By Angela (from The Happy Raw Kitchen)
Every Halloween party should have “finger food”! We simply couldn’t resist sharing this delicious recipe with you. It’s both spooky and healthy!
Creepy Creature Finger Food
This is another oldie but goodie Halloween novelty treat, but this time it has gone raw!
- ¾ cup dried shredded coconut
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ½ cup dates, soaked and pitted
- 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon agave, honey, or maple syrup, or can omit
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, or to taste – this is a strong flavor
- 1 pinch sea salt
For fingernails: 10 almonds, soaked, peeled, and split in half, Makes about 18
How to Make It:
- Combine all cookie ingredients in food processor fitted with “S” blade until dough holds together. You may want to lessen the amount of spices for very small children.
- Pinch off a finger-sized ball of dough.
- To form the fingers, roll the dough in your hands into a long ‘snake’, about the size of your finger, with one end a little narrower than the other. To create the bony knuckles, spread your fingers slightly apart and gently roll the dough between your fingers only. Push on the wider end of dough to shape, as shown.
- Lay finger down and gently press 1/2 an almond into narrower end, as shown, for fingernail. Don’t worry if the ‘nails’ are chipped or jagged, creatures rarely get manicures.
- Place on mesh sheets and dehydrate at 112 degrees for approximately 24 hours.
- Serve with your favorite red jam, if desired. This jam could be about 1/2 raspberries and 1/2 soaked dates, blended.
Cookie recipe is adapted from Caramel Coconut Cookies in “Living Cuisine” by Renee Underkoffler. This could also be made with your favorite cookie recipe since creatures come in assorted colors. If you are looking for something savory, these could be made with an almond cracker recipe, and maybe serve with a red pepper dip.
About Angela of The Happy Raw Kitchen
In February 2007, Angela discovered the benefits of raw food. Since then, she has enjoyed the challenge of creating healthy, delicious meals using fresh vegan ingredients. You can read her blog filled with scrumptious and original recipes on her blog, The Happy Raw Kitchen.
Join us starting on October 24th for the Healthy Halloween Howl! Avoid the sugar bowl and while your loved ones are unbuckling their belts at dinner, you’ll be slipping into skinny jeans this holiday feeling healthy and slimmer than ever!