Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (gluten free Halloween treats with Chex)

Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge, oh my! Never leave out another kiddo at Halloween with my delicious gluten free Halloween treat ideas, featuring Chex gluten free cereals! 

  Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

I can’t believe its practically Halloween!

I never dress up, but I always come up with a hypothetical costume, “just in case”…like there may be a “you MUST wear a costume” emergency situation and I need to be prepared. Ridiculous. But I’m a giant child so it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you.

Anyways! Y’all know that I maintain a gluten-free household. I don’t have an allergy, but I have a sensitivity, which is most apparent when I’m working out intensely or going through a training regimen. So, although it may not seem like a big deal, any reaction at all bugs me and thus, we feel healthier and happier keeping our home gluten free.

Holidays seem to always be a different story though…you get together with family and friends, classic family recipes are made without updates or changes, piles and piles of candy and cookies and treats get dropped off for you or made in your kitchen…

Well, for all of those with sensitivities or allergies, this is a problem. So, this year, we’re kicking off the holidays, yes Halloween, with gluten free treats that make you popular and keep you included and guilt-free for not resorting to those classics that may not suit you (or your kids) so well anymore.

I’ve teamed up with Chex and their delicious gluten free cereals and have made some spooky spectacular gluten free treats! I made you some Eyeball Treats (how cute are these?!) and Spiders Legs Fudge (creepy crunchy little spiders legs are actually chocolate Chex! And they’re healthy too, made from dates and peanut butter!)!

Gluten Free Eyeball Treats and Spiders Legs Fudge (treatswithatwist.com)

Hop on over to their page and check out the recipe! Let me know when you try them, because I know you’ll love them! Plus, your kids (or those gluten-intolerant kiddos in your neighborhood) will love them and feel more than included in the festivities! 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chex cereals, but all of the recipes and opinions are my own. I appreciate your support on these sponsored posts that make Treats With a Twist possible! 

Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

It’s about time to share a “real food” recipe, right? My  Brussels Slaw Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing is the perfect Fall salad, and with balanced bitter and sweet fall flavors from seasonal veggies and apples. Make it ahead of time and the flavors only get better with time in the fridge! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)  

You almost thought I never made real food, right? Totally had you tricked there.

I am really excited to share with you a beautiful, colorful Fall slaw salad! Shaved Brussels sprouts are combined with beautiful purple cabbage, apples and nuts and seeds. All of it is tossed in a creamy yet healthy maple tahini dressing! Apples give it a sweet, extra crunchy bite!

I’m sharing this recipe over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast! Go check it out! 

It’s a super simple recipe! Just a few quick minutes with your KitchenAid food processor and you’re done! The dressing is quickly put together in a jar so you can shake it up then pour it all over your salad. 

This is one of those salads that only gets better after a few hours (or overnight!) in the fridge, so make it ahead of time, then make another batch of dressing to top it with before you serve it! You’re picnics or Fall dinners will never be the same. 

Did I mention it’s gluten-free and vegan?! Yup, it’s a crowd pleaser! 

Shaved Brussels Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing (treatswithatwist.com)

Disclaimer: This recipe is over on KitchenAid’s blog, Kitchenthusiast. I am a regular, compensated contributor to this blog. Although this is a compensated recipe, it is my own and thus my opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the posts that allow Treats With a Twist to happen! 

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. 

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

This is my last post before I load my entire life into a truck, drive 35 minutes down the road, into a completely different state, then dump it all into a new set of walls.

But not just any walls, a house. A new house. That has our name on the papers. We bought a house!

I can’t believe it. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have found a partner that works so damn hard to make our dreams come true. We definitely have paid our dues, and this won’t be easy, but we’re making the dream happen. Lucky me.

I was recently asked to manifest a dream. But I couldn’t think of one in particular. I have a lot of dream blobs. Unformed wants and hopes, but I know that they’ll become clear sooner or later, and then I’ll chase them down. But, buying a house was my current dream, and worth mentioning (even though it wasn’t a new dream in that very moment).

But, I’m sure if you approach me sometime on Saturday afternoon, when it’s a record-breaking hot as hell day, I’m not going to be sporting this positivity. In fact, you’ll probably want to just keep driving. Or stop and help…yeah that’s a better idea.

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Ok, now onto the recipe! Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad! I love love love this. It really doesn’t have an overpowering taste, so it works perfectly as a side in a big, grilled meal. OR as a dessert! I love adding a splash of almond milk to it and eating it like a cold porridge. So good. Enjoy!

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad
Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. (makes 4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  2. 1 ¾ cups water
  3. 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 1 large carrot, shredded
  5. zest and juice of 1 lemon
  6. 1 Tbs. unsweetened shredded coconut
  7. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  9. ¼ cup raisins (or golden raisins)
  10. ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  11. pinch of sea salt
  12. 3-5 dates
  13. 2 Tbs. large coconut flakes (or more unsweetened shredded coconut)
  14. 2 Tbs. raw honey
Instructions
  1. ~In a sauce pan, cook the rice, water and coconut oil. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to a low simmer, place the lid on, and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
  2. ~Once the rice is finished, fluff it with a fork, then stir in the shredded carrot, lemon juice and zest, shredded coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, raisins and nuts. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  3. ~Refrigerate the mixture until cool. Plate it up, then top it with the dates (slice them up), coconut flakes, and honey.
Notes
  1. Try it as a porridge for dessert! Splash almond milk and more honey over the top!
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Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding is a Snack Pack cheat that is good for you and will bring you childhood memories at first bite! If you’re timid about the texture of traditional chia pudding, try my Blended Chia Pudding and you’ll fall in love!

