Although I live in Italy, and come October 31’st there are no trick-or-treaters to be found anywhere, Halloween is (to me) still one of the most special days of the year. Here is what I wrote about Halloween in 2008: http://morgans-musings.blogspot.it/2008/10/all-hallows-eve.html
As I mentioned, Halloween has its phases. As a child, we knocked down strangers’ doors in hopes of candy. As a teenager and college student, I dressed up in the most revealing costumes I could find and went clubbing with friends. In recent years, Halloween has consisted of an excuse to throw themed dinner parties or wear black nail polish without having to explain my motivations. These past two years, alternatively, Halloween has been about dressing my daughter up as a pumpkin and sending pictures to my nearest and dearest.
Not only does Halloween itself have different phases, but the observation of the holiday differs from culture to culture. Some of the countries that I have lived in are more passionate about the holiday than others. Certain cultures view it as a religious event, others as a “Hallmark Holiday.” Certain parts of the world don’t recognize its existence. And unfortunately, for me- Italy is somewhat lacking in enthusiasm for what happens to be my very favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong; walking down the street in the center of Rome, I did come across two little girls dressed as princesses. Although, it seemed more like a dress rehearsal of their costumes for Italy’s “Carnevale” in February than a true celebration of Halloween. Additionally, a few parties are thrown scattered around here and there, but nothing comes even close to the fervor with which Americans celebrate Halloween.
Since I have lived in Italy for nearly six years, some of my enthusiasm about the holiday has waned. I no longer drag my friends to costume stores and force them to buy funny hats and face paint. In fact, this is the first Halloween that I didn’t even bother with fake eyelashes. Sad, but true.
At the same time, I am an American…born and bred- and therefore, I could not allow Halloween to pass completely uncelebrated. Hence, I made candy! Because what is Halloween without candy? And when I think of candy, I think of Reese’s…and when I think of Reese’s, I think of Peanut Butter Eggs. So what did I do? I made gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free peanut butter eggs. And guess what? They were Amazing. So amazing, in fact, that they saved Halloween!
Peanut Butter Eggs
Ingredients for the filling:
- ½ cup organic creamy peanut butter (I use Rapunzel brand bought from Natura Si)
- 2 tbsp. organic maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour
- ¼ tsp sea salt
Ingredients for the chocolate coating:
- ¼ cup organic virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw organic cocoa
- 2 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup or agave)
In a bowl, combine the peanut butter filling ingredients and mix well. Scoop out six equal balls and use your hands to shape the dough into a flat “egg.” Line a plate with parchment paper and place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes. While the peanut butter eggs set, mix together the chocolate coating ingredients. Once the 10 minutes have passed, take the peanut butter eggs from the freezer and dunk each one into the chocolate coating using either a fork or a toothpick. Spoon additional chocolate over the tops. Place the chocolate coated eggs in the freezer for another ten minutes and serve! (store the eggs in the fridge, otherwise they will melt).
*The peanut butter can be replaced with any other type of almond butter or seed butter. I normally try to avoid peanuts and peanut butter due to spores but I just couldnt help myself this time..