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Halloween Recipe Round-up (and a spook-tacular 21DSD-friendly treat recipe!)

Halloween Recipe Roundup

It’s time for Halloween! Black cats, skeletons, ghosts…and lots and lots of candy. This can be a scary time of year, especially if you are trying to avoid sugar and artificially-flavored concoctions of all kinds. But, never fear! You can still have a spooktacular Halloween with lots of fun and still stay on the Paleo wagon. The trick is to choose Paleo-friendly treats and eat them in moderation so that you enjoy the season but don’t reap all the negative effects of too much sugar.

Paleo Halloween Recipe Round Up | Balanced Bites

For most people, Halloween has become a reason to buy and eat lots of sugary sweets, but there are lots of ways to celebrate this fun holiday without riding the blood sugar roller coaster. If you change your focus to non-food-related activities, you will be much better prepared to decide when (and how much) to indulge in seasonal treats. Dress up in a fun costume, decorate your home or workplace with spiderwebs and creepy ghouls, visit a pumpkin patch, carve a pumpkin, or go to a Halloween carnival! Engage your kids in these fun activities as well to draw their attention away from all the trick-or-treating hype, and discuss with them the types and amounts of treats are acceptable to you. Halloween can be an enjoyable, and Paleo-friendly, holiday.

Below you will find some sweet and savory seasonal treats to enjoy and share with family and friends, plus an amazing 21DSD-friendly downloadable Banana-Pecan Macaroon recipe. All these recipes are grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free, and delicious!


Sweet Treats

HR_Bmummy Kid DIY Banana Mummies (and Things) from Lexie’s Kitchen

Fun for kids of all ages to make and eat, these simple banana pops would be a great addition to a Halloween party (or just a great snack).


HR_FrankesteinShrunken Frankenstein’s Monsters from Primal Family Eats

Another kid-friendly treat! These Paleo pudding monsters are super cute and tasty, too!



HR_Pumpkin_BreadPumpkin Bread from Against All Grain

This pumpkin bread is flavorful, moist, and very similar in taste and texture to grain-based breads, but it’s free of gluten, grains, nuts, dairy, and coconut. Toast a slice and slather it with butter for a delicious breakfast or mid-morning snack.


HR_DelightsPumpkin Delights Cookies from Paleo Parents

The Paleo Parents recreate a seasonal Little Debbie soft cookie that is grain-free and low in sugar with optional nut-free instructions. The whole family will love “carving” the pumpkin faces and gobbling up the results.


HR_LatteeKid Friendly Quick and Easy Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Paleo Parents

Inspired by one of the Paleo Parents’ kids, this non-caffeinated, juice-sweetened beverage can be served warm or cold, and can be made more adult-friendly by adding coffee. Sounds perfect for warming up after a night of trick-or-treating!


HR_ScookiesSpooky Sugar Cookies from The Food Lovers

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some sugar cookies! These simple treats are fun and easy to make in your favorite Halloween shapes.



Savory Meals and Snacks

HR_MummyYummy Mummies from Nom Nom Paleo

Nom Nom Paleo has come up with a savory treat that combines the goodness of grass-fed hot dogs and sweet potatoes with the creativity and creepy fun of Halloween. A must read for all kinds of Halloween hilarity and you get to use a fancy new kitchen tool, too!


HR_ChilliPaleo Pumpkin Chili from The Paleo Mom

This hearty chili will fill you up and warm you from the inside out with its delicious spices, herbs, and lots of pumpkin!


Chicken in a Pumpkin and more from Paleo Diet Lifestyle

What could be more cool (and creepy) than a whole chicken cooked inside a pumpkin? This simple recipe will amaze and entertain your guests! There are also eight more Halloween-inspired dishes to round out your holiday feast.

Banana Pecan Macaroons | Balanced Bites | 21DSD Approved

banana-pecan macaroons

grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free  • sugar-free • sweetener-free • 21DSD

PREP TIME: 10 mins


YIELD: 8 servings (2 macaroons each)




for the glaze

Download a PDF of this recipe