Optional Extras Passionfruit Green Spirulina Colour – add these to make the bliss balls super green & a passionfruit flavour. Add a little and taste as you go. Supergreens powder – Add this for extra green colour, this blend will add extra bitterness to the mixture. Taste as you go.
1. Add all ingredients, except the coconut, to the bowl of a food processor or Thermomix.
2. Blend on high speed, scraping sides as needed, until the mix is well combined. This bliss ball mix should go further than your usual bliss balls, keep whizzing until all the chunks are missing and the mix is one homogenous colour.
3. At this stage, if you’d like your bliss balls to be a little more green you can add some greens powder which will give a deeper forest green, and a more bitter flavour. Or choose our passionfruit sparkles, which will add a lighter green colour and a brighter flavour. I recommend you taste the mix and dip a little of the mix into a powder to try if you’d like to add another powder.
4. Add coconut to a bowl. Take teaspoon or tablespoon sized pieces of the mix, roll between palms to form balls. Drop balls into the bowl and coat with coconut, pressing into the mixture slightly.
Notes Keep in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
This one is a no-brainer. Serve up a healthy (and well-loved) family meal before you hit the streets if your family is trick or treating. If little ones have full tummies they’re less likely to want to eat the lollies as they go, or will eat fewer at least, as they’re trick or treating.
Want some ideas to turn up the halloween fun on the family dinner?
Can’t usually get your kids to go green? Maybe they’d like eating a Frankenstein’s Monster’s face of pasta! If your kids don’t like olives use cheese, red capsicum slices, tomatoes cucumbers etc to make the face shapes.
Stand and stuff! Make little jack o’ lantern stuffed capsicums and stuff them with your favourite Mexican rice & beans recipe, fried rice or even shepherd’s pie and bake for a delicious & halloween themed dinner.
For a quick & healthy option grab some pita bread and spread with guacamole to make monster eyeball no-bake pizza! Decorate it with funny eyeballs made from cucumber, cheese and olives or black beans. Add some lightly sauteed zucchini noodles on top for extra monster factor or go all out with some bocconcini eyeballs.
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the food. Finding some fun craft activities to do can add to the excitement for the week by decorating Halloween treat buckets or bags and even your house!
Creating or decorating individual Halloween collection containers can be a fun family craft activity, as well as a way to manage how many lollies are getting collected in the evening! You can pick the size of the box, bucket or basket so that it fills up quickly, and create or purchase an assortment of spooky decorations such as spiders, cobwebs, insects, bats, vampire fangs, witch silhouettes, ghosts and monsters to decorate your Halloween containers with.
You can create some simple shapes with cardboard, or go over the top with some cheap shop decorations and a hot glue gun.
Get into the All Hallows Eve spirit by decorating the house, your kids might not feel so bad about missing out on the trick or treating when they can boast they’ve got the spookiest house on the street.
If you have a good relationship with your neighbours you might be able to get away with making some homemade treats (make sure to chat with all the parents in your area first!) some ideas we love from Ashley Jubinville are gingersnap biscuits, cranberry bounty bars (using our amaaazing sugar-free cranberries, of course!) and vegan lemon cake.
You could get creative with popcorn bags and small bags of dried fruit with some Halloween craft attached, or do some research and seek out some lollies you could pick up in your area that are based on fruit juices and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
6. Bring Back Apple Bobbing!
Bobbing for apples is a really fun, silly activity which you can even sneak a history lesson into!
It dates back to the Roman invasion of Britain when the Romans merged their traditions with Celtic ones. Apple bobbing was a game for young, unmarried folk who would either bob for apples from a barrel, or hung from strings in a tree. The first person to bite an apple would be the next allowed to marry.
The game is known in Ireland and Newfoundland as “Snap Apple” and in Newfoundland and Labrador “Snap Apple Night” is a synonym for Halloween.
So to set up your apple bobbing game you’ll need a tub of water placed on a table high enough to add some challenge, but low enough that smaller bodies can have a go and a bunch of apples. One per person playing, or more if you wish to make the game less challenging.
Players take turns (which can be timed) to catch one with their teeth and are not allowed to use their arms, which can be tied behind backs to prevent cheating.
You could set up your apple bobbing station at the front door as a trick for trick or treaters who come knocking, as part of some fun Halloween celebrations you do with your family in the week leading up, or as an activity to do with the family at home if you’re forgoing the trick or treating all together.
7. Bring In the Halloween Witch
Our family has a ‘Halloween Witch’. She visits once a year, the morning after Halloween.
Here’s how it works:
The kids eat their pick of their lolly loot on Halloween night.
As they go to bed that night, they leave the lollies they’re clearly not that fussed about anyway, out by the door or at the end of their bed in their trick or treating buckets.
When they wake in the morning, the Halloween witch will have visited and swapped their lolly-left-overs for non-food treats like colouring books, stickers, pens… whatever they’re into!
Parent pro-tip: Did you know there’s also an Easter fairy?? ?
8. Keep it in Perspective – It’s Just One Day
All these crafty ideas and totally over-the-top foods are healthy ways to get in the spirit of Halloween and make your kids feel like they aren’t missing out on lots of fun things when they might be missing out on some of the unhealthy things.
But we know they take EFFORT, and we don’t always have the time or space to do these kinds of things in our day-to-day lives.
So, when all the effort is too much, and you want your kids to share the same experiences with their extended family and friends, just remember, it’s only one day.
Check out Kate’s website, Hobart Green Guide to find the best vegan and eco parts of Southern Tasmania and some great vegan recipes.
This recipe has become a staple in my kitchen for when I want a salad that packs the flavour punch of my favourite poke bowl place, without the cost (or the addition of all those fried shallots that I can never say no to!). This recipe uses incredible quality organic ingredients to make a dressing that is set to impress. My favourite ways to eat it are:
– As pictured above in a soba noodle salad loaded with fresh veggies, edamame, and smoked tofu. If you’re trying to get your protein up on a vegan diet, this one is a winner! My favourite tofu is pictured above, a medium-firm organic smoked tofu, which you can find in organic grocers and good fruit shops. It works great as a jar salad for meal prepping, as pictured below!
– Slathered over a whole roasted eggplant. I prick an eggplant with a fork, then roast over a flame on the stove, turning as needed, then remove from the heat and remove the skin (hot work!). You could also BBQ the eggplant, place it directly under the grill, or oven roast, you’ll just miss out on some of the smoky flavour from the charred skin in the oven. Drizzle over dressing, and sprinkle with some extra sesame seeds and some finely sliced green onion. Serve with rice and veggies stir fried with ginger.
– Use it as a glaze for BBQ tofu. I cut large slabs of my favourite medium-firm tofu and grill it on the BBQ first, then brush with glaze and pop back on for a quick char.
– Drizzled over oven roasted pumpkin slabs, serve up in a nourish bowl with quinoa and fresh greens.
Try the recipe out and let me know how you enjoyed it in the comments!
1 tsp red miso 1 tsp tamari 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted, extra for salad 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp mirin 2 tsp coconut syrup 2 tbsp tahini 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp ginger, minced Warm water to thin
1. First, toast the sesame seeds. Heat up a small pan on medium heat, add the sesame seeds and toast, shaking occasionally, toasting until golden brown.
2. Next, in a small bowl add the tahini, miso, ginger, and garlic, and mix with a small spoon or whisk until reasonably well combined. Add other ingredients one by one and stir through.
3. Next, add the sesame seeds, and a small splash of warm water to thin to desired consistency.
2. Make the base first by adding all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture comes together.
3. Press the base mixture into the bottom of the pan to make an even layer. Use the back of a spoon to level out.
4. Dot filling with frozen raspberries, evenly spaced around.
5. Put into the freezer to set.
Next, make the creamy cheesecake filling.
6. Add all the ingredients, except the water, into the jug of a high speed blender such as a Vitamix. Process on a slow speed to mix together, tamping as needed, then add 2 tbsp of water at a time and increase speed until you have a smooth mixture, the texture of thickened cream.
7. Take out base from freezer and pour the mixture on top. Use a silicone spatula to scrape all the mixture out, smooth the top down.
8. Put in the freezer to set for 2 hours.
You can keep the cheesecake in the freezer for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container. Just pull it out 20-30 minutes before you want to serve.