Halloween is just around the corner, which means lots of gruesome face paints, scary outfits, and sickly sweets. However, trick or treating and parties can be difficult if you are vegan, as sweets contain gelatine, while chocolate, biscuits and cakes have dairy in them.
If you still want your little one to enjoy delicious treats this Halloween, there are plenty of vegan delights they can tuck into.
Finding trick or treat sweets that are vegan-friendly is a bit of a challenge, but these dairy-free toffees make an ideal choice. Made with just maple syrup, sunflower butter, and sea salt, they are completely animal-free and taste delicious.
Wrap each one up in wax paper and fill your bucket with them for little visitors to enjoy.
Alternatively, you could give out impressive tombstone cupcakes, which trick or treaters will certainly enjoy. The tombstones are made by melting coconut oil, sugar, golden syrup, treacle, and water together, before whisking in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and bicarbonate of soda, so they are packed with lots of autumnal flavours.
For the cupcakes, whisk dairy-free milk, vinegar, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Then add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, and espresso powder, which have already been mixed together. Cook for 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
Cover the cupcakes with vegan buttercream, made with dairy-free margarine and cocoa powder, and add the tombstones on top. Crumble crushed Oreos on top for a realistic look.
Candy skull crushers
Another great sweet choice is a candy skull crusher, with ‘white chocolate’ skulls filled with a ‘bloody’ berry jam. The outer coating is made from coconut oil, cashew nuts, agave nectar, vanilla extract, and dairy-free milk, while the berry filling consists of blackberries, goji berries, cashew nuts, dairy-free milk and vanilla extract.
Crush the skull and suck the blood out by biting down on the ‘white chocolate’.
Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats
Rice Krispie cakes have been popular since the dawn of time, and are very easy to make vegan. So why not adapt your favourite recipe for this ghoulish Frankenstein version?
For the Rice Krispies, use vegan butter, vegan marshmallows, brown rice cereal and green colouring, while Frankenstein’s face can be created by decorating with non-dairy chocolate.
Stick a lolly stick in the monster’s neck and each child can enjoy their very own Frankenstein treat.
Coconut raspberry monster eyeballs
If you want something really gruesome this October 31st, make these coconut raspberry monster eyeballs.
Despite looking particularly spooky, they are actually pretty healthy, made from shredded coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, raspberries and vegan chocolate chips.
Blend the coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract in a food processor until a dough has formed. Then scoop out on to a baking sheet and freeze for ten to 15 minutes.
Make an indentation in each coconut ball and put a raspberry inside, and a chocolate chip on top to look like a pupil. Squirt some raspberry juice on the ball to make them look even scarier.
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