Healthy Halloween Feast

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As Winter fast approaches, and with Halloween just around the corner, we turn our attention to more hearty wholesome dishes, with extra heat and spice, and go in search of sweets and treats that will see us through the Autumnal holiday season. Halloween is a fun, creative time for all the family, with pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, fancy dressing, and trick or treating taking over households everywhere. I love the ghoulish festivities myself, and have plenty of tricks and treats up my sleeve to make sure your Halloween remains a happy healthy one. In last week’s ‘Food of the Week’ we focussed on the numerous benefits of the all-important pumpkin, with a decadent spiced pumpkin chai latte recipe to cater for all your coffee drinking needs, and this week we turn our attention to the super spice, ginger, showcasing a healthy gingerbread man recipe that’s nutritious and fun for all the family.

If you’re feeling extra creative and in need of a little more inspiration, then why not get family, friends, neighbours together, and give these Halloween hits a whirl!

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MAKES 25

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dates (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup real pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbspn chia seeds
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tspn ground ginger
  • ½ tspn ground nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup toasted coconut chips
  • ¾ cup pumpkin seeds (toasted).
  • Desiccated coconut (optional decoration)
  • Chopped walnuts (optional decoration)

Put the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt in a food processor, and blend until all the ingredients have combined to form a smooth mixture.

Remove the mixture from the processor and transfer to a bowl. Add the oats, coconut chips and pumpkin seeds, and work everything together until combined. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for 30 minutes.

Once cooled, use a spoon or your hands to shape the mixture into balls of equal size. Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut or chopped walnuts to finish.

The energy balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, so make sure you make enough to keep you going when you need a snack on the go!

 

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PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO HALLOWEEN STEWS, HOTPOTS & CURRIES

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 butternut squash (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup brown or red rice
  • 1 tbspn coconut oil or coconut butter
  • ½ tspn sea salt or Himalayan salt

Add the water and ginger to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then add the squash, rice, butter, and a pinch of salt, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and leave for about 20 minutes, until the squash is nice and tender, and the liquid has absorbed.

 

 

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MAKES 3 APPLES

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 wooden skewers or lollipop sticks
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (can use normal honey if don’t have raw)
  • 2 tbspn coconut oil
  • Pinch sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 small apples (Cox or Braeburn are god choices)
  • 2 handfuls pecans and hazelnuts (roughly chopped – for the topping)

Line a baking tray with baking parchment, and then prepare the apples by sticking a wooden skewer or lollipop stick into the top of them.

In a small saucepan, add the coconut sugar, honey, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble around the edges, set a timer for 2 minutes, and stir constantly. Take off the heat, being extremely careful, as the mixture will be scalding hot.

Working as quickly as possible, holding the end of the skewer, hold the apple over the saucepan. With the other hand carefully spoon over the caramel, turning the apple to coat it completely. Place the apple back on the baking parchment and top with the crushed nuts, then repeat with the remaining apples.

 

 

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