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

I’m in a childhood memories kinda mood. Maybe because it’s back-to-school time and beautiful, alluring new school supplies are all over Target. Give me a heart attack! I have absolutely zero control when it comes to new school supplies.

So, I have been resisting the desire to load up my cart with those traditional Snack Pack pudding cups, because man oh man I LOVE me some double chocolate pudding packs. Gahhhh. Drown me in pudding. [but I think that would be a terrifying way to go, so please don’t]

Anyways! So, I’m making you some “adult” pudding. And it’s so easy, it’s silly. If you’re familiar with chia pudding, that’s what we’re making here. If you don’t like the texture (I actually like it, so call me crazy), then you’re going to be SO in love with me when you see that blending it turns your pudding into a fake-out pudding you’d never guess wasn’t made like traditional pudding.

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

And, if you don’t believe me that this tastes like the best pudding you’ll ever make, just ask my husband, who has no clue that his dessert last night was actually made from chia seeds. Ultimate success. 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding
Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding is a Snack Pack cheat that is good for you and will bring you childhood memories at first bite! If you’re timid about the texture of traditional chia pudding, try my Blended Chia Pudding and you’ll fall in love! (makes 2-3 portions)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. ¼ cup chia seeds
  3. 2 Tbs. cocoa powder
  4. 2 Tbs. coconut sugar (or sugar of your choice)
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients and whisk together (really whisk here, it’ll take a little while to get the cocoa to really blend into the milk).
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Once the mixture has set, pour the whole thing into your blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve up your pudding in cups. If you’re nice, add whipped cream (I used Rice Whip) and sprinkles and cocoa nibs. Be nice. Enjoy!
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Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding (treatswithatwist.com)

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles are the ultimate summer treat! They’re full of rich, jammy blueberry flavor, marbled with sweet honey almond milk “cream.” This one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure! 

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In case you hadn’t heard…

It’s POPSICLE WEEK!!

Heyyyyyyy!

Ever since I got an ice pop mold for a wedding gift (I’m probably supposed to say “we,” right?), and then supplemented it with another mold (TJ Maxx!), I’ve been going crazy for homemade popsicles! Um, did you SEE my Birthday Cake Fudgsicles and my Mango Coconut Ice Pops?! Yeah.

Well Popsicle Week excites the bejesus out of me because a bunch of bloggers, including myself, have been rounded up by the AHmazing Billy of Wit and Vinegar to all share a popsicle recipe this week.

So, get your frozen treat on!

I knew I absolutely had to make a Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicle. Don’t ask me why. Maybe berry crisp or pie was dancing through my brain. But, it had to be done.

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Fresh blueberries, roasted with coconut sugar until jammy and jamming, stirred into honey almond milk, and frozen to perfection! Then…roll that suckah in some coconut sugar and you have an ULTIMATE Summer cooler. Yum.

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

This little face says it all…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

I don’t typically show you what I do with the other 75% of my time…but these little ones have kept me on my toes for 2 ½ years! (Cheers to all the fellow nannies out there!) And, well, when it came to choosing to have my husband holding a popsicle or a cute little 3-yr-old in a swimsuit holding the popsicle…

Husband…child…man hands…kiddo hands…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

You get it. Kid won. Sorry honey.

Anyways! Hope you love um. We certainly do! And keep an eye on the Popsicle Week happenings too!

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles
Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles are a sweet summer treat! Jammy roasted blueberries are swirled with sweet honey almond milk, frozen to perfection and then rolled in coconut sugar! (makes 6 pops)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  2. 1 Tbs. coconut sugar
  3. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  5. 2 Tbs. local honey
  6. extra coconut sugar, for rolling (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small baking dish, sprayed with nonstick spray, place your blueberries in and even layer and sprinkle with the coconut sugar. Toss them around a bit to get them covered. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice to ensure the sugar doesn’t burn.
  2. Transfer the cooked blueberries to a dish, stir in the cinnamon, and let the jammy mixture cool and thicken.
  3. In a jar (or container with a lid), combine the almond milk and honey. Shake to combine.
  4. Divide out half of the jam between your Popsicle molds, spooning a bit into the bottom of each one. Fill each mold with the honey almond milk until almost full. Spoon the rest of the jam carefully into each of the molds. Use a popsicle stick to carefully give a quick swirl through the milk and blueberries in each mold.
  5. Insert sticks and freeze according to your mold’s directions. (Mine says at least 6 hours.)
  6. When you’re ready to eat them, run the mold quickly under hot water, pull the Popsicle out of the mold, roll the edges in coconut sugar and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I found my popsicle molds at TJ Maxx and Sur la Table. They are also available at Williams Sonoma, on Amazon, and many more places!
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Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Thief!

 

Oh fine, here’s one last kiddo pic for ya…

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles (treatswithatwist.com)

Pretty sure he’d pull on his face until it hurt if it made her laugh! 

 

PS. Happy Birthday to my little brother!! I love you!