When I was in elementary school, I had a friend whose birthday was around Halloween. I remember one year going to her birthday party and having Dirt. You know, that dessert that consists of chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo cookies, and gummy worms. It was my favorite Halloween treat, and I was so excited any time I got to have it (which wasn’t often).



I’m not sure that I’ve ever made Dirt myself until now, and I’m not sure why I didn’t think to make it, since it is actually pretty easy to throw together with healthier ingredients!


For the actual “dirt” part, I made my recipe for Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse which uses avocado and banana as the base for the mousse, and topped it with Simple Mills Double Chocolate cookies that I pulsed in our mini chop food processor. I love the Simple Mills cookies. They are crispy, and mini, and as adorable as they are delicious. They are fairly low in sugar as well.




I also picked up two small bags of Surf Sweets Gummy Worms at Whole Foods. This is optional, but Surf Sweets make tasty gummy candy that is safe for children with food allergies, and parents who don’t want their kids eating a bunch of questionable ingredients in their candy, but don’t want their kids to feel completely restricted. I love that they don’t use synthetic colors, are naturally flavored, and use organic cane sugar to sweeten them! They are free of the top 10 food allergens, so although they are still sugary gummy candy, they are candy that you don’t have to feel too bad about giving to your kids (or yourself).



I love gummy candy, and I’ll tell you that Surf Sweets are delish! we only needed 4 gummy worms for this recipe, and I definitely ate the rest of them. Thank goodness they were small bags!


This recipe is a great one for you to make with your kids. They would have so much fun joining in, and it’s perfect to serve in little cups for your kids Halloween parties!





Healthy Halloween Dirt

Dirt was always one of my favorite Halloween desserts when I was little. Typically made with instant chocolate pudding and crushed Oreo's, I decided to make a healthier version to enjoy. This recipe is one you don't have to feel too guilty about, and is fun for kids and adults!

Serves: 6

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, puree the avocados, banana, and maple syrup on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and blend again until combined.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and puree until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, and has turned a dark chocolate brown.
  4. Chill the chocolate mousse for 30 minutes, or until you are ready to assemble.
  5. Pulse the double chocolate cookies in a food processor until ground fine.
  6. In small glasses or 4 oz mason jars, layer the mousse, cookie crumble, mousse, and top with cookie crumble. Add the gummy worms and serve!
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    1. amycalabrese
      October 29, 2017

      Yaaaaasssss!!!! (I don’t care that I’m 40 and wrote that like my teenager). My inner child is screaming with joy now!! This was always my absolute favorite and since my lactose intolerance issues began 10 years ago, it was one of those things, like ice cream, that make me die inside when I see others enjoy. I can’t wait to try this. I make the mousse all of the time, not sure why I didn’t think of recreating my favorite childhood treat.

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