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Treat yourself to a healthier Halloween

Submitted by Chelsey McNiel on October 31, 2012 – 10:41 amNo Comment

To skip the belly ache from chowing down on a mountain of chocolates and candy, treat yourself to a few Halloween inspired delicacies. Orange Pumpkins, Yummy Mummies and Nanner Nanner Boo Boos are simple recipes that require little effort, but offer big taste. Photo by Chelsey McNiel

The goal for most people on Halloween is to get a candy stash that will last for weeks, or attend a memorable party with family and friends. But belly aches and unbuttoned jeans can creep up on you quickly.

So if you want to cut back on the sweets this year and get a little more creative, nibble on these easy edible treats instead.

 

Orange Pumpkins

This treat is the easiest to make  and can also be used as an edible center piece for a veggie stray.

What you’ll need:

large oranges

celery or

chocolate dipped pretzel sticks

Peel large oranges and cut small, thin strips of celery. Insert the strips of celery in the top of the oranges to resemble a pumpkin. For something a little sweeter, replace the celery with chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.

 

Nanner Nanner Boo Boos

While this recipe makes cute ghost-like popsicles, you have to wait for the bananas to freeze and the snack should be eaten within an hour of completion.

What you’ll need:

bananas (one banana makes two to three Nanners)

shredded coconut

orange juice

chocolate chips

dried blueberries

popsicle sticks

After freezing the bananas for four hours, cut them in half and peel them. Dunk the frozen banana halves in orange juice, then roll in shredded coconut.

Arrange the chocolate chips as eyes and place a dried blueberry vertical for a mouth. Any dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries would also work. Insert a popsicle stick in the bottom to finish your ghoulishly cold treat.

 

Yummy Mummies

Yummy Mummy can be served hot or cold. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

What you’ll need:

Double fiber wheat English muffins

garlic pesto or pizza sauce

mozzarella cheese

red pepper

Pimento filled green olives

Start with the double fiber wheat English muffins. Break them apart and spread garlic pesto or pizza sauce over the muffins. For a crisper muffin, toast before applying pesto or sauce.

Criss-cross strips of mozzarella cheese for the mummy’s wrappings, use slivers of red pepper for lips, and sliced green olives stuffed with pimento for eyes. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Whether you’re making snacks for a party, or treats to hand out at the door, these healthy morsels can appease all types of trick-or-treaters.

 

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