Makes 64 pieces
Keeping your children's – or your own – sugar rush at bay is a challenge this time of year. Try these sugar-free treats as a healthy alternative to candy bars.
1 (14-ounce) can skim evaporated milk
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar substitute
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups unsweetened crushed cereal
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1. Combine milk and cocoa in saucepan over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until cocoa is dissolved.
2. Add butter, sugar substitute, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add cereal, using a wooden spoon to combine. Set aside and cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Divide mixture in half and roll each half into a log, 8 inches long. Sprinkle nuts on a piece of foil or wax paper and roll each log in the nuts to evenly coat.
5. Wrap each log in waxed paper and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, cut each log into 32 slices.
Source: Personal Chef Michele Thompson, MS
Makes 9 (1/2-cup) servings
Trail mix is irresistibly delicious. Your family will love this nutritious Halloween-themed treat.
1 cup pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
1 cup reduced-fat cheese crackers
1 cup lightly-salted, roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
1/2 cup Halloween chocolate candies (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well. Use a 1/2-cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.
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