5 Of Our Favorite Halloween Treats!

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are getting pretty excited! Today we wanted to share 5 of our favorite DIY Halloween Treats from around the web. Enjoy and get crafty!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags – This adorable (and hilarious) tutorial comes from Glory of Glorious Treats. She even includes free printables! Yay!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags from Glorious Treats

Vampire Bites – These adorable snacks come from OOMPY! Such a simple recipe with beautiful results!

Vampire Bites from OOMPY

Halloween Peeps In A Jar – Yummy marshmallows, graham crackers, M&M’s make a delicious Halloween S’more Bar! This cute and simple tutorial comes from Southern Vogue! These would make  great party favors!

Halloween Peeps In A Jar by Southern Vogue

Trix-or-Treat Goodie Bags – Super simple and super tasty. This tutorial comes from Stephanie of Somewhat Simple, includes FREE printables, and would make a great favor as well!

Trix-Or-Treats by Somewhat Simple

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits – These are seriously too cute. This great tutorial was created by Erin of Procrastination Station. Check it out!

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits by Procrastination Station

What is your favorite part of Halloween? We love getting dressed up!

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Homemade Hummus!

A dish of hummus (A Lebanese Dish) with pine n...

A dish of hummus (A Lebanese Dish) with pine nuts at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we’ve got a recipe for healthy and delicious homemade hummus that will give you lots of options to customize based on your families topping preference. It makes a great snack to enjoy during a party, football game, or even just at lunch time. So forget about the store-bought stuff and give this homemade version a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, or 2 cups cooked
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Variations: Add one, or a combination of these

  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (optional)
  • 2 diced roasted red peppers (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp diced jalapeños (optional)
  • Pine nuts (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine all the ingredients and blend until creamy or smooth. You can add any of the variations to the blender or top the basic hummus recipe with one or all of them depending on what flavor you are looking for. Place the hummus in a bowl or glass container with a lid (if you intend to store it).
  2. Garnish the hummus with pepper, pine nuts, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Serve with veggies, pita, pretzels, tortilla chips, or use a sandwich spread.

How do you like your hummus: garlicy, spicy, or plain?

 

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Fruit & Nut Granola Cookie Bites

High Fiber Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

High Fiber Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fruit & Nut Granola Cookie Bites – Makes About 30 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 cup chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the banana with the brown sugar in a large bowl and beat in the egg, the baking soda mixture, the flour, the salt, and the vanilla. Stir in the oats, the apricots, raisins, cherries (or cranberries), walnuts, and almonds and combine the dough well.
  3. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough about 4 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. We like to leave them as cookie balls, but you can also flatten them out.
  4. Bake the cookies in batches in the middle of a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom.
  5. Transfer them to racks and allow them to cool.

These cookies are a very healthy and nutrient packed alternative to traditional oatmeal raisin cookies, and they are super yummy. Make some up to keep around as a healthy snack, or serve them up at your next party or gathering! What do you think of this recipe?

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Apple Inspired Appetizer: Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Points

With Gravenstein apples just coming into season we felt inspired to share a recipe featuring the delicious California apple! This would make a great appetizer for a party or even just a healthy snack to share with little ones. (Picture from The Girl Who Ate Everything).

Ingredients:

  • 2 Kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Gravenstein – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 oz. fresh raspberries
  • 8 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. fruit preserves, any flavor you like! We love orange marmalade in this one.
  • 10 (10 inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix the kiwis, Gravenstein apples, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, brown sugar and fruit preserves in a large bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Coat one side of each whole wheat flour tortilla with cooking spray (buttered flavor works nicely). Cut the tortillas into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit salsa.

Of course you don’t have to use Gravenstein apples, or you could change up any of the fruit really and still get great results. What are your favorite apples!

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Easy Party Recipes: Apple Sandwiches with Granola & Peanut Butter

Today we wanted to share an adorable and easy recipe that is sure to please party-goers of all ages. The recipe comes from Whole Foods and manages to pack in a good bit of protein, fruit while leaving your sweet tooth satisfied. We’ve been obsessed with fresh peanut and almond butter lately and have got some ideas for how to customize the ingredients to suit your unique taste buds.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola & Peanut Butter Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 Tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. granola

Directions:

  1. Brush the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown (if you aren’t eating them right away).
  2. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola.
  3. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches.

Variations:

  • Consider using dried fruit in place of chocolate chips
  • Use an interesting granola like Nature’s Path Pumpkin Granola
  • Substitute granola for crumbled graham crackers
  • Swap Nutella for the almond or peanut butter

What ideas do you have for changing up the ingredients?

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