulous and I love so many of the tea ideas that came out of this contest.  Thankfully, I selected the winner for the a Chili Red Classic Teakettle at random, using random.org, otherwise it might have taken me a year to make up my mind if I had to choose my favorite comment!

So, the winner is… Melanie Easley! Below is the comment she left in order to be entered to win:

I am a physical educator and health teacher. Over the past 2 years I have lost 40 lbs. because I wanted to “practice what I preach” and be an example. I lost the weight by getting “natural”, listening to my body for true hunger signals and eating “real food”. Your website has been a great resource, especially introducing me to almond flour and all its benefits and delicious recipes. I have recently been exploring a variety of teas for added health benefits and would love to win the kettle to enhance my daily quest for good health.
Thanks for the opportunity,
Melanie

Thanks Melanie for sharing your inspiring story with us.  Enjoy the kettle.


posted on October 21, 2010

  1. Tina Moody @ lifepractice.net

    Elana, we have common aspirations. I did give out toothbrushes one year. Bought them, individually packaged, from my dentist for $0.25/each and left them on the porch for self-service as I took my daughter around the neighborhood to collect her goodies and show off her costume. When I used this distribution method in previous years, I’d come home to an empty basket. When I came home on this occasion, there were plenty left.

  2. Liz

    Elana,

    I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you again. Thank you for the education and unfailing inspiration.

    Your words: “Their response? “Why can’t we be NORMAL like everyone else and hand out non-organic candy?!” If they only knew how much of a compromise I’ve already made. ” … are a good, and sometimes much needed, reminder that I’m not alone in trying to give the gift of a deliberate, healthful, joyful, active life to my children… when it’s a new, sometimes misunderstood, and not always welcome change for some of our other family members.

    I especially apprecieate the grace, humor, and forthright honesty with which you share your work with the world. I aspire to bring more of those attributes to my own family’s journey. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, through every cell along the way.

    Liz

  3. Cheryl @ gfgoodness.com

    We give away non-food treats! Rubber duckies and mini slinkies. My husband was horrified at first but came around because the kids enjoyed it.Treats don’t always need to be food. I have a post on it here http://www.harriswholehealth.com/1212

  4. Seadanes

    We get mini play doh to hand out and the kids love it. They will run screaming down the street to their friends, “go there, THEY HAVE PLAY DOH”. It’s fun to watch, and gratifying. I think they like getting something not candy.

  5. Jodi Summit

    We give out rubber duckies also- about 200 a year. It has become a tradition, and I am amazed that even the big kids really seem to look forward to them. We get new kinds every year, and get several different varieties so kids can choose…in our small town it is a tradition for the kids to go trick-or-treating after school on Main Street. We get about 200 kids in less than an hour. It’s quite a scene.

  6. Maria R.

    Ha! I’d be giving out raisins too! But this year the children will be getting organic lollipops (I found a deal.)

    I remember a few years back, my son’s school was encouraging the neighborhood parents to give out non-candy treats to the kiddies. We gave out organic fruit treats, but my son came home with all kinds of miniature toys, pencils, and the like. It didn’t dampen his enthusiasm one bit. He really just wanted the experience, which is fine with me.

    Blessings!

  7. julie6

    When my son was first diagnosed with diabetes (at age 8) trick or treating had to change-all that candy! We were farmers and had an abundance of mini-pumpkins that year. Instead of asking for a treat we played turnabout and handed out the little pumpkins at each door we knocked on. Everyone loved it including my dear son (who also got plenty of non-candy treats along the way). Like Maria R’s son- it’s really about the experience, not just the “stuff”.
    For grownup treats (when you aren’t making your own) check out Mom’s Organic Munchies website. Gluten free, organic, small batches, made from whole foods and scrumptious.

  8. Great ideas! We don’t get many tricker treaters at out house, so I love the idea of giving out organic chocolate. If there’s any left, guess what? It doesn’t go to waste!

    Thanks!

    Pat

  9. Alison St. Sure @ surefoodsliving.com

    Elana,
    I would absolutely be giving out organic all natural candy too… unfortunately I live on a very popular Halloween street with hundreds of kids ringing my doorbell — so I have given in to the crap candy for one night. Yuck. Thanks for the link to my crap candy list. ha ha :)

    But I love the ideas of the commenters of giving out something fun and having it be a tradition. I’ll have to think on this!

  10. Great ideas! Much better than the funky erasers I tend to give out, much to the chagrin of my children. Although I understand, I’m always sorry that we can’t make the halloween treats to give out. I’m definitely looking for your suggestions. Thank you

  11. For a “more traditional” Halloween party treat, I just made Nestle Tollhouse bars using gluten-free flours. They turned out great (I had to hide them from my hubby so there were some left for the pumpkin carving party we are going to tomorrow.) You may want to try it if you too are going to a party this week and want an incognito treat.

    For the Tollhouse recipe, instead of 2 1/4 cups flour I used, 1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix (this one is much better than Bob’s), 1/2 cup coconut flour and 1/4 cup almond flour. Otherwise I made the recipe was exactly as it is printed on the package.

    Now of course these aren’t healthy, but as a treat they are great!

  12. Michele

    Hi! This morning I’ve tried the Pumpkin pie muffin recipe. I baked the batter in a glass loaf pan. I live at 7000 feet and the loaf sunk in. This was my first time baking gluten free/ almond flour. Usually when this happens I add more (white) flour. Is it the same for gluten free/almond flour recipes?
    You mentioned the recipes don’t need to be adjust for high altitude. Also these suppose to be muffins!
    It was absolutely delicious and I want to make it again for Halloween party. Should I add more almond flour?
    I wanted to add that I love your site. I love to cook and I love your recipes. I don’t have to eat gluten free, but I really enjoy it! At least YOUR recipes are very enjoyable!!

    Thanks! Michele

  13. Julie

    My oldest daughter had to take in a snack to class and so I put some apples and a bunch of bananas in a bowl for her to take in. She said the same thing..Mom, why can’t we just bring in NORMAL food like everyone else? When she came home, the bowl was empty. We all have to do our part to get the junk our of the schools and it starts small, but it is catching on. My hope is that mainstream society can see how unhealthy and sick our “normal” processd, junk food is making us and make small changes each day to be healthier. Thank you for all of your tips and recipes.

  14. Sheryl Gilbert

    You have good intentions in posting sites for gluten free candy however Nestles & Hershey’s both use GMO in all their candies. Sugar from GMO sugar beets, high fructose corn syrup & corn starch from GMO corn, GMO canola oil, GMO soybean oil etc. Best to make Elana’s wonderful homemade candy. You make the best, Thank You Elana

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