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Fun and Healthy Halloween Snacks for Your Adventurous and Picky Eater Kids

Updated: Sep 10, 2023


A small child's hand on a large pumpkin in a pile of pumpkins

Trick or Treat time will be here before you know it, so why not have some extra fun and put a

holiday spin on some foods you can feel good about your kids eating?


After all, this is the time of year that is oozing with candies and other sugar-laden treats and

interestingly enough, the time of year when illness seems to rear its ugly head.


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Here are some easy, yummy, and healthy Halloween snacks recipes and ideas for you to make with the kids.


Silly Spider Sandwiches


Food art spider sandwich with bread pretzels and raisins on a paper web

With or without the crafty paper web, making mini sandwiches into spiders is fun to do and it's a great way to get your picky eater to touch (and likely taste) some simple but new sandwich additions.


Use a round cookie cutter or cup to make the circle body, have your child 'build' their sandwich ingredients, and then assemble the pretzel (or matchstick carrots) legs and eyes made of raisins (or small veggie pieces).


These PUMPKIN PIE ENERGY BITES are a fun recipe to make together. They are packed with nutrition and are very tasty.


energy bites with chocolate drizzle

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Yield 20 Bites

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup maple syrup

2-3 teaspoons pumpkin spice

3/4 cup almond butter (or sun butter if nut free)

1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree

Drizzle

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions:

Place the rolled oats in a blender or food processor and pulverize.

Add the almond butter, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup and blend until well-combined. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if needed until the mixture holds together well.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and then roll the dough into bite-size balls.

Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat on the stove, stirring frequently. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the energy bites. Store in the refrigerator.

Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life

More Spooktacular Snacks!

Food art Halloween pumpkin and silly spider

How cute are these?! And healthy, too! Get creative with your favorite fruits (and veggies) to make fall or Halloween-themed snacks. Have the ingredients ready to go for your 'Kid in the Kitchen' to show off his or her creative, festive side.


These EASY PUMPKIN SQUARES hit the spot when you want a sweet treat without all the junk. You can make them gluten-free, too!


pumpkin bars with cinnamon sticks near them

Easy Pumpkin Squares


Ingredients:

1 egg

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree


1/2 cup oil (any neutral baking oil)

1/6 cup water (fill 1/3 measuring cup halfway full)

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour OR gluten-free baking flour mix

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon (or 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice)


Instructions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Beat egg and add other wet ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Mix together well. Add dry ingredients and mix well again with spoon.


Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. The batter will just cover the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the batter if you like. Bake between 20 to 25 minutes, depending on your oven. Can check with toothpick. Squares will be thin and moist. Let cool before cutting.

Adapted from Gluten Free Easily


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