3 gluten-free fall treats

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Published October 12, 2013

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Kids will love these gluten-free, seasonal treats. 

Crunchy Apple Sandwich
Skip the bread and get fancy with your gluten-free alternatives! Enjoy the fruits of fall by slicing apples thinly to create a sweet and salty sandwich that isn’t full of empty calories. This treat is no trick—your little ones will love to bite into such a chocolate-filled, fun snack. 

Recipe: 
Cut an apple into 4 slices, top 2 apple slices with almond butter, granola and dark chocolate chips. Sandwich the other 2 apple slices on top of each prepared slice.

Baked Banana Chips
You can buy these pre-made at the store, but what’s better than the smell of homemade treats filling your kitchen? This recipe is easy enough for even your youngest child to have a hand in.  By making these banana chips yourself, you’re sure to get the perfect amount of flavor in every bite. Beware -- they’re addicting!

Recipe: 
1 large thinly sliced banana, 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay banana slices flat on the parchment paper and bake for 45 minutes.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding
I know what you’re thinking—avocado? In pudding?! But trust me—this is a chocolaty treat you don’t want to miss. Not only does the whipped avocado provide a gluten and dairy-free creaminess that can’t be beat, it’s chock-full of healthy vitamins that might just “trick” your children into thinking they are eating an unhealthy dessert.

Recipe:
1 large ripe avocado, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup coconut milk, 1/4 teaspoon powdered sugar.  Combine all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth and creamy.   Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Want to make use of all those pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkins? Check out my 5 Ways to Use Roasted Pumpkin Seeds for your Halloween dishes.

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