Between the excessive amounts of sugar, corn syrup, and artificial flavors, Halloween and healthy don't usually go hand-in-hand. But we're determined to change that. This year, we're transforming the way we approach Halloween because we want the best for our kids. We've rounded up our top five favorite healthy Halloween treats for you and your family to try. We're confident that they're so tasty, cute, and original that your kids (and the neighborhood) will be coming back for more! Check out our top five scary-healthy Halloween treats now:
This yellow-and-orange candy is a Halloween staple. In fact, its history dates back to over a century ago! But let's face it: We are much smarter about eating healthy food now. So if you're looking for a sweet treat that doesn't pack in as much corn syrup and artificial everything, try this fruit-base alternative. To make: Layer pineapple and mandarin oranges and top generously with whipped cream. (Maybe one candy corn for decor? We won't tell.) The result? A colorful, fruity parfait that looks and tastes as sweet as candy ... but is way healthier. TIP: Try this one for a breakfast treat and top with yogurt instead of whipped cream. The kids will love it!
Swap out eating ice cream by the spoonful or giving out sugary lollipops for a playful, low-calorie frozen banana. To bring the chocolate-covered ghost to life, dip quartered bananas into white chocolate. Quickly stick on mini chocolate chips for the eyes and freeze on waxed paper. Perfect for first-time cooks—we encourage you to let your kids play sous chef and see their creations come to life with this recipe that's spooky-easy to make.
When you think of the quintessential grab-n-go snack, granola bars definitely earn top rank. Packed with protein and fiber, the granola bar is a classic yet versatile tide over. Reimagine your snack with a Halloween twist by making these granola bar mummies. For a health-conscious approach, these are made with brown rice cereal, gluten-free oats, peanut butter, and a touch of honey. Drizzle with white chocolate (dairy-free or normal) and add in edible googly eyes to mummify your masterpiece. Make a big batch for a cute and healthy Halloween treat for your kids' class!
This peanut butter-stuffed apple is a treat you'll be dying to bite into. What we love about this recipe is that it not only serves as the perfect Halloween nibble, but it doubles as a learning lesson about healthy brushing habits for your children. While eating apples and peanut butter is a pretty common combo, the crown jewel of this recipe comes from the marshmallow teeth. Adding a bit of sweetness and a more complex texture, you'll never want to eat apples without them again! Plus, this cheeky snack will give you and your kids a chance to brush up on tooth regime talk—because monsters have pearly whites, too!
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Nothing beats a good ol' PB&J, and this spider-theme sammy is too cute to pass up. Great to sneak into your kid's lunchbox or enjoy as a more substantial after-school snack, this recipe is good to snack on all October long. To form the perfect circle on your bread, trace around a soup can. Then spread your favorite nut butter and jelly, then slide in pretzels for legs. For eyes, squish in two raisins. Serve and enjoy this crunchy rendition that's crawling with flavor.
Little apple faces make us laugh out loud every time. We love the creativity behind Fork and Beans' Silly Apple Bites ... and we're definitely putting them on our to-make-ASAP list. While she made hers with sunflower butter, we're betting our favorite combo (peanut butter and apples, of course) will taste as good.
OK, this is seriously great. Two of our favorite things (fries and Halloween) in one easy-to-make dish! We can thank Cheeky Kitchen for whipping up this recipe for adorable sweet potato jack-o'-lanterns. The only bit of "outside material" you'll need is a pumpkin cookie cutter, but we're guessing a lot of you already have those. And though her recipe is for sweet fries, we went the savory route, sprinkling them with taco seasoning. YUM.
This one is almost too easy. Even its creator, Spaceships and Laser Beams, says so. Just two steps. Toast bread, spread with a little tomato sauce, wrap with cheese slices for mummy-wrapping, and add olives for eyes! Despite its easy-going nature, we'll bet this dish will find a lot of fans in your house. Make sure you read the rest of the post because she's got more great ideas for healthy Halloween hacks. This one is great fun to make with the kids, too!
We're not even a little ashamed to admit this: We are totally obsessed with Say Yes's recipe for DIY grapefruit jack-o'-lanterns. Not sure how we didn't think of carving a grapefruit ourselves, but now that we've seen her adorable pictures, it's pretty much the only thing we want to eat on October mornings. And stuffing the inside with a yummy seasonal fruit salad makes it that much better. We have a feeling this might stay in our breakfast rotation long after the holiday is over.
Do you frequently put out veggies for your house to snack on? Us, too. That's why we were so excited when we saw Little Dairy on the Prairie's recipe for carrot pumpkins—a.k.a. one of the cutest ways to cut carrots we've ever seen. Whether you're snacking on them plain or putting them out for an equally Halloween-y dip (more on that next), it's the perfect addition to your table.
Can you tell we love turning anything edible into a jack-o'-lantern? Endlessly Inspired's cute hack for a carved "pumpkin" bowl for her hummus (made out of a pepper!) may be our new favorite way to serve a dip this Halloween season. Pair with the carrot pumpkins for dipping and you've got yourself a scarily delicious snack.