Halloween Tricks and Treats
And now, some spooky recipes from Hillary...
Halloween just might be one of the most fun holidays growing up and now – from the costumes to running around the neighborhood to the candy, oh the candy! While there’s certainly no harm in indulging in some holiday treats, there are many other spooky snacks outside the candy bar wrapping. Make them vegan – no problem! You might find these veggie-based twists scarily good.
Veggie SkeletonThat’s right – veggies! Get creative: use celery and carrots for the arms and legs, cucumbers for the spine and peppers for the ribs, voila! A skeleton. Have your kids help to construct the skeleton, letting them pick some of their favorite veggies. Serve with a bowl of dip and you’ve got one scary snack.
For a good vegan dip, I usually turn to hummus. While the grocery store has so many varieties now, I like to make my own and play with the ingredients. For this holiday you may consider a black bean hummus, a healthy and lower calorie snack for the whole family according to Everyday Health's Calorie Counter tool. There are plenty of good recipes out there, but I like this one that uses tahini, toasted sesame paste:
1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon cumin
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
salt to taste
Directions:Combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth. For a Halloween-inspired twist, pipe tahini on top to look like a spider web.
Witch’s Finger Pumpkin CookiesMaking a cookie with pumpkin increases the nutrient value. High in Vitamin A and a surprisingly good source of fiber, this Halloween mascot is the perfect for playing the starring role.
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1. Mix all ingredients well. Shape the cookies onto a cookie sheet in the shape of a finger and make indentations on the knuckles.
- 2. Place a toasted pumpkin seed at the tip for the nail.
- 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until the edges are brown. Allow the cookies to cool before serving.
Creepy Banana PopsBananas are always a good choice for a skewered pop. The fruit stands up well when frozen and always goes over well with kids who get to decorate. Peel and cut a banana into 1½ inch slices (about 4 pieces per banana), Skewer the banana, lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least a half hour. In the meantime you can get your toppings ready.
1. To make a one-eyed monster roll the banana slice in almond butter mixed with maple syrup to thin it. Shake off the excess and roll in shredded coconut. Use a raisin for the eye.
2. To make a mummy simply drizzle the banana with thickened maple syrup (you can make your own or use vegan caramel instead). Use dark chocolate chips for the eyes.
3. After you’ve decorated, put back into the freezer and let them set. Enjoy!
Thanks again to Hillary Monroe, MS RD LDN, from Everyday Health!
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