It’s Halloween time! Grab that spooky costume, carve some pumpkins, and have fun in the kitchen making homemade baked goodies. These 17 impressive yet easy-to-make treats offer a healthful alternative to traditional Halloween fare—though you’d never know it by their devilishly decadent taste. Packed with whole-food, plant-based ingredients, and using natural sweeteners like banana and dates, these sweet eats are fiendishly satisfying and won’t leave you in a candy coma. Try one of these recipes this Halloween season!
Conjuring fond memories of state fairs and fall festivals, these caramel apples from Veganomicon author Isa Chandra Moskowitz will indulge your nostalgia and your sweet tooth all at once.View Recipe
These wickedly yummy frozen treats from world-renowned plant-based warrior Ann Crile Esselstyn are a tasty mix of frozen banana, oats, cocoa, and crunchy cereal.View Recipe
Do-nut go past these moist dessert donuts from Forks Over Knives magazine contributor Shelli McConnell. Topped with a zesty orange sauce and chocolate shavings, they’re a whole lot of delicious.View Recipe
Serve these decadent peanut butter chocolate brownies with banana slices; the creamy banana has a similar effect to serving them with cream.View Recipe
Chef AJ is a master at getting sweet results without any added sugar. This creamy confection takes only a few minutes to whip up.View Recipe
Want an energizing boost without the post-candy crash? You’ll find it in these Choco Bites, with cacao, figs, and dates. The three-step recipe comes courtesy of Naked Food Cookbook author Margarita Restrepo and Italian chef Michele Lastella.View Recipe
These pretty, crowd-pleasing parfaits by Forks Over Knives head chef Darshana Thacker can be made a day in advance, freeing you up to put on your costume and cue the spooky soundtracks.View Recipe
“Pumpkin perfection” is Chef AJ’s way of describing these moist muffins, and we couldn’t agree more.View Recipe
Another sweet-with-no-added-sugar treat from Chef AJ, these chocolaty brownies taste downright heavenly.View Recipe
These easier-than-pie pumpkin squares, which come courtesy of StraightUpFood.com creator Cathy Fisher, are firm enough to be eaten as finger food.View Recipe
A date-based fudgy frosting tops these rich, chocolaty cupcakes from vegan-cupcake connoisseur Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Garnish with orange zest for a seasonal color combo.View Recipe
These scrumptiously simple sweet potato bites were inspired by the Okinawan diet, rich in sweet potato. This recipe is courtesy of The Blue Zones Kitchen, by New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner.View Recipe
Infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, these crispy, slow-baked apple chips are nature’s candy at its best.View Recipe
In this show-stopping dessert from veteran recipe developer Nancy Macklin, an earthy oat flour and almond butter crust pairs perfectly with silky-sweet pumpkin filling.View Recipe
Keep a jar of these bite-sized, gluten-free, cinnamon-dusted cookies on the counter for ghoulish revelers to munch on, or bag them up and set them out for passing trick-or-treaters.View Recipe
These chewy orange cookies, studded with dried cranberries, take about 10 minutes to throw together. This is an ideal recipe for young ones to help with; it’s so simple!View Recipe
With fresh orange juice and fruit-sweetened cranberries, these autumnal biscotti are perfectly crunchy and delightful with tea.View Recipe
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