Updated: Nov 25, 2020
With Halloween just around the corner, sweet treats will be in abundance no matter how you decide to celebrate it this year. Many families are trying to navigate how to make this time festive for their kids but in a safe way. For my family, we're still dressing up but instead of the traditional trick-or-treating, we will be doing a Halloween treasure hunt in around our house, along with making tasty healthy treats.
One of the treats on the to-do menu are these paleo sunbutter cookies from "Real Food with Jessica" that turn a ghoulishly green color that is perfect for Halloween. I love that it's low in sugar, dairy-free, grain-free (paleo), and gluten-free. Plus, the green color comes naturally through a fun chemical reaction between the ingredients - no artificial dyes here. If your kids love science like mine do, they'll get a kick (and a yummy treat) out of this.
If you've never had sunbutter, it's a great option for those who have a food allergy, particularly to peanuts or tree-nuts. You can use it just the same as any nut or seed butter: in sandwiches, wraps, or for baking. In comparison to other nut/seed butters, sunbutter is loaded with Vitamins B6 and E plus minerals such as copper, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
When you make this recipe, it's important to note that you MUST use sunbutter if you want that green color. Otherwise, you can probably use another nut or seed butter as a substitute but you may not get the color change. If you use peanut butter, it isn't considered paleo, but it's still a tasty sub.
Happy Halloween to you and your family! Be safe and enjoy!
SERVINGS: 19 cookies
1 cup no sugar added SunButter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
In a large bowl, combine SunButter, maple syrup and the eggs. Mix well. Add in the salt, coconut flour, and baking soda. Mix until no dry spots remain. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.
Refrigerate for at least one hour or over night.
Preheat oven to 350° and line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls onto the sheet tray. Roll between palms to get smooth and press down slightly. You should get about 19 cookies.
Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool to get the inside to turn green.
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