Gluten Free Halloween Dirt Cups

Gluten free Halloween dirt cups make a spooky dessert that’s perfect for Halloween parties!


Halloween is three weeks away and we are having so much fun in the kitchen testing recipes and snack ideas to get ready for the big day. We have some snack ideas ready to go that include Frankenstein grapes, spider sandwiches, and pumpkin clementines which you can read about in my healthy gluten free Halloween snacks post, and we recently created a pumpkin pie pancakes recipe for breakfast, but we were missing a dessert.

I wanted to find something sweet that would be spooky, but not too frightening since my kids are still in the toddler years. I also wanted to make sure that it would be suitable for little ones that are old enough to eat chocolate but might not be that far along into the texture eating phases since we have friends with kids of all different ages. Dirt cups are a classic dessert that I’ve seen dressed up in many different ways, so I thought they would be perfect. Our twist on Halloween dirt cups takes this fun and festive dessert to a whole new level! It combines my two favorite things – chocolate and almond butter in a healthier gluten free and dairy free version of this classic dessert.


I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we used Barney Butter in our recipe as it’s our favorite almond butter, well actually it’s one of our favorite foods period! The taste, low sugar, healthy ingredients and the added protein boost make Barney Butter a hero in our house. We also used Surf Sweets gummy worms because they’re made from organic fruit juice and have a full serving of Vitamin C in them. For the cookies, we used Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies, and we used Silk dark chocolate almond milk in the recipe.


One of the things I love about this recipe is that even though it has sugar in it and is a holiday splurge, all of the ingredients are non-GMO and the Barney Butter adds a protein boost. Plus, once the chocolate pudding is ready to go, the recipe takes under 5 minutes to prepare and is totally kid friendly. I can tell you from experience that watching my little ones assemble the dirt cups and add in the gummy worms is just as fun as watching them eat them! It’s a great way to get your kids in the kitchen and make some fun Halloween memories together.

Before I get into the recipe, I have to say that I have had the chocolate pudding tested by dairy free and dairy eaters alike and everyone has agreed that this is THE BEST chocolate pudding they have ever had. So, for those of you that don’t want to make the dirt cups or for the little ones that might not be ready for the cookie crunch or gummy worms, don’t miss out on the chocolate pudding portion of it.

Gluten Free Halloween Dirt Cups

dairy free halloween dirt cups

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and peanut free. It makes 5 small dirt cups, so multiply the recipe depending on how many people you are serving. 


  1. 1/3 cup Barney Butter Smooth almond butter
  2. 2 cups dark chocolate almond milk
  3. 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons non GMO corn starch
  5. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. 6 gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies
  7. 1 package of gluten free gummy worms


  1. Combine the cocoa powder, corn starch, and sugar in a sauce pan and whisk together.
  2. Add the almond milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Cook on medium high until it boils, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom or clump together.
  4. Once it’s boiling, continue to let it cook for 3 more minutes while stirring.
  5. Remove from heat and add the almond butter to the pan. It will melt and you should stir it until it’s well combined.
  6. The chocolate pudding mixture will be thicker and ready to chill.
  7. Pour it into a bowl and refrigerate it for a minimum of 3 hours.
  8. Once the pudding is finished, add the gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies to a food processor or blender. We used our Beaba Babycook because it’s perfect for small things like this.
  9. Spoon the chocolate pudding into 5 oz. plastic cups.
  10. Next, top the pudding cups with the cookie crumble mixture (your dirt).
  11. Last step is to stick two gummy worms into the cups so that they’re sticking out of the top.

I hope you enjoy these gluten free Halloween dirt cups as much as we do! Full disclosure, we ended up eating them as we made them because they’re so yummy so plan ahead and make extra for Halloween!


  • What a fabulous idea. Love your presentation too.


    • Thanks, Tanvi! Cob webs and spiders make everything better at Halloween 🙂

  • I am going to have to try this! My granddaughter can’t have dairy and I can’t have gluten so it’s a win-win for a spooky treat for us to make and share.

    • A total win win! It’s a lot of fun to make together too 🙂

  • This is so cute! What a great gluten free alternative for the kiddos this time of year! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks, Lena! Love this allergy friendly recipe because so many kids can enjoy it together!

  • We just love how easy dirt cups are and how easily you can make them fit so many holidays. Love the little worms on yours.

  • These look so good!! Yum!

  • Sarah Schaap

    These look so fun and delicious! I love the addition of almond butter, usually it’s just chocolate. I’d let my girls eat dirt, well these dirt cups! 😉

  • spabettie

    these are super fun – I want to make them for meeeeeeeeee 😉

  • GlutenFreeWithEmily

    I love dirt cups! Almond butter is such a great option for these!!

  • Brianna Hobbs

    So cute! I love that you made them a little healthier, too.

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    These are so much fun! The kids love them!