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Chilling Monsters

If you love Halloween, you will love SPOOKtacular Gluten-Free Halloween Desserts by Manasi, Kanta, and Vidura Barrios.

This collective book is a family effort with recipes tried and perfected by mother-daughter bakers extraordinaire, Kanta and Manasi while son, Vidura, took charge of the editorial aspect.  The outcome is not only familial and engaging but also healthy and delicious.

Each satisfying dessert is made with all-natural ingredients, but no gluten or dairy.  The Barrios family created this book because options for gluten-free desserts featuring wholesome ingredients were scarce.  Each recipe features are variety of step-by-step images so each Spooktacular creation can be made in a snap.

SPOOKtacular Gluten-Free Halloween Desserts has debuted at #3 for Halloween cookbooks on Amazon, and the Barrios family has collaborated on several more projects which will available in 2014.

So this year give your Halloween party a tasteful surprise- delicious, all-natural desserts that aren’t frightful at all!

Today, Living the Gourmet is happy to bring Chilling Monsters to the Halloween celebration.  These little treats are a wonderful way to serve up cereal- covered in chocolate with hints of raisin and peanut clusters!

**I was given this product for review.  I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Adapted from:  SPOOKtacular Gluten-Free Halloween Desserts

2 ¼ cups Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
¼ cup nuts – your choice
¼ cup raisins
22 oz. of chocolate – dark or milk

In a food processor place the nuts and the raisins and process; giving a few good chops.

Place cereal in a large bowl and add the processed raisins and nuts and toss.

Melt chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over simmering water.  Once the chocolate is melted, remove bowl from heat and let stand for a minute or two. 

Stir melted chocolate into the cereal mixture and mix well.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Using a spoon; drop mixture onto the cookie sheet.

You may decorate these little sweeties with Halloween candy or icing.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy with Love,




  1. What a great cookbook. We aren't big on Halloween in our house...but we still love treats!!!

  2. Hi Catherine, I see you have been busy! These little monsters look really yummy. All the ingredients are a great combination. Very easy, and a great snack when you are looking for that little something to crunch, and they contain chocolate! I also love anything with raisins. Happy Halloween! Blessings for a wonderful Sunday, Dottie :)

  3. Hi Catherine , they look spooky delicious , they also look like turtle chocolate candy , these are a must do for halloween , thanks for sharing :) .

  4. Love that you used honey bunches of oats in a no bake! Mmm YUM.

  5. thanks for sharing these lovely and delicious treat ! Have a great week, blessings...

  6. We are big on Halloween - and I am trying to go gluten free - sounded interesting! Thanks.

  7. Such a quick and easy dessert!!! Any special plans for Halloween??

    Mr. & Mrs. P

  8. Catherine, I can see us making these 'cookies' as a dessert for our next wine tasting. As for Halloween, good news and bad news... Where we live, there aren't very many kids and the houses are spread out so we don't get any trick or treaters. We do save a lot of money though! Where we lived in Chicago, it wouldn't have been unusual to have 300 kids come to our door! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. Oh yummy. These look really good.

    Have a fabulous day Catherine. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  10. What a fabulous simple little recipe!


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