13 Healthy Halloween Treats (No food dye!)

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These healthy Halloween treats are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, without relying on processed candy bars and artificial food dyes. Everything below is ridiculously easy to make, and is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!

frankenstein cookie next to dry ice

Halloween Treats You’ll Love

Below, you’ll find some of my favorite Halloween recipe ideas. With just a few simple tweaks, you can turn an everyday recipe (like a green smoothie) into a more festive holiday treat!

1. Frankenstein Smoothies

How do you make your favorite green smoothie even more fun? Use a dry erase marker to draw a Frankenstein face on your glass!

Tip: Draw the face on the outside of the glass before pouring the smoothie in. It will only work when the glass is very dry, and then be careful not to touch the face before serving, so it doesn’t wipe off!

frankenstein smoothies in 2 glasses

Here are more green smoothie recipes that will work:

I topped my smoothies with an easy 3-ingredient vegan chocolate sauce for Frankenstein’s “hair” but that’s totally optional.

2. Cemetery “Dirt” Cups

Take your favorite healthy pudding recipe, like avocado pudding or chocolate chia pudding, and turn it into a “dirt” cup!

jar of chocolate pudding with tombstone cookie

I use matcha cookies to make the RIP tombstone, and crumbled a chocolate almond flour cupcake on top.

You can also use a crumbled brownie bite (which is date-sweetened), a crumbled brownie, or chocolate cookies to make the dirt layer on top. And any cookie recipe will do for the tombstone!

I figured this was easier than trying to make gummy worms out of homemade jello.

3. Banana Ghosts & Orange Jack-O-Lanterns

This literally takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. Stick a few mini chocolate chips into half of a banana, and it looks like a ghost! I stick mine on popsicle sticks, and my daughter is obsessed!

You can freeze them for frozen treat on a stick, too. Frozen bananas have the texture of ice cream!

ghost bananas with oranges

Draw a cute little jack-o-lantern face on your mandarin oranges for a fun lunchbox treat, too. No carving necessary!

4. Mummy Granola Bars

Here’s another fun snack that doesn’t take much extra effort. Drizzle homemade granola bars with melted dark chocolate, and then stick some crunchy coconut flakes on top for a “mummy” look.

granola bars with coconut on top

I added a few candy googly eyes on mine for the cuteness-factor, but I know my kids won’t actually eat those. (They are too hard for their teeth, so they just pick them off.)

You can also use blueberries as the eyes, 2 chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows, if you prefer!

5. Apple Monster Mouths

You’ve probably seen these on Pinterest, and this is my slightly lazier (and faster) take on it. Take a quarter of an apple, then slice a little wedge out of the outside.

Spread peanut butter or date caramel inside the wedge you just cut out.

red and green apples sliced like monster mouths

Instead of attempting to stick the sunflower seeds physically into the apple to look like real teeth, I just lay them down in the caramel sauce. I think it gets the look across, without as much effort. You could also add some eyeballs to these, but again… that’s extra effort.

Add a sliced strawberry for a “tongue” if you’d like to!

 

6. Frankenstein Cookies

Take my mint matcha cookies (which are naturally green!) and give them a Frankenstein makeover! You can use a cookie cutter if you have it, or just slice them into rectangles for a more monster-shaped head.

frankenstein cookies on black plate

I used a full tablespoon of matcha powder in this version, to give the cookies an extra-green hue, and I can’t taste the matcha flavor at all, thanks to the addition of peppermint.

I use melted dark chocolate for decoration, just like the original recipe calls for, but feel free to use those candy googly eyes again, if you want to save some time!

I’m including a printable tutorial for these at the bottom of this post, if you want more guidance.

 

7. Witch Fingers

Matcha makes these Witch Finger cookies green, too!

2 green cookies shaped like witch fingers

Add a dark chocolate chip at the end, and when the cookies are done baking you can press a sliced almond into the melted chocolate as a “finger nail.” The almond will stick in place once the chocolate hardens!

 

8. Date Caramel

If you want to host a healthy Halloween party, serve this naturally-sweet date caramel dip with sliced apples.

apple dipped in date caramel

You get to control the texture of this recipe, so add less liquid for a thick caramel (like one you could use in a candy bar), or add more liquid to make it dip-able.

 

9. Homemade Butterfingers

If you want something that tastes like the candy you’d buy at the store, make homemade Butterfingers.

homemade butterfingers split in half

These crispy, peanut buttery candy bars are made with just 5 all-natural ingredients and taste ridiculously authentic.

10. Healthy Snickers Bars

Yes, you can make vegan Snickers bars at home!

homemade snickers bars stacked on a pan

These no-bake candy bars feature a homemade date-sweetened nougat, topped with a fast homemade caramel layer, crunchy peanuts, and a naturally-sweet chocolate coating.

13. Halloween Cupcakes

Take your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, and top with colorful sweet potato frosting!

purple frosting on chocolate cupcake

Sweet potatoes come in two colors that are perfect for Halloween– orange and purple! (The purple potatoes I find are called Stokes Purple potatoes.)

You can use the same frosting recipe using either variety of potato. It looks super-festive, without using any artificial food dyes.

12. Date-Sweetened Peanut Butter Pumpkins

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkins are a healthier alternative to the popular Reese’s version, and you can make them into all sorts of fun shapes!

date sweetened chocolate peanut butter pumpkins on wire rack

Top with melted dark chocolate or your own homemade chocolate coating for a lower sugar treat.

13.  Mini Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Make your own delicious peanut butter cup candy at home! These mini peanut butter cups take just a few minutes to assemble. Sprinkle some sea salt on top to take the flavor up a notch!

stacked mini vegan peanut butter cups

For an extra-decadent treat, try stuffing them into a flourless peanut butter cookie. My Flourless Peanut Butter Temptations are addictive!

Frankenstien Cookies
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Healthy Halloween Treats

These healthy halloween treats are super-festive, without using artificial food dyes. Use matcha to make naturally green Frankenstein cookies, dipped in dark chocolate for a lower-sugar Halloween dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword healthy halloween treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 179kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, matcha powder, peppermint, baking soda, vinegar, and salt. Stir well, until a thick, uniform dough is formed. It will be slightly sticky, and if you over-stir, it will start to get oily, so be careful to only stir as much as needed.
  • For cut-out cookies, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on a big sheet of parchment paper, about 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter (I used one that's in the shape of a foot, but looks similar to the shape a Frankenstein head) or use a knife to cut the cookies into a rectangle shape.
  • Arrange the cookie shapes on the prepared baking sheet, and bake until the cookies are a light green color and just barely starting to turn golden around the edges, about 10 minutes. They will firm up as they cool.
  • Once the cookies are cool, melt the dark chocolate chips and dip the top of the cookies into the melted chocolate to create Frankenstein's "hair." I pour the rest of the melted chocolate into a piping bag, and pipe on some eyes, a mouth, and a scar on his forehead. I think it's fun to drizzle some extra chocolate in his hair for texture, too.
  • Let the chocolate cool completely (you can place the pan of cookies in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process) then serve chilled or at room temperature. These cookies will last on the counter for up to 3 days, but they will start to dry out over time. If you stick them in an airtight container on the counter, they will get softer. For best shelf life, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

Nutrition information is per cookie, assuming you have 16 cookies coated in all of the chocolate that you melt. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
Blanched almond flour is important for the color of these cookies. If you use almond meal (with has flecks of almond skin) the cookies will reflect that, and will have a more cake-like texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg

I hope you’ll enjoy these healthy Halloween treats, and I can’t wait to hear which ones you try! Please leave a comment below to let me know how it goes, and if you have any more suggestions, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Laura

Last year, I dressed up as Snow White in a borrowed costume and had a blast. I have very dark brunette hair so it worked. My daughters also dressed up in their Snow White costumes (Ages 2 and 4). And I made my husband dress up as Prince Charming, stockings and all. At first, he balked, and said “no way” to the stockings but I convinced him after awhile. Target sells extra-large thickish stockings that will work for a man. He’s 6’3′ so it was tough. He was afraid that he was showing too much leg, but I found a long velvet jacket to go with it and of course a crown (nevermind all the neighborhood men who couldn’t make eye contact with him all day.) Ha. I made silver buckles out of tinfoil for his shoes. I still can’t believe he went along with it!!! This year, the Elsa costume I wanted is over $300 on Amazon and my husband gave the firm “no” on that one. Oh well. My daughters are being Anna and Elsa (of course) My Dachshunds are being a Cop and a Bride.

Love the Frankenstein Kiwis and the Candy Corn fruit kebobs, too cute for their own good!!

Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

YUM! Such yummy looking ideas! Love the apple bites that look like little teeth 🙂

Kayla

I’ve made the homemade butterfingers and the are delicious!! I can’t wait to try some of the other things shown!

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

Great shout – i love the look of salted caramel dip – definitely will be trying that out and those twix’s…

Amanda

Love this round up!

I’ve hosted so many school Halloween parties and have searched, but I’ve never seen so many cute & healthy/healthier options in one place before!

    Megan Gilmore

    Aw, thank you! I hope they’re helpful! I’m already dreaming up more ideas that I want to add to this list, but it might have to wait until next year… 😉

Laurie Cnossen

I am blown away by your fun and healthy assortment of Halloween treats! I want to make them all! I see that you used chocolate chips for the eyes of the ghost, but what did you use for its mouth? Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Thank you! For the ghosts, I melted a few chocolate chips, and piped it on to make the “O” for the mouth. Honestly, my kids probably would have been fine with me just using another chocolate chip for the mouth, but I liked the way this looked a little better.

Leona

Just made your chicken & vegetable soup and the date caramel for a lite treat with apples.
Both recipes were amazing & delicious.
Your recipes have been so helpful for ideas on healthy eating.
Thank You!

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