Halloween can be petrifying – and I’m not just talking about aswang or kapre costumes. With this autumn holiday comes an even more frightening prospect: excess sugar and calories in a short span of time! Filipinos are well-known for their big sweet tooths, and even more so at this time of year – but why not keep our kids Halloween sugar highs in check for a change?
Ofcourse Halloween is meant to be enjoyed – so we don’t want to bore ourselves and our children with uber healthy snacks – we still want to indulge ourselves a little. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some healthier alternatives vs the usual sugar loaded chocolates & cupcakes to bring in the Halloween spirit. Take a peek!
1. Frozen Boo-nana Popsicles
For popsicle lovers – this one is a super easy, yummy yet healthy three ingredient treat that brings in the Halloween sprit. Dark chocolate ghosts with white eyes will work also as a means to elevate the nutrition factor of this dessert!
Prep, Cook, Serve Time: 1 hour
Good For: 4 banana pops
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup white chocolate (milk chocalate/dark chocolate will work also)
- 8 mini chocolate chips (for the eyes – you may use semi-sweet chocolate/white chocolate chips if you prefer)
- 4 popsicle sticks
- Cut the banana in half, lengthwise. Can cut into four quarters depending on the size of the banana.
- Insert the popsicle sticks in the banana pieces. Freeze on wax paper (the one used for baking).
- When the bananas are frozen, fill a coffee mug with chocolate.
- Melt chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until the chocolate is melted and soft.
- Dip the bananas one at a time into the mug, scraping off the excess chocolate from the back of the banana, and place it on wax paper. Quickly add the chocolate chips for the eyes before the chocolate hardens (you have to work quickly here).
- Freeze until frozen. Then, SERVE!
2. Apple Monster Mouths
1 large apple of choice
Core apple and then cut into fourths. Cut out a small wedge on the skin side of the apple. Blot inside with a paper towel then spread lightly with creamy peanut butter. Cut mini marshmallows in half and place over peanut butter to make the teeth.
3. Cheesy Witch Broomsticks
Prep, Cook, Serve Time: 40 minutes
Good For: 9 pieces
- 3 string cheese sticks
- 9 pretzel sticks
- Fresh chives or green onions
HOW TO MAKE:
- Cut a cheese string crosswise, in thirds.
- Cut lengthwise 3/4 of the way through the cheese, splaying the ends to make them look like brooms.
- Press a pretzel stick through the end, and tie a chive or a piece of green onion around the top to complete the broom effect!
Prep, Cook, Serve Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Good For: 20 pieces
- 1 1/3 cups garden vegetable or plain cream cheese spread, softened
- 20 pieces (3 1/2 inches each) celery
- 3 slices (1 oz each) deli sliced cooked ham
- 10 pieces raisins
- Place the cream cheese into a resealable food-storage plastic bag (like a ziplock). Cut 1/2 inch off 1 corner. Pipe 1 tablespoon into each celery piece.
- Cut slices of ham, lengthwise, into 16 pieces. Cut again, crosswise, into 1 inch pieces.
- Place 12 ham pieces over cream cheese to look like bandages, while using the tip of a knife to tuck in the ends of the ham along the celery edge.
- Cut raisins into 40 pieces, then place these between bandages for the mummies’ eyes.
- Serve and enjoy!
5. Spooky Spider Snack
Prep, Cook, Serve Time: 1 hour
Good For: 1 piece (for sharing)
- 1 plum
- 12 pretzel sticks
- Edible eyes (optional)
- Hand full of dark grapes (seedless) or raisins
- Poke 3 holes on each side of a plum with a knife. Take 6 pretzel sticks and push them into these holes.
- Pole a hole on the end of the grapes, and slide them into these sticks leaving just a bit of the pretzel sticks showing. Fill all other sticks with these dark grapes. (You can use raisins for this too!)
- Once that’s done, stick on the edible eyes with cream cheese (or even peanut butter). Serve!
That’s it! You’re ready for Halloween! Kids won’t even notice the difference (hopefully)! There are a lot more recipes to be found! Be creative, and start experimenting with the healthy ingredients you have at home! You can also share your own healthy recipe below! Enjoy!
Images via My Easy Recipes, Skinny Taste, Cakescottage, Texanerin Baking, Betty Crocker, and Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons