Healthy Halloween Snacks and Fruit Platter
Need some healthy Halloween snacks that don't break the calorie bank? These sweet treats are a fun way to celebrate without loads of sugar. A Halloween fruit platter idea is always a great solution and delicious!
Healthy Halloween treats does not mean BORING Halloween treats. These fresh fruit healthy snacks are calorie-friendly and wholesome. The ingredients are easy to find and they can be whipped up at the last minute.
They are a great option for a school snack or school parties to avoid sugar overload too. Easy Halloween treats are fun for kids and adults.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED!
To make these healthy Halloween recipes and fun treats you'll need the following (this list for all the treats):
- Apples (we love green apples)
- Raw sunflower seeds or slivered almonds
- Nut butter*
- Edible candy eyes. Can be found where baking supplies are sold (grocery store, kitchen or craft stores) or online.*
- Clementines or tangerines
- Mini Chocolate Chips*
- Regular size chocolate chips*
- Large seedless grapes
- Mini cookie cutters (optional)
- Canned lychee fruit
- Halloween toothpicks
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS
Currently fruit is zero points on WW (formerly Weight Watchers) making this fruit platter a great choice for a health and calorie-friendly solution. Items with an * in the list above will need to be factored into your daily points.
HALLOWEEN FRUIT TIPS
Fruits like apples, pears and bananas will oxidize when left sitting out, meaning they will turn brown. It's best to prepare these treats close to when you'll serve them.
Dipping the fruit in lemon juice can slow the browning but you can taste it a bit too.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to slow the browning also.
HOW MUCH TO SERVE?
We planned one of each treat per guest in the recipe card below. The treats can be mixed and matched or just make one or two!
The amount you'll need depends on what else is being served, if this is for appetizers or part of a Halloween buffet.
APPLE MONSTER MOUTHS
These apple snacks are wholesome and so funny. You'll need green apples, sunflower seeds, peanut butter (or other nut butter), strawberries and edible candy eyes.
- The apples are cut into quarters and a V cut out of the front.
- Smear a small amount of nut butter on the bottom of the inside of the mouth.
- Insert sunflower seeds in the top for teeth.
- Place a slice of strawberry on the nut butter for a tongue.
- 'Glue' the edible eyes on above the mouth with some nut butter.
All the ingredients can be found at the grocery store. The candy eyes can be purchased where baking supplies are sold or online.
You can substitute other nuts for the teeth: slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds. A sharp point helps insert the seeds or nuts to stay in place.
An alternative is to use mini marshmallows for teeth.
MINI FRUIT PUMPKINS
All you need for this is some clementines or tangerines and celery.
Peel the clementine and cut pieces of celery small enough to insert in the hole on top (between the segments) for a stem!
You can even cut the celery stick from the top of the stalk and include a leaf or two!
Slice a half banana and insert mini chocolate chips for eyes and a full size chocolate chip for a mouth. Done in 30 seconds.
You can also melt chocolate to paint on a mouth and eyes but the chocolate chip method is fast and easy.
For fun add a popsicle stick in the bottom for a special treat.
GRAPE GOOGLY EYES
Select large seedless grapes and slice them in half across the middle.
- Set the grapes on their uncut end in a serving tray.
- Place a candy eye in the middle of the cut section.
- The moisture from the grape will keep them in place provided the grapes are snugly placed on the serving tray.
SPOOKY CELERY STICKS
Fill celery sticks with nut butter and add a few edible eyes. Edible eyes on anything makes some Halloween fun!
Pro Tips: use smooth peanut butter and not natural peanut butter which separates. You can place the nut butter in a piping bag and pipe it into the celery stalk for a quick, tidy way to spread it.
Lychee fruit is a sweet delicious tropical fruit available in cans. They are a plump white fruit with a natural hole in the end. Add a blueberry in the hole and you have bulbous edible eyes!
Fresh lychee can be found in Asian grocery stores and stores specializing in a broader range of fruits (like Whole Foods market). See photo below.
Cut up pieces of mango and add with black berries for an orange and black fruit skewer. Use decorative skewers to make it more festive.
COOKIE CUTTER SHAPES
Mini Halloween cookie cutters can also be used to cut out fruit in spooky shapes. Like little jack o lantern faces! Cut thick slices of kiwi fruit (cut across the fruit) or pineapple to cut out shapes.
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