The end of October is nearing, you guys. Which MEANS 1) I need to scramble to make my kids Halloween costumes. They want to be a tow truck driver and a crane operator, so I feel like it’s easy enough. Though, I’m one of those people that insists on doing it myself and so of course I have to throw a little extra somethin’ somethin’ and stress myself out in the process. It’s a surprise, you’ll see…
I will say that the most epic Halloween costume I’ve made to date was my son’s third costume – Mike from Monster’s University. Totally nailed it. I mean, until he ate a lollipop and drooled a bit down the front causing the dried paint to run, but I’m not bitter or anything.
2) I need to resist the urge to buy Halloween candy too soon, because we all know how that goes… DON’T LET ME DO IT. I will not buy it, I will not buy it.
Aaaand 3) I need to get in all those cute Halloween-y things before October’s over and I have to wait a whole year. No worries, I have a running list of all the pumpkin activities and recipes so they WILL be happening. But, there are also some fun artsy things I want to do with the kids.
Most recently I made these super cute ghost pops. They’re a mix between a brownie bite and a cake pop and they’re so fun and adorable. Plus, they’re filled with yummy nutrients from beets, hemp hearts, and cacao so they’re guilt-free 🙂
I love that my kids have this healthful chocolate-y option during such a sugar-infused holiday. They were a hit in my house! I hope yours love them too!
Quick public service announcement: While these are a really festive and fun Halloween treat, I would stay away from handing these out to trick-or-treaters because parents generally steer their kids away from homemade unwrapped treats, and they’re best served straight from the freezer so they might turn to mush in a packed pillowcase.
Let’s make some Superfood Beet Bites!!
Place the beet, agave nectar and almond butter in your food processor.
I used a beet from my LoveBeets Organic Cooked Beets package. LoveBeets is one of my favorite brands and has come to be a staple in my fridge! Aside from cooked organic beets, they have so many different infused flavors from sweetfire, to vinegar, to shredded smokey. Definitely check them out here, or at your local food store!
Process for about 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides and process for another 10-20 seconds. You want everything to be smooth and fully combined. Ohh look at that gorgeous deep red color!!
Add the hemp hearts, almond flour, coconut, cacao powder, and sea salt to the food processor.
Process for 10 – 20 seconds, scrape down the sides and process another 10 – 20 seconds.
Roll the batter into balls and insert sticks into the balls.
Place the balls in the freezer for a few hours. In my experience the sticks stay in the best if they’re frozen for 3+ hours 🙂
Optional (ghosts!!!): This can be done after the balls have chilled for only 1 hour. Place the chilled balls into small plastic candy baggies you can get from a craft store.
Tie a piece of cheese cloth, white fabric, or gauze around the stick, securing with some butcher’s twine. I just roughly cut out squares that fit around the pop.
Affix some plastic googley eyes onto the “heads” of the ghosts and keep chilled until ready to eat.
- 1 large LoveBeets organic fully cooked beet
- ¼ cup agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also works but increases net carbs)
- ¼ cup natural almond butter
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- ¼ unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (cocoa powder works too)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- optional: plastic candy bags, cheesecloth (white fabric or gauze), butcher’s twine, plastic adhesive googley eyes
- Combine the beet, agave nectar and almond butter in your food processor.
- Process for about 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides and process for another 10-20 seconds. You want everything to be smooth and fully combined.
- Add the hemp hearts, almond flour, coconut, cacao powder, and sea salt to the food processor.
- Process for 10 – 20 seconds, scrape down the sides and process another 10 – 20 seconds.
- Roll the batter into balls and insert sticks into the balls.
- Place the balls in the freezer for a few hours.
- Optional (ghosts!!!): place the chilled balls into small plastic candy/pop baggies.
- Tie a piece of cheese cloth, white fabric, or gauze around the stick, securing with some butcher’s twine.
- Affix some plastic googley eyes onto the “heads” of the ghosts and keep chilled until ready to eat.
- Per ball: Calories 104; Fat 7.6g (Sat 1.4g); Protein 3.3g; Carb 7.8g (net carbs 5.8g); Fiber 2.0g; Sodium 113mg
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