On Halloween, candy reigns supreme – but it’s far from the healthiest option for you + your little ghouls. Trick their taste buds with these delicious treats that won’t give you the sugary spooks! Made for kids + TLS-approved for healthy parents, too, these hauntingly healthy treats are fun to make + eat for the whole family!
If you’ve never had roasted pumpkin seeds before, you are in for a treat! Not the crunch is a great way to avoid reaching for fried chips and the sweet twist makes it a wonderful, nutrient-dense alternative to candies! If your kids are old enough to carve pumpkins, then these healthy Halloween treats are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Just make sure you’ve put down plenty of newspaper for your little ones to get into the fun without hours of clean-up afterward!
Prep Time; 50 minutes
Serves: Makes 4-6 servings
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
- sea salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 and gather the seeds from your little ones’ carved pumpkin creations, removing pulp and flesh.
- Boil seeds for 2-3 minutes, drain, then lay out on a paper towel to dry thoroughly.
- In an oven-safe skillet, warm oil over medium heat.
- Add pumpkin seeds + spices, then saute as you stir until lightly golden (about 3 minutes)
- Add honey and stir.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven + roast for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes so that they do not burn. Remove once crispy and cooked through
- Lay seeds on a parchment lined baking sheet to cool + sprinkle with salt to taste.
Creating a healthier Halloween treat means finding the right combination of hidden ingredients, taste, and fun! With the sneaky addition of tofu to add a protein punch + antioxidant boost of dark chocolate, you’ll have the foundation for the most creative spooky graveyard ever! Just pair this base with baked cinnamon tortillas cut into headstones, or let them decorate with their favorite fruits for a healthy snack that’ll last in the fridge for a few days to come:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes 8 servings
- 24 oz soft tofu, drained
- 8 oz dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup, or another sticky sweetener
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Crushed whole wheat graham crackers
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- Add dark chocolate + coconut oil to microwave bowl + melt in microwave for 30-second intervals
- Add drained tofu, melted chocolate (save 2 tablespoons), vanilla extract + maple syrup to blender or food processor + pulse until combined.
- Transfer dip to a serving dish and smooth top with a spatula.
- In a separate small bowl, crush whole wheat graham crackers + cocoa powder + spread over top of the dip
- Decorate with fruit, baked cinnamon tortillas, and drizzle with additional chocolate as needed.
Kids will love this tart because it’s just so cute + just as fun to make! With an oat base and a filling of avocado, banana, and almond milk, your little ones and you can spend the evening decorating with your favorite fruits and candies to create any number of fun, colorful designs. Without the refined flour and dyes that come with store-bought sugar cookies, you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the healthier choice right at home:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes 1 tart
- 1 1/2 cup old fashion oats
- 4 pitted dates
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Grind 1/2 cup old fashion oats into flour using a food processor, then add pitted dates and process until crumbs begin to form
- Add salt, cinnamon, coconut oil, remaining oats, and water to the food processor and pulse to combine (do not grind)
- Spread mixture over the bottom and sides of a greased, 9-inch tart pan + bake for 15 minutes
- In a food processor, combine filling ingredients until smooth.
- Once tart crust is cool, pour green pudding in and level with a spatula
Now, just top with your favorite fruits and candies to create spooky creations galore!
Plain ‘ole fruit gets a spooky makeover for these ghost fruit kabobs. Using Greek yogurt to create mini ghouls and a little chocolate to add fun faces, everything from melon to strawberries come together to create a make-ahead treat that is perfect as a snack or lunchbox treat!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Serves: Makes 4 skewers
- 12 marshmallows
- 18 grapes
- 8 strawberries
- 8 melon balls
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- honey, to taste
- 4 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
- Cut each strawberry in half, then lay out all fruit to pat dry.
- In small bowl, combine sweetener and honey.
- Dip grapes, strawberries, and melon balls into yogurt and place on a lined tray in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until set.
- In separate small bowl, melt chocolate in microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each one.
- Using toothpick or chopstick, draw a spooky face onto marshmallows with melted chocolate and set aside.
- Remove yogurt-covered fruit from freezer and thread onto skewers in whichever pattern you prefer, topping each skewer with a marshmallow ghost face
- Drizzle or decorate with leftover chocolate, then chill in the fridge until serving.
This one makes the list of healthy Halloween treats as the perfect snack or dessert to pack up for your holiday travels or just to have on busy mornings + afternoons. These power bites contain just four simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry + don’t include the massive amounts of sugar you’d find in store-bought bars or bites. With fiber, B vitamins, protein, + healthy fats, these are not only perfect for kids but for parents, too:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes 12 spiders
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 10 pitted dates
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Mini pretzels
- 24 raisins
- In food processor fitted with the blade attachment, process oatmeal for 30 seconds then add pitted dates and peanut butter and process until all ingredients are combined.
- Form the mixture into 12 uniform balls.
- Break apart pretzels and insert pieces into each side of each spider as legs + press 2 raisins into front for eyes
- Place into freezer for 30 minutes or until set
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