Everyone loves a treat (or a trick) at Halloween, but many frightening foods this time of year involve lots of sweets – not good for someone trying to stay healthy.
But believe it or not, it’s possible to enjoy the best of happy and healthy. Here are four tasty healthy Halloween treats so healthy it’s scary.
1. Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Carving a spooky face into a pumpkin is one of those great Halloween traditions. But what do you do with all the innards? Make pumpkin pie perhaps? But what about the seeds?
Don’t worry: this tasty treat means you won’t have to bin all your pumpkin guts for once! It’s a healthy, nutritious snack people of all ages will enjoy.
- 1 pumpkin (medium or large)
- 20 ml extra-virgin olive oil
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 120°C
- Using a knife, horizontally cut the top off of your pumpkin. Scoop the seeds into a strainer
- Spend the next hour or so carving out your creepy jack-o’-lantern
- Rinse the seeds until most of the excess strings and goo have washed away. Use your hands to remove any stragglers
- Bring a medium or large pot of water to a boil. Add the seeds, reduce the heat and gently boil for 10 minutes
- Strain the seeds again, and then place on a tray or work surface. Pat dry the seeds using kitchen roll before transferring to a mixing bowl
- Add the oil to your bowl and mix. Then spread the seeds on a large baking tray. Sprinkle evenly with salt before placing the tray in the oven
- If you’d like a bit more flavour, add whatever spices you like during mixing – we recommend garlic and chilli flakes to add some heat to your cold autumn day
- Bake the seeds for one hour, shaking the baking tray every 15 minutes or so to avoid sticking
- Remove the tray from the oven, and let the seeds cool completely. Place in a bowl, and you’ve got a tasty autumn treat packed with protein and loads of antioxidants
2. Frankenstein’s Kiwis
“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear.” That’s what Dr. Frankenstein’s monster said before going on his rampage, but you’ll certainly inspire love with these creepily cute kiwis.
We spotted this fun and healthy Halloween recipe over at Two Healthy Kitchens and just had to include it. Here’s how to make it:
- However many kiwifruit you would like
- Dried blueberries
- Removing as little fruit as possible, slice the bottom off the kiwi so it can sit flat
- Starting from the bottom, use a vegetable peeler to remove about two-thirds of the fuzzy skin from the fruit. Be sure to leave some “hair” on top for the monster (see photo)
- Break a small pretzel into small pieces, and push one piece into each side of the kiwi’s “face.” These are the bolts in the monster’s neck
- Gently press two dried blueberries into the kiwi for eyes, and do the same with one of the pretzel pieces for the mouth
Before you know it, your kitchen will be swarming with Frankenstein’s Kiwis. No silver bullet or wooden stake is required to stop these beasties; just your teeth will do.
3. Halloween Stuffed Peppers
Looking for something fun and quirky but with a more “grownup” taste? These jack-o’-lantern peppers stuffed with meat and rice are sure to hit the spot – and be a hit at this year’s healthy Halloween party.
We found this scrummy treat over at citronlimette and fell in love. Here’s the recipe:
- 4 medium peppers
- 450g of lean mince (beef or lamb)
- 1 red onion
- A pinch of paprika
- A pinch of salt
- A few sprigs of freshly chopped parsley
- 500g of brown rice (cooked)
- 1 can of tomato pasta sauce
- A small bowl of grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cube of chicken stock
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Using a knife, cut a jack-o’-lantern’s face onto once side of the pepper. Slice off the top and remove the insides
- On the stove, brown your mince in a frying pan
- Chop the onion, and add it to the mince
- Add a pinch of paprika, a pinch of salt and the chopped parsley to the mince
- Once the mince has browned, remove from heat
- Add the cooked brown rice, ½ can of pasta sauce and the parmesan cheese to the mixture
- In a separate pan, bring the other ½ can of pasta sauce and the chicken broth to a boil
- Fill the peppers with the mince mixture
- Place the peppers in a baking dish, and add the chicken broth/sauce mixture to the dish
- Cover with foil, and bake for 35 minutes
- Remove the foil and bake an additional 5 minutes, and you’re ready to devour your fiendish feast
4. Pumpkin Spewing Guacamole
And now for your centrepiece! This is a classic guacamole recipe with a hilariously healthy Halloween look. Everyone will be talking about your puking pumpkin – in a good way.
- 1 medium pumpkin
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1 red onion
- A handful of cherry tomatoes
- A few sprigs of freshly chopped coriander
- Black pepper
- 1 lime
- 1 bag of tortilla chips
- Carve your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern. Make sure it has a suitable “puking” face (see photo for inspiration)
- Now it’s time to make your guacamole. Peel and remove the stones from your avocados, and place them in a large mixing bowl
- Chop the red onion, and place it in the bowl
- Chop your cherry tomatoes into halves, and place them in the bowl
- Sprinkle the chopped coriander into the bowl
- Generously season the mixture with salt and black pepper to taste
- Slice the lime in half, and squeeze the juice from both halves into the bowl
- With a masher or large spoon, mash the contents of the bowl together
- Place your guacamole so it looks as if the jack-o’-lantern is puking onto the place (see photo). Present with tortilla chips, and your guests will have a tasty centrepiece that’s to die for
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