Healthier snacking is pretty much my blogging mission. Halloween is just an excuse to make healthy snacks in the shape of pumpkins or ghosts or spiders. Snacks within the orange and chocolate color scheme (yes chocolate is a color). Snacks that aren’t worth their weight in sugar. Snacks that are fun, festive, and quite possibly fruity.
The scariest thing about Halloween is probably the amount of pure junk it is possible to consume in one night. But getting creative in the kitchen is much more fun and healthy than unwrapping and mindlessly eating way too much candy. So when Nuts.com inspired me to share some of my favorite healthy snacks for Halloween, I was bursting with ideas.
Some are easy, unwrap-and-eat type things. I am a big fan of simple snacking.
Some require a little more baking and making, nothing too fancy though. I promise it will be easier than carving a pumpkin (which is always harder than I think it’s going to be…by the time I get all the seeds and innards out I’m ready for a break!)
And keep reading to get the recipe for these little Dark Chocolate Coconut Ghosts too…
There are a million pumpkin-y delights I could’ve posted here, but instead I chose things that are candy mimics or truly Halloween themed. Things that I would have loved to receive in my trick-or-treat bag!
Instead of chewy fruit-flavored candies…
-Dried fruit! My favorites are figs, apple rings, raisins, mulberries, blueberries, and mango. Just make sure to get the ones without added sugar.
-Barnana banana chewy bites. The original and apple cinnamon are my favorites!
–Dates. I’ve only ever had Medjools, but I really want to try the Khadrawi and Barhi varieties.
–Date rolls. I just recently tried these, and they are AMAZING!
Instead of crunchy snacks…
-Freeze dried fruit. My favorites are bananas, grapes (unusual I know, but really good), and blueberries.
-Baked apple chips. Bare Snacks baked apple cinnamon fruit chips are my favorite!
-Popcorn! Pop it yourself and top with salt, spices, nutritional yeast, cacao powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, or anything.
Or spend time in the kitchen having fun with family and friends making homemade Halloween goodies…
–Candy Corn Pops with Poisonberry Sauce. Fruity snacks that mimic that iconic tricolored treat and a special spooky dipping sauce.
–Raw Caramel Apples. Caramel apples aren’t orange or black or ghost-shaped or pumpkin-faced, but they are undeniably Halloween-y. And this recipe is undeniably easy too.
–Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Squares. A little messy, but totally worth it.
–Brownie-Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies. Don’t these look festive? I told you chocolate was a color.
Now let’s talk about these ghosts that have been peering at you all post long…
Everything-free cupcakes made extra dark. Ghost-white glaze. Double stacked to get that ghost height. Dressed in coconut costumes witch cacao eyes peeking through. A little spooky, but mostly just scrumptious!Print
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 6 pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- COCONUT FROSTING
- 1/2 cup coconut milk powder
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp water
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar *see note (or cane sugar powdered in a blender)
- FOR THE CUPCAKES: Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Blend the water, milk, and dates on high until smooth.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
- Add the blended ingredients, and stir until everything is well combined.
- Spoon into a mini muffin pan with paper liners or greased with coconut oil.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes until the center bounces back when lightly pressed.
- Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
- Chill overnight.
- FOR THE FROSTING: Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. If it is too thick, you can add a little bit more water.
- TO MAKE THE GHOSTS: Take 1 mini cupcake and use a bread/cake knife to cut off the domed top. Flip it over, and place it on a plate.
- Take a second cupcake, flip it upside down, and use the cake/bread knife to shape it into a gumdrop shape that fits on top of the first cupcake.
- Dollop the frosting on top of the ghosts and let it drip down to look adorable and ghostly. Use cacao nibs or chocolate chips for eyes.
- As quickly as possible, place them in the freezer to harden the frosting.
- Devour these spooky snacks, and keep the leftovers in the fridge.
*You can use coconut sugar here, but it will effect the color.
I know it may seem cheesy to say that fruit and healthy recipes are just as good as candy, but they really can be. Tastes can adjust and eventually your tastebuds (and the rest of your body) will thank you. Once you get all the sugar out, you can let the actual flavors come in. There are so many more fruits than there are fruity candies. There are so many more healthy halloween recipes than chocolate bars. Switching to healthy halloween snacks opens up all these new possibilities of edible goodies. And homemade halloween baking could be a whole new end of October tradition!