When you think of Halloween food, the first thing that probably comes to mind is candy. Between all the candy your kids will be bringing home after trick-or-treating and all those bags of candy you’ve probably bought for everyone who comes to your house on October 31st, the holiday usually includes a lot of sugar – and that’s what makes it so healthy Halloween treats so necessary. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just want to have some healthy Halloween recipe ideas on hand, we’ve got plenty of ways to serve up easy Halloween treats without all the sugar.
As Registered Dietitian Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, MS, RD, CDN, CDE tells women’s Day, the artificial sweeteners or preservatives found in candy can lead to bloating, which is why it’s best to stick to natural foods when you can. “It’s important to eat smart carbs like vegetables and certain fruits (like berries or apples) that can fill you up without raising your glucose levels,” she says. Likewise, she says high-fiber snacks and healthy fats like avocados or olive oil can help keep you feeling full and full instead of bloated and sick.
Luckily, serving up healthier Halloween dishes doesn’t have to be boring. Balance is key, and if you’re looking to replace (or supplement) cakes and cookies with richer appetizers and snacks, then these healthy Halloween recipes are here to help.
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How to turn an ordinary apple into a fun Halloween treat? Simply cut and dice your favorite fruit and add faces with chocolate chips, nuts, strawberries and more.
To make these tasty little witches’ broomsticks, start with a handful of salami sticks and some thinly sliced threads of smoked Sulguni cheese. Wrap each stick of salami with a bunch of sulguni and a thicker piece of smoked cheese and get ready to wow your guests.
For a quick and easy Halloween treat guests can snack on all night long, pair heart-healthy nuts and unbuttered popcorn with some decadent mini-snacks (like pretzels and candy corn) in a bag or container.
Mini “Spider” PB&J sandwiches
Would you like an appetizer that even your youngest guests will enjoy? Cut small circles of bread to assemble mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, complete with chocolate chip eyes and pretzel stick legs.
All your guests will have their eyes on this eye-popping olive-stuffed appetizer, which you can easily assemble with balls of fresh mozzarella, olives stuffed with peppers, and strips of ham.
Homemade English Muffin Pizzas
You can serve your guests a batch of spooky personalized pizzas by decorating homemade English muffins with sauce, cheese, and black olive eyes and baking them in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. And if you want to save prep time, you can always use store-bought English muffins instead.
get that Homemade English Muffins recipe.
Carrot fingers with creamy edamame dip
From peeled carrot sticks and slivered almonds you create a set of spooky carrot fingers, which you can then serve with our delicious edamame dip.
get that Creamy edamame dip recipe.
Everyone will be a fan of these individual mini meat loaves that look just as cute as cupcakes (with a lot less sugar) and have sweet cherry tomatoes hidden in the middle.
get that Mummy Meatloaf Recipe.
Skeleton Crudité with caramelized lemon dip
Looking for a fun way to serve vegetables? Arrange your raw food platter — including lettuce, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, stuffed olives, broccoli, mushrooms, and any other raw vegetables you like — in the shape of the skeleton. Don’t forget to serve it with a side of caramelized lemon dip!
get that Caramelized Lemon Dip recipe.
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These adorable mummy banana pops are made with just three ingredients (bananas, chocolate, and M&M’s), and you can whip them up in just 30 minutes—no baking required.
get that Banana Mummy Pops recipe.
Devil Eggs are a perfect high-protein party snack, and you can give them a spooky Halloween makeover with the help of creamy guac and eyeball-like details.
get that Recipe for Guacamoldy Eyeballs.
Crude-Ités with green slime dip
Turn your veggie platter into a centerpiece by slicing raw veggies into long strips and serving in a cauldron-like saucepan. And of course, no spooky vegetable platter should be complete without a slime-green herb dip (which, despite the name, tastes delicious!).
get that Crude-Ités with Green Slime Dip recipe.
Peppers stuffed with sausage, potatoes and onions
Celery Snails & Caterpillars
For a spooky snack that’s just as fun as eating, assemble an army of slugs and caterpillars from celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter and cream cheese.
get that Recipe for celery snails and caterpillars.
To make these tiny, flavorful squashes, you simply need to remove the peel and pulp from several oranges and top them with a small stick of celery to create a stalk.
get that Spicy pumpkin recipe.
These mini sandwich wraps will be a hit at the graveyard for even the pickiest of eaters, especially since they’re fully customizable.
get that Monster wraps recipe.
To make these scarily good-dipped pretzel sticks, all you have to do is microwave white candy melts and coconut oil, dip your sticks, and draw on some scary faces.
get that Recipe for pretzel spirits.
This delicious green dip made with edamame and low-fat ricotta cheese looks even cooler when served in a hollowed-out acorn squash and surrounded by a ‘fire’ of crudité and breadsticks.
get that Recipe for cauldron dip.
It doesn’t get any easier than this playful stack of oranges, which only requires a marker pen, some oranges, and a little creativity.
get that Orange jack-o’-lantern recipe.
Bloodshot Devil Eggs
Decorate deviled eggs with black olive pupils and thinly sliced pimiento veins for a truly deviled appetizer.
get that Bloodshot Devil Eggs recipe.
Pumpkin tortilla chips.
Cut tortillas into pumpkin shapes and serve with dip or hummus for a healthy and hearty Halloween treat.
get that Recipe for “pumpkin” tortilla chips.
Pumpkin Spice Cereal Cup
Granola cups are easy to make ahead of time and make a great Halloween treat when decorated with fun fruit faces.
get that Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Granola Cups at Lovely Indeed.
Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dumplings
These no-bake cookie dough balls might look decadent, but they’re secretly packed with healthy ingredients like cashew butter, coconut flour, and dairy-free chocolate chips.
get that Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Ball at Hungry Blonde.
Halloween antipasti skewers
Use orange cherry tomatoes, pearl-sized mozzarella balls, and black olives to arrange amazingly matching antipasti skewers.
get that Halloween antipasti skewers recipe at A Kailo Chic Life.
Black Bean Hummus Monster
Turn ramekins of homemade black bean hummus into cute little monsters with the help of candy eyes and chopped parsley hairs.
get that Black Bean Hummus Monster recipe at coating pixels.
Mini Pumpkin Tahini Cheesecake
With a gluten-free almond flour crust and a drizzle of date syrup, these mini cheesecakes are a much healthier choice than your typical Halloween dessert.
get that Mini Pumpkin Tahini Cheesecake Recipe at Dishing Out Health.
You can use applesauce bags and white crepe paper to make an army of mummies in minutes.
get that Mama apple sauce recipe at See Vanessa Craft.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cup
If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you have to try this healthier homemade alternative made with coconut oil, organic pumpkin puree, and almond butter, among other ingredients.
get that Chocolate Pumpkin Cups Recipe at Confessions of a Fit Foodie.
Spooky Halloween fruit plate
Use melon, honeydew melon, kiwi and grapes along with some cookie cutters and candy eyeballs to put together this delightfully spooky fruit platter.
get that Recipe for a spooky Halloween fruit platter at A Kailo Chic Life.
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