If you haven’t decided what kind of candy to hand out this year for Halloween, might we suggest Unreal candy? Unreal products are about as healthy and natural as they come, made free of corn syrup, artificial flavoring or colors, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, GMOs, and with less sugar, more protein and more fiber than traditional candy.
Unreal is based in Boston, Massachusetts, its candy is produced in the U.S. and Canada, and the ingredients are sourced from all over the world to ensure quality and freshness. Since its launch within the last year or so, it’s already been making waves as the better candy choice. Even celebrities like Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Matt Damon and John Legend are jumping on board to support and endorse the Unreal cause, with a mission to “unjunk the world” with its all-natural products.
Unreal Chocolate Candy Shells, which mimic classic M&Ms, are made free of corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil and artificial flavorings and are considerably healthier than any other treat you’ll find in the candy aisle. They’re also free of artificial dyes, so those candy shells are colored with beet root and purple cabbage!
One bag of chocolates contains about 190 calories, 19 grams sugar, 10 grams fat, 24 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, and 4 grams protein. Compared to classic M&M’s, which contain 230 calories, 31 grams of sugar, 9 grams fat, 34 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, and 2 gram protein, Unreal is the much healthier choice. That’s a 40 calorie, 12 gram of sugar difference – pretty impressive if you ask us.
For that reason we couldn’t help but throw a bag into a batch our healthier-for-you chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. This recipe contains just 1/4 cup of butter in the whole batch, a healthy scoop of all-natural crunchy peanut butter, flaxseed, almost two whole cups of rolled oats and a sprinkling of dark chocolate chunks. What could be a better Halloween treat than this?
These cookies make the perfect after school snack, late night dessert or – if you’re really in a pinch – a not too terrible breakfast. (Trust me, we tested them out in our office with a brilliant response. Hint: they were gone by noon.)
Another great use? Bake them up for Halloween treats as they make a much healthier and heartier option than most things you’ll find in the candy aisle this year. Plus, they’re great leftover as little snacks throughout the week. Enjoy!
Unreal Candy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Yields about 16 cookies
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup salted natural crunchy peanut butter*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon flax seed
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 packet unreal M&M candies (or 1/4 cup chocolate candies)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
Method | Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add peanut butter and stir again. Then add baking soda, flax seed and stir. Add flours and stir. Last, stir in the oats, chocolate candies and chocolate chips. Chill the dough for a bit in the fridge and then scoop it onto a parchment-lined (optional) baking sheet. The cookies should be about one inch apart as they don’t expand much. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool. Store in an air-tight container to ensure freshness.
*If not using salted peanut butter, add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt depending on your preference.
Nutrition: Yields 16 cookies; per cookie: 143 calories, 7 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 53 mg sodium, 16.5 grams carbohydrates, 1.4 grams fiber, 7.2 grams sugar, 3.6 grams protein.
October 29th, 2012