Halloween is right around the corner, and along with it comes the temptation to indulge in sweet, sugary treats. But, there are ways to celebrate without hindering your health and wellness goals. We’ve gathered 10 healthy Halloween treats – along with their recipes – and included them below. There’s a little something for everyone, from kids to adults.
Use these tested and approved healthy Halloween recipes for festive snacking and spooky entertaining. And, you can do it without the next-day sugar crash. If you have any favorite healthy diet recipes for Halloween treats – share them with us by commenting at the end of this blog.
JACK-O-LANTERN FRUIT CUPS
Canned fruit or diced fresh fruit (any fruit you choose)
- Cut a circle in the top of the orange and pull the “lid” off.
- Hollow out the inside of the orange using your finger to pull the edge of the orange slice from the inside wall of the peel.
- Start pulling out the slices (this part may get messy and take 2-3 minutes to get everything out).
- Be careful not to pull too hard because the side of the orange peel may start to rip.
- Once the orange is hollow cut a face in the orange, be sure not to cut the holes too big so the fruit doesn’t fall out.
- Fill with fruit and replace the lid.
TURKEY PESTO EYE-BALLS
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ cup pesto
¼ cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 cups marinara sauce
Green or black olive slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place ground turkey, red pepper flakes, pesto, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and black pepper in a large bowl and, using your hands, combine until everything is mixed together.
- Gather a Tablespoon amount of mixture into balls and place on a plate. Stick one olive slice into the top.
- Pour the marinara sauce into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan and place meatballs, olive side up, into pan.
- Cover the baking pan with foil and bake until meatballs are no longer pink and are firm to the touch, about 30-35 minutes. Serve.
Grapes, Green or Red
- Slide 8 grapes onto Kabob stick.
- Apply pupils to round candies with food marker.
- Dip round candies into peanut butter and place on the first grape, facing outward.
- Snap graham crackers into fourths. Slice cheese into small rectangles.
- Place a small dollop of strawberry jelly in the center to make cheese stick to cracker (not to be seen).
- Stick sliced cheese on top of jelly and add another, larger dollop of jelly.
- Core the apple and slice it into 8 pieces.
- Carefully apply peanut butter to one side of all slices.
- Stick almond slivers into the apple, along the round edge of the peanut butter coated apple slice.
You may choose to do 4 or 8 slices, depending on how many teeth your monster has.
- Pair your apple slices to create a monster mouth.
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 garlic clove (roasted, if preferred)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon tahini
5 tablespoons olive oil (more for smoother consistency)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
dash of allspice
for spicy hummus: 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
This recipe serves 6.
- Start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas in a colander. Rub vigorously to loosen the skins. Place in a bowl of water and skim off skins floating at the top.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add more oil (or water) as needed for desired consistency.
- Taste and add more salt, pepper, cayenne as needed.
- Place in a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with vegetables, pita, crackers etc.
The original recipe can be found here: http://anomadsdream.com/pumpkin-hummus/
Mozzarella String Cheese
- Slice string cheese into fourths.
- Carefully make cuts about 2/3 of the way up in one direction, and then in a perpendicular direction. Fan the slices to open up the broom.
- Tie a full length string of cheese around the end of your broom head, near the end that gets attached to a pretzel, if you desire.
- Insert pretzel.
100 bendy straws
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 red raspberry jello
¾ cup of whipping cream
3 cups of boiling water
- Place approximately 100 bendy straws in a large container that is straight up and down or slightly wider top than the bottom. (Make sure your container can hold at least 4 cups.) Extend each of the straws and pack the straws in as tightly as you can, using a rubber band to hold them together while you pour your jello. (Make sure the bendy part of the straws are facing down into your container.)
- Mix your jello and your unflavored gelatin in a bowl.
- Add that into the 3 cups of boiling water.
- Heat until your jello/gelatin is fully dissolved.
- Allow the gelatin to cool for about 15 minutes until it is slightly warm but not beginning to set.
- Stir in whipping cream.
- Chill the jello straws for at least 8 hours.
- Remove them from the straws and place the jello worms on a baking tray lined with wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Original recipe can be found here: http://pintriedit.com/homemade-halloween-jello-worms/
SPIDERS ON A LOG
- Clean and slice celery into 4-5 inch pieces.
- Fill the crevice with peanut butter.
- Place 3-4 raisins on top of peanut butter.
- Give your spider’s bodies legs by adding 3 sprinkles to two opposing sides.
6 Hard-Boiled Eggs
Green Olive Slices
¼ cup light Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Makes 12 deviled egg eyes.
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise.
- Removing yolks and place in a medium-sized bowl. Placing the whites on a serving platter.
- Using a toothpick dipped in red food coloring, draw lines (veins) on your egg whites with the hole facing up.
- Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well. Blend in a few drops of green food coloring.
- Place mixture into plastic bag and cut a small hole in one corner. Evenly distribute by squeezing mixture through corner into egg whites.
- Place a green olive slice on top.
- Refrigerate until served.
Original recipe for deviled eggs can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chic-easy/classic-deviled-eggs-recipe/index.html