Halloween does not have to be just about candy and sugary treats! You can totally create creepy crawly healthy snacks without the added and empty calories.
I stopped by WCIU You and Me This Morning to talk about some healthy plant based Halloween treats that you may or may not already know about.
I rounded up two savory snacks and two desserts that can be quickly made for a spooky party or for your kids! Now as I stated in the video, these are not to be made to pass out to trick or treaters. You don’t want to be that creep-tastic individual who tries to hand out popcorn or apples..leave the candy for the kiddies trick-or-treat ritual, and balance their diet this weekend with these healthy alternatives.
First off, raw witch fingers:
- 10 dates (15 if you need more of a sticky substance)
- 1 cup of nuts: can be a blend of almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts
- 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup *Only needed if you need the mixture to stick together even more
- dusting of dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 10 shaved almonds
- parchment paper
- First, take the seeds out of the dates
- In a food processor, blend together the dates and nuts until finely chopped
- Add maple syrup if the mixture is not binding well
- Once the mixture is blended and is sticking together, scoop out with a spoon a small portion of the mixture. If you make a circle with your index finger and thumb, that should be about the size of the scoop.
- Roll the mixture on the parchment paper until it is a longer cylinder shape
- At this point, you can mold the mixture to look like a finger by pinching two portions of it to look like knuckles, you can then take your fork and press down on the mixture to make the knuckle wrinkles. If you need help, look at your own fingers for inspiration.
- Take the 10 shaved almonds and place them at the end of the mixture to look like finger nails
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top to make the fingers look like they are covered in dirt.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Already made guacamole (you can find already made guacamole from just about any grocery store – this will save you time)
- 2 blue corn tortilla strips per guacamole bat
- sliced black olives
- With a spoon, scoop out small balls of guacamole and place on a serving dish
- Place 2 tortilla strips on either side of the ball to make the guac ball look like it has bat wings
- Add two sliced black olives in the front of the guac ball for the bat eyes
- Serve and enjoy!
- Frozen already made falafel (you can find these at Jewel, TJ, or Mariano’s)
- 1 red pepper
- sliced black olives
- Cook the falafel. If you want to use a different spider body mixture, you can make spinach muffins, cheese balls, or anything that can be shaped into a sphere.
- Cut the red pepper into about 5 large strips, then cut the strips into thinner pieces starting at the base near the stem. Them cut the strips in half so that the bump in the red pepper is included in the strip – this is important so that the legs stay propped up and look realistic.
- Insert the legs into the body mixture so that they stay in place
- Add the sliced black olives as the eyes – serve and enjoy!
Ingredients: (2 green apples makes about 5-6 monsters)
- 2 green apples
- 1 tsp of red jelly per monster mouth
- slivered almonds
Directions: I like to think of this recipe more as an art project vs. a recipe that needs actual measurements. You have freedom to use as many or as little slivered almonds for the teeth as you can be creative.
- Cut the green apple into thirds
- Carve out a mouth opening into the slices, if you accidentally cut the slice into two halves, that is OK.
- Scoop out 1 tsp of red jelly and place it in the mouth carving – make sure you spread the mixture around evenly in the carving
- Find and take different sizes of slivered almonds and place them as you wish around the perimeter of the carving so that they resemble teeth.
- Serve for your kids after school this Friday!
What type of healthy yet spooky treats are you going to make this year? Have a happy Halloween!