13 Healthy Halloween Treats to Try This Season
Trick or treat — emphasis on the treat.
Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes costumes to sew, candy to buy, baskets to fill, and most importantly, plenty of themed treats to snack on.
But in a season that’s defined by how much sugar you can eat, you might find it hard to have fun and stay on top of your health goals.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of healthy Halloween treats, and we’ve compiled the best of the best here. So in between your fun and festivities, take some time to try out a new recipe or two. Your Halloween spirit — and your blood sugar — will thank you for it.
For a quick and easy Halloween treat that you can munch on well past October 31st, try making a simple snack mix. Combine heart healthy nuts (like cashews and walnuts), unbuttered popcorn, and a few kernels of candy corn into a themed bag. Mix and enjoy!
If you want to channel creepy Halloween vibes, try this fun take on banana pops.
Skewer a few bananas with a lollipop stick, pour melted white chocolate in a criss-cross pattern (to represent bandages), and pop on two M&M candy eyes near the top of your mummy. Get the full recipe here.
Another treat that takes less than five minutes to make, these ghoulishly good pretzel sticks only require a few ingredients. Just microwave white candy melts with coconut oil, dip your sticks, and draw on some spooky faces. Full recipe here.
There’s no doubt these cookie balls are decadent, but they’re also packed with healthy ingredients like cashew butter, coconut flour, and dairy-free chocolate chips. Plus, the pumpkin can give you an added potassium boost.
Get the full recipe from the Hungry Blonde blog.
If you comb through your child’s trick-or-treat bag looking for Reese’s peanut butter cups, try this take on the classic treat.
This healthier homemade alternative uses coconut oil, organic pumpkin puree, and almond butter to make a delicious (and nutritious) option. Find the recipe at the Confessions of a Fit Foodie blog.
For a whole food option, use cookie cutters to cut Halloween buzzwords like “boo,” “eek,” and “spooky” out of cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, and grapes. Add some candy eyeballs and assemble it on a fun fruit platter.
Full recipe and assembly instructions here.
A festive take on classic Christmas bark, this dessert uses dark chocolate and quinoa to make a nutty, crunchy snack.
Simply pour melted dark chocolate onto a baking sheet, add toasted quinoa, and sprinkle candies over the chocolate before freezing for 15 minutes. Break up the bark with your hands and enjoy.
Find the full recipe on the Nourish Nutrition blog.
Peeled mandarin oranges already look like pumpkins with their wedged sections and webbed skin. Just pop a celery stick in the middle and a mint leaf for garnish, and you’ve got a 15-second fruity snack that looks just like a pumpkin.
See these cute treats on the This Healthy Table blog.
A great alternative to caramel apples, this healthy snack is assembled to look like a row of teeth coming from a monster’s mouth. Just add a layer of peanut butter between two green apple slices, and stick sunflower seeds in the peanut butter to create a layer of teeth.
See more on the Meaningful Eats blog.
Yet another twist on a classic Halloween candy, these “Butterfingers” have the same crispy, crunchy texture of the brand-name candy bars with only 5 ingredients (dark chocolate chips, maple syrup, peanut butter, cream or tartar, and sea salt). Plus, they only take 30 minutes to make.
Get the full recipe here.
Popcorn balls are a Halloween fan favorite, but the addition of caramel, pumpkin seeds, and cayenne pepper gives a grown-up twist you’ll love. Get the full Food Network recipe here.
For a healthy spin on this fresh-out-of-the-oven treat, make this almond-based cake with a simple cashew cream — gluten free and dairy free.
Find the full recipe on A Saucy Kitchen.
Indulge in a guilt-free dessert featuring mandarin oranges, fresh pineapple, and homemade whipped cream, which make up all the layers of the classic candy corn. Suburbia Unwrapped gives the full recipe here.
As the costumes come out, the candy gets passed around, and the Halloween season gets in full swing, take full advantage of all the festivities — and stay on top of your health goals at the same time.
Whether you want something simple or an elaborate option to take to your next Halloween party, these recipes are sure to please (and they won’t come back to haunt you).