One of the healthiest parts about Halloween these days is the poor pumpkin which gets carved up and is generally not even eaten! Kids will generally come into contact with the highest amount of sugar than at any other time in the year; we have the concept of trick or treating to thank for that. There are plenty of innovative ways to avoid the sugar rush this year; how about these healthy Halloween treats rather than opting for the candy alternatives.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Rather than make a cookie the traditional shape, roll your dough into finger shape and size before you bake, then once cooked take a scooping of jam and place it where the fingernail would go, then add a slither of fingernail-shaped almond, add a little more jam at the end of the finger, and hey presto you have ghoulish looking severed witch fingers!
Take two different sizes olives and connect them with a toothpick, then add eight broken pieces of (uncooked) spaghetti to the ‘body’ and you have yourself an olive spider.
Take a red bell pepper and remove the ‘lid’, scoop out the pips and insides, and make sure it can stand alone. Now carve out a spooky pumpkin style face with a knife and fill the pepper with chopped vegetable sticks; carrots, peppers, cucumbers, etc. to dip into your homemade tomato salsa.
Take a large green eating apple and cut it into quarters. Take a slice out of the middle of each quarter from top to bottom on the skin side, leaving you with a kind of open mouth effect. Spread peanut butter into the cavity you made and take a slice of strawberry to lay onto the filling making a tongue sticking out of your apple slice. Now add some (edible) googley eyes or blueberries on toothpicks as eyes and sunflower seeds as teeth. Voila, healthy little monsters.
Rather than let the pumpkins go to waste when the insides are scooped out for lanterns, how about taking them and making a delicious pumpkin soup and using an empty pumpkin shell as the pot to serve it in, add some spider or bat-shaped croutons (use a cookie cutter or cut out from toast with a knife) and there you have it, a pumpkin cauldron full of delicious soup.
Fruity Halloween Treats
Take a banana and halve it so the two pieces can stand on the cut end, add chocolate drops to make eyes and an open mouth and you’ll see you’ve created a ghostly creature. Also if you peel a mandarin and insert a slice of celery into the hole at the top you’ll find it resembles a perfect little mini pumpkin.
Take some frozen mozzarella balls, bake them and cut them in two, then add a little scoop of cranberry sauce and half a black olive to make them look like bloody eyeballs!
Take two circular savoury crackers or cut out circles of bread, cover one with a think layer of cream cheese or a favourite nut butter, then sandwich the crackers together, add some dried cranberry ‘eyeballs’ using a little of the spread you chose as glue, and add pretzel sticks as ‘legs’ to form your savoury spider treats.
If you’re carving a pumpkin this year make sure you make its mouth as big as possible so that you can fill the pumpkin with chopped pieces of fresh fruit of various colours and have them appear to be spilling out of the mouth all over the plate, this gives the impression that your poor pumpkin is vomiting the heathy delights out! Gruesome but nutritious.
Take an avocado and halve it. Scoop out the flesh and mash it up with a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place the mashed avocado back into the empty shell and decorate to make some ghoulish, gruesome witchy faces, or how about a Dracula? Get creative using the green ‘face’ of the avocado as your canvas.
We hope you enjoy these healthy Halloween treats and have a truly spooky evening!
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