We’ve come up with five healthy Halloween treats to fill both big and little tummies. These ideas will get you and your family into the spooky spirit without needing a trip to the dentist after. And they are all incredibly simple and can be prepared in minutes.
1. Zombie Jaws
Makes 8 serves
Take an apple and cut it into quarters and then cut each quarter in half. Using a knife, spread a generous layer of peanut or almond butter to one side of two apple slices. Place them together so the buttered sides are together and the outward edges face the same direction. Then place seeds (sunflower seeds work best) along the outside edge to form jagged “teeth”.
I’m not going to lie, these look quite terrifying! You can make a version that’s suitable for smaller children by skipping the “teeth” and adding candy eyes (available from most large supermarkets) to the top apple layer. You’ll need a tiny dab of peanut or almond butter to stick the eyes to the apple.
2. Pee-Wee Pumpkins
These mini-pumpkins are probably the most healthy halloween treats you could make. They are also a total cheat and you don’t need a recipe. Simply peel as many mandarins as you have tummies to fill. Then add something green, like a bit of celery, for the “stalk”. Try and remove as much of the white pith from the mandarins as possible to make the most convincing “pumpkin”. So easy but so cute.
3. Mini Martians or Green Witch Fingers
Makes approx. 6 martians or 8 fingers
To make either of these options, you’ll put together a protein ball mix that includes barley grass powder. This allows us to create quite a strong green colour without the use of artificial colours. These are quite sweet – the honey disguises the flavour of the barley grass!
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pepitas
4 tbsp almond meal
2 tbsp hulled tahini
1 tbsp barley grass powder
2 tbsp honey
For the witch fingers: A few flaked almonds and a teaspoon of red jam
For the mini-martians: Candy eyes (available from large supermarkets)
Using a food processor or blender, grind the seeds as finely as possible. Add the rest of the ingredients to the processor or blender and mix until a dough is forming. If the dough is still quite crumbly and you can’t easily form a small ball, add a teaspoon more tahini until the consistency is more doughlike.
To make the witch fingers: Take a tablespoon of the dough, roll into a ball and then mold that into a chubby finger shape. Press your fingertip on one end to form a ‘nail bed’. Add a small amount of red jam there and place a flaked almond on top.
To make the mini-Martians: Take a heaped tablespoon of the dough, roll into a ball and then add either one, two or three candy eyes.
4. Witch Fingers & Devilish Dip
This is probably the most fiddly of all our ideas. It’s fun though! You’ll need one medium carrot per person and you’ll likely end up with various off-cuts which you can freeze and throw into a soup or stew later.
Peel your carrots and cut each one until they are about the length of your middle finger. Depending on the size of your carrots, cut each one lengthways in half or quarters until they are roughly finger sized. Then use your knife to carefully carve each piece into a finger shape. Add grooves on the knuckles for a very realistic look! To finish off your fingers, add a tiny blob of dip (see below) to the end and place a small piece of capsicum or a flaked almond on top. Be warned, flaked almonds look almost too real!
For the dip, either use pesto (green slime) or add some beetroot powder to hummus for a more ‘bloody’ look. Or you could use a red tomato salsa or your own dip recipe.
5. Beastly Butties
Beastly butties are simply your favourite sandwiches cut into quarters, then embellished with a gherkin and olives. Slice each gherkin lengthways and tuck it into one corner of the sandwich. Take two cocktail sticks and pop an olive onto the end of each one. Then piece the top of the sandwich with the cocktail sticks to create googly eyes on stalks. Monstrous!
We hope you’ve found something you and your family and friends will enjoy amongst these healthy halloween treats. For more ideas for a waste-free Halloween including decor and costumes, check out this blog post.