Most of the appetizers I am showcasing this year for Halloween are really unhealthy, but these Halloween Spider Energy Balls are the exception. It is definitely healthy, simple to throw together and it tastes so good!!
Making the Spider Energy Balls
I start with the whole almonds. Throw them in the food processor and grind them up. They are the best ground into pretty small pieces.
The consistency shown below is just right!
Dates are such a great, natural sweetener for these no bake energy balls.
I also love adding freeze-dried fruits. The flavor is awesome. You can get them just about anywhere these days, these came from Target.
Next, throw the remaining ingredients in. Then, let the food processor do all the work for you!
Pulse it until it all comes together.
Forming the Energy Balls
Scoop onto the parchment-covered surface. I like to use this portion scoop to keep things consistent, it's hard to be a little OCD about things...:)
Scoop out the whole batch.
Then I roll into smooth balls. Allow to chill until hardened.
Next is the hardest part. Putting all those little legs in!!
But....it's so worth it, because they are the cutest!
We used the Wilton candy eyeballs, small size. You can buy them anywhere, Walmart, hobby lobby, target, etc. But, if you prefer online ordering, you can find them here.
That's it. So simple, so healthy, and so tasty!! If you are looking for other Halloween ideas, what about these fun ones?
Spider energy balls
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1 cup whole, pitted dates
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons honey or sweetener of choice
- ½ cup regular oats
- ⅓ cup freeze dried raspberries you could also use freeze dried strawberries if you prefer.
- water add a small amount if needed.
- small candy eyeballs
- Start by adding the whole almonds to food processor or blender. Pulse them until you are left with only very small pieces. Add in remaining ingredients, except the optional water. Pulse until combined. You might need to add water if it is too dry. I needed a few teaspoons as my dates were a little old, and not as moist as they started out being. Form into balls. I like to use the a small portions scoop for consistent sizes.Allow to chill until the balls are set. I threw mine in the freezer for a bit to speed up the process. Break off the curves in your pretzels for legs. It is tricky to get them in, so be careful. We finally decided, after plenty of trial and error, to make the spiders where the body sits on the on the surface, and the legs sticking out from there. That way the body holds the weight, instead of the legs. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!