By Aline C.

“Trick or treat” was the most common expression yelled on October 31st last year in my neighborhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was very excited with that because Halloween celebration doesn’t exist in my home country. To prepare myself to that, I inquired my American friends for some suggestions about which candies I should have at home to offer to the kids, and they shared a ton of ideas. But I was a little concerned because, although I appreciate candies and I think they are ok in moderation, nowadays children are eating so much more sugar than the recommendation (no added sugar for children under 2 and about 6 teaspoons for the bigger ones). Furthermore, too much sugar increases the risk for obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, diseases which have become so prevalent in our kids!

So, I decided to go to the supermarket to seek some tasty candy with less sugar for them. The shelves were full of food and drinks with a lot of added sugar such as soda, cookies, cakes, etc., which made choosing very difficult. After some digging, the mini dark chocolates won the battle, the ones which the first ingredient in the list was NOT sugar!

I went home and made sure everything was perfect: outside light on (check), a pumpkin sign on the door (check), a bag of dark chocolate (check). I didn’t wait much until the costumed creatures such as princess, ghost, monster and others knocked on my door and shyly begged me some treats! They hopped home with two pieces of dark chocolate and a large smile on their faces. I guess they enjoyed as much as I did.

This year, the mini “princesses” and “monsters” will be surprised with dark chocolate and delicious homemade banana cookies (see recipe below). Some non-food treats such as pencils and stickers can also be an option! What ideas do you have for this Halloween?

Below you can find my Banana cookie recipe. I hope you enjoy yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 mashed bananas.
  • 4 spoons of oatmeal.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Mix the banana and the oatmeal in a container. If you want, add pecans or chocolate chips into the dough.

Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely gold. Let cool on wire racks. Put 2-3 cookies in a small plastic/paper bag.

Make sure the kids are not allergic to the ingredients.