My girls love candy, too and too much of anything isn’t good. We’re not about to be those parents who put the kaibosh on Trick or Treating for our little punk skeleton or Elsa (the Frozen phenomenon is alive and well … sigh, sigh. But this year, my wife and I are vowing to make the Halloween season a little healthier. I’ve compiled a short list of some really creative, Non-Candy Halloween treats that we’ll be trying at home in the weeks ahead!
Five Scary After-School Snacks Made of (Gasp) Fruit!
Frozen Boo-Nana Pops
Although this frozen pop contains a small amount of white chocolate, it’s much healthier than candy. To make four pops, you’ll need:
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup white chocolate
- 8 mini chocolate chips
- 4 popsicle sticks
Simply cut the banana in half lengthwise, then again in half to make four quarters. Insert the popsicle sticks into the bananas and freeze the bananas on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. After the bananas are frozen, fill a small microwaveable container with white chocolate and melt for 30 seconds at time. Once the chocolate has melted, dip the bananas one at a time in the chocolate. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes before the chocolate hardens. Return to the freezer. Eat when frozen.
Recipe courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com
Speaking of bananas … you can’t get much easier than this one! The kiddos will flip for this adorable snack. Simply press chocolate chips into half of a peeled banana so they resemble a ghost face.
Recipe courtesy spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com.
Clementine and Celery Pumpkins
Another easy one that scores high on the cute meter! Peel clementines and insert a one-inch piece of celery into the top so that it looks like a pumpkin stalk. See more at spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com
Spooky Spider Snack
This snack actually looks scary. All it requires is a plum, a dozen pretzel sticks, edible eyes and dark grapes. Poke three holes on each side of the plum, insert the pretzel sticks, pushing them into the holes. Poke a hole on the ends of the grapes and then slide them onto the pretzel sticks leaving just a bit of pretzel showing. Then, take additional pretzel sticks with grapes inserted on them and attach them to the original “legs.” Once the legs are complete, stick on the edible eyes with peanut butter and there you go!
Recipe and image courtesy of kitchenfunwithmy3sons. Click here for details.
No list would be complete without one featuring October’s most notable fruit—the apple! The Apple Monster is a fun and healthy snack your kids will love. All you need is an apple, slivered almonds, toothpicks, mini marshmallows and some green cookie icing.
Start by cutting a wedge out of the apple (this can be eaten at once!). Then, cut the piece with the wedge out. (In all you can make four monsters from a single apple.) Take the almond slivers and begin making teeth.
Next, create the eyes. First insert two toothpicks on top of the “mouth.” Add on marshmallows decorated with the green food coloring. There you have it!
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