Who else is feelin' the Halloween vibe? We do (even if we celebrated the indian Diwali this week at my husband's job!). When your son asks you to carve a "Puss in boots" pumpkin... you have no other choice but to feel the vibe ! 3 hours of carving in total! But at the end, it was totally worth it and our own little knight and ladybug were so happy!
Speaking of Halloween, yesterday we visited a pumpkin patch (the famous Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay) and brought these creepy witches fingers in our bags as a healthy snack/treat. They taste a bit like sesame squares, but with a "PB & J" twist. And do you know a kid who doesn't like Peanut Butter and Jelly ???!! Crunchy, sweet and... let's face it... kind of frightening... they take less than 10 minutes to do !
6 ingredients + food processor + "play dough skills" + a "gore" photoshoot = so much fun and the perfect snack/activity for your Halloween countdown!
Happy Halloween to all the little (and big!) witches and monsters out there !
No-bake PB & J witches fingers
Yield : 18 fingers
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup natural organic peanut butter - see note
2-4 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar/maple syrup)
10 pitted dates
2-3 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry jam (or strawberry chia jam)
18 Soaked overnight almonds or blanched almonds, peeled
- Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until it starts to clump (if the dough crumbles too much, you may have to add a little more honey). You should be able to shape the fingers without any problems. If the dough is too wet, add a little more sesame seeds. The quantities will vary a lot based on the texture of the peanut butter you will use.
- Take about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape a finger (look at yours...it helps a lot with the modelling and shaping step!). You can use a knife to wrinkle your fingers and make them look more old and disgusting.
- For the bloody nails, press gently one end of the finger and add a little bit of jam.
- Add a blanched (or peeled and soaked) almond on top of the jam and press gently. Be sure to place the pointy side of the almond facing the outer side.
- Store in the fridge (or the freezer to have cold treats) and enjoy with your little ones !
Note : you can substitute the peanut butter for almond butter, soy butter or sunflower seeds butter if you're looking for a peanut/nut-free option. Also, to make this treat a "raw" treat, use raw honey, chia raspberry jam and almond butter.