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5 Healthy Halloween Snacks

21st October 2016

We all love a good Halloween party - but over at the buffet, the amount of calories, sugar and fat that can start stacking up on your plate can be scaaary!

Thankfully, we have found some healthier Halloween goodies that you can either serve up at your own party or take to a friend’s – and some of them look frightfully freaky!

1. Banana Ghosts

Scare your guests with these cute but creepy banana bites! All you need is:

4 firm bananas cut into thirds
Fat free Greek yoghurt
Chocolate chips or raisins
Shredded coconut (optional)
Popsicle sticks/toothpicks

Simply pop your popsicle stick into one end of the banana, then dip the whole piece into the yoghurt – making sure you completely cover it all. If you’re a fan of coconut then roll it in it, before popping two chocolate chips in place for the eyes – you could also use raisins. Pop them on a tray covered in baking paper before popping them in the freezer to stay firm. Enjoy! You can find the link for this recipe here.

2. Veggie Skeleton

Now this one is super easy – just arrange all your veggies into a funky skeleton shape! All you’ll need is:

A small glass bowl filled with your favourite dip
Sliced olives for the eyes
Baby spinach or kale for the hair
Sliced cucumbers for the spine
Sliced bell peppers for the ribs
Carrot and celery sticks for the arms and legs as well as edamame
Sliced mushrooms for the pelvis
Halved grab or cherry tomatoes for the feet
Cooked bowtie pasta for the bowtie!

This savoury snack doesn’t take long to make but looks impressive as the centre piece of a table! You can find the link for this recipe here.

3. Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers

These are sure to impress your guests! Especially great if you’re having more of a sit down meal - you’ll need:

3-6 bell peppers
1lb lean minced beef/ quorn
Half an onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 ½ cups of uncooked rice
1 can of passata
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 190c. Cook the rice as you would normally. Add 1 tbsp of cooking oil to a large pan and add your minced beef/quorn, breaking it up and letting it brown. Add the onion, and cook until the meat is browned and the onions are soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Turn off the heat and mix in the passata, cooked rice, parsley, salt and pepper. Taste the mixture and re-season if needed. Prepare your peppers – cut off the tops and remove the seeds, clearing out the insides. Then the fun part – carve out the faces! After you’ve finished making your cool creations, stuff the peppers with the rice mixture and return the tops. Place the peppers in a shallow baking dish and add ¼ cup of water to the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil after this time and bake for a further 10 minutes. Voila! You can find the link for this recipe here.

4. Apple Monster Bites

These silly snacks turn regular apples into marvellous little monsters! Best of all, they’re allergen free! No nuts, no gluten, and no soy! All you need is:

2 green apples, quartered
Sunflower butter
Sunflower seeds
2-3 strawberries, sliced
Edible googley eyes

Cut the middles out of each quarter of apple to create a mouth, then coat the inside of the gap with a filling of sunflower butter (alternatively you could use peanut butter if you fancy something nuttier!) Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the ‘mouth’ for the teeth, then place 1 sliced strawberry inside for the tongue. Use a dab of sunflower/peanut butter to stick down each googley eye, and there you have it – fantastically freaky little snacks! You can find the link for this recipe here.

5. Halloween Devilled Eggs

These snacks are so fun – they almost look too spooky to eat! You’ll need:

6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
3 tbsp mayonnaise
½ tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Black olives

Cut the eggs half lengthways, and slip out the yolks into a separate bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper, and mash together. Fill in the delves of the eggs with some of the mixture, then cut a whole olive in half. Put one half on top of the mashed mixture for the spiders body, then thinly slice the other half of the olive to create the spiders legs. Place 4 of these slices on each side of the ‘body’, and there you go – scary spider eggs! You can find the link for this recipe here.

Making a few of these to lay out amongst all the other sugar-filled treats might make you feel slightly less guilty about indulging – now you just need to worry about your costume, not your waistline!