Halloween can lead to such a sugar overload, so it’s great to have some options for healthy (healthier) snacks to have around the house. The holiday season can be so hard to not over-indulge, so I’ve gathered a list of 6 easy snacks that are on the healthier side that can be made with your children or for yourself. Try to forgo the sweets for these better snacks.
String Cheese Ghosts
Ok, this is such an easy idea, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. Take some mozzarella cheese sticks (since they are white) and use a sharpie marker on the outside of the packaging to draw on some ghost faces. These would be perfect to bring for a school Halloween party! Thanks to Chrysa from ThriftyJinxy for this wonderful idea.
Orange Fruit Jack-O-Lantern
Another adorable Halloween snack from ThriftyJinxy here, using a grapefruit orange and cleaning it out to carve into a Jack-O-Lantern. Then once it’s carved out, fill it with berries and you have a great healthy snack. These would be a great addition to a Halloween party either at home or for a school party.
Peanut Butter Pumpkins & Healthy Candies
Another great healthy recipe (that does include chocolate!) are these peanut butter filled chocolates from Taryn at Joy Filled Eats. Now personally, I don’t like peanut butter, I know, who doesn’t like peanut butter? But if you do enjoy it, these are a great alternative. My husband enjoys peanut butter, so I am guessing that he would love to make these for Halloween.
Apple Date Caramel Bites
Do you need a healthier Halloween option that is vegan and gluten-free? Look no further than these delicious bites from Lili at Traveling Oven for your next favorite treat! I made some date-nut balls for a secret Santa gift many years ago, and that was the only time I have ever really worked with dates before. I see them in so many tasty looking recipes but just haven’t given it a go again yet. This recipe may have me changing that! This is a healthier version of candy apples since you are covering the apple with dates rather than actual caramel, then the topping is of your choice so you can make it as healthy or sweet as you want.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Icing
These are a great recipe to use up the stringy and fleshy parts of the pumpkin that you remove when you carve your pumpkins. I love that idea because we all know I hate waste in the kitchen, and this would use up a part that is normally thrown out. These aren’t necessarily the most healthy on the list since they are still cupcakes and you are still making a buttercream frosting, but the fact that they use the fresh pumpkin and avocado for the frosting is what landed Kate’s recipe from Veggie Desserts on my list.
Spooky Ghost Vegan Bounty Bars
This delicious recipe comes from Andrea at The Petite Cook, and as the name suggests, these are another vegan option for a wonderful Halloween snack that is also gluten-free. Even better, they only use 4 ingredients and take about 30 minutes to make, so they are perfect for those last-minute treats. She makes a sheet pan of a bounty bar, then uses a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut them into their Halloween shapes. Knowing this, you could also make them into snowflakes for Christmas, or eggs for Easter, or any other holiday cutout that’s mostly white! I love a good, versatile recipe like this!
Ok, I’ve done the research on the healthy options, now it’s your turn to get cooking and keep things a little healthier this Halloween. But of course, everything in moderation, make sure to enjoy the holiday and eat some of that candy as well!