5 Healthy Halloween Party Treats

Pumpkin-spice everything, chunky scarves, boots, and Halloween parties… some of our favorite October staples! Fall is in full swing, and the only thing scarier than the goblins and ghouls lurking around every corner is the nutrition label on some of our favorite Halloween treats! The good news? You don’t have to sacrifice your health goals to indulge in some seasonal fun. We’ve got five fun and festive Halloween treat ideas that won’t leave you crashing like a 7-year-old on November 1st. The best part? Each of these recipes contains four ingredients or fewer, and comes together in a matter of minutes!

Try these out at your next Halloween party, or bring them to work for a nutritious and festive mid-day snack. 

1. Spooky fruit
How about some boo-nanas? These spooky snacks are so simple; you’ll only need two ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips*

Peel your banana, and cut it in half. Insert 3 chocolate chips toward the top ¼ of the banana, to make a ghost face.

*Feel free to replace chocolate chips with raisins, craisins, blueberries, or anything similarly shaped.

2. Zucchini pizza eyeballs
These mini zucchini pizza eyeballs may look creepy, but there’s nothing scary about the terrific pizza flavor packed into each bite! To make approximately 32 eyeballs (enough to serve about 4), you’ll need:

  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4” slices
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • ¾ cup of pizza or marinara sauce
  • ¾ cup of mozzarella

Arrange zucchini slices on a baking tray, and spoon approximately 1-2 teaspoons of sauce onto each slice. Top with a pinch of marinara, and place one olive slice in the middle to make the eye’s iris. Broil on high for about 3 minutes, or until cheese melts.

3. Dark chocolate covered apples
A new spin on an old classic, these dark chocolate covered apples pack a mighty antioxidant punch! They come together pretty quickly, and with only 2 ingredients (and a helping hand from a few kitchen supplies), these dark chocolate delights might become your fall go-to snack.

  • 4 small apples (whole or sliced, for easier eating)
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate baking squares or chips
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden skewers

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat (if using a regular saucepan, be sure to stir often to avoid scorching and keep the heat low!) until the chocolate is fully liquefied. Skewer each apple or apple slice, and gently dip it into the melted chocolate. Place dipped apple on parchment paper to harden, and refrigerate.

4. Jack-o-lantern quesadillas
This cute twist on an old crowd-pleaser will fill you up and keep you balanced for a full night of spooky shenanigans. This recipe makes yields 4 quesadillas.

  • 8 tortillas (opt for whole wheat for added fiber)
  • 1 cup of cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 cup of pico de gallo
  • 1 ½ cup of cheese of choice

Begin by cutting a jack-o-lantern face into 4 tortillas. Lay the jack-o-lantern tortillas onto a greased skillet, toasting them one at a time. Set jack-o-lantern tortillas aside, and then place a whole tortilla onto the greased skillet. Add cheese, chicken, and pico de gallo. Toast until cheese melts, and top with jack-o-lantern tortilla.

5. Pumpkin mini-muffins
Everyone loves muffins in the morning, so why not give yours a seasonal spin? These pumpkin mini-muffins are rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C and bursting with autumn flavor. The best news? You only need two ingredients:

  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (check the label- it should be just pumpkin. Not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 box of cake mix (spice cake is a perfect choice here, but it would be okay to use just about any flavor)

Combine pumpkin and cake mix until mostly smooth (the batter will be heavy and dense). Divide the mixture evenly into a lightly greased mini muffin pan, and bake for 13 minutes at 350 degrees.

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