It’s hard not to love that time of the year when people dress like their favorite fictional character or supernatural creature, when there are glowing pumpkin heads all over the house yards, spooky decors, crazy costume parties, and of course – lots of delicious snacks that kids and even adults are readily devouring for days. Yes, we’re talking about Halloween, one of the funniest and most emotional fests of the whole year.
As we just noted, foods, and more specifically sweets, are an inseparable and traditional fragment of this whole picture. At first sight, bunches of sweet snacks seem like an awesome idea, but would you consider yourself a responsible parent or a health-conscious individual if you let yourself or your kids eat as much sweets as possible for days to come? Now don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing fatal at eating whatever you please from time to time, even hard core fitness and nutrition heads have “cheat-meal” days, nobody’s too hard on their diet forever. But going on an eating spray is definitely not a good option either.
To find the balance between good taste, thematic looks and health-friendliness, we might be able to give a tip or two by sharing with you our personal top 10 health friendly Halloween treats both sweet and savory.
1. Mexican Pumpkin Punch
We’ll start with the terrific mexican pumpkin punch! If you indeed want sweetness, that’s exactly what you’ll get with this recipe. The superb ingredients combination that form an incredible taste, will really make you take delight in a spectacular drink. Mexicans love this health friendly Halloween recipe, but they’re definitely not the only ones! Here’s how you can make some for yourself.
Serving Size: 1 glass
Total Time: 20 min.
- 1 can pumpkin puree (about 3 ½ cups or 29 oz)
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 2 limes
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- Pineapple chunks & / or pecans for serving
- Splash of rum (optional)
- 12 cups water
- Mix the 12 cups of water with the cinnamon sticks and brown sugar in a big enough pot.
- Turn the stove on at medium high heat and wait until the water starts boiling.
- In the meantime, by using a peeler, remove the limes’ zest in wide strips. Add the zest to the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Then let the mixture cool a little, and put it in the fridge until it becomes completely cold and the pumpkin gruel settles at the bottom. It usually takes around 2 or 3 hours.
- Next you need to strain out as much pumpkin pulp as you can. Do that in batches. Remove the pulp and zest. Return the cinnamon sticks to punch and refrigerate until it’s time to serve.
- Put some ice cubes in your glasses and pour the punch into them.
- Add the rum, the pineapple and pecans.
- Serve with cinnamon sticks.
2. Halloween Leadership Treats
Next we chose something simple to prepare – the Halloween leadership treats. They may be easy to do, but they sure don’t lack that unique holiday charm, and when you take a look at the picture you know why!
- Get yourself a nice, juicy organic apple, and wrap it with lint.
- Stick two candy eyes on it (fake types would also work here, just don’t eat them of course). The result? The apple would have a mummy-like look, perfect for Halloween.
- To enhance the taste of the apple, you can complement with a small jar of liquid black chocolate or honey (this is where we altered the original preparation method, so it can be a little healthier).
- Add a thematic card tag, wrap it in cellophane, and tie with a ribbon.
3. Ghost Pizza
Ah, yes! Who wouldn’t want a delicious pizza made specially in the spirit of Halloween! The ghost pizza is most certainly one of the cutest and tastiest health-friendly Halloween meals you can have for the holiday. The red sauce and the skim cheese ghosts make this treat a total food hit that you can enjoy with family and friends. Let’s not forget to mention that thanks to the wholesome ingredients, this pizza has less calories and fat than other regular pizzas, especially if there’s portion control (the ghosts can help impose it – one ghost-piece for everyone).
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Roll out the dough until you have the shape you want, then place it on a pizza stone or a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle evenly with the pizza sauce on top and bake for 10 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to make your cheese ghosts.
- Pull out the pizza from the oven. Spread the skim cheese ghosts over the dough base and put small olive slices that will represent the ghosts’ eyes.
- Return in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
- Once the pizza i ready, make the spiders by shoving the rosemary leaves into the green olives. Scatter the spiders between the ghosts and serve!
4. Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes
If the chocolate spiderweb cupcakes can’t persuade you that healthy sweets can be better than conventional, we don’t know what can! The spider-web resembling frosting makes these an appropriate treat for Halloween, and a true eye-catcher. But what would win the absolute admiration for this cupcake is its mind-blowing flavor. Bring a salver filled with these at a Halloween party, and couple of minutes later you won’t see any of them left, nobody could resist them!
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 40g (1/3 cup) almond flour or almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 5 spoons unsweetened applesauce
- 106g (1/3 cup) honey
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 52g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 65g (4 1/2 tablespoons) melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the Frosting:
- 42g (3 tablespoons) natural or organic peanut butter
- 40g (2 tablespoons) honey
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (~25g) cocoa powder
- 42g (3 tablespoons) coconut oil
- Preheat oven 175°C / 350°F and line 8 muffin cups with liners.
- Use a big enough bowl to combine the liquid ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then add them to the wet ones. Stir a little until you have a homogeneous consistency, but don’t over-mix.
- Pour the blend in the muffin cups. It’s best if you didn’t over-fill the cups if you want to make the spider webs, because your job would get harder when the muffins become more domed. For optimal results, fill around 2/3 of the liners.
- Bake for 16 minutes. To test whether the muffins are baked, stick a toothpick into one of them, it should come out almost clean, without raw batter. If the toothpick comes out too clean, that means you’ve overbaked the cupcakes, since they’re rather moist.
- To prepare the frosting, first melt the coconut oil, cocoa powder and peanut butter together at low heat in a pan or a pot. When you have a smooth texture, take the container off the stove, add the honey and stir.
- Let the cupcakes and frosting cool for a while, before you proceed with the frosting. Upon frosting, you can still keep them at room temperature.
5. Guacamole Ghoul Eyes
Don’t be shy, go ahead and try one of these guacamole ghoul eyes! These appetizers are huge and kind of look a little freaky, but we assure you they taste just great! From now on, hobgoblins and such will be scared of you, because you have a sweet spot for their delicious… eyes!
Serving: 1 eye
Servings: 8 pairs of eyes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 ripe avocado
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- 8 pitted black olives (sliced horizontally)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- Mix the garlic salt, lime juice and avocado.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and remove the seeds.
- Fill the avocado mixture and place olive on top to look like a big pupil.
Those were 5 healthy recipes for Halloween that will help you surprise everyone and get healthy eating on their good side. However, there are some people who’re looking for packaged edibles too, so we decided to include a few that don’t back down to mass produced sweets in terms of taste, yet surpass them in quality big time!
6. Goji Berry Cacao Truffle Bars
Since chocolate is a priority choice at Halloween, these goji berry cacao truffle bars ill hit the spot for a lot of choco maniacs! They combine the power of two of the greatest superfoods ever – cacao and goji berry. Not only will you take particular delight in devouring these bars, but you’ll also absorb a lot of antioxidants to help you stay healthy and energized!
7. Black Chocolate Variety Pack
To add some more chocolate to the table, let’s bring out the Alter Eco’s black chocolate variety pack! Even the pickiest sweets gluttons will find the right flavor that fits them, as varieties include: quinoa, almonds, and mint, all wrapped in the finest dark chocolate you can get your hands on. Enjoy!
8. Cherries And Berries Macrobar
Let’s move on to a delicious bar delivering a magnificent taste formed of fruits, oats, brown rice and almond butter. We’re talking about the cherries and berries macrobar, produced by none other but GoMacro.
9. Rosemary Honey And Nut Bar
Simple Squares make such scrumptious bars, that they too deserve a spot in our list of healthy Halloween treats with this rosemary honey and nut bar. Though there isn’t any chocolate in this edible, it delivers a splendid taste of an entirely different character. Give it a try for yourself, you’ll end up wanting another one!
10. Organic Gummy Worms
We can’t turn a blind eye to the tons of jelly candy that children consume at Halloween. Don’t take that away from them, but do it the healthy way, with these organic gummy worms that are naturally sweetened to spare your well-being as much as possible.
Well, what do you think of our list, are you eager to try some of the recipes or the organic goodies?