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A Healthier Halloween Treat - No Trick!

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

Mini Pumpkin Rice Cakes
Image by Joyce Gan from Light Orange Bean

The spookiest season is upon us, and for some parents that means the fright of having to reason with sugar crazed kids during Halloween. Well, no need to trick your kids into enjoying this delicious and nutritious treat! These adorable mini pumpkin rice cakes are not only fun to look at but fun to make as well. These healthy treats have hidden nutrition inside - in the form of adzuki beans!

Why we love adzuki beans

Adzuki beans are overflowing with nutrients, such as protein, iron, magnesium, and potassium. They are also free of cholesterol and are high in antioxidants. These power packed legumes are considered a superfood!

This Mini Pumpkin Rice Cakes recipe was created by Joyce Gan and originally posted at Light Orange Bean.


Mini Pumpkin Rice Cakes

Image from Joyce Gan of Light Orange Bean

Serves 8


Pumpkin Rice Cake Dough

· 2 tablespoons tapioca flour

· ¼ teaspoon pure stevia extract powder “Now” brand

· ¾ cup pumpkin puree

· 1 teaspoon canola oil

Pumpkin Stem

· 8 green raisins or dry gogi berries

Optional Adzuki Bean Paste Filling

· ¼ cup dry adzuki bean

· ½ cup water

· ½ teaspoon pure stevia extract powder “Now” brand

· ½ tablespoon vegan butter

· 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk or water


Images by Joyce Gan from Light Orange Bean

Fun Facts about Halloween

In Scotland and Ireland, treats were originally given out to the children who would dress in costume and perform for the homeowners. Irish and Scottish immigrants brought over this tradition to the United States in the 1840’s.

USA Today reports that the two most popular Halloween costumes for children in 2019 are “princess” and “superhero”!

Alternative Treats to Hand Out

· Fruit leather bars

· Clementine tangerines

· Raisins

· Halloween themed stickers and temporary tattoos

· Bouncy balls

· Pencils

This post was written by Grace Chesco

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