Make your own almond butter cups and crispy chocolate bars for a healthier Halloween

These grown-up versions of your childhood-favorite treats are impossibly easy to create at home.
/ Source: TODAY

Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to start preparing: Candy, cookies, chocolate and other ghoulish goodies are a must-have for any spooky celebration. Food blogger Samah Dada is cooking up sweet, seasonal, better-for-you treats that can be made ahead for the holiday. She shows us how to make almond butter-filled chocolate cups, chocolate chip pumpkin cookies and crispy chocolate bark.

These pumpkin cookies are like fluffy clouds of pumpkin-spice heaven. The pumpkin adds a subtle flavor that isn't too overpowering, while lending to the extremely soft and fluffy texture of these cookies, to make them almost cake-like. Even if you're a pumpkin skeptic, you can't deny the magic that is made when these cakey cookies meet melted chocolate chips — it's a true match made in fall heaven.

I was the kid during Halloween who was only in it for the peanut butter cups. Every other candy was irrelevant in my eyes. To be honest, not a lot has changed other than the fact that I have now discovered almond butter. I decided to take everything I loved about the treasured peanut butter and swap it with almond, adding a little bit of maple syrup for sweetness and some flaky salt on top to balance it all out. What's left is a sophisticated, perhaps more grown-up version of my (and maybe your?) childhood favorite that's impossibly easy to create at home.

The rice crisps add satisfying texture to these delicious chocolate bars. With the addition of a touch of maple syrup, they serve as the perfect dessert or sweet afternoon pick-me-up that we all need throughout the day. The best part is, the bars can be made with four ingredients and don't require any special equipment or baking materials.

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Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole