Easy Halloween Recipes: Simple spooky treats sure to impress on Fright Night

Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again… and I am SO happy about it. Halloween is such a good celebration and it always brings out my inner DIY creative self!

  
I have already been working on my pumpkin-carving skills, clown make-up designs and now I’m ready to get spooky in the kitchen. 

If you’re anything like me and don’t actually have a real knack for baking… have no fear! Just follow these simple steps for making some sure-to-impress super easy treats. Trust me if I can do it – you can!

BOO-nana Gouls

Omg how cute do these yummy bananas look?! And the best thing of all… you only need three ingredients and they take such little time.

   
Ingredients 

  • Bananas
  • White chocolate 
  • Milk chocolate chips 

Method

  1. Cut the banana into halves
  2. Use lollipop sticks to skewer each banana  and pop them in the freezer…. Be patient! It will take a couple of hours…
  3. Melt a bowl of white chocolate over a hob of boiling water 
  4. Once the bananas have completely frozen, dip them in the chocolate and smother them in as much chocolate as you wish 
  5. Place on greaseproof paper and top with two chocolate chips for eyes

* You can even make this Halloween treat healthy by switching white chocolate for fat free natural yogurt

Spooky Spiders

These spooky spider treats are so easy to make and something I’ve incorporated from a house favourite of ours. I’ve turned my go-to treat recipe for chocolate peanut butter cornflake cakes into a scary and delicious fright night snack.

  
Again all you need is just a few ingredients and you’ve got a winner! I mean can you even go wrong with the perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate? Hell no!

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups of cornflakes
  • 1 medium bar of milk chocolate
  • 1 large tbsp of peanut butter
  • Worm sweeties/liquorice laces/strawberry laces
  • Mini smarties

  
Method

  1. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a bowl over boiling water (or in the microwave in short pulses)
  2. Add cornflakes to the gooey mixture and stir until covered
  3. On greaseproof paper lay out your spider legs as you wish
  4. Top the legs with the cornflake mix in the shape of bodies
  5. Add two mini smarties for eyeballs
  6. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours

I hope you have go at either of these recipes yourself for Halloween – they really are great fun for the kids and such a simple way to impress your friends.

  
Now pop the kettle on and enjoy your favourite horror with these tasty spooky snacks! 

Love Leeanna xo

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#MotivationalMonday: Healthy snacking

Sometimes I just get those days where I feel really hungry all day- often it can be because of a sheer lack of boredom or because I’ve done lots of exercise and not re-fueled. But trying to snack on something that isn’t really unhealthy like biscuits and crisps or foods that aren’t so boring like an apple or grapes can be very difficult!

So I’ve been experimenting with some recipes and found a couple of snack ideas to satisfy your cravings and give an energy re-boost whether it’s for your elevenses, a post-work out treat or an afternoon pick me up.

These healthy snacks are completely guilt-free and SO easy to make!

Coconut Macaroon Balls

These tasty treats are free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar, making them a perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack! Me and my housemates loved enjoying these with a cup of tea and snuggling up on the sofa on Sunday evening.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Heat up the the almond milk in a saucepan and then mix the agave, honey, vanilla, salt, chia seeds and cinnamon together on a low heat.
  2. Take it off the heat and fold in the desiccated coconut and coconut flour until fully combined.
  3. Roll them into balls and place them onto a greased baking tray or dish lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then let cool. DELISH!

This recipe makes 12 macaroons which can be kept in an air-tight container. My mum and sister are coming down to stay with me tomorrow so i’m very excited to show off my new-found culinary skills and give them these healthy treats to taste!

Raspberry Cocoa Energy Bites

These are super quick and easy to make and are yummy yummy yummy if you are a bit of a sweet tooth like me and can’t get enough of chocolate.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter (or any other nut butter you’rd prefer)
  • 1 tbsp of cacao
  • Frozen raspberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt the coconut oil
  2. Then just mix all the ingredients together and shape them into balls

It’s that simple! I topped mine with some desiccated coconut just to make it extra sweeeeet.

I hope you enjoy these guilt-free recipes. Happy snacking!

Love Leeanna xo

#MotivationalMonday: How to make sugar free flapjacks

I have such a big sweet tooth like I literally could eat cake for breakfast, biscuits for lunch and chocolate for T- I just never seem to get cravings for anything savoury! So i’ve been trying to find some inspiration for mid-day snacks and desserts I can have that don’t contain all the nasty sugar.image

I love a good cereal bar as an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea or as a quick on-the-go breakfast but the sad thing is all of these bars that claim to be ‘healthy’ are actually packed full of sugar… probably why I pick them up for that quick boost of energy.

I’ve created a recipe for flapjacks which is completely refined sugar-free and can be made gluten-free or dairy-free.

Ingredients (makes about 8 flapjacks):

1 cup of gluten-free oats or traditional rolled oats

3 tbsp of butter or coconut oil

1 mashed banana

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of raisins

1/4 cup of designated coconut

1 1/12 tbsp of agave nectar

Simple steps:

  1. Honestly this recipe is just so easy to do and not very messy at all! Firstly melt the butter in a saucepan with the mashed banana, agave nectar and vanilla extract until runny.
  2. Take the mixture off the heat and pour in the oats, raisins and coconut and combine all of this together.
  3. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes (until they start to look a little golden on top.

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You can always replace the coconut or raisins with any other alternative like cranberries, apricots, seeds or nuts. Get experimenting! These tasty treats are great with a cuppa for pick-me-up snack or as an on-the-go breakfast.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a great start to the week!

Love Leeanna xo