Healthy Halloween Treats

 

At Patrick Toms DMD, we LOVE Halloween and all of the fun that goes along with it. Unfortunately, eating tons of candy during Halloween brings kids and adults into our offices after the season, complaining of tooth aches and cavities. School alone is a sugar overload for kids during October – December. Between class parties, birthdays and kids exchanging candy, school is the hardest place to keep your kids eating healthy.

But Halloween doesn’t have to be all candy and sugar. While you definitely need to make sure to monitor your kids eating habits during Halloween (Yes, you can let them have some candy), we would recommend incorporating some healthy Halloween snacks.

Below are some of our team's favorite recipes that we make with our families as well as some tips to keep your Halloween fun, healthy, and happy!


Ghost Truffles

Ghost Truffles from Living Healthy

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup raw pecans, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cacao paste (or 100% dark, unsweetened chocolate), chopped
  • ½ cup coconut butter, melted*
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • handful mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Melt the cacao paste slowly in a bowl over simmering water (double boiler).
  2. Mix in the chopped pecans, 4 tablespoons of melted coconut butter (reserve the remaining ¼ cup for dipping), honey, vanilla extract and salt, until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoonful of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your hands, shape each truffle into 1-inch balls. The batter will be slightly crumbly, so shape each truffle gently and set it on the pan.
  4. Insert a lollipop stick into the center of each truffle and freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. Dip chilled truffles, one at the time, in melted coconut butter, then roll in shredded coconut. Set truffles back on the parchment paper.
  6. Press three chocolate chips into each truffle to create a cute face.
  7. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Cackling Calcium Treats

Milk is the “Superman” of drinks for your teeth. It, along with other dairy products like yogurt, can provide your teeth with Calcium to make them stronger and whiter.

Boo-nana Yogurt Pops from Edesia’s Notebook

Ingredients:
12 bananas
32 oz. carton vanilla yogurt
48 mini chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Spread parchment or wax paper on two baking sheets. Open carton of yogurt and stir well.
  2. One at a time (so they don’t brown), half each bananaf. Insert the popsicle stick into the cut end. Dip the banana half into the yogurt container. Pull it out and let any excess yogurt drip off. Place two mini chocolate chips on it for eyes. Lay it on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bananas.
  3. Place baking sheets in freezer on a level surface. Freeze for several hours or until solid. Keep frozen until ready to eat. 

 

Frankenstein Fruit & Vampire Veggies

Vegetables that are high in fiber can actually help your mouth to flush out harmful bacteria. By eating things such as carrots, pears, and apples, your mouth will naturally create more saliva, therefore, washing out and neutralizing acids that attack enamel.

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail from Family Fresh Meals

Ingredients

Pineapple, cut into  bite sized chunks
Oranges, cut into  bite sized chunks ( or I used small Cuties)
Whipped cream
Candy corn

Directions:

In a clear glass, layer pineapple, then oranges and top with whipped cream and a couple pieces of candy corn. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve. 


Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups

Jack-O-Lantern Orange Fruit Cups from Simplee Thrifty

Ingredients:

3 Medium Navel Oranges
1 cup Mixed Fruit

Instructions

  1. Slice off the tops of the oranges.
  2. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp of the oranges.
  3. Cut out faces on each orange to resemble a Jack O Lantern.
  4. Fill each orange with mixed fruit and serve

Monster Fruit Cups

 

Monster Fruit Cups from A Thrifty Mom

To make these all you need is a small clear plastic cup and a Sharpie marker.

These are really fun to do with your kids because you can let them draw their own monsters on the cups. Add fruit that best fits your monster face and you're all set!