Better Than Candy – The Halloween Candy Antidote

Halloween candy is the slippery slope that leads many into an out of control, sugar driven, holiday season.

It can be nearly impossible to resist; it’s cheap, legal, tastes good, lights your brain up, and makes you feel energized all at the same time. It is literally more addictive than cocaine. But, it has a wicked backlash effect on energy, brain chemistry, health and weight. I could go on and on about how bad it is, but really I just want to give you a simple little recipe for a better option to reach for when you are feeling tempted. It’s satisfying and has all of the nutrients and fiber that are supposed to be in that amount of calories–unlike candy. In case you think this is a recipe for trail-mix you are partially right. It’s similar–but way better.  🙂


Halloween Candy Antidote Recipe

Makes 4 cups

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw walnuts

1 cup seedless raisins (organic)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 – 1/2  cup raw cacao nibs

Other options: Dried apricots, dried blueberries, dried unsweetened cranberries, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, mango, papaya, goji berries… Go for your favorites.


Toast coconut in a dry skillet over medium heat until it is just starts to turn brown. Keep a close eye on it since this does not take long.

Mix in a bowl with all of the other ingredients.

Enjoy in moderation. (It is not calorie free.)

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