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Healthy Halloween Treats

When preparing for Halloween, images of past Halloween costumes, a scary movie, and your favorite Halloween candy might come to mind.


You might even be tempted to dive into the bag of Halloween candy you’ve already purchased for trick-or-treaters. And while it’s OK to indulge in sweets occasionally, know that everything is good in moderation, especially when it comes to your diet. Keep in mind that there are healthy alternatives to our favorite snacks, even beloved Halloween treats!


In light of Halloween approaching, we’re sharing a new (healthier) take on one of our favorite Halloween candies—chocolate peanut butter cups.


While traditional Halloween candy may not provide nutrient benefits, you can substitute some of the main ingredients with better-for-you ones so you can still enjoy your treat of choice during the holiday season.


Healthy At-Home Halloween Treats

What makes this at-home Halloween candy recipe better for you?

To start, one of the main ingredients is peanut butter! The peanut butter in this recipe provides health-promoting nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium, and vitamin B6. We recommend using organic, no-sugar-added peanut butter. 


But what we love most about this recipe is that the filling is not just made up of peanut butter alone. We’ve included 100% pumpkin puree, too, so that you’re getting nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E, and iron. Not only is pumpkin a healthy add-in, but it’s also a coveted fall fruit that goes great in recipes this time of year. 


Another bonus to this recipe is that both peanuts and pumpkin happen to be two foods that commonly appear on our customers’ lists of optimal foods, likely making them great food choices based on your genetic makeup.


Even though this recipe might seem too good to be true, we promise it’s not a trick… This at-home Halloween candy alternative is sure to be a treat for your household!


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe



  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 10-12 mini cupcake/muffin liners





  1. Prepare a mini cupcake/muffin tin with 10-12 paper liners
  2. Mix peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup in a bowl
  3. Heat chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments until melted and smooth
  4. Scoop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate on the bottom and sides of each mini paper liner
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin peanut butter mixture to each paper liner
  6. Then top each liner with 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate 
  7. Once complete, place cupcake/muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes or until hardened
  8. Store leftover candies in the fridge to keep fresh and avoid melting



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