13 Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids
It’s difficult to encourage healthy eating on Halloween, but with these fun recipes, your kids can actually get excited about it.
Pumpkin Carrots1 of 14
This simple carrot transformation makes eating veggies seasonal and fun. All you need are carrots, a sharp vegetable knife and edible googly eyes.
Cut two intersecting slits on each side of the carrot to form the stem and outline of the pumpkin. Next, slice the carrot into thin pumpkins. Add the googly eyes and your veggie transformation is complete.
Jack-O-Lantern Cups2 of 14
For this fun jack-o-lantern cup, you'll need a clementine, a knife and berries to use as filler. We used raspberries and strawberries, but any berries from your local supermarket will do.
First, cut a small hole in the top of your jack-o-lantern clementine and scoop out the inside, much like carving a pumpkin. Next, cut three small triangles on the front of the fruit for the eyes and mouth. Fill with berries and set out for snack time.
Boonana Pops3 of 14
Boonana pops are a fun, original recipe from SkinnyTaste.com. For this project, you will need bananas (note that one banana will make four pops), Popsicle sticks, white chocolate and mini dark chocolate chips.
Cut the banana in half both ways (down the center and at the midpoint) so you're left with four parts. Push a Popsicle stick into the flat ends of the bananas and set in the freezer on a plate or wax paper for a couple hours until frozen.
Next, melt white chocolate. Use melting or dipping chocolate; white chocolate chips will not melt properly. Be sure to microwave the white chocolate at half power and pause to stir every 30 seconds.
Dip the bananas into the white chocolate to cover them. Immediately attach two mini dark chocolate chips for eyes before the white chocolate dries. Return banana pops to the freezer for a couple hours until frozen again.
Cracker Spiders4 of 14
Want the crunch of a candy bar, but in a healthier form? Make cracker spiders out of four ingredients: crackers, cream cheese, miniature pretzel sticks and edible googly eyes or mini dark chocolate chips.
Lay out two circular crackers and spread a thick layer of cream cheese on one. Set four pretzel sticks on the cream cheese for the eight legs of the spider. Arrange the sticks so that half of a stick is sticking out of one side of the cracker, while the other half is sticking out the other side. Coat the bottom of the top cracker with cream cheese. Lightly push the second cracker on top to seal the legs between the two crackers. Add the edible googly eyes or chocolate chips to the top.
This recipe can also be made with peanut butter instead of cream cheese.
Freaky Fruits5 of 14
For those short on time, here's a quick, simple way to turn any food into a creepy Halloween treat your kids will be more apt to try! All you need are healthy foods and edible googly eyes.
For this five-second transformation, add eyes to your kids' healthy items and see how fast they want a bite.
Fruity Ghosts and Pumpkins6 of 14
Transform bananas and tangerines into Halloween treats by using celery sticks and mini chocolate chips. This treat is quick and easy to make and is an upgrade to the traditional fruit tray.
Spooky Deviled Eggs7 of 14
This savory recipe is a Halloween take on the traditional deviled egg. Packed with protein, these appetizers will give your child plenty of energy for a night of trick-or-treating.
Cheese Witch's Broom8 of 14
Pretzel sticks and cheese combine to make this adorable treat. Sure, just throwing cheese and crackers on a board is easy, but why not take things to the next level?
Jam-Filled Skull Bread9 of 14
This whimsical take on the PB&J (without the PB) features a baked bread bun stuffed with jam and decorated to look like a skull. Fill the bread with your child's favorite fruit jam and pair with a side of monster grapes.
Candy Corn Popsicles10 of 14
Made with real fruit, this recipe uses coconut milk layered on top of pureed pineapple and peaches to mimic candy corn. Made with no artificial ingredients, the tropical flavored pop is gluten-free, organic and vegan.
Chocolate Graveyard11 of 14
With one glance at this recipe, you wouldn't believe there's tofu in it, and your kids won't either. Tofu mixes with dark chocolate to form a smooth dip topped with crushed, cream-filled sandwich cookies. Chocolate on top of chocolate? Yum.
Ghostly Chocolate Pretzel Rods12 of 14
This recipe is similar to the Fruity Ghosts, but you'll use pretzel rods instead of bananas to create a ghostly Halloween snack. Simply melt 16 ounces of white baking chocolate in the microwave, dip pretzels in the chocolate, and freeze for five minutes. Once cooled, use edible black marker to draw on the faces.
Spooky Cute Monster Teeth Recipe13 of 14
These monster teeth are really more cute than spooky. The recipe, which uses apples, peanut butter and yogurt-covered goji berries, requires five ingredients that are often found in your pantry.