If the idea of spending the next few weeks surrounded by candy corn and Fun Size chocolate bars makes you fear for your diet or your kids’ nutrition, it’s time to take control of your Halloween treats.
Not every Halloween temptation has to be wrapped in milk chocolate or stuffed with nougat. There are plenty of delicious and healthy Halloween treats that celebrate the season, so learn how to make these seven Halloween candy alternatives and make these nutritious treats the centerpiece of your family’s Halloween tradition.
1. Banana Ghosts
These adorable, spooky ghosts are packed full of potassium and Vitamin B-6. Simply peel bananas, cut them in half, and stick three chocolate chips into the banana to make a ghostly pair of eyes and a spooky mouth.
Stand the bananas upright on a serving plate, and get ready to serve a nutritious, spooky dessert!
2. Clementine Pumpkins
These pumpkins work extremely well with clementines, but they also work just as well with tangerines. Look for seedless varieties for ease of eating. Then peel the clementine or tangerine and stick a sliver of chopped celery into the hole at the top of the fruit.
Voila—it’s a pumpkin, it’s a dessert, and it’s a great source of Vitamin C!
3. Hot Dog Fingers
This is a seriously creepy snack, but it’s also a lot of fun.
First, boil up a pack of hot dogs. Then, cut each hot dog in half so it forms two finger shapes. Make a few shallow cuts in the center of the finger to create the knuckle, then peel off a fingernail-shaped piece of hot dog skin at the top of the hot dog so it looks like the finger has a nail.
Serve these hot dogs in a bed of ketchup, so it looks like they are severed fingers in a pool of blood.
4. Popcorn Witch Hand
This spooky witch hand adds to the spirit of Halloween without packing in a lot of extra calories. First, pop some unsalted, unbuttered popcorn. Then, take a clear plastic glove and drop a candy corn down each finger to form a witchy fingernail. Fill the remainder of the glove with popcorn and tie it closed with a festive orange or black ribbon.
These witchy hands also work well as DIY Halloween decorations. Hang them from the ceiling when a party starts, then take them down and distribute them when it’s time for a snack!
5. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Everyone’s talking about pumpkin spice, but what about pumpkin seeds? These delicious little seeds are packed with fiber, iron, and magnesium, and might be one of the healthiest foods you aren’t eating.
How do you roast pumpkin seeds? Well, first you need fresh pumpkin seeds. Making a jack-o’-lantern is a good place to start: scoop out the seeds, wash them clean, and blot them dry with paper towels.
Then, put the seeds into a bowl and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. If you’d like, add additional spices to taste: a bit of hot pepper, some paprika, garlic powder, or cumin. You could even try pumpkin seeds roasted in pumpkin spice!
Spread out your pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet, and bake them at 375 degrees for between 15-20 minutes. Halfway through the baking process, give the pumpkin seeds a good stir so that they bake evenly. Then pull them out, let them cool, and enjoy!
6. Roasted Apples
What could be more like Halloween than a hot, roasted apple? This old-fashioned treat still holds up, and provides a healthy, delicious way to enjoy one of the best fruits of the season.
First, core and slice your apples. Try to make the slices roughly the same size so that they cook evenly. Then arrange the apple slices on a cooking sheet and dust them lightly with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, stirring them around halfway through so that they roast evenly.
For extra flavor, add additional spices such as nutmeg or allspice, or put a few pats of butter on top of your apple slices before roasting them. If you choose the butter option, make sure to stir the melted butter evenly over the apples halfway through the roasting process so that each apple gets a bit of buttery goodness.
7. Witchy, Cheesy Brooms
This is an adorable and healthy snack, especially for kids who love to eat string cheese.
Take a stick of string cheese and cut it into thirds. Stick a mini pretzel rod into each chunk of string cheese to form the broom and its handle. Then, carefully peel apart the bottom of the string cheese so that it looks like broom fibers. Tie a thin strip of chive or green onion around the top of the broom where it meets the handle, and you’ve got yourself a set of delicious, nutritious, witchy brooms!
What other healthy Halloween treats do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments.
Photo by Brian Jackson, text overlay added.
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