A Guide to Frightfully Fun and Healthy Halloween Treats
Gearbunch Blog Team @ 2018-10-29 16:34:20 +1100
Those who promised friends and family to host the Halloween celebration this year (especially the ones with kids who want to avoid loading them with unnecessary amounts of sugar and additives) are now probably wondering about the healthy food options out there.
Being an awesome parent isn’t just about getting jumbo-size bags of Halloween candies and bars loaded with sugar, pesticides, and artificial colors. Not to mention the plastic and the waste, guilt — everywhere.
Most kids want to participate in the full Halloween experience because of the bright colors, decorative pumpkins, fun dishes, and festive vibes. The good news is there are plenty of frightfully fun and healthy Halloween treats that can do the trick. Just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they have to be boring.
Check out our healthy Halloween recipes for the spooky holiday season:
Halloween Caprese Salad
Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
Slice the tomatoes and the olives.
Use a spoon to mash the mozzarella pearls (this will give them a little more texture, making them a bit larger).
Place the fresh basil leaves out on a tray and layer one slice of tomato on each leaf.
Put the mozzarella and olives on top and drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.
Peanut Butter Apple-Lanterns
10 small apples
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cut the very top off of each apple in a zig-zag line, and then scoop out the inside, making sure the walls are thick enough and without any holes.
Carefully cut very shallow lines into the skin of the apple for eyes and a smile.
In a bowl, stir the melted peanut butter, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon together, then add the raisins too.
Place each apple on a baking sheet, and fill them with the mixture. Then put the apple tops back on the apple-lanterns and bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 F.
Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs
5 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
3 teaspoons ground mustard
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
Place the 10 eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, and remove the pot from the heat. Let it sit for 14 minutes.
Slice the hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Slip out yolks and mash.
Stir in the mustard with mayonnaise, salt, and pepper and mix it with the yolks.
Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
Cut the olives in half. Put one half of olive on each half of egg for the spider's body.
Thinly cut smaller slices for the spiders' legs. Put four legs on each side.
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1/2 cup apple cinnamon flavored Greek yogurt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tbsp. white whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. quick oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. coconut oil
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In another bowl, pour in the Greek yogurt with the egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
Peel and finely chop the apples. Toss with the lemon juice, and then with the flour mixture.
Now mix the wet and dry ingredients and fill up your previously sprayed muffin cavities with the mixture.
In another bowl, toss together the flour, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pour in the coconut oil and mix to combine. Top each muffin with this crisp topping.
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven at 350 F.
Bananas cut in half
Dark chocolate chips
Yes, we know that Halloween is the favorite holiday for the trick-or-treaters’ sweet teeth, but trading the candies for naturally sweet treats made from wholesome fruits is even a better idea, isn’t it? Creatively decorated fruit bites with no added sugar will be your favorite healthy kid-pleaser!
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