Cashew Cookies – Spooky Halloween Cookies

by NaturalDeets
picture of cashew cookies with chocolate frosting

Spooky, Scary, Skeleton! Get inspired by these easy, clean and delicious Halloween Cookies! Not only are they fun to make, but these Halloween cashew cookies are healthy too (and Gluten free)!

And these are clean eating compliant and kid friendly too! Whoop Whoop!!  This kid-friendly recipe is fun for the whole family! From start to finish, it only took about an hour. Double the recipe if you are going to share with the kids!  

a pinterest pin for spooky halloween cookies with 2 pictures of the cookies

We used a blend of Almond Butter, Cashew Butter and just a little Almond Flour, so these cookies are dense and satisfying! I hate ot use ethe word dense because I know it isn’t appetizing…but these are dense in the best way! I promise…

When we were setting up the pictures with popcorn, we also figured out that oddly enough, these halloween cookies also taste delicious with popcorn! I can’t make this stuff up! 

Halloween Party Food Ideas

Halloween parties can be one of the most fun and exciting holidays to cook for! There is less pressure for perfection, and if your dish doesn’t turn out Pinterest worthy, you can play it off as being intentional! 

However, it is also the beginning of the indulgent season. Cookies, cakes, sugar laden drinks and cheesy meals. Just one more reason to stock up on Healthy Halloween Party Recipes! This Healthier Halloween Cookie is awesome too!

picture with 4 cookies on a wooden cutting board and jack o lantern popcorn boxes in the background

This recipe is healthy, with no refined sugars and a chocolate sauce made with cocoa powder! It is sweetened with honey and sliced dried apricots. Serve it to the kids without the fear of a sugar crash too!

Can You Bake With Almond Flour?

Yes! I talk about it a little bit in my post about Clean Eating Flours, but Almond Flour can be baked with! However, it is not a 1 to 1 substitution and it requires a little tweaking, but it can be done!

I wish I could give you more specifics on how to substitue it, however I have found that it depends on what I am making. Because of that, it takes a lot of trial and error. If you are not up for the challenge, just find a recipe for the dish you are making and save yourself lots of time! πŸ™‚ 

picutre of the cookies with chocolate frosting cut in half so you can see the inside

In these cookies we only used 1/3 cup of Almond Flour and it was perfect. 

Is Almond Meal The Same As Almond Flour? 

No it is not! And when making baked goods, you really can not substitute almond meal for almond flour. Almond flour needs to be fine and closer in texture to wheat flour. 

When buying almond flour, be sure to buy blanched almond flour. This means the almonds are first blanched to remove the skin. From there, it is finely ground into flour. If you use unblanched almonds, you may see specks of skin which will show up in your baked goods. 

If you are making a chocolate cake or overing a cake with frosting, this probably won’t matter. But if you are making a yellow or white cake, you will see the almond skin specks! 

Almond meal is coarsley ground almonds. My favorite was to use it is as a coating on fish or chicken (like chicken nuggets). 

Is Nut Butter Healthier Than Peanut Butter? 

Both peanut butters and nut butters have their benefits. Around here the kids like to eat toast with peanut butter for breakfast, so when I bake, I try to use other nut butters for some variety. 

Costco sells almond butter in bulk, so is my default nut butter. However, in this recipe we also added Cashew butter just to mix it up a little! Here is just a little bit about the nut butters used in this recipe:

Almond Butter 

Almond butter has a little less protien than peanut butter, but it is a fantastic source of monosaturated fats, which can help with weight loss, heart disease and reducing overall inflamation. 

Nutritionists claim that it is high in Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. No wonder we add it to everything! Make sure to use an organic almond butter when possible (especially if you eat it every day), as almonds are known to be sprayed with toxic pestisides. 

Cashew Butter

Cashew butter isn’t talked about as much as other nut butters and I think it is becuase it is harder to find. Now that it is showing up in grocery stores, it is so expensive for a small bottle! 

That is just one reason why we mixed cashew and almond butter in this clean eating recipe. Cashew butter has up to half the sugar as peanut butter and is high in copper and magnesium. 

Halloween School Party – Clean Eating Recipe

When my daughter was in Kindergaten, she had her first Halloween class party. We all had to bring in a treat and I had no idea what to bring. What I did know was that the kids in her class liked to bring sugar laden foods! 

So we tried to find something that was healthy but still fun and Halloween themed…without being scary, of course! 

picture of the finished cookie and a kid holding it

If only we had this recipe back then…it would have been our go-to! For this recipe, the kids wanted to make worms! So we thinly sliced dried apricots and sprinkeld them on the cookie. 

But there are so many other “healthy-ish” options that could work as well! Here are just a few ideas:

  • Orange Chocolate candies – the contrast between the orange and brown frosting would be amazing! 
  • Candy eye balls – Who says you only need to put 2?? 
  • Halloween colored sprinkles
  • Popcorn – weird but oddy delicious combination!

How To Make Halloween Cookies

This is a general question since there are so many different types oc cookies! But I can definietly show you how to make these delicious and healthy Halloween cookies! 

Preheat the oven to 350Β°

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (Almond Flour, Almond butter, Cashew Butter, chia seeds, vanilla, honey, baking powder and an egg). 

a top view picture of all the cookie ingredients in a metal bowl

Step 2: Mix all the ingredients using a hand mixer. You want to use a hand mixer becuase it needs to be smooth. With all the nut butters, it is difficult to get a creamy consistency if you do it by hand

a picture of a hand mixer mixing the cookie ingredients

Step 3: Line a baking tray and use an ice cream scooper to scoop out blobs. There is no need to flatten them, since they will not spread while baking

picture of the raw cookie dough scooped on to a red baking sheet liner

Step 4: Bake in the Oven for 14 minutes or until cooked. It won’t brown like a traditional cookie so you will want to make sure not to overcook them. I’m giving you an excuse to try one πŸ™‚

Step 5:  While the cookies are baking, make the frosting. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, almond milk, almond butter and honey until smooth. You can use a fork or whisk for this part. 

a picture of the frosting in a bowl

Step#6: Once the cookies have cooled, frost them with a spoon or knife

picture of the cookies with chocolate frosting, before adding the apricots

Step #7: Thinly slice some dried apricots and sprinkle them on the top of the cookies. Share and enjoy! These are so delicious that you may need to double the batch so you can have some too! 

COOKING CLASSES FOR KIDS – Clean eating & Kid Friendly too:

As always, grab the kids and get them involved! Here are just a few things they could learn from making this recipe with you! 

  • How to make cookie dough
  • How to measure wet and dry ingredients
  • How to make uniform balls of cookie dough
  • How to use the oven
  • How to put frosting on cookies

Looking for an online cooking class designed to teach kids real kitchen techniques? Check out our Apricot Kids course. Click HERE for the Deets!

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picture of cashew cookies with chocolate frosting

Cashew Cookies - Healthy Halloween Cookies

Yield: 9 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These cashew cookies are perfectly scary for a Halloween party but are also a delicious any-time snack! Double the batch if you are planning to share with your kids!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup Cashew Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Honey, Raw Preferred
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chia Seeds

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Milk
  • 1/8 cup Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey, Raw Preferred

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all cookie ingredients into a large bowl. Use a handheld mixer on low to medium to blend until smooth.
  3. Do not try to combine yourself or you’ll end up with chunky cookies.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and use an ice cream scoop to portion out blobs. No need to press down.
  5. Bake in the oven for 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan completely.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. In a small bowl, stir together the frosting ingredients until smooth.
  7. Using a silicone spatula, portion and spread the frosting on top of the cookies.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 9 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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