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by Will Grumke October 22, 2022 4 min read

Fall is here, which of course means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all right around the corner!

Now, if you’re someone like me who loves sweet treats, but also wants to stay on track with their nutrition … the holidays can certainly be difficult.

There are just so many temptations being put in front of our face at all times … especially around Halloween!

I mean heck, the entire holiday is essentially dedicated to dressing up and eating candy. I love candy just as much as the next guy, but I’d prefer if there was a healthier alternative.

Well, the truth is, there are plenty of healthier alternatives ... most of which are definitely not all that fun and exciting. That’s why we came together to create some fun, and much healthier, alternative recipes for the spooky season!

Here are 4 sweet, delicious, and protein-packed Halloween recipes that you’ll be dying to try for yourself…

Graveyard Dirt Pudding

GRAVEYARD DIRT PUDDING

Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 Jar/Cup

INGREDIENTS:

PUDDING LAYER

CRUNCHY LAYER

  • 3 Level-1 Chocolate Crunch Bars, chopped/crushed
  • 12 graham crackers, crushed

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • 12 small gummy worms

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine all pudding ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth.

2. In 6 jars, add a layer of graham cracker, followed by a layer of Level-1 Bar, followed by about 1/2 cup of pudding. Continue alternating until you reach the top of the jar, preferably ending on a Level-1 Bar layer.

3. Create your own spooky graveyard scene with your desired toppings.

(For exact portions, each jar contains 2 graham crackers and ½ of a level-1 bar)

MACROS (OPTIONAL TOPPINGS EXCLUDED):

Calories: 482
Protein: 44g
Carbs: 44g
Fat: 14g
Fiber: 2g

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CANDY BAR

Servings: 14
Serving Size: 1 Bar

INGREDIENTS:

NOUGAT LAYER

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 4 scoops 1st Phorm Level-1 Vanilla Ice Cream Protein
  • 1/3 cup lite maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

DATE CARAMEL LAYER

  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts roughly chopped
  • 2 cup dates (soaked in hot water for 5 minutes to soften, then drained)
  • 3 tbsp 1st Phorm Honey Butter Nut Butter (or nut butter of your choice)

CHOCOLATE COATING

  • 1/2 cups sugar free dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Flaky salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Line an 8'×8″ or 9"x7" baking dish with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, maple syrup, protein powder, and almond milk. Mix together until a crumbly and sticky texture is achieved. It should be a moldable consistency.

3. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and press evenly to create the base layer, then place in the freezer for 20 minutes or until solid.

4. While the nougat chills, prepare the date caramel in a blender. Mix together the soaked and drained dates with your nut butter of choice until creamy and smooth, stopping every so often to scrape the sides with a spatula.

5. Fold in the raw peanuts into the date caramel. Evenly spread the date caramel sauce over the chilled nougat layer. Place the pan back into the freezer to chill for 1 hour.

6. After 1 hour, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Remove the pan from the freezer and slice into 14 equal bars (Cut once through the center, then 6 perpendicular cuts).

7. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use 2 forks to carefully take one bar and dip it into the chocolate, flipping it over until fully coated. Remove the coated bar carefully and place onto the parchment paper and top with flaky salt.

8. Repeat the process for the remaining bars. Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer to set for 15 minutes or until the chocolate coating is completely hardened. Serve immediately out of the freezer.

MACROS PER SERVING:

Calories: 280
Protein: 13g
Carbs: 30g
Fat: 16g
Fiber: 6g

Spider Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

SPIDER CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1 Spider Ball

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10oz 1st Phorm Brownie Batter Nut Butter
  • 1/4 cup lite maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops 1st Phorm Cinnamon Cookie Batter Level-1
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips
  • 80 pretzel sticks

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • 40 small candy eyes (for looks)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix the nut butter, lite maple syrup, cocoa powder, protein powder, chia seeds, and chocolate chips together until it forms a smooth dough.

2. Roll pieces of dough into 20 balls which should be a little smaller than an inch in diameter.

3. Place two candy eyes onto each chocolate peanut butter protein ball (if you’d like).

4. Break 4 pretzel sticks in half to create 8 legs per ball.

MACROS PER SERVING (OPTIONAL TOPPINGS EXCLUDED):

Calories: 183
Protein: 11g
Carbs: 17g
Fat: 10g
Fiber: 5g

Zombie Ice Cream Yogurt Bark

ZOMBIE ICE CREAM YOGURT BARK

Servings: 12
Serving Size:1 Bar

INGREDIENTS:

  • 32oz plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup lite maple syrup
  • 2 scoops 1st Phorm Level-1 Ice Cream Sandwich

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Level-1 Bars (chopped/crushed up)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by mixing yogurt, lite maple syrup, and protein powder in a large mixing bowl.

2. Then, line a 10x15in baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture over, being sure to spread it out evenly using a spatula or the back of a spoon.

3. Finally, add toppings if you'd like and freeze for 8 hours or more until solid.

4. Once frozen, break the bark into 12 pieces (1 cut down the center, then 5 perpendicular cuts).

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to one week, or the freezer for up to one month, and enjoy!

MACROS PER SERVING (OPTIONAL TOPPINGS EXCLUDED):

Calories: 96
Protein: 10g
Carbs: 13g
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 1g

I hope you fall in love with these Halloween recipes, and bust them out every year to help stay on track … earn your fitness goals … and still satisfy your sweet tooth all at the same time!

Will Grumke
Will Grumke

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, NASM VCS Virtual Coaching Specialist, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer