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No tricks here, just a little bit sweet and a little bit savory.

If you have cookie cutters on hand, you can whip up any number of healthy Halloween treats to scare your guests. You can make witch cookies on brooms or pumpkin-shaped tortilla chips to dip in your favorite hummus or avocado dip. Using fresh vegetables, you can create skeleton, ghost, or goblin platter arrangements making even the pickiest of eaters want to eat their greens! Thanks to Christina Powel for these spook-Ahh-elicious recipes. And I have put together a few of my favorite healthy Halloween treats that have adorned my table on All Hallows-Eve you can add to the mix. Enjoy!




Peanut Butter Pumpkins Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • 1 Tbsp ground flax

  • Peanut butter chips, for melting

  • Dark chocolate squares

Directions:

  1. Melt peanut butter and honey together and stir until well-blended.

  2. In another bowl, combine oats and flax.

  3. Combine both mixtures until well incorporated.

  4. Roll into balls and chill in freezer overnight.

  5. The next day, melt peanut butter chips in a small bowl. (I used a ramekin.)

  6. Using a toothpick, dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the melted peanut butter chips, enough to evenly coat.

  7. Repeat