By: Tayler Glenn
With Halloween candy at every turn, finding treats that aren’t entirely bad for you seems impossible! But these healthy recipes are here to help a healthy gal (or guy!) out. From creatively arranged vegetables to homemade, lightened up favorites, these healthier Halloween treats pack all of the fun without the extra added sugar!
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: Makes 8 servings
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup honey or other sticky sweetener
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened dried pineapple, chopped
- ¼ cup unsweetened dried apricots, chopped
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Spread oats and sunflower seeds on a rimmed baking sheet + bake for 5-8 minutes.
- Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray
- Cook honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat without stirring until large foamy bubbles form, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Immediately pour the toasted oat mixture and salt into the honey; stir until completely coated.
- Press the granola into the prepared pan using a heat-resistant spatula coated with cooking spray + top with a circle of pineapple pieces in the center of the pan, then create a ring of apricot pieces around it. Stop about 2 inches from the edge.
- Gently press the dried fruit into the granola + let cool for 30 minutes.
- Cut into 8 wedges and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the wedges on the pan, and spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt onto the bottom third of each wedge.
- Place in the freezer until the yogurt hardens, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves: Makes 50 servings
- 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ cup sugar or other sweetener that bakes like sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place egg whites in a mixing bowl, add cream of tartar, and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
- Continue beating while slowly adding sugar or sweetener 1 tablespoon at a time until the whites are stiff and glossy, then add vanilla and beat for 30 seconds more.
- Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 200°F. + line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Fill a 1-quart sealable plastic bag with the meringue + seal the bag almost completely, leaving a small opening for air to escape from the top as you squeeze. Snip off one corner of the bag with scissors, making a ¾-inch-wide opening then gently push the meringue down to the snipped corner.
- Pipe the meringue into 1½-inch-diameter cookies, then pipe half as much on top to resemble a snowman.
- Bake the cookies, switching pans from top to bottom and back to front halfway through, until dry and crisp throughout, 1½ to 2½ hours.
- Transfer the pans to wire racks and let the cookies cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
- Place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Stir and continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until melted and smooth.
- Place the melted chocolate into a sealable plastic bag, then push the chocolate down to one corner and snip off the tip of that corner to create a piping bag.
- Pipe dots for eyes and a larger oval for the ghostly mouth. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Serves: Makes 12 servings
- 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced crosswise into thirds
- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 24 chocolate chips
- 2 banana slices ( ¼ inch thick), quartered
- 12 wooden popsicle sticks
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Cut a small slit into the side of each kiwi slice. Slide in a popsicle stick. Place on the baking sheet.
- In small bowl combine yogurt and cocoa powder, then spoon into a small plastic bag + snip off a tiny tip of one corner.
- Decoratively pipe hair on the upper third of each slice, then press two chocolate chips (flat-side up) into the kiwi to create eyes.
- For the bride of Frankenstein’s hair, press a banana slice into the yogurt, then pipe Frankenstein’s stitched mouth, + the bride’s lips. Refrigerate until set.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: Makes 1 serving
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- ¾ cup reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 strawberry, hulled and halved
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 svg. TLS® Shake – Vanilla (optional, and may call for more liquid)
- Combine mango, yogurt, milk, TLS® Shake (optional) and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl and decorate to look like a jack-o’-lantern, using strawberry halves for the cheeks and creating eyes and a nose with chia seeds.
- Serve with a green spoon to look like the pumpkin stem and attach a paper leaf
Which Halloween recipes are you enjoying this year?
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