FeaturesOctober/November 2017 Issue

Halloween 2017: 4 Spooky Gluten-Free Recipes

These simple gluten-free treats for Halloween are SCARY good. They guarantee a FANGtastic allergy-friendly kids' party!

gluten free chocolate macarons

Chrystal Carver

Throwing a Halloween party for your little gluten-free goblins doesn’t have to be frightful! No need for elaborate decorations or a monstrous menu. Keep it simple with a bit of up-front planning, some great recipes and a few party ideas, and awesome snack options.

1. Chocolate Macarons

gluten free chocolate macarons

Chrystal Carver

PREP: 15 minutes
BAKE: 12 minutes

Macarons, not to be confused with macaroons which are coconut based, are light, airy, naturally gluten-free cookies that are sandwiched together with frosting or cream filling. The macaron cookies are simple to make (only six ingredients!) and perfect for holiday celebrations, especially Halloween parties. Fill these fudge-like chocolate macarons with orange frosting for a scary-good treat. For best results, do not replace the eggs in this recipe.

MAKES 12 - 15 MACARONS.

Each macaron sandwich contains 135 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 7mg cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 22g sugars, 1g protein, 15Est GL.

2. Pumpkin Smoothies

pumpkin smoothie

Chrystal Carver

PREP: 5 minutes

Potions, brews and elixirs galore, that’s what Pumpkin Smoothies are for! Here’s a healthier treat for your party monsters. You can whip up these delicious pumpkin smoothies in minutes, providing your guests with a nutritious snack. Double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd. Freeze leftovers in popsicle molds for a frozen treat you can enjoy later.

MAKES 2 SMOOTHIES.

Each smoothie contains 195 calories, 2g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 6mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 27g sugars, 7g protein, 15Est GL.

3. Sugar Cookies with Frosting

gluten free halloween cookies

Chrystal Carver

 

PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 10 minutes

These soft, cake-like frosted cookies make delicious Halloween treats. Not only are they edible table decorations, they’re a fun activity to do with children. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into your favorite Halloween shapes, bake and decorate. Store leftover frosting in the refrigerator 4 to 5 days; freeze for longer storage. For egg-free cookies, see instructions.

MAKES 12 TO 20 COOKIES.

Each cookie with frosting contains 212 calories, 9g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 17mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 18g sugars, 1g protein, 22Est GL.

4. Halloween Chocolate Bark

dairy free chocolate bark

Chrystal Carver

PREP: 20 minutes
REFRIGERATE: 1 hour

This simple no-bake treat will thrill all the ghosts and goblins at your Halloween party. Chocolate bark is fun to make with kids. Adults can melt the chocolate and the little ones decorate. If you don’t have Halloween sprinkles and candy eyeballs on hand, use chopped Halloween candy. Serve Boo! Bark to your guests on a platter or wrap it up in individual servings as party favors.

MAKES 24 OUNCES.

Each 2-ounce piece contains 197 calories, 13g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 16g
sugars, 2g protein, 10Est GL.

Gluten-Free Halloween Party Ideas

Cookie Decorating 

Set out undecorated cookies, colored frostings and sprinkles and let your guests decorate their own cookies.

Trick-or-Treat 

Hide candy and little gifts around your house and let guests hunt for them.

Pumpkin Carving 

Ask each guest to bring a pumpkin to carve. You provide the carving supplies, paint and pumpkin decorating crafts.

Boo! Ball 

Decorate your house in black and white. Serve ghost-themed cupcakes, provide black-and-white candy and dance to fun Halloween music.

Costume Contest 

Organize a costume contest. Serve Halloween-themed snacks. Dance to the Monster Mash.

GF Party Planning Tricks

- Decide when to throw your party—before, after or instead of trick-or-treating.

- Ask your guests to inform you of food allergies when they RSVP.

- Set age-appropriate start and stop times for your little guests.

- Make sure party decorations aren’t too scary for the youngest goblins.

- Play music so your monsters can mash (and dance).

- Serve a balanced mix of treats and healthy snacks to avoid sugar crashes.

- Send leftover treats and decorations home with your guests as party favors.

Gluten-Free Snack Hacks

Spooky Bowls  

Serve popcorn, chips and gluten-free crackers in plastic pumpkins or cauldrons.

Seasonal Dips 

Hollow out small pumpkins and place bowls inside for dips.

Ghost Treats 

Wrap white tissue paper around lollipops and draw ghost faces on them.

Personalized Cups

Set up a cup-decorating station. Let each guest customize his/her own plastic cup with monster eyes, a paper mouth, fangs and nose.

Poison Apples  

Place a clean stick in the center of each apple. Dip each apple in melted white chocolate tinted with black food coloring.

halloween chocolate pretzels

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Witch’s Brew  

Pour punch in a clear glass bowl. Drop gummy worms into it just before serving. They’ll absorb some of the liquid and swell, creating the illusion that they’re moving. Alternatively, dye the punch with green food coloring and serve it with food-grade dry ice so it bubbles and smokes.

Alien Eyes

Peel a bunch of green grapes and serve them in a bowl.

Stick Ghosts  

Dip gluten-free pretzel sticks into melted white chocolate. Paint on eyes and mouths with black frosting.

Children’s Party Game Ideas

- Ring toss with witch hats

- Bobbing for apples

- Freeze dance to music

- Bean-bag toss into plastic pumpkin buckets

- Halloween bingo

- Treasure hunt for goodies around the house

- Pin the face on the jack-o-lantern

- Photo booth with costume props

- Halloween-themed piņata filled with allergy-friendly treats

halloween kids

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Contributor Chrystal Carver is a gluten-free food blogger and author of Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less.

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