8 Horrifying Halloween Recipes With Hidden Health Benefits
Healthy and Halloween. Two words which you’d never usually put in the same sentence together, let alone the same recipe. But with the following ideas you can enjoy all of the nice without the naughty.
These recipes are perfect for a Halloween party, or just for you and your family to enjoy. From cockroaches, to ooey-gooey brains (in all their forms), to graveyard parfait, you will amaze kids, friends and family with these horrifyingly tasty (yet healthy) recipes. All the required ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store, so you won’t have to go trawling through the internet looking for obscure foods. Best of all, all of these delicious dishes pack a nutritional punch, giving your body a welcomed break from the onslaught of sugar-loaded treats typical of Halloween.
Watermelon brain – Raining Hot Coupons
This is the simplest Halloween recipe of all as it only contains one ingredient! We guess it takes some degree of artistic skills to carve out a convincing brain though.
Nutritional treat: Watermelon contains an array of beneficial vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin C, vitamin B1 and B6, pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, magnesium and vitamin A. It is also a great source of lycopene, which is a phytonutrient important for cardiovascular and bone health.
Halloween spaghetti – The 36th Avenue
This is just an ordinary dinner recipe, with one major difference: The spaghetti is a spooky purple/blackish colour. Due to this one alteration, the whole dish is transformed. Suddenly green olives look more like eyeballs, and red pasta sauce looks like bloody gore.
- Whole wheat spaghetti
- Black Food Paste colouring (To make this recipe even healthier, make your own colouring out of red cabbage or blueberries! Check out this article to find out how: 8 ways to make organic DIY food coloring.)
- Ground hamburger
- White onion
- Tomato sauce
- Dry Oregano
- Green Olives
Nutritional treat: Whole wheat spaghetti is actually a seriously healthy food, as it contains vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, fibre, protein and healthy fats. It is also a good source of complex carbohydrates, so you’ll stay fuller for longer and you won’t have to worry about any of the kids complaining about rumbling tummies. It’s a real all-rounder which the whole family can enjoy.
Carrot rice ball Jack O’Lantern bites – Apron Strings
These miniature Jack O’Lanterns look so adorable - not only will the kids love them but they’ll also make the perfect finger-food for your guests to nibble on. Plus, they consist of very simple, healthy ingredients, so they will be a welcomed savoury treat to all those who may have consumed one too many candied apples over the Halloween period.
- Brown rice
- Carrot juice
- Black olives
- Green beans
Nutritional treat: Black olives are a great source of iron, vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats. However, olives are relatively high in sodium and calories, making the little bite sized amounts in the rice balls the ideal quantity to prevent you from over-doing it.
Avocado and wasabi deviled eggs – Family Spice
Thanks to the blueberries, avocado and sesame seeds, these nutrient-dense eggs put a superfood spin onto the classic deviled eggs which are a staple of any successful Halloween party.
- Lemon juice
- Sesame seeds
Nutritional treat: Whole boiled eggs contain vitamin A, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium.
Biting Apples – Oh She Glows
We love the look of these 3-ingredient “apple bites” by Oh She Glows. This recipe makes it super easy to fool anyone into eating healthily.
- Peanut Butter
- Slivered almonds
- Jam (optional)
Nutritional treat: This is a great snack for your guests to munch on, as it’s full of healthy fats, fibre and vitamins to fill them up and keep them satisfied. We recommend you opt for natural peanut butter, which doesn’t contain sugar or hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Stuffed Cockroaches – Raining Hot Coupons
These “cockroaches” are probably the easiest recipe on this list. All you have to do is pit your dates and stuff them full with the cream cheese and pecan mixture. Then, it’s up to you to decorate your table and make these roaches look as creepy as possible.
- Whole dates
- Cream Cheese
Nutritional treat: Dates are an incredibly healthy snack for you, as they contain essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Pumpkin dirt pudding (Graveyard Parfaits) – Healthy Persons
Enjoy this healthy take on the classic Halloween dessert of “pumpkin dirt pudding.” These little pots of clean goodness are reminiscent of a graveyard – with one major difference - they contain none of the dirtier ingredients which are no good for your health.
- Cooked pumpkin (pureed)
- Evaporated milk (or almond milk)
- Instant vanilla pudding
- Cool whip. We recommend whipped coconut milk cream for a healthier alternative.
- Chocolate chips
- Milano cookies
- Oreo cookies. Instead of the mixture of butter and Oreo cookies, we suggest you make your own raw cookie crumble mixture out of almonds, cashews, cacao powder, vanilla and medjool dates.
Nutritional treat: Pumpkin contains a huge amount of vitamin A, and is also rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Pumpkins can also boost your immune system due to their high levels of vitamin C, which is perfect at this time of year.
Brains in a Jar Cake – Living Locurto
- Small jars
- Seedless raspberry jam
- Pink cake
- Piping bag
Perhaps these brains are not made up of the healthiest ingredients but it’s the method to creating this recipe which is important. The following healthy swaps will keep your brains sharp (and the kids won’t even notice the difference):
- Try this raspberry jam recipe if you want to avoid the store-bought variety: Sweet and tangy seedless raspberry jam
- Make your own pink cake with this fun recipe which uses strawberries instead of food colouring to achieve a beautiful pink hue: Fresh Strawberry Cake
- This frosting recipe uses roasted beetroot for its colouring! Naturally Pink Frosting
Nutritional treat: Raspberries are rich in fibre, vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants.