Sink Your Fangs into These 12 Healthy Halloween Snacks
Halloween is that special day when oozing cauldrons, sinister clowns, Disney princesses, and Bob Ross can all happily coexist. During this time of year, both kids and adults can really let their blood — err…creative juices — flow, whether that means designing funky costumes, putting on spooky makeup, or furnishing the house with creepy crawly decorations.
So when you’re whipping up the perfect platter of Halloween treats, you shouldn’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. Being creative in the kitchen means you don’t have to rely on sugar-filled snacks to drive everyone’s tastebuds into a frenzy. And you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of ways to introduce healthier ingredients into your seasonal Halloween spread that will creep everyone out…in the best way, of course.
Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries beyond ghost-shaped crudité and deathly dips. Our Meatless Monday roundup of healthy Halloween snacks will provide just the inspiration you need to make some killer treats ideal for the scariest day of the year.
All you need is a good vegetable peeler for this recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens. Carefully peel strips of skin away from the apple so it looks like it’s a wrapped mummy (you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly). Quick, easy, and nutritious.
For the Apple Mummies recipe, click here.
These candy corn parfaits from Family Fresh Meals have the candy-corn look, but with some surprising tropical flavor. Just layer some pineapple, tangerine, and a shot of whipped cream to capture the aesthetic of classic candy corn.
For the Candy Corn Parfait recipe, click here.
No Halloween party is complete with the iconic caramel apple. This version from The Fit Cookie is totally dairy free, but just as delicious. So what’s the secret? The caramel is made with a combination of corn syrup, sugar, plant-based butter, and some dairy-free half-and-half (you can also use coconut milk).
For the Dairy-Free Caramel Apples recipe, click here.
You can never have too many appendages at your Halloween bash. Guests of all ages will love the look of these falafel fingers from Vegan Richa, but they’ll also be floored by their smooth texture, aromatic spice blend, and fresh herbs. These finger foods are loaded with chickpeas, meaning they’re a good source of filling protein.
For the Falafel Fingers recipe, click here.
Aww—oops, we mean…Ahh! These cute Frankenstein kiwis are another healthy option from Two Healthy Kitchens that don’t require much prep work. Use your imagination and create your own little monsters with your vegetable peeler and some well-placed pretzel sticks.
For the Frankenstein Kiwis recipe, click here.
All sweet and no savory will bore your palate to death, but these graveyard taco cups from Fork and Beans are sure to bring you back to life. They’re cute and require only a few ingredients like black beans, avocado, and a crispy cracker or tortilla. Basically, it’s a taco salad in a cup…with an edible tombstone.
For the Graveyard Taco Cups recipe, click here.
Simple to make and easy to eat, this recipe for Halloween pudding cups from Namely Marly is another great example of how you can make creamy, sweet Halloween treats totally plant-based. A combination of corn starch and soy milk helps set the pudding, and crispy graham crackers, cocoa powder, and Halloween sandwich cookies add a chocolatey crunch.
For the Halloween Pudding Cups recipe, click here.
The proper balance of crunchy and creepy, these popcorn hands from Eat Plant-Based are a great way to bring some spooky to the Halloween table. Air pop some popcorn kernels and stuff into some latex-free gloves. Add some carrot fingernails (if you so choose), and lay these severed appendages on a platter for your guests.
For the Popcorn Hands recipe, click here.
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about candy and sugary sweets. You can create yummy treats that are packed with protein and whole foods, like these pretzel spiders from Everyday Delicious. By using dates, peanut butter, and oats, you can recreate a chewy, toffee like consistency that’s reminiscent of a candy bar (just without all the added sugar). Add a few pretzel legs to finish off your spider snacks.
For the Pretzel Spiders recipe, click here.
For a snack that’s sweet but not too sugary, try this autumnal pumpkin pie granola mix from Brown Sugar and Vanilla. The granola is sprinkled with warm seasonings like allspice, cinnamon, cumin, and ground clove and loaded with crunchy walnuts and pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin flavor comes from a canned pumpkin, which is mixed right into the oats before baking.
For the Pumpkin Pie Granola recipe, click here.
You’ve carved your pumpkin and now you’re left with a pile of slimy seeds. So what do you do? Roast those suckers. This recipe from Isabel Eats is super easy and results in yummy crispy pumpkin seeds that you can munch on for a snack or add to salads or granola.
For the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.
Don’t be frightened by these dastardly digits from Food Faith Fitness—they’re totally meat free…and delicious. A combination of coconut flour, almond and vanilla extract, coconut oil, and frozen strawberries makes up the base of these paleo-friendly cookies. A sliced-almond fingernail adds the perfect final touch.
For the Witch Finger Cookies recipe, click here.
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