You’ve got a Halloween party, and you just don’t know what to make. You open your drawer to seek out some old recipes, and all of a sudden...
Did we scare you? If we didn’t, we’re pretty sure we know what will: all the junk food. Halloween treats are typically loaded with sugar, saturated fats, and all the other scary stuff that’s enough to make your hand stand on end, not to mention give you a mighty mean stomach ache.
Well, we’ve got good news: Halloween party apps can actually be...do we dare say...HEALTHY. Before you shriek in shock, hear us out. We’ve dug around and found 5 awesomely spooky, harrowingly healthy party snacks. Even the kids will scream for them.
1. Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers:
We are obsessed with these adorable jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers. They’re as easy as can be, fantastically festive, and cheap to make in bulk for a big bash. Just make the rice-based filling with a protein of your choice, tomato sauce, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and the usual salt and pepper (plus whatever other seasonings you fancy). While cooking, carve out your cute little jack-o’-lanterns from orange bell peppers, and when ready, stuff. Pop them in the oven or microwave to soften, and they’re ready to go!
Full recipe on EatingWell
2. Zombie avocado toasts:
Let your creativity run wild with these easy and adorable avocado toasts. Just mash up avocado and mix with lemon and salt as you would normally for an avocado toast. Then use seaweed paper for the zombie “hair”, cherry tomatoes for the mouth, sliced radishes for the eyes/ears, bell peppers for the nose...get creative with it! This is a great one to do with the kids. For a party app, just make mini versions of these. Top off with a light drizzle of olive oil for enhanced flavor!
See full recipe (and adorable zombie toast examples) on Brit + Co
3. Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:
Stop snacking on the candy - and start snacking on these! Toasted pumpkin seeds might be a fall classic, but we want to spice things up this year. Coat those beauties with olive oil on a baking tray, and let those creative juices fly! Instead of just salt, zest them up cayenne pepper, garlic and lime. Or, go the sweet route with cinnamon and sugar. Either way, they’re sure to be a party favorite.
See full recipe on She Wears Many Hats
4. Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Dip:
We swear, this is better than frosting. And yes, you’ll be licking the bowl. Just blend 2 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 cup of pure pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves...and that’s it! Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve as a party dip with apples and/or graham cracker, or heck, just eat it with a spoon.
See full recipe on The Lemon Bowl
5. Healthy Dark Chocolate “Reese’s”
If you were anything like us when you were a kid, when that grinning neighbor plopped a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in your trick or treat bag... YESSS you thought. You just won the little kid lottery. Reese’s is undoubtedly (most) everyone’s favorite Halloween candy. Unfortunately, in the grown-up world, we realize they are PACKED with sugar and all the other bad stuff. We’re firm believers that being healthy shouldn’t deprive you of your favorites, hence this healthy “grown-up” Reese’s recipe. The only ingredients required are organic peanut butter, dark chocolate, and coconut or olive oil. Being grown-up has never been so fun.
See full recipe on A Sweet Pea Chef