Healthy Halloween Treats: 10 Fun Ideas For The Whole Family

Written by: Erin Coleman,

B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.

Writer, The Fit Mother Project

Written by: Erin Coleman,

B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.

Writer, The Fit Mother Project

healthy Halloween treats

Are you looking for ideas for healthy Halloween treats to avoid candy and other sugar-sweetened sweets this season?

Believe it or not, but there are healthy (and fun) ways for you and your family to curb a sweet tooth without the added sugar!

Get creative and draw a jack-o-lantern face on tangerines or apple sauce pouches, or draw ghost faces on cheese sticks or bananas.

Additional healthy Halloween treats to consider in place of sweets include nuts, seeds, dark chocolate-covered nuts, dark chocolate, fresh fruit, or popsicles made of 100% fruit or juices.

You might also choose pretzels, dried fruits (without added sugar), or no-sugar-added cinnamon applesauce.

The key here is avoiding candy, added sugar, and/or artificial sweeteners.

Focus on foods containing whole-food ingredients and/or naturally sweet ingredients, such as fruit, yogurt, or dark chocolate.

Use the recipes and ideas below to nix the candy in favor of healthy Halloween treats!

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10 Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween Ghost Popsicles

Replace candy corn with this nutritious Halloween banana popsicle recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • Bowl of plain Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini dark chocolate chips
  • 4 popsicle sticks

Instructions

  • Peel the bananas and cut them into halves.
  • Place popsicle sticks in the banana halves.
  • Place them in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Dip the bananas into the yogurt
  • Use peanut butter to “glue” the dark chocolate chips on the bananas as eyes.
  • Melt peanut butter and drizzle it over the bananas.
  • Place the bananas back in the freezer for about an hour.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

This pumpkin pie smoothie recipe is a healthy Halloween treat for the entire family without the added sugar!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds (optional)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream and cinnamon

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender and process them until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass and top it with your desired toppings.
  • Serve and enjoy this healthy Halloween treat!

Servings: 1

Pumpkin Sun Butter Energy Bites

Pumpkin sun butter energy bites are packed with flavor and essential nutrients.

The adults and kids in your family will love them as a healthy Halloween snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of sun butter
  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup of date paste
  • 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Add the oats, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, sun butter, pumpkin purée, and date paste to a large bowl and stir the mixture until well combined and sticky.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Using a cookie scoop and your hands, roll the dough into 1.5-inch balls.
  • Enjoy!
  • Store the energy balls in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze them for long-term storage.

Servings: varies

Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

This Halloween witch's broomstick recipe is nutritious and delicious.

It makes the perfect festive snack for your kids after school or at Halloween parties!

Ingredients

  • 3 reduced-fat cheese sticks
  • 9 pretzel rods
  • Fresh chives

Instructions

  • Cut the cheese sticks into thirds and peel each to look like the bottom of a broom.
  • Place a pretzel rod in the center of each cheese stick to make a broom handle.
  • Tie a chive around the bottom of each broomstick and cut to size.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 9

Pumpkin Protein Shakes

If you're looking for a nutritious Halloween treat that's packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, look no further than this pumpkin protein smoothie recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk (add more if needed)
  • 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin puree (add extra if you desire)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • Optional sweeteners of choice, such as a small packet of stevia or monk fruit
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Optional add-ins: dark chocolate chips or vanilla Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients (except the whipped cream) in a blender.
  • Blend the mixture at low speed at first.
  • You may need to add extra almond milk.
  • Blend the mixture on high speed until smooth, thick, and creamy (up to 1 minute).
  • Pour the protein shake mixture into a large glass or cup. Top it with whipped cream if you'd like, and add a dash of cinnamon, dark chocolate chips, or Greek yogurt.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 1

Halloween-Themed Fruit Kabobs

Make fruits kabobs into a festive, healthy Halloween treat by stringing orange and green bite-sized fruit chunks onto skewers!

Combine cantaloupe, oranges slices, or dried apricots with honeydew melon, grapes, or sliced kiwi fruit to keep with the orange-and-gree theme.

Enjoy this sweet (no-sugar-added) treat with family and friends this Fall season or any time of the year!

Candy Corn Fruit Popsicles

Pass on the traditional candy corn this Halloween season in favor of this healthier candy corn fruit popsicle recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 5 drops of liquid plain or vanilla stevia to taste
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup of frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice or water
  • Ice pop molds or small paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  • Sweeten the coconut milk to taste with a few drops of stevia.
  • Fill about 1/3 of the ice pop molds or small paper cups with the coconut milk.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and cover with pop mold with a cover or plastic wrap.
  • Place the molds in the freezer and freeze them completely.
  • Puree the pineapple in a blender with enough water to blend the mixture until thick and smooth.
  • Fill the second third of the ice pop molds with pineapple and freeze them.
  • Blend frozen peaches with enough orange juice to blend well, and fill the pop molds or cups with the mixture the rest of the way. Freeze again.
  • Briefly run the molds under warm water.
  • Remove the popsicles from the molds or cups.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 10 large popsicles

Nutritious Apple Nachos

Apple nachos are simple, yet healthy, Halloween treats that are perfect for kids' parties or festive after-school snacks!

Ingredients

  • 2 green apples
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of natural peanut, almond, or sunflower butter
  • A small handful of dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • A small handful of shredded coconut (optional)
  • A small handful of slivered almonds (optional)
  • A handful of raisins (optional)
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Instructions

  • Wash, core, and cut the apples into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Place the apple slices in a small bowl with lemon juice and toss to coat.
  • Heat the nut butter just until warm and a little bit runny. You can warm it in a microwave for about 20–30 seconds.
  • Assemble the apple slices on a serving plate. Lay them in a single layer around the outside edge, then layer another smaller layer towards the inside center of the plate.
  • Drizzle the nut butter in a circular motion, from the middle to the outside edge of the plate.
  • Top the apple “nachos” with dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds, or other nutritious toppings of your choice.
  • Sprinkle the apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Serve and enjoy this healthy Halloween treat with your family!

Servings: 1-2

Pumpkin Spice Popsicles

This festive, healthy Halloween treat is perfect for just about any Fall occasion.

Your entire family can help you make and eat pumpkin pie popsicles instead of reaching for the candy bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole or low-fat milk
  • 3.4-ounce box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • Popsicle molds or small plastic cups

Instructions

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Using a large baggie with the tip cut off, squeeze the mixture into the popsicle molds to fill them up with the mixture.
  • Tap the mold firmly on a hard surface to remove air bubbles.
  • Position the popsicle sticks into the molds or cups and freeze the popsicles for at least several hours until solid.
  • To remove the popsicles from the molds or cups, fill your sink with warm tap water and submerge the mold or cup for several seconds.
  • Wiggle the popsicles out, serve, and enjoy them with your family this Halloween!

Servings: varies

Pumpkin Yogurt Pudding

This pumpkin yogurt pudding treat is loaded with protein, nutrients, and flavor.

Top it with pumpkin seeds if you'd like, and serve it with scary plastic spiders, eyeballs, or other Halloween-themed objects.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Pumpkin seeds (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl (except the seeds).
  • Stir the mixture until it's smooth.
  • Refrigerate it until you're ready to eat it.
  • Top the pumpkin yogurt pudding with pumpkin seeds if you'd like.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 4

Erin Coleman
B.S. - Nutritional Science, R.D., L.D.

Writer, The Fit Mother Project

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 15 years of freelance writing experience.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her dietetic internship at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to beginning her career in medical content writing, Erin worked as Health Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Internal Medicine.

Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s currently working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife, and a Mom to two beautiful children.

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