Have you ever thought about making some healthy Halloween treats to off-set all the sugary sweets? It’s no secret that Halloween is a candy-heavy holiday. (Well, if we’re being honest, most holidays are!) The typical trick-or-treater will consume 7,000 calories of candy on Halloween alone—equivalent to 13 Big Macs and 220 packets of sugar.
But don’t let these statistics spook you from enjoying the holiday as you normally would. If you’re concerned with being more health-conscious this Halloween, all that sugar can be avoided with these equally as fun (and healthy!) Halloween treats.
1. Put a Little Spook in Your Favorite Fruit
No time to bake? For working moms and dads, it might be easier to make a healthy Halloween treat from things you already have in your kitchen, like fruit! Stick a shortened celery stalk into clementine oranges to create little pumpkins. Or, make little banana ghosts by cutting a banana in half and using raisins to make a ghostie face. It doesn’t get much healthier than Halloween-themed fruit!
2. Sweeten Your Caramel Corn with Honey
Caramel corn is always a fall favorite, but all that sugar on top makes it more of a dessert than a healthy snack. Luckily, you can trade out the sugary topping for organic honey and still get that sweet taste. Using raw honey and a tiny bit of butter, you can easily sprinkle your non-GMO corn kernels with a little healthy sweetness and chow down on some homemade caramel corn that won’t give you any cavities!
3. Create These Healthy Monster Teeth
Another way to be creative with fruit this Halloween is to create some fun monster teeth out of apples, peanut butter, and yogurt-covered goji berries. Your kids will love these spooky yet cute monster teeth, and they won’t crash from a sugar high after eating them!
4. Make Some Scary Spider Sandwiches
Everyone likes eating things that look like creepy-crawlies on Halloween (but, of course, aren’t real insects!) Whether you choose to put peanut butter, turkey, ham, or cheese on your spider sandwiches, these make a fun, healthy lunch option for Halloween. Trade out the chocolate chip eyes for olives or raisins for an even healthier version.
5. Bake Some Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
If you aren’t trying to totally cut out sugar but want to bake a healthier dessert for friends and family, this recipe for gluten-free pumpkin sugar cookies will be a Halloween win. Using plant-based, natural food dye and allergen-friendly chocolate chips, these silly pumpkin cookies will have everyone smiling.