Think ‘Halloween snacks’ and your mind probably goes to toffee apples and cobweb cupcakes. Nowadays, though, spooky season lasts the entire month of October, so it’s a good idea to find some go-to healthy recipes that won’t take such a toll on your family’s teeth. Leave that to the trick or treating spoils!
As a healthy sweet treat, these carrot muffins are a killer way to get your kids munching one of their five a day. They’ll love scooping the mixture into the muffin tin, and better still, competing to create the creepiest topping. (Check out this easy peasy tutorial on making edible googly eyes to decorate.) Next, crack out your bat, ghost and witches hat cutters and have a go at these sugar free cookies from Sugar Free Londoner. The recipe uses cacao to get that rich, chocolatey flavour, so there are no nasties here.
Once you’ve baked, create a creepy spread by scattering your muffins and biscuits across a tray and adding Frankenstein kiwis and awful apple faces. Your little monsters won’t be able to resist!
Dead good dinners
Fill the family up (and freak them out) with these ghost-topped pizzas. They’re quick and easy to make — and healthier still if you use wholemeal pizza bases. Our top tip for at-home pizza cheffing is to use a crisper to allow airflow around the base, achieving that restaurant-style texture at home.
Once they’re all pizza-ed out (if that’s possible), older children will love carving creepy faces into these stuffed peppers. Involving kids in the cooking process is a proven way to get them eating healthier food, so it’s a good idea to sneak as many veggies as you can into the mixed grain stuffing. Serve with a spine chilling side of fresh carrot ‘fingers’ and hummus.
Scary movie snacks
Curl up with your favourite (family friendly) scary film and tuck into some of these spooky sharing plates. These three ingredient Eyeball Caprese Bites from Eats Amazing couldn’t be simpler to make, and they make a fantastic kid-friendly introduction to the Italian trifecta of mozzarella, tomato and basil, too.
If you fancy something hot, why not try your hand at jack-o’-lantern sweet potato fries or Healthy Halloween nachos? Both of these recipes involve getting creative with seasonal shape cutting — who knew family life would involve making your own bat shaped nachos from wholemeal tortillas? — but once you’ve done the fiddly bit, you simply need to pop them on a non-stick baking sheet to cook. Don’t forget dips for your fries — labelling ketchup as ‘blood’ adds extra creepiness to proceedings.
If that sounds like too much prep, this Trick or Treat popcorn puts a spicy spin on the cinema classic — that chilli powder kick means it’s not for the faint hearted, however! For the little ones, give the humble banana a haunted twist instead. These Banana Ghosts are even healthier if you replace the chocolate chip eyes with raisins.
Let us know in the comments which spooky snacks and monstrous meals you’re planning on making this Halloween or tag @yourprestigekitchen in your Instagram pics!