Halloween marks the beginning of sweet treat season, and who doesn’t love a good Hershey’s bar or homemade pie?
However, with hundreds of sugary candies satisfying the “sweet tooth” of your little ones, it can be hard to convince your kids that healthy can be yummy, too. Make this Halloween double, double without the toil and trouble with IKO Community Management’s recipes for healthy fall treats. From cheese and pretzels to peanut butter and yogurt, your princesses and knights will dive right into these scary-good recipes.
Too-Cute-To-Eat Peanut Butter Pumpkins
½ cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
½ cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon ground flax
1 bag peanut butter chips
A few squares of your favorite chocolate
- Using a small bowl, mix the peanut butter and honey or agave nectar together until well blended.
- Put in microwave until melted. Set aside.
- In a different small box, mix the oats and flax.
- Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture into the oats and flax mixture. Stir until well blended.
- Using the new mixture, roll the “dough” into small balls and place them on a plate.
- Chill the plate in the freezer overnight.
- The next day, melt the peanut butter chips into a small bowl. (If the chips are too thick, thin the mixture with a bit of milk.)
- Dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the peanut butter chip mixture, and set on the plate again.
- Return the plate to the freezer for an hour.
- Cut the squares of your favorite chocolate into small rectangular pieces.
- Place a chocolate piece on the top of each ball to make the stem of a pumpkin.
- Return the balls to the freezer until serving time.
Mozzarella cheese sticks
- Slice the mozzarella stick across into thirds.
- Use a knife or scissors to cut a fringe pattern on the lower half of the cheese stick.
- Insert a pretzel stick into the top half of the cheese.
- Tie a chive where the cheese and pretzel meet to complete the broomstick.
Banana Ghost Pops
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded coconut
- Peel the bananas then freeze them on a cookie sheet for 3 hours.
- Once frozen, cut the bananas into thirds.
- Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor for 1 minute.
- Put a Popsicle stick in one end of each banana then dip it in the Greek yogurt.
- Roll the covered banana in the shredded coconut.
- Once covered in coconut, place two chocolate chips or raisins near the tip for eyes.
- Return to freezer until serving time.
Candy Corn Parfait
- Cut the pineapple and oranges into bite-sized chunks.
- In a clear glass, layer pineapple on the bottom then oranges.
- Top the glass with whipped cream and a few pieces of candy corn.
- Refrigerate until serving time.
Vegan Goblin Smoothie
1 ½ frozen bananas
½ cup non-dairy milk
½ vanilla non-dairy yogurt
1 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
¾ cup frozen watermelon
¾ cup frozen peaches
Optional: ¼ avocado, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, handful of spinach, ice
- Blend all of the frozen fruit, milk, yogurt, green tea powder and other ingredients (if desired) until smooth and creamy.
- Add a drizzle of agave syrup on top.
These Halloween recipes are the kind that your little vampire will sink their teeth into, and you’ll be happy they did. For your small witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls, there is something healthy and delicious for everyone to snack on while trick-or-treating.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, have a safe and fun Halloween!