Healthy Halloween Candy Roundup

It’s that time of year again where you can’t go anywhere without being bombarded with the temptation of diving into a bite-sized Snickers… or Reese’s.. mmm, Reese’s. Whether it be the nostalgia of eating candy until I felt sick as a child, the colder weather, or darker nights, it feels that much harder to resist the urge to say yes to candy offerings this time of year. Or maybe it’s because every business I walk into has a huge bowl of Nestle goodies at their front desk! Can’t a girl run errands in peace?!

I believe chocolate and other healthy treats are they’re own food group that can be enjoyed on a regular basis. When I was little I would tell my parents I had a second stomach for dessert. And, I still do. However, it’s important to choose the right treats (and the correct portion sizes of them, mind you) if you’re trying to reach fitness goals or are trying to improve your overall health.

Last year, these paleo, gluten-free, low sugar Healthy Nut Butter Cups were a hit! When I was trying to come up with a recipe for healthy Halloween candy this year, however, I just couldn’t pick one! Instead, I am sharing with you my favorite recipes for healthier treats. From vegan, gluten-free, and paleo, these candies fit into an assortment of dietary restrictions. Because who wants only tricks?! 😉

Emilie Eats’ Healthy Pumpkin Snickers Bars

Vegan & Gluten-Free

Healthy Pumpkin Snickers Bars

The Clean Eating Couple’s Healthy Gummy Bears

Healthy Gummy Bears

Joy.Food.Sunshine’s Vegan Whatchamacallit Bars

Vegan & Gluten-Free

Vegan Whatchamacallit Bars

Strength & Sunshine’s Circus Popcorn

Vegan & Gluten-Free

Circus Popcorn

Healthy Helper’s Not So Trashy Candy

Not So Trashy Candy

Joy.Food.Sunshine’s Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups

Gluten-Free

Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups

Do you have a favorite healthy candy alternative to indulge in during the holidays? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,

Emily

 

Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
62 comments
  1. Love how they all have chocolate haha! seriously what is halloween without it!?!

    1. It’s not worth it if there’s no chocolate! 😉

  2. You’re so right! While tricks are hilarious, I’d much prefer treats!! 🙂

    1. Glad we agree, Laura! 😉

  3. Wow, great ideas here. 👌👌

  4. Wow! These are all look really good for being healthy! The Pumpkin Snickers Bars and Gummy Bears, in particular, look really tempting! I’m going to give one (or maybe both) a try. Thank you for the recipes!

  5. This looks awesome! I have to try it out. Yummyyyy

    1. Right?! My mouth is still watering 🙂

  6. This is so beautiful ! Love the recipes, thank you for sharing !

  7. OMG I love the sneakers bars. They look amazing! Thank you for sharing…

    Ninz

    1. You’re welcome Ninz 🙂

  8. Just overall delicious, diet friendly, and pin-able! Thanks 🙂

    1. Aw yay! You’re the best Jennifer

  9. What I wouldn’t give to bite into one of those candies pictured above (especially the pumpkin snickers bar…that’s a genius idea!!)

    1. Seriously!!! #pumpkineverything

  10. Oh my, these look delicious!
    Thank you for sharing these healthy alternatives! ❤️

    1. You’re so welcome Vanessa 🙂

  11. Those peanut butter cups are calling my name!

    La Belle Sirene

  12. Thanks for sharing these. Useful list !

    1. You’re welcome Lew 🙂

  13. I’m a sucker for making a vanilla protein shake with cottage cheese and calling it a milk shake. My kids love it and I smile on the inside. I use truvia instead of sugar and they can’t tell a difference.

    1. Yum that sounds amazing! Stevia is my life lol

  14. Loving all the Vegan and GF options! It’s always a struggle between the stomach aches and sugar!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

    1. Yay! I feel your pain girl

  15. I will have to give some of these a try! I am in the process of trying to eat healthier, but I have a huge sweet tooth!

    1. Then this is perfect for you! 😀 and I feel ya 😉

  16. Everything looks so good!!!

    1. Right?! My mouth is watering lol

  17. All that candy this time over year.It great to see this post with healthier options!

    1. I’m glad you like it Becerril!

  18. I would happily eat these instead of the other stuff any day. So much more flavor.

  19. Yummo! Those all look fantastic. We have a food allergy in our family, so we are always coming up with creative, healthy and safe alternatives. One of our favorites is soynut butter cups, but the boys also love our homeade nut-free trail mixes. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Those sound amazing!!! You’re so welcome 🙂

  20. I can’t believe these are guilt free! Great list, thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re so welcome, Kortney 🙂

  21. Nah! I’ll take the guilt that comes with the candy! lol

    1. Haha no guilt necessary! These are just healthier options with no icky chemical ingredients 🙂

  22. I can still have candy but feel less guilty? Ok, I’m totally up for it!

    1. Yes you can, Liz! 🙂

  23. I love making my own chocolate anything and candy. Yours look amazing — yum!

    1. Me too Michelle :). I’m a self-proclaimed Choco-Holic lol. Thanks girl!

  24. I’m totally craving this. This looks delicious. I’m thinking it’s time to make some candy.

    1. Yay!!! Let me know which ones you make Valerie

  25. Well, I never thought I would see “HEALTHY” & “HALLOWEEN CANDY” in the same sentence, but there they are. Some interesting ideas for sure!

  26. These looks delish!!! Definitely bookmarking this page. Looking forward to try these out with the kids.

    1. Thanks Andrea!! Glad you’re excited about them 🙂

  27. Unfortunately I like them all. Bite size just means I eat more.

  28. Obsessed with all of these. I agree- we should consider sweets to be their own food group- eating them moderately. It makes you appreciate them more 🙂

    1. Preach sista 😉 love it!

  29. I’ve made those peanut butter cups and let me tell yoooouuu…MMMMM! Got some new things to make now. 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Makes your mouth water just looking at them right?!

  30. everything looks SO amazing!! anything with peanut butter is my true love! thanks for sharing such fabulous recipes. hope to make one of these soon

    1. A girl after my own PB heart ;-p hehe.

  31. OMG you are so right Em- the Reese’s are just too tempting! Remember when I “trained” you and your brother to get the Reese’s when we went trick-or-treating?? Haha some things will never change.
    Boo!
    Mom

    1. Haha yes I do!!! 😉 love you xoxo

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