When we think about Halloween we usually think ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, and candy; Lots and lots of candy. Of course everyone wants to indulge a little bit during the holidays, but Halloween doesn't have to be all about sugary sweets. We compiled a couple healthy Halloween treats that you can make for your Halloween party or pumpkin carving night!
Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 very large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
To begin, you'll need two fat, round sweet potatoes. Look for the biggest ones with the most even girth. Peel the skin from both sweet potatoes. Slice the tip ends from the sweet potato, leaving the thickest part of the middle. Use a sharp knife to cut a small "V" shape in the center of the sweet potato. Slice the sweet potato into 1/8" thin slices. Use a small, sharp knife to "carve" jack-o-lantern faces into each sweet potato slice. Toss the sweet potatoes with some melted coconut oil and spices in a plastic bag. Place the sweet potato fries on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges. Serve and enjoy!
Crunchy Halloween Mummies
- 1 1/3 cups garden vegetable cream cheese spread, softened
- 20 pieces (3 1/2 inches each) celery
- 3 slices (1 oz each) deli sliced cooked ham
- 10 sweetened dried cranberries
Place cream cheese in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut 1/2 inch off 1 corner. Pipe about 1 tablespoon into each celery piece. Cut ham slices lengthwise into 16 pieces. Cut pieces crosswise into 1 inch pieces. Place about 12 ham pieces over cream cheese to look like "bandages"; use tip of knife to tuck in ends of ham along celery edge. Cut cranberries into 40 pieces. Place pieces between "bandages" for mummies' eyes.
Frozen Boo-Nana Pops
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup good quality white chocolate
- 8 mini chocolate chips for eyes
- 4 popsicle sticks
Cut banana in half lengthwise, then in half to make four quarters. Insert popsicle stick into bananas, and freeze bananas on wax paper lined cookie sheet. When the bananas are frozen fill a coffee mug with chocolate. Melt chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until the chocolate is melted and soft. Dip the bananas one at a time into the chocolate, scraping off the excess chocolate from the back of the banana, and place it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Quickly add the chocolate chips for the eyes before the chocolate hardens (you have to work quickly here). Return to the freezer until frozen and ready to eat. Eat frozen.
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (~1 lemon)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
Puree everything in a food processor or blender and enjoy with crackers or chips!