Want healthy recipes for halloween? If all the sugar served on Halloween turns your kids into such monsters that they don’t even need costumes, you’re not alone. We’ve put together these 10 recipes for halloween that kids will actually love. Concerned parents everywhere who notice the effects that sugar has on their kids’ behavior – and who care about the childhood obesity epidemic sweeping our world – are looking to scale back on the sugar this year.
It’s hard to be the “boring” parent, however. With these fun and nutritious recipes, you don’t have to be. Provide your kids with healthy recipes for halloween alternative and focus on the fun of the celebration – rather than deprivation or control – and you’ll be well on your way to helping your kids make great choices for life.
So, here’s the best healthy recipes for halloween:
- Healthier Pumpkin Cupcakes. Topped with billowy cream cheese frosting, you’d never guess that these gorgeous cupcakes are whole wheat and packed with nutritious pumpkin puree. These make an amazing party treat or bring-to-school snack to share.
- Homemade Fruit Snacks. Did you know that it’s quite easy to make your own gummy fruit snacks? In fact, it’s as simple as combining all-natural fruit juice, honey, and grass-fed gelatin, an ingredient which has been shown to promote bone and joint health. The resulting snacks taste just like store-bought but they’re significantly healthier. Older kids might like to help with this recipe.
- Healthy Snickers Bars. If you love Snickers bars (and who doesn’t?!), you’ve got to try this recipe. It’s a plant based take on the popular treat and it includes dates, almond butter, and dark chocolate. Share these with your kids or save them all for you and your spouse – we won’t tell!
- Protein-Packed Skinny Puppy Chow. Add your favorite vanilla protein powder to one of kids’ favorite snacks to boost the protein content without changing the flavor too much. This recipe also employs peanut flour and dark chocolate to decrease the fat and sugar in this crave-worthy treat.
- Medjool Date Caramel Apples. For this recipe, green apples get dipped in vegan date caramel and rolled in a variety of tasty, healthy coatings, including chopped nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes. Wrapped in cellophane and ribbon, these caramel apples would make an amazing surprise present for your kids on Halloween.
- Naturally-Sweetened Honey Popcorn Balls. Popcorn balls are a retro treat that children love. Since the main ingredient is whole grain, fiber-packed popcorn, they’re already relatively healthy to begin with, but this recipe goes the extra mile by replacing sugar with honey.
- Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium and zinc, both of which can improve sleep quality – always a good thing when it comes to kids! These seeds are crunchy, salty, and savory, making them a really much-able snack. Serve during a monster movie marathon.
- Monster Smoothies. Add cute googly eyes to your usual fruit smoothies for a festive and spooky effect that will make your children giggle and scream! This would be a fun group craft project for a Halloween party too.
- Homemade Cheese Crisps. Bake grated cheddar to make these simple and addictive cheese crisps. They’re great on their own or as a topping for a bowl of warming chili.
- Halloween Witches’ Brew. Combine juice and sparkling cider to make a tongue-tickling punch. For a real witches’ brew effect, add dry ice to create a smoking appearance over each glass. This is sure to amaze and delight your kids.