A Ghoulish Treat: Healthy Fall Snack for Kids

As Halloween is quickly approaching you see the store shelves fully stocked with sugary confections of all sorts. Your kids are bound to get their fill of trick-or-treat sweets when they go door to door in their cute costumes. If you’re looking for a fun way to provide a healthy fall snack for kids, here is a recipe they’ll enjoy making with you almost as much as they’ll enjoy eating them.

Check out these ideas for seasonal snacks that are sure to please!

Black Bean Chocolate Chip Spider Web Cookies

chocolate spider web cookiesDon’t get spooked out by the yummy chocolate goodness of these cookies. They’re secretly very healthy made with nutritious black beans. Just don’t tell the kids that! (In fact, you may want to wait until after the first step, when the black beans are already incorporated and the evidence is thrown out, to let the kids pitch in!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make the cookies:

  • 1 can no-salt added black beans*
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 ½ peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

*Note – be sure to drain the beans and rinse well

If your oven takes a while to preheat, the first step is to turn it on to 375° F. I usually wait to do this until just before I get the baked item ready to put in the oven.

Step 1: Add your black beans, peanut butter, milk, and olive oil in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Step 2: Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips and continue processing until it is well combined. It should be the consistency of mousse.

Step 3: Stir in the chocolate chips

Step 4: Preheat your oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop a spoonful of the batter onto the sheet, placing 16 spoonfuls evenly-spaced apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

To Make the Glaze
While the cookies are baking and then cooling you can make your glaze that you will use to draw spider webs on the finished cookies. For your glaze you will need:

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp of milk
  • Zip-top plastic bags (a couple of small bags or just one large gallon-size bag)

First, sift the powder sugar into a medium-sized bowl. Add your milk and stir with a wire whisk until it is completely smooth. Spoon (or pour, whichever you prefer) the glaze into zip-top plastic bags. You can have a bag for each child or if they’re too little and you want to help them, you can just use one large bag.

web in cookieOnce the cookies are cooled, let your little ones design their own spider-web cookies by snipping a small end off the corner of the plastic bag to pipe the glaze. You can help them make spider webs by piping 3 circles on the cookie (a small one around the center, then a bigger one around, and so on). Take a toothpick and starting from the first middle circle, pull it downwards through the other circles to make a line that begins the web formation!

This healthy fall snack for kids will be sure to delight your little one’s taste buds as well as your own! They’re delicious, fun to make, and you will never taste the difference of the black beans added to them. It’s a win-win for all!

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