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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!

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Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

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.

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Frozen Chocolate-Banana Treats (Better Than Ice Cream!)

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.

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Chocolate-Orange Dessert Donuts

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.

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Banana and Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Serve these decadent peanut butter chocolate brownies with banana slices; the creamy banana has a similar effect to serving them with cream.

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Almost Instant Pumpkin Pudding

Chef AJ is a master at getting sweet results without any added sugar. This creamy confection takes only a few minutes to whip up.

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Raw Choco Bites with Oats and Carrots

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.

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Pumpkin Parfait with Cashew Vanilla Cream

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.

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Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Muffins

“Pumpkin perfection” is Chef AJ’s way of describing these moist muffins, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Outrageously Healthy Brownies

Another sweet-with-no-added-sugar treat from Chef AJ, these chocolaty brownies taste downright heavenly.

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Pumpkin Pie Squares

These easier-than-pie pumpkin squares, which come courtesy of StraightUpFood.com creator Cathy Fisher, are firm enough to be eaten as finger food.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

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Sweet Potato Bites

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.

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Baked Apple Chips

Infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, these crispy, slow-baked apple chips are nature’s candy at its best.

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Pumpkin Tart with Oat Crust

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.

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Snicker Snaps

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.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

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!

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Cranberry-Orange Biscotti

With fresh orange juice and fruit-sweetened cranberries, these autumnal biscotti are perfectly crunchy and delightful with tea.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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