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Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids

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Halloween is just around the corner.

Sure you could go to the store and stock up on candy corn, candy bars, and such sugary treats.

However, if you’re like many moms, you don’t want your kids gorging themselves on all that junk food.

Whether you’re having a party for your kids or for adults, you’re going to want to have plenty of healthy treats.

Halloween treats

A healthy Halloween treat is going to have just a little bit of sugar and still taste great.

Here are 7 healthy Halloween treats that you can easily prepare ahead of time.

In fact, some of these are so simple your kids can help too.

1. Black and Orange Dip

black bean dip
Buy or prepare black bean dip.

Really, you owe it to yourself to make your own.

Serve your black bean dip with something orange.

Some favorites are barbeque potato chips, baby carrots, and orange bell pepper strips.

2. Banana Ghosts

banana ghosts
Take a peeled banana and dip it in orange juice.

Then roll your banana in shredded coconut. You now have a banana ghost.

If you want, add a couple of small raisins or chocolate chips for eyes.

Also, for an extra touch, carefully insert a popsicle stick as a handle.

Your Ghost Banana may be served as-is or frozen.

3. Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin muffins
These pumpkin muffins are tasty, moist, and hearty. They can be enjoyed all year.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 2-3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases or use silicone muffin cups.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Blend well.

Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until the dry ingredients are just moist. Fill muffin cups.

Bake for 22-25 minutes.

4. Spooky Fruit Kebabs

Halloween kebabs
This one is super easy and super tasty.

All you need is a ripe cantaloupe and dark red / purple grapes. The darker the grapes the better.

Cut a cantaloupe into cubes.

Slide grapes and cantaloupe cubes onto wooden skewers. Be sure to leave space at the end of the skewer to use it as a handle.

5. Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

pumpkin seeds
Everyone loves trail mix.

This recipe uses pumpkin seeds to give your trail mix a Halloween flavor.

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup whole or coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Toss the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds with the olive oil and spread on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.

Toast the seeds and nuts for about 10 minutes, tossing once, after 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the seeds and nuts to cool.

In a large mixing bowl toss all of the ingredients together.

6. Spider Web Black Bean Spread

spider web

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Put all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. If needed, add a bit of water or more yogurt until you have a dark gray color and a good consistency.

Transfer your black bean spread into a wide-rimmed bowl and smooth the top.

Put 1/4 cup Greek yogurt into a baggie and push into a bottom corner.

Make a small opening in the corner of the baggie so that you can squeeze the yogurt out in a thin line.

Now use the yogurt to decorate the top of the bean spread with a white spider web pattern.

7. Candy Corn Pizza

candy corn pizza
Everyone loves pizza. And all your kids love candy corn.

This is almost the best of both worlds!

Bake a plain cheese pizza with two types of cheese. Make a ring of cheddar around the outside edge and mozzerella in the center.

Cut into wedges to make the candy corns.

If you want to make your pizza even more healthy, make your pizza crust from whole wheat flour. Try this recipe from All Recipes.

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