My kids love Halloween. They like to dress up and walk around the neighborhood and even just help pass out candy to others. Either way it is inevitable – we end up with a stash of candy that nobody in the house needs, or is even able to eat, due to allergies.So we came up with a solution. We enjoy the trick-or-treating experience…and then get rid of the candy. But we do still get to enjoy a little treat.
Instead of eating store-bought candy filled with artificial flavors and colors and more high fructose corn syrup than any other ingredient, we make our own unique creations!
Some years we do simple treats like homemade toffee-filled chocolates, two-ingredient “Crunch” bites or salted honey chocolates. Other years we do something more elaborate like cupcakes with whipped frosting and handmade chocolate decorations.
Most of the time we choose the easy route. And, if possible, I try to make sure it is nourishing at the same time.
This year is no exception. My daughter and I created pumpkin pie yogurt gummies. Just a few simple ingredients, five minutes of hands on time and twenty minutes until they are ready to serve. Even young kids can help make them.
Start with plain pumpkin and plain whole milk Stonyfield yogurt, both packed with vitamins and minerals! Add a touch of sweetener and cinnamon. Then grass-fed gelatin brings it all together to create gummies.
You can get really creative with Halloween candy molds. We also use chocolate chips to create festive shapes and spooky creatures. Not to mention the pumpkin and chocolate taste great together!
This is a huge step towards making Halloween healthier.
If you really want to avoid the junk food try hosting your own party and serve homemade treats in addition to healthy Halloween food. Carrots sliced to look like pumpkins, bananas that look like ghosts, tangerine pumpkins, apple mummies and candy corn finger jello are all great options. Nobody will miss a thing!
This year get your kids in the kitchen to add some nutrition to Halloween while still making it fun and delicious! These pumpkin pie yogurt gummies will be a hit with the whole family.
Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Gummies
- ½ cup pureed pumpkin (fresh or canned)
- ½ cup whole milk plain Stonyfield yogurt
- 3 – 4 Tbsp. brown cane sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch unrefined sea salt
- 3 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
- Optional – chocolate chips for decoration
Combine all of the ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a small saucepan. Let sit 1 minute for gelatin to soak in.
Stir and heat over medium-low heat until the sugar and gelatin dissolve (about 3 minutes). Do not boil/let bubble.
Pour the mixture into candy molds or a square baking pan.
If using chocolate chips you can gently add them to the gummies at this point (before chilling) or wait until the gummies are completely set and push the chocolate chips in to decorate.
Refrigerate until completely firm, about 20 minutes.
Remove from molds or cut into shapes.
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.