Since it's Halloween week, and let's be real, our biggest association with the day tends to be sugary stuff, I wanted to repost this article by Gina Telaroli on TakePart.org- it may be a year old, but their top ten list of the best vegan Halloween treats is timeless!
Most people love Halloween for two reasons--the costumes and the treats. Unfortunately, many of those treats use animal products and other less-than-awesome ingredients. But worry not, socially conscious eaters; I've compiled a list of 10 tasty treats, savory and sweet, that are vegan and perfect for the Halloween season.
Give them a go and feel free to let me know your favorite Halloween indulgence!
10. Vegan Pumpkin Pie (from vegalicious)
This recipe sounds (and looks) amazing and it includes great pie crust directions as well! I can't imagine this doesn't taste good. Go here to the find recipes for the vegan pumpkin pie filling and a vegan pie crust and enjoy this traditional treat without any animal guilt.
*photo/pie baking by sonicwalker
9. Cajun Popcorn (from veganchef.com)
This sounds wonderfully warm and spicy and fun to munch on while handing out candy or watching scary Halloween movies.
1 cup raw popcorn kernels
2 T. safflower oil
1 T. water
1 T. nutritional yeast flakes
1 T. Creole Seasoning
1/4 t. salt (optional)
Using a hot air popper or other popcorn popper, pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients, and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes to blend the flavors. Drizzle the oil mixture over the popcorn and toss well to evenly coat the popcorn with the mixture. Serve warm.
8. Vegan Snickerdoodle Ice Cream (from Turtle Mountain)
Ice cream season is pretty much on the outs (boo!) but before it goes away for good, why not indulge in some vegan creamy goodness with Turtle Mountain's new Snickerdoodle flavor?
Plus, you can buy it instead of make it--which sometimes is so much easier!
7. Simple Vegan Bean Dip (from Simple Vegan)
This recipe sounds so easy and tasty!
2 cups cooked pinto beans (1 15 oz can),
rinsed and drained
2 tbs fresh lime juice
1 medium-sized tomato, peeled and seeded
2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
a handful of parsley
a handful of cilantro
3/4 tsp of cumin
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
black pepper and cayenne, to taste
To peel and seed tomato: Drop it into a pan of boiling water for 10 seconds. Remove it, and peel off the skin. Cut the tomato open; squeeze out and discard the seeds. Chop the remaining pulp. Whip everything together in a food processor or a blender
6. Cranberry and Apple Cider (from my Mom! Seen on TakePart!)
This is one of my most favorite fall and winter recipes. The mix of fresh apple cider with cranberry juice, wonderful spices and time on the stove makes for the tastiest of Halloween treats--especially on a cold and blustery day. And if you want a little kick to your cider (or are maybe throwing a party) add a little rum to your glass!
5. Vegetable and Bean Chili (from Gourmet)
This sounds wonderfully rich and spicy and warming! And it comes from the recently closed Gourmet, where the best recipes can always be found.
* 2 large onions (1 lb), coarsely chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 1/2 fresh jalapeño chile, finely chopped (including seeds)
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon chili powder
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 28-oz can whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with juice
* 2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
* 2 (15-oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed
* 1 tablespoon chopped semisweet chocolate
* 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
*Sauté onions, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño in oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, and salt and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and zucchini and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in beans and chocolate and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
4. Black and White Cookies (from Vegan Cookies)
These look/sound amazing and are perfect for Halloween munching. I bet you could even put cool designs on them to jazz it up extra Halloween style. The recipe, including both the wonderful black and white icing, can be found here.
3. Caramel/Candy Apples (from Dog Hill Kitchen)
A super traditional Halloween treat made vegan--YES!
Vegan Caramel - Ingredient proportions from The Glad Cow Cookbook, Makes ~100 pieces of caramel candy, will coat ~8-10 apples
1 cup margarine*
2 cups sugar
2 cups soy milk
1 cup light corn syrup
1 t vanilla
*Optional: Add 1 tsp salt if using unsalted margarine
-Line an 8 inch x 8 inch pan with parchment or cover a baking sheet with parchment and ready your apples and sticks. You can cover a few apples and then place the remaining caramel in any parchment lined container to set up and make candies. I use a loaf pan for the extra caramel when covering apples.
-Place the margarine, sugar, soy milk and corn syrup in a large saucepan (4qt capacity minimum)
-Bring ingredients to a boil stirring continually.
-Cook over medium-high heat while continuing to stir until candy reaches 248 degrees F. (243-5 for softer caramels)
-Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into lined baking pan. If coating apples then let allow the caramel to cool for a minute while still stirring and then start coating. After you coat the apples place them in the fridge or eat them as soon as they cool.
-Allow the caramel in the pan to cool completely. Snip into pieces using clean kitchen shears that you wipe or spray with oil (or slice with a knife). Wrap individually with waxed or parchment paper. Makes ~100 pieces
Variation: Cook to 230 degrees F for caramel sauce for ice cream/cake. Store in a covered container.
2. Halloween Cupcakes (from lizcondos & vegancupcakerecipes.com)
I think this cupcake recipe sounds incredible and kind of like a blond Reese's cup (the ultimate Halloween candy - although full of awfulness). Likewise I think the cupcake decoration to the left is kind of to die for. If peanut butter isn't your thing check out these tasty seasonal flavors:
- orange ooze
1. Vegan Candy (via PETA)
And finally if you want to go the super traditional route, here is a list of vegan candy you can buy. The list comes from PETA and features some of my favorite sugary indulgences, including Blow Pops, Swedish Fish and Pez! I figure if you're going to buy mass produced, unhealthy treats, they can at least be vegan!
Happy Trick or Treating everyone! Eat well and be well!