Trick or Treat?

Halloween is just around the corner and on the night of All Hallow’s Eve it’s hard to resist the temptation of all that candy.  Especially, for young children who look forward to the one day a year where they can indulge a little in their favorite sweet treat.  Being dentists (and always wanting what’s best for the health of your teeth), we’ve compiled a few healthier recipes for you to offer instead.  These easy to make treats (provided by Goop) will allow kids to satiate their sweet tooth and still have a happy Halloween.

Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients:

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup walnuts

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet chocolate or vegan)

Preparation:

Grind the oats and nuts in a food processor for 1 minute.  Then add the honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and chocolate chips.  Using a 1 teaspoon measure, roll into balls.  These will be ready to serve and are easy to make the day of Halloween.

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Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Ingredients:

3 cups washed, stemmed

strawberries

1 tablespoon honey

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the strawberries and honey in a blender and puree until smooth.

Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it into a large rectangle with the back of a spoon or spatula.

Bake for 2 to 3 hours, until the fruit leather is dry and not sticky to the touch.

Allow the fruit leather to sit and cool to room temperature. It takes several hours for the fruit to soften up; when you first take the leather out of the oven the edges will be a bit dry and crisp, but if you allow it to sit overnight it softens up nicely.

Use a knife, pizza cutter, or kitchen shears to cut the fruit leather into 8 long strips, keeping the paper on the back. Roll the leather into “roll-ups.”

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Although these recipes are healthier options, they still contain sugar so make sure that your children brush and floss their teeth after eating.  If your kids do eat other candies on Halloween, try to steer them away from hard, gummy or sticky candies.

Lollipops, caramel-centered chocolates and gummy bears are among the worst.  These candies can actually break teeth or get stuck between teeth and since they are harder to chew, the sugar has a longer time to absorb into the gums.  This can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

Mitchell Dentistry hopes that you have a fun-filled holiday with ghouls and guffaws, but use discretion when indulging on sweets.  Happy Halloween everyone!

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