Healthy Halloween Recipes

Aside from costumes, the main focus of Halloween is candy and other sugar-laden treats; and while your taste buds might think they’re sweet, your waistline won’t.  So don’t fill the table with cupcakes, candy corn and store-bought cheese platters at your annual Halloween party or potluck this year. We’ve gathered a list of 9 healthy halloween treats for you that will maximize the spirit of Halloween, but minimize the guilt!

1. Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potatoes

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet PotatoesThese sweet potato fries are brimming with healthy vegetable goodness, packed into tasty bite-sized, pumpkin-shaped rounds. Just cut out the faces before you bake them in the oven!

2. Pumpkin Party Platter

Pumpkin Party PlatterForm your carrots into the shape of a pumpkin for a fun, festive twist on the traditional veggie platter.

3. Halloween Fruit Kabobs

Halloween Fruit KabobsSlide blackberries and cantaloupe on a skewer for a super simple, festive black and orange snack.

4. Haunted Halloween Hummus with Carrot Fingers

Hummus with Carrot FingersFill a bowl with your favorite hummus and strategically place peeled carrots inside to achieve to this creepy illusion.

5. Deviled Eggs

Deviled EggsAlthough its name seems fitting for Halloween, the appearance of a traditional deviled egg does not. Add some cayenne pepper and hot sauce to your deviled eggs and top it with a chive to turn this healthy appetizer into a tasty halloween-themed treat.

6. Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

Halloween Stuffed Bell PeppersCut out a jack-o-latern face in your bell peppers and pack them full with healthy, hearty meats, veggies and grains (i.e. brown rice, lean ground turkey, tomato, onion, garlic, etc.); bake at 350 degrees F for an hour (or until tender). And don’t worry if the stuffing starts coming out of the mouth; the disturbing sight still conforms to the vile, gory theme of Halloween.

7. Ghostly Poached Pears

Ghostly Poached PearsPears are in-season during the Fall, so these healthy poached pears are sure to hit your guests’ sweet spot. If you want to kick it up a notch and the kids aren’t around…poach the pears in red wine!

8. BOO-Nanas

BOO-NanasCoated in coconut, these ghosts-on-a-stick are sure to scare away your sweet tooth. Cut bananas in half and slide popsicle sticks in the bottom of each. Place bananas in the freezer for 4 hours. Once frozen, dip bananas in orange juice (or almond milk for a less fruity flavor) and roll in shredded coconut. Add mini dark chocolate chips for eyes and a raisin for the mouth.

9. Clementine Pumpkins

Clementine PumpkinsThese citrus snacks are probably one of the easiest Halloween treats. Just peel a few clementines and make stems out of celery sticks!

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