3 DIY Bone-Healthy Halloween Treats That Won’t Spook Your Bones - Save Our Bones

It’s that spooky time of year when zombies and ghouls roam the streets and knock on doors in a single-minded search for their Halloween prize: sweets! For Savers, this season presents many temptations, since the vast majority of commercially prepared treats are full of toxic ingredients and large amounts of acidifying sugar.

Today we bring you the perfect workaround for the candy-fueled frenzy of late October: three easy recipes for delicious and sweet yet sugarless treats that help you build stronger bones. And all three contain an alkalizing ingredient, rich in bone-smart micronutrients and potassium: almonds.

Almonds Are The Answer

Almonds are what make these three recipes such a boon for Savers. An incredibly versatile nut, almonds are frequently used in both sweet and savory foods for their delicate flavor, irresistible crunch, and nutritional payload.

Rich in unsaturated fatty acids, almonds have been shown to reduce blood levels of damaging low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increase levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein. This has been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, keeping your heart and arteries healthy and clear.1

Additionally, almonds are packed with smart nutrients:

  • Vitamin E works directly on the membranes of muscle cells to speed and enhance healing. This allows you to maintain and build muscle strength and integrity, which is essential for building new bone through mechanical stimulation.2
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a crucial cofactor in the synthesis of the Master Antioxidant glutathione, which protects bone cells from oxidative damage by neutralizing free radicals. Riboflavin also supports the formation of collagen, which comprises the bone matrix
  • Copper facilitates the enzymatic process that links collagen and elastin which form the matrix where minerals are deposited to increase bone density. Copper also is part of the powerful antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase.
  • Magnesium participates in more than 300 enzymatic processes in your body. It is responsible for balancing hormones that stimulate calcium absorption and resorption. Sixty percent of your body’s magnesium is stored in bone, and studies have conclusively shown that magnesium supplementation increases bone density.3
  • Molybdenum interacts with copper to prevent an overabundance of this metal in the body. Plus it’s a component of superoxide dismutase, which is a bone-protecting anti-inflammatory enzyme that targets superoxide, the most prevalent free-radical in the body.
  • Manganese is a mineral that’s necessary to produce collagen and metabolize carbohydrates, amino acids, and cholesterol. It forms its own strain of the antioxidant superoxide dismutase that protects your cells’ mitochondria from oxidative damage.4


Almonds are powerful bone-builders, packed with nutrients, including Vitamins E and B2 and the minerals manganese, molybdenum, magnesium, and copper.

Make This Halloween A Bone-Healthy Trick-Or-Treat Event

Now you know why these recipes are such powerful replacements for Halloween candy. Pick one, or try out all three.

Chocolate Chip Charms

Makes 16 to 20 balls


  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon either ground cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas, then mix in the cloves, or the cinnamon, or nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then add to the banana mixture.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa and almond flour to the banana mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips, and mix well.
  5. Roll the mixture into balls, place on the baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.

Apricot Treats

Makes 16 to 20 balls


  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal, cooked
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup almonds, raw and unsalted


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and pulse the mixture for a few minutes. Then blend on high for about 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture becomes consistent.
  2. Roll into balls and store in the refrigerator.

Sweet Potato Surprise

Makes 16 to 20 balls


  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • Pinch of freshly grated ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds


  1. Place all the ingredients except sesame seeds in a blender or food processor until combined.
  2. Roll into balls, and then roll on the sesame seeds so they coat the exterior of each ball. Store in the refrigerator.

Happy Halloween!

Whether you’re hosting a party or handing out treats, or not celebrating Halloween at all, these sweets are sure to please.

And as you can see with these delicious treats, when you’re determined to make a positive change to your diet and lifestyle you don’t have to stop doing any of the things you love. It just requires a little knowledge and creativity.

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1 Soumik Kalita, et al. “Almonds and Cardiovascular Health: A Review.” Nutrients. 2018 Apr; 10(4): 468. Web. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946253/

2 Mohamed Labazi, Anna K. McNeil, Timothy Kurtz, Taylor C. Lee, Ronald B. Pegg, José Pedro Friedmann Angeli, Marcus Conrad, Paul L. McNeil. “The antioxidant requirement for plasma membrane repair in skeletal muscle.” Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2015; 84: 246. Web. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25843658

3 Abraham, GE and Grewal, H. “A total dietary program emphasizing magnesium instead of calcium. Effect on the mineral density of calcaneous bone in postmenopausal women on hormonal therapy.” The Journal of Reproductive Medicine. May 1990. Web: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2352244

4 Luo, Jun. “Manganese Superoxide Dismutase (MdSOD).” B-180 Medical Laboratories. Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program, University of Iowa. March 2001. Web: https://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/corefacilities/esr/education/2001/3/LuoJ-paper3.pdf

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  1. GW

    As a dental hygienist I’m always looking for alternative treats for Halloween with
    out the high sugar content, so I was excited about the Chocolate Chip Charm recipe and made it right away. For me, following the recipe did not yield a dough I could roll into balls. Even after adding another cup of almond flour the best I could
    do was make blob like cookies. I think somehow the ratio of liquid to dry ingredients is out of proportion. I’ll keep trying but I thought I would share this FYI

  2. Glenn Wilson

    Your Chocolate Chip Charms sound interesting, but bananas are a migraine trigger so I avoid them. Can you suggest a workable substitute?

  3. Dorothy Jenson

    I have seen where rice milk is shown as alkalising and rice is acid forming. There seems to be a contradiction. Please clarify this. Thanks

  4. Patty Street

    I love your articles and take your advice often. However, many of your recipes call for almonds and almond based products. Almonds are not a sustainable crop, they require way too much water to grow: 4 gallons of water to produce 1 gram of almond protein. There are a lot of nuts and flours and milks out there, please consider finding substitutes for almonds.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for your feedback, Patty. The nutritional profile of almonds is excellent for bones, but I understand that for various reasons some folks prefer to choose other nuts or seeds in place of them. You’re right – there are many nut flours and milks out there, so there should not be a problem in making substitutions in recipes for those so inclined. 🙂

  5. Rose

    Hi Vivian, I have been following your blog since you initiated it. Like you, I have read every book, article I could find when at 50 I had a DEXA test which showed osteoporosis. Since I’ve had a very healthy lifestyle (vegetarian)all my life I was shocked to say the least! I waited years & had another DEXA and it was a little better. I NEVER took drugs & decided no more DEXA. After, following your advice & 10 years later, I decided (out of curiosity) to have another test. My scores were worse.! I walk daily,yoga, ski & bike. Eat greens everyday, plant based calcium & collagen powder. Just recently saw a endocrinologist for answers. I don’t understand why I can’t stop bone loss. Your input is valuable & I very much appreciate all you do. Also, I just turned 70 yrs young.
    Thank you.

  6. Channah Rachel Herrmann

    Thank you for all the good advice
    I heard that the outer layer of the almond should not be eaten since it contains cyonide is this true ?

  7. MARGARET Kochanowski

    What do you know about Calcitonin Salmon. Recently a friend fractured her back for the second time in about the same place and was given this spray at the hospital.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am so sorry to hear of your friend’s fracture, Margaret!

      We have lots of information on calcitonin salmon on this website. Feel free to do a search for it by entering “calcitonin salmon” into the search box above. You’ll find lots of scientific information you can pass along to your friend.

  8. shulamit sendowski

    Sounds very tasty. Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome, Shulamit. 🙂

  9. Barbara

    You need to add to your nuts and seeds recipes in order to get those nutrients and vitamins you have to soak them a head of time for 6 or 7 hours Then dehydrate them.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for the tip, Barbara. Some Savers might prefer to soak seeds and nuts before consuming them; that’s just one more way to enjoy these nutritious foods. 🙂

  10. alethea fleming

    Thanks for all the wonderful articles that pour out of your website. They keep me motivated to exercise and eat right.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re very welcome, Alethea! I want to encourage you to stay motivated and keep up the good work for your bones.

  11. Bonnie

    Since it’s Halloween, I suppose you could substitute pumpkin for sweet potato in the “Surprise”.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That’s a good idea, Bonnie!

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