3 Easiest Halloween Recipes to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Food is a freaking, frightfully fun way of celebrating Halloween parties, dinners and get-togethers. But this does not mean that you get the leverage to eat junk, sugar-loaded sweets and candies, flour-based baked goods and excessive carbohydrates. Even with some of the most healthy options and ingredients, you can create spectacularly spooky recipes and stay gluten-free, sugar-free, and healthy during the holidays.

Staying close to Mother Nature in such times is not as difficult as it may seem. Change your view of sweets as candies and cakes only. There are plenty of natural options to treat your sweet tooth.

You can practice healthy gluten-free sweets and nutritious foods, give your kids healthy holiday treats, and trick them into having nutritious bites with a pinch of fun.

Here, I have curated some easiest, most nutritious, yet harrowingly Halloween recipes to give your holiday season a healthy start.

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3 Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Easiest Halloween Recipes

1. Chocolate-Dipped Banana Ghosts

Chocolate and bananas are a great fit whether combined, frozen or fresh. These Chocolate-dipped bananas are a lovely Halloween treat, easy to make, spooky to look and cute to eat. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas
  • ½ cup dark/nut milk chocolate
  • ¼ cup white chocolate or as needed
  • Nuts for dressing – as desired

Method

  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and microwave for 20 seconds or until it is in a nice liquid form
  • Cut bananas in halves and place them on a parchment paper
  • Insert wooden skewers in each half to make a Popsicle
  • Dip the bananas in the chocolate or drizzle the chocolate at the top.
  • Put the bananas on the parchment paper and freeze for 5 minutes to let the chocolate settle
  • Use desiccated coconut or drops of white chocolate icing on dark one and vice versa to make eyes and mouth on the banana popsicles
  • Freeze again
  • You can make this recipe ahead in advance and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Tips

Always melt chocolate in small batches to avoid burning it.

Dark chocolate dip can be covered until half of the banana’s length, and white chocolate can be used to fully cover the bananas to make banana ghosts.

Useful Resource: Here is a useful link to see the Dietary Recommendations for Americans Issued by dietaryguidelines.gov to review how an ideal diet should be according to every age group.

2. Apple-Peanut Butter Monster Mouths

This small yet fun recipe is a kid’s favorite. It works great on every Halloween spread and is always a hit with kids and adults alike. The recipe has as many variations as you could think of. Let your brain run loose and think of creative additions to make these apple peanut butter mouths as frightful as they can be

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized green apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts (unsalted)
  • Lemon juice to keep apples from browning

Method

  • Cut the apples into quarters. Carefully carve out the center of the quarter pieces to make the shape of the mouth. The thickness may vary for the top and bottom slices of the mouth.
  • Drizzle lemon juice on the apples to preserve them from browning if you are making it a few hours ahead.
  • Spread the peanut butter on the inner side of the cut-out apple
  • Place peanuts in a row to make teeth
  • Store in the fridge to let the peanut butter settle.

Tips

You can use thin strawberry slices and place them between the teeth and the lower layer of the apple to make the tongue.

You can also use dark chocolate chips to make eyes at the top part of the mouth

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3. Walnut-Filled Date Roaches

One of Halloween’s easiest and probably grossest recipes include these walnut-filled dates. Most kids and teens would love to have this healthy version of candy for tricks or treats. And the best part, this would not be a regular candy.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups finely chopped walnuts
  • Tahini paste
  • Honey
  • 2 packs of pitted dated

Method

  • Mix together 2 spoons of tahini paste and honey each
  • Open the pitted dates and fill in the paste
  • Now add in the chopped walnuts or mix the walnuts in the tahini and honey mixture and fill inside
  • Use a knife to cut thin shavings in the dates but do not cut them separately. Let them hang loose at one end to the dates to make roach’s feet.
  • You can make them a day ahead and keep them in the fridge.
  • Serve the roach look-alikes at room temperature.

Tips

For additional dramatic effect, you may use plastic roaches to spread in the dish to give a real impact.

You can replace walnuts with any other nut, like almonds

You may also use cream cheese or cream instead of tahini and honey paste.

For more Healthy and nutritious recipes for the holidays, don’t forget to check my recipes section and try the soups, savories and sweets that are gluten-free, sugar-free, non-dairy ,non-GMO and absolutely delicious.

Bottom Line

Holidays are a time for fun and freedom from stress. However, taking care of your health is not stressful at all. It is possible if you wish to remain gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free on the holidays. Remember, buying gluten-free or sugar-free food is not enough. Following a healthy diet is more than almond flour and honey. It has to be personalized and created just for your own unique needs to give you the maximum benefit.

You can always reach out for a FREE personalized nutritional consultation and do not forget to share your holiday recipes with us.

[1] World Health Organization Estimates of the Global and Regional Disease Burden of 11 Foodborne Parasitic Diseases, 2010: A Data Synthesis.

Accessed from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4668834/

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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0508-npi.html

[1] Health Benefits of Oil of Oregano. Accessed from: https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-oil-oregano#2

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