Halloween is a delicious and adventurous time of year, but enjoying it doesn’t need to come with rotten teeth and frighteningly hyped-up children.
Get the best of both worlds with these no-sugar-added healthy Halloween snacks:
1. Otherwordly Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Bites
Magic happens when you bring together chewy oatmeal, wholesome raisins and protein packed walnuts into a sweet cookie treat. Oatmeal raisin cookie bites are a perfect way to have your cake and eat it too. Spice up the usual oatmeal raisin recipe cinnamon and pure vanilla extract, incorporating honey as a sweetener, almonds for crunch and coconut oil to bring the chewy treat together. Make into little balls and plop on a baking sheet, then top with shaved walnut or almond. Check out the full recipe on Like Mother Like Daughter.
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2. Spooky Honey-Dipped Apple Bites
Break out the pastry piping and toothpicks for this simple and kid-friendly treat. Slice your favorite type of apple into french fry-sized bites and gather toppings to kick up the healthy snack. Honey and Greek Yogurt, plus a healthy serving of chia seeds and roasted sesame seeds can all be mixed together in a bowl creating the dip. You can then use the mixture to decorate the apple bites. Check out the full recipe on All Recipes.
3. Wacky-Shaped Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are a great place to start for any type of fall-food brainstorming. For these, grab a few small to medium sized cookie-cutters with festive shapes. Slice your sweet potatoes to create about quarter-inch slices, and then use the cookie cutters to create cool shapes. Top the fries with a drizzle of melted honey and butter for a memorable Halloween-themed appetizer. Check out the full recipe on Tablespoon.
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4. Haunted Honey Granola Bites
Get your hands sticky this Halloween season, not with blood, but with honey. For a sweet treat that you won’t even need to turn the oven on for, grab some granola and any other supplemental granola-related food such as raisins, seeds, chocolate chunks or dried fruit. Mix your ingredients to taste in a large glass or metal bowl and drizzle with honey. Mold into bite-sized balls and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden. Check out the full recipe from Nature Valley.
5. Spell-Binding Cinnamon Apple Chips
All you’ll need is a couple Golden Delicious apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and a bit of coconut oil to make a bewitchingly delicious and healthful treat. Set your sliced apples in your pre-heated oven at 225 degrees and drizzle all of your spices and coconut oil on top. Bake for 45 minutes to create a crisp and sweet snack that you can serve to the big and little kids on all Halloween. Check out the full recipe on All Recipes.
6. Freaky Fruit Kebabs
Pull out the apples, grapes, bananas, pears, lychee, cactus fruit and even the guava for this super simple appetizer you can dress up as much as you want. Chop fruit in varying shapes and stack with skewers to get things started, then simply use colored candy melts and a fine pastry piping tip to add festive designs. Take this recipe to the next step by adding honey and greek yogurt dip to the party and crushed peanuts to top things off. Check out the full recipe on She Knows.
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7. Crazy Caramel-Glazed Nut Medley
Forget those high-priced protein bars that pack in the excess sugar and instead, head for a medley of honey-glazed walnuts, cashews, almonds and pecans. Mix all of your favorite nuts into a bowl bowl with a healthy drizzle of caramel topping and a bit of oatmeal for added stick, then combine into bite-sized balls. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for ten minutes, then place in the fridge to cool. Pop these deliciously sweet treats in your to-go bag while you’re walking the kids this Halloween to stay full without overdosing on sugar. Check out the full recipe on Carlsbad Cravings.
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Tell us in the comments: What other tips do you have for making healthy food choices during Halloween?