The story behind Sweetest Day (the third Saturday in October) is just as sweet. It’s a holiday primarily celebrated in the Great Lakes region and some parts of the Northeast. It is described as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.”
Yes, it was planned and organized by one of the candy companies in 1922, but the thought behind it at the time was genuine. They gave candy to the sick, orphaned, and hardworking children (remember, child labor was legal then) as well as the elderly and working girls. Nowadays, it’s celebrated to appreciate the loved ones in our lives, especially women giving candy to their men. While candy is the tradition, you don’t have to send candy. I send cards to those I want to thank for being in my life because they’re important to me.
But if you DO want to send candy, lets make a healthy homemade treat to share with your loved ones.
Paleo Pumpkin Bars
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 eggs (can use egg beaters or silken tofu)
- 1 cup fresh baked pumpkin or winter squash (use the pie pumpkins, the sweeter, smaller versions of the jack-o-laterns)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (OR substitute with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology)
- In a food processor, combine coconut flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon
- Roast the pumpkin or winter squash in the oven at 350 degrees F for a half hour or until soft to touch.
- Pulse in eggs, pumpkin, honey and oil until well combined
- Stir in the chocolate chips by hand
- Transfer batter to an 8×8 inch Pyrex baking dish
- Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes
- Cool and serve
Makes 16 Squares
They are delicious and a welcoming treat for all your loved ones you want to show appreciation for without adding to the hips or arteries.