Stumped for ideas this Halloween? Try these 10 healthy and delicious recipes that'll raise your goosebumps but not your blood sugar levels:
What if we told you that Halloween didn’t have to revolve around bucket loads of candy and refined sugar? Try the ideas below for some spectacularly spooky party food that won’t leave you in a sugar coma:
1. Fruit Monster
Hollow out a watermelon and stuff it with freshly cut fruit. Use cucumber slices and blueberries (or small grapes) for the eyes. It’ll look great as a centrepiece and if you’re inviting kids along, they’ll love it.
2. Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
Relatively low in glycaemic index, and not to mention delicious, these sweet potato fries are baked in the oven with a medley of fragrant spices including cinnamon, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Your home will smell amazing as they’re cooking. Get the recipe here.
3. Frozen Banana Mummies
Cut up some bananas, skewer them and stick them in the freezer. When frozen, remove and drizzle with toppings of your choice. Dark chocolate, coconut sugar, raisins and such are great. If you can’t find candy eyes, use chocolate chips as the eyes. Get the full recipe here.
4. Spider Web 5-Layer Dip
This is a great party dish for Mexican lovers, packed with refried beans, diced tomatoes, guacamole, and cheese. Use yogurt in the place of sour cream if you’re watching the calories. Cut up veggie sticks for a healthier alternative to tortilla chips. Recipe here.
5. Jack-O-Lantern Hummus Dip
If you’re not into Mexican dips, try something with chickpeas! Just spoon ready-made hummus onto a round plate and fashion a jack-o-lantern face with black beans. If you feel like making your own hummus, here’s a good roasted red pepper hummus recipe that’ll give you that beautiful orange hue you want for your pumpkin face.
6. Sludge Monster Martini
Here’s something special for the adults. The green slimy goo may look like something out of a witch’s cauldron but this one is a delicious concoction of veggie and fruit juices mixed with a tiny bit of alcohol. Refreshingly yum.
7. Stuffed Roaches
Erm. This is definitely eww-worthy. They may raise goosebumps on your arms, but they actually taste pretty good. To make them, just slice a date in half and fill it with a teaspoon of cream cheese. You don’t have to sweeten the cream cheese as the dates gives it just the right amount of natural sweetness.
8. Jack-o-Lantern Veggie Platter with Bone Chips
Decked with two different dips and an array of veggies, this colourful platter will make a statement at any Halloween party table. Instead of boring old bowls, this platter uses capsicums carved as jack-o-lanterns for the dips. The bone chips are pretty easy to make too! Just cut out bone shapes from a wholegrain tortilla and bake them in an oven till crisp. These go lovely with the chickpea and avocado dips. Get the how-to here.
9. Bat Bites
Adults will love these little cream cheese pesto bites for its palatability while kids will adore them for its cuteness. They’re not all that difficult to prepare either, making these the perfect Halloween treat. Full recipe here.
10. Ice Hands and Faces
This isn’t much of a recipe for its sheer simplicity, but it’ll up the level of spookiness to any punch bowl. You just need to fill up a few masks and rubber gloves with water, freeze them up, and then slip them into your healthy fruit punch bowl. Try using fruit juices which are naturally red like cranberry juice, strawberry juice, tomato juice etc. Get the recipe from Martha Stewart here.
Have fun and Happy Halloween!