Halloween is approaching on October 31 and many people are getting ready to dress up as their favorite superhero, villain, silly character, or monster. When I was little, I always dressed up as a princess, a fairy, a cat, or a witch, and I always had fun pretending to be my favorite superhero. My beloved Mother always put makeup on my face and was very artistic. I remember patiently waiting for her to finish coloring my face and then reacting with surprise when I saw my image in the mirror. My Mother transformed me from ordinary to a beautiful princess. I cherish these fond memories but I feel very sad grief when I think of her. I love her and miss her. Unfortunately there were moments when I felt like I couldn’t breathe and my eyes burned and my skin felt irritated and I had to stop her from putting makeup on my face. Neither of us gave any thought to what was in the makeup. We were just having Mother and daughter dress-up fun for Halloween. As I grew older, I could no longer tolerate the makeup and I would dress up as a cat with just a mask and no makeup.

Fast forward 30 years later, my painful chemical sensitivity is worse and today’s artificial makeup is very toxic and I wouldn’t touch it with a 1,000-foot pole. Today’s artificially scented products contain neurotoxins that are very harmful and many children are very sensitive to the overpowering scent. The good news is that no one has to suffer any more to enjoy a fun Halloween. There are natural organic cosmetics that are safe and colorful. I am an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils and I love their wonderful pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Their colorful makeup is completely free of petrochemicals, phthalates, and neurotoxins, and is 100% plant based with minerals. You can check them out and order here: https://www.myyl.com/earthwriter

Another favorite Halloween treat that many children enjoy is chocolate candy. Moms and Dads, all you have to do is take a little trip to your local organic natural food shop and look for some healthy organic treats and you and your children will be happy. With so many creative healthy ideas for a fun safe Halloween, you got this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a delicious baked treat you can enjoy any time, including Halloween, and it’s very easy to make.

These delicious, gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies are from my cookbook and they are amazing!  You can order my cookbook here: http://daynacolvin.com/tasty_herbal-vegan-kitchen/ My family loves these, including my fussy special needs toddler son.

 

 

 

 

 

Yum Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 C naturally organic sweetened vegan chocolate chips

2 1/2 C rice flour

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tbsp. potato starch

1 tbsp. tapioca starch

1 1/2 C vanilla flavored organically sweetened coconut milk or almond milk or your choice

1/2 C filtered water

1/2 C organic brown sugar

1 C melted Earth Balance

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. organic vanilla

Instructions:  1 of the many things I love about this recipe is it’s very easy and simple to make.  I’ve been cooking delicious vegan meals for 20 years, but I have very little experience with baking cookies, but lately I’ve had so much practice baking cookies because my 2 cookie monsters – my dear husband and our adorable beautiful munchkin toddler son – love my cookies and I can’t seem to bake enough.  They are devoured and enjoyed in a week!  LOL I enjoy them too but wow, they eat them up fast!  The recipe is simple.  First, I pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can either pour all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and all the wet ingredients into another separate bowl or you can pour them into the same bowl.  I discovered that both methods work, but you can do what works for you.  Stir the dry ingredients a bit and then pour in and mix the wet and dry together thoroughly.  I use a wonderful mixer with 2 spin blades and it’s very effective.  It makes it much easier.  It’s very helpful.  I mix on high and then as I move the blades through the batter, I pause to let the blades spin and allow the batter to move around so the mixer doesn’t burn out.  I repeat this process 3 or 4 times until the batter is nice and smooth and blended very well.  I then gently spoon several lumps on to my cookie sheets, spaced 2 – 3 inches apart, and get ready to put them in the oven.

I leave the temperature at 400 to save time, but you can keep yours at 375 or 350 or even 400, if you prefer.  Everyone’s oven is different and everyone’s preference is different.  I happily discovered that gluten free cookies take less time to bake than gluten cookies, thank goodness.  I baked ours tonight and it finished baking in less than 30 minutes, wonderful!   When the cookies turn light brown and begin to sizzle, I know they are done and you will, too.  When they finished baking, I took them out and let them cool on the stove.  It’s weird because at first, they were soft and chewy and then they aired out and turned into rocks, omg! LOL but it’s ok, don’t lose hope, just warm them in the microwave for 1 minute or in the oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes and they will be warm and nice and chewy.  One thing I discovered is if you monitor the baking very closely and time it well and you check them with a fork while they are moderately chewy but not doughy, they will come out just right.  These delicious cookies are a wonderful treat and you can enjoy them any time, especially when you need a nice comfort treat.  It’s 1 of the few snacks my fussy toddler loves.  Enjoy!