I have been perusing google for bakery Halloween ideas and trying to deglutinize and healthy them up a bit. So here are the winners. My top 3! Before I get onto those I must share that there are three lessons I learned about trying to take bake sale ideas off the internet.
1. Decorating baked goods is really hard. Like extremely hard. Just because someone took photos of it at home - does not mean you can do anything even remotely similar. Think this:
2. "No bake" recipes are the WORST - they are either so easy that you just put 2 pre-packaged items together which will make you look like an epic fail for the bake sale... OR... require a microwave and just "melt and prettify" chocolate chips, other candy, etc... - which is usually a sticky messy disaster - do not be tempted by the apparent "easiness" of things like cake pops or "chocolate coated" anything...
3. Pre-made decorations are your friend. I am sorry - I know candy eyes are just discs of sugar - and mini-marshmallows are styrofoam and sugar - but I used them to decorate my desserts for the bake sale. Omit them if you want - but it is halloween after all which is why you will see them in my upcoming recipes. In the grand scheme of things - as far as halloween is concerned - I'd say from a health perspective this is a happy medium. Sure you can do apple slices - but you know what... sometimes you gotta live a little.
Here's what I ended up with:
The first recipe is a chocolate/coconut version of my Protein Peppermint Patties.
For these brownie monsters, I took my easy protein brownie recipe, and added some almond butter to decorate and fill
This I have no excuse - it is not healthy popcorn. Popcorn itself is not a very healthy treat - but hey - at least it's sweetened with xylitol.