5 Healthier Halloween Treats

  • 28 October 2021
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The words ‘healthy’ and ‘Halloween’ are not typically found together in the same sentence and let’s be honest fruit and salad don’t exactly scream Halloween. When you think of healthier options, you are often reminded of ‘that’ neighbour who gave out boxes of raisins instead of sweets.

Yet whether you're on a health kick, gone vegan or just don’t have a sweet tooth, you can still get into the spirit of spooky season without being completely devilish.

Here are our favourite healthier Halloween snacks (with a few wicked ones thrown in too!)

1. Pumpkin Muffins

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked muffin in the morning, after lunch or for a little late-night munch? Nothing screams Halloween more than pumpkins. These ‘spooktacular' treats combine both, for a delicious veggie snack.

Ingredients:

  • 76g melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 113g maple syrup or honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 227g pumpkin purée
  • 60ml milk of choice - we like to use almond milk as well
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice blend
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 238g whole wheat flour
  • 28g oats, plus more for sprinkling on top

Nutritional value: 190 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated), 220mg sodium, 27g carbs, 9g sugar, 4g fibre, 4g protein

For the full method - https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-maple-pumpkin-muffins/

2. Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread

Was banana bread a lockdown staple? Now is the time to flex your new-found baking skills and mix up your banana bread, “Halloween style” with a vegan twist on this classic recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 150g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 70g buckwheat flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 2 medium bananas or 3 small bananas
  • 8 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 95g coconut sugar
  • 60ml grape-seed oil
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 60g pumpkin seeds
  • 60g dark chocolate chips

For the method follow the link - https://hazelandcacao.com/vegan-pumpkin-banana-bread/

3. Vegan Bloody Falafel Fingers

A Halloween classic the ‘Witches finger’, has now been reinvented with the earthy flavours of falafel for a ‘finger-licious’ treat for all our savory snack lovers. They are the ultimate finger food for any plant-based Halloween party (pun-intended).

Ingredients

  • 82g dry chickpeas
  • 72.5g dry split yellow peas
  • 4.67g chopped red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4g cilantro packed
  • 15g parsley packed
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds or coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper/ or black pepper or to taste I also added 1/2 a Serrano chili pepper. Spice!
  • 2 tsp oil optional
  • 1-2 Tbsp chickpea flour

Nutritional Value: ‘Per serving’ 83 calories, 1g fat, 13g carbs, 1g sugar, 238mg sodium, 4g fibre, 4g protein

Full recipe available at - https://www.veganricha.com/bloody-falafel-fingers-baked-chickpea/

4. Mummy Cake Pops

These no-bake vegan Mummy Cake Pops are a fun, simple, creative and deliciously chocolate-y the same time! Using a coconut glaze to create the illusion of mummy wrappings and chocolate chips for eyes, this 5-ingredient recipe is not one to be missed.

Ingredients:

  • medjool dates
  • coconut milk – Any other type of milk will work.
  • vanilla extract
  • almond flour – Don’t use almond meal, or the texture of the cake pops will be too dense.
  • coconut powder

Nutritional value: ‘Per Mummy-tastic cake pop’ 172 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated), 5mg sodium, 16g carbs, 10g sugar, 4g fibre, 4g protein

Full instructions can be found - https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/halloween-mummy-cake-pops/

5. Bite-sized Eyeballs

Our scariest pick of the bunch, these spooky appetisers look just like eyeballs and are a fantastic buffet accompaniment. The cleverly-decorated cheese puffs give off the illusion of a monster's eyeball on your plate and did we mention they are low-calorie too.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 235g plain flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 oz. Guryère cheese, coarsely grated

Decorations:

  • Cream cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Stuffed olives
  • Sriracha or ketchup

Nutritional value “Per eyeball” - 57 cal, 4.5g fat (2.5 g saturated), 77mg sodium, 3g carbs, 2 g protein

Method available here - https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/recipes/a60165/bitesize-eyeballs-recipe/

We hope you’ll enjoy these fabulous treats as much as we do, and remember - these are healthier alternatives, so all the more reason to get your apron out and your oven fired up.

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