With Halloween just around the corner, you may trying to do some last minute preparation for parties and/or trick-or-treaters, but if your health-conscious like us, you’re probably wondering how you can still make Halloween fun without adding to the millions of children who will be going home with tummy aches and tooth aches this Halloween. Fortunately, you’re not alone in wanting to keep Halloween a fun, yet healthy time of year. Plenty of other parents, teachers, and adults around the world have come together to make Halloween just a wee bit healthier. Check out these healthy Halloween treats to find ways to create delicious snacks without sacrificing health and wellness.
An adorable treat that is sure to have any child smiling, this delightful snack is stuffed with strawberry and banana fruits is a perfect gift for any child who comes knocking on your door.
A small, sharp kitchen knife
Filling of choice: fruit salad, oatmeal, yogurt, chocolate mousse, sorbet, etc.
Slice off the tops with a sharp knife or an Xacto, and cut around the insides. Remove the orange sections and reserve for fruit salad, homemade orange juice, or smoothies.
Cut out faces, treating the orange as if it were a real jack-o-lantern pumpkin
Fill with whatever you desire.
Recipe via Chocolate Covered Katie
Carrot Rice Ball Jack-O’-Lantern Bites
These cute little guys are healthy and fun. With kids expecting traditionally wrapped processed candy, these might just become their favorite item of choice.
1 ½ cups medium or short grain rice
2 cups carrot juice
½ teaspoon salt
A handful of black olives, for garnish
A few green bean tops, for garnish
Boil rice, carrot juice, water and salt for 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature.
To make jack o’ lanterns, form small balls (about 2 tablespoons each) out of rice, pressing firmly with hands. (Note: If rice sticks to hands, lightly sprinkle hands with water when rolling.)
To form eyes and mouths, cut black olives into shapes and press into the rice balls. To make stem, cut a small triangle of green bean and stick into rice ball on top.
Recipe via Apron Strings Blog
These little creatures are sure to have the kids spooked and smiling before you can say “don’t eat too many.” With such an easy recipe, it would be a shame not to try it out.
3 large bananas
3 tablespoons gently melted, food grade cocoa butter
3 tablespoons powdered coconut sugar
Candy Eyes, “safe” chocolate chips, currants or raisins
Peal the bananas and slice them into 1 ½ inch chunks. Skewer bananas with lollipop sticks (available at most craft stores), or use kabob skewers cut in half using wire cutters. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze.
For the candy coating: in a small bowl, mix the melted cocoa butter with powdered sugar.
Spoon a little drop of candy coating on a frozen banana and stick on an eye (or two, or three). Using a spoon, drizzle candy coating over the bananas in all directions, avoiding the eye(s).
An egg carton turned upside down with little holes poked in the bottom make a great stand for the finished product.
Recipe via Lexie’s Kitchen
Silly Apple Bites
These apple bites are yet another ultra creative endeavor that will not only have kids laughing, but have parents complimenting you, too. Halloween has never been so healthy or happy.
2 green apples, each quartered
Peanut butter (can be substituted for sun butter, almond butter, etc.)
32 sunflower seeds
2-3 strawberries, sliced
googly eyes (can be store-bought or home-made)
Cut the middle out of each quarter of the apple to create a moth. Don’t worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with peanut butter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and one will know.
Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of peanut butter.
Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
“Glue” each eye above the mouth with a dab of peanut butter to stick.
Recipe via Fork and Beans
Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats
While perhaps not the healthiest on the list, these rice krispie treats are still a great alternative to some of the other sugar-filled junk streaming the streets on Halloween night. Plus, the aesthetic value is something your kids just won’t be able to refuse.
Melt the butter in a large pot and add the marshmallows. Stir until they are melted!
Add in the food coloring and stir until it turns green.
Add rice krispie cereal a little at a time and stir to combine
Press rice krispie cereal into a buttered 9×13 pan. Press flat and let cool.
Let rice krispie treats sit for about 30 minutes
Remove from pan and cut into squares.
Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip the tops of the rice krispie treats into th melted chocolate.
Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or plate).
Use some of the melted chocolate “glue” on the candy eyes.
Fill a Ziplock bag with some of the melted chocolate, snip an end off and pipe a stitch mouth onto Frankenstein.
Let Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats sit for about 20 minutes undisturbed or until the chocolate has hardened.
Recipe via Big Bear’s Wife
We hope you like these kitchen recipes and find at least one of them to be a perfect solution to this year’s Halloween treats. It’s important to keep the kids healthy and to start good habits at a young age so they will take those habits with them into adulthood. Do you have any other fun and healthy recipe treats to share? Let us know in the comments below, and have a wonderful Halloween!