When you think of Halloween food, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably candy. Between all the sweets your kids are sure to bring home after trick-or-treating and all the bags of candy you likely bought for anyone coming to your door on October 31, the holiday tends to involve a lot of sugar — which is what makes healthy Halloween treats so necessary. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just want some healthy Halloween recipe ideas to have on hand, we’ve got plenty of ways to serve up easy Halloween treats without all the sugar.
As registered dietician Deborah Malkoff- Cohen, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, tells Woman’s Day, the artificial sweeteners or preservatives found in candy can lead to stomach bloat, which is why it’s best to stick to natural foods when you can. “It’s important to eat smart carbs, like veggies and certain fruits (i.e. berries or apples), that can fill you up without spiking your glucose levels,” she says. Likewise, she says that fiber-packed snacks and healthy fats, like avocados or olive oil, can help you feel satisfied and full rather than bloated and sick.
Luckily, serving up healthier-for-you Halloween food options doesn’t have to be boring. Balance is key, and if you’re looking to replace (or supplement) cakes and cookies with more substantial appetizers and snacks, then these healthy Halloween recipes are here to help.
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How can you turn an ordinary apple into a fun Halloween treat? Just slice and dice your favorite fruit and add faces using chocolate chips, nuts, strawberries, and more.
To make these tasty little witches brooms, start with a handful of salami sticks and some thinly-sliced strings of smoked sulguni cheese. Wrap each salami stick with a bundle of sulguni using a thicker piece of smoked cheese, and get ready to wow your guests.
For a quick and easy Halloween treat that guests can snack on all night long, combine heart-healthy nuts and unbuttered popcorn with a few more decadent mini snacks (like pretzels and candy corn) in a bag or container.
Mini “Spider” PB&J Sandwiches
Want an appetizer that’s sure to please even your littlest guests? Cut small circles of bread to assemble mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, complete with chocolate chip eyes and pretzel stick legs.
All of your guests will have their eyes on this olive-stuffed eyeballs appetizer, which you can easily assemble using fresh balls of mozzarella, olives stuffed with red peppers, and strips of prosciutto.
Homemade English Muffin Pizzas
You can serve your guests a batch of spooky personal pizzas by decorating homemade English muffins with sauce, cheese, and black olive eyes and baking in a preheated oven set to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. And if you’re looking to save on prep time, then you can always use store-bought English muffins instead.
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Carrot Fingers with Creamy Edamame Dip
Use peeled carrot sticks and sliced almonds to make a set of creepy carrot fingers, which you can then serve up with our tasty edamame dip.
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Everyone will be a fan of these individual mini meat loaves, which look just as cute as cupcakes (with a whole lot less sugar) and have sweet cherry tomatoes hidden in the center.
Get the Mummy Meat Loaves recipe.
Skeleton Crudité with Caramelized Lemon Dip
Looking for a fun way to serve some veggies? Arrange your crudités platter — including lettuce, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, stuffed olives, broccoli, mushrooms, and any other raw vegetables you’d like — in the shape of the skeleton. Don’t forget to serve it up with a side of caramelized lemon dip!
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These adorable mummy banana pops are made with only three ingredients (bananas, chocolate, and M&M’s), and you can whip them up in just 30 minutes — no baking required.
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Deviled eggs make a perfect protein-packed party snack, and you can give them an eerie Halloween makeover with the help of creamy guac and eyeball-like detailing.
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Crude-Ités with Green Slime Dip
Turn your veggie platter into a centerpiece by cutting raw vegetables into long strips and serving them up in a cauldron-like pot. And of course, no spooky vegetable platter is complete without a slime-green herb dip (that tastes delicious, despite the name!).
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Slow Cooker Sausage, Potato and Onion-Stuffed Peppers
Celery Snails & Caterpillars
For a creepy-crawly snack that’s as fun to make as it is to eat, assemble an army of snails and caterpillars using peanut butter- and cream cheese-filled celery sticks.
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To make these tiny, tangy pumpkins, you simply have to remove the peel and pith from several oranges and top ’em with a small piece of celery to make a stem.
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These mini sandwich wraps will be a graveyard smash with even the pickiest of eaters, especially since they’re completely customizable.
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To make these ghoulishly good dipped pretzel sticks, you simply need to microwave white candy melts and coconut oil, dip your sticks, and draw on some spooky faces.
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Made from edamame and low-fat ricotta cheese, this tasty green dip looks even cooler when served in a hollowed-out acorn squash and surrounded by a “fire” of crudité and breadsticks.
Get the Cauldron Dip recipe.
It doesn’t get any easier than this playful orange stack, which just requires a sharpie, some oranges, and a little creativity.
Get the Orange Jack-O’-Lanterns recipe.
Bloodshot Deviled Eggs
Decorate deviled eggs with black olive pupils and thinly-sliced pimiento veins for a truly devilish appetizer.
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“Pumpkin” Tortilla Chips
Cut tortillas into pumpkin shapes and serve ’em with a side of dip or hummus for a healthy and hearty Halloween snack.
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Pumpkin Spice Granola Cups
Granola cups are easy to make ahead of time, and they make a great snack for Halloween when decorated with funny fruit faces.
Get the Pumpkin Spice Granola Cups recipe at Lovely Indeed.
Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Balls
These no-bake cookie dough balls may look decadent, but secretly they’re packed with healthy ingredients like cashew butter, coconut flour, and dairy-free chocolate chips.
Get the Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Ball recipe at Hungry Blonde.
Halloween Antipasto Skewers
Use orange cherry tomatoes, pearl-size mozzarella balls, and black olives to arrange amazingly on-theme antipasto skewers.
Get the Halloween Antipasto Skewers recipe at A Kailo Chic Life.
Black Bean Hummus Monster
Transform ramekins of homemade black bean hummus into cute little monsters with the help of candy eyes and chopped parsley hair.
Get the Black Bean Hummus Monster recipe at Plating Pixels.
Mini Pumpkin-Tahini Cheesecakes
Complete with a gluten-free almond flour crust and date syrup drizzle, these mini cheesecakes are a much healthier choice than your typical Halloween dessert.
Get the Mini Pumpkin-Tahini Cheesecake recipe at Dishing Out Health.
You can use apple sauce pouches and white crepe paper to craft an army of mummies in just minutes.
Get the Mummy Apple Sauce recipe at See Vanessa Craft.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cups
If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, then you’ve got to try this healthier homemade alternative, which is made with coconut oil, organic pumpkin purée, and almond butter, among other clean ingredients.
Get the Chocolate Pumpkin Cups recipe at Confessions of a Fit Foodie.
Spooky Halloween Fruit Plate
Use cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, and grapes along with some letter cookie cutters and candy eyeballs to put together this delightfully spooky fruit platter.
Get the Spooky Halloween Fruit Plate recipe at A Kailo Chic Life.
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