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Halloween equals sugar, it just does. And for all those mums, dads, brothers, sisters and fun aunts and uncles out there it can be hard to navigate the sugary maze that surrounds time of the year.

We all know that excess sugar in the diet can contribute to obesity, behavioural issues and tooth decay and should generally be avoided. However, with Halloween just around the corner, it’s likely that the little ones will be nagging you for treats more incessantly than usual. So, while healthier sugar alternatives shouldn’t be consumed daily (it’s still sugar after all) there are plenty of healthy candy options that can be enjoyed that provide some nutritional benefits with every bite.

With that in mind, we’ve hunted around to bring you some of the healthier, refined sugar free alternatives. The collection of alternative recipes should keep the little ones happy, without sending them into a full blown sugar spiral. And, that’s a treat for everyone!

Raw Donuts with Coloured Frosting

These pretty little things, created by When Sweet Becomes Healthy are bound to make any little munchkin smile. But donut worry (see what I did there?), they are also refined sugar and dairy-free!

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Photo credit: When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Gut Healing Coconut Marshmallows

All kids love marshmallows, right? Well, thanks to The Fit Foodie we now have a recipe that is not only dairy, gluten and sugar-free but uses gelatine, which is super beneficial for the gut. So not only will your little one’s love eating them, their little tummies will thank you too!

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Photo credit: The Fit Foodie

Caramel Apples

Brought to you from Food52, these (relatively) guilt-free Caramel Apples are made entirely from whole foods, are naturally sweetened, and high in protein and fibre. They are bound to be a favourite of any sweet-tooth, mark my words.

Caramels

Who doesn’t love a chewy caramel? Thanks to The Little Green Spoon, you’ll love them even more when you see how easy these little bites of heaven are to make. They’re vegan, paleo, gluten and dairy-free and use only five ingredients! They’re so easy even the kids could make them.

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 Photo credit: The Little Green Spoon

Sour Watermelon Gummies

Ah sour gummies, a staple on the trick or treating circuit. Unfortunately, the supermarket finds are not so good for you. So, luckily for us, Meatified have come up with the perfect gummy that is jammed-packed with extra fruity deliciousness and added nutritional value.

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Photo credit:Meatifield

Triple Layer Chocolate & Peanut Butter Slice

Taline Gabriel, the Hippie Lane genius herself, has created the most decadent but healthy of treats which is bound to satisfy any Snickers craving. This recipe will be loved by the whole family, but if you’d like my advice, hide this one from the kiddies and Treat. Yo. Self.

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Photo credit: Hippie Lane

These are only a few of the many healthy sweet treats recipes out there for you to try. If you’re willing to get a little creative, it’s easy to give your kiddies a fun and delicious, but most importantly, healthy Halloween.

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Julia Lefebvre

A recent graduate of a Food and Nutrition Science Degree from Deakin University, Julia is a Nutritionist, passionate foodie and wellbeing champion. Having lived with many food allergies and adrenal fatigue for the last few years, she has learnt the importance of living a healthy, well balanced lifestyle and loves helping others discover the joy that comes from feeling well. Julia is a big believer that nourishing your body with good food helps you to be the best version of yourself and she is on a mission to help people understand that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or cost you the earth and it can actually be pretty damn delicious!

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