Halloween typically conjures up images of pumpkins, costumes and all things scary. Scariest of all though could be the long list of ingredients found on the back of your child’s candy wrapper.
If you’re trying to go the healthier route and skip out on some of the conventional treats loaded with refined sugars and other additives, there’s never been a better time! Pinterest, Instagram, food blogs and entire smartphone apps dedicated to healthy recipes are surfacing every day.
If you have a favourite treat that’s less than healthy, guaranteed someone in cyber-world has mastered a healthier version for you to create at home.
Here are 10 Halloween recipe ideas your kids will be excited to try out
Gluten Free Spider Web Cupcakes – with the simple spider web design, these cupcakes look cute and are so moist that no one would ever guess they’re both gluten and dairy free.
Healthy Twix Bars – yes, that’s ‘healthy’ and ‘twix bar’ in the same sentence. These delicious treats will remind you of your favourite conventional chocolate bar, but with ingredients you can feel good about.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie – a festive smoothie can be the perfect Halloween breakfast and offers a variety of health benefits. Not only are pumpkins full of fiber which will make you feel full longer, but they’re also packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A and C.
Snack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups – a creative way to dress up individual portions of fruit, these little jack-o-lanterns make the perfect addition for Halloween parties.
Banana Mummies – frozen fruit is always delicious and even better when combined with chocolate. Banana mummies require few ingredients to make, are very easy and are the perfect snack for kids with allergies to a lot of different foods. You can also mix this recipe up by using strawberries in addition to bananas.
Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies – chocolate, peanut butter and brownies combined – the perfect desert. This recipe can easily be altered to include any kind of nut butter if you have an allergy or are trying to avoid peanuts.
Almond Butter Cups – It’s that time of year when it’s next to impossible to escape Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cravings. If you want to do without the milk, sugar and other artificial ingredients, whip up this vegan version instead. Made with almond butter and maple syrup, this variation is more decadent than the original.
Pumpkin Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Bars – gluten, grain and dairy free, these bars use ingredients such as almond flour, coconut oil and pumpkin butter to achieve a rich and delicious taste.
Hand Dipped Coconut Cinnamon Apples – coated in coconut, these hand dipped apples give a candy-apple feel without all of the refined sugar. Using only three ingredients, this yummy snack can be prepped in a matter of minutes.
Homemade Rolos – these homemade rolo ‘knockoffs’ taste even better than the real thing. They get their creamy caramel texture from dates combined with nut butter and are covered in delicious chocolate.
What are your favourite Healthy Halloween recipes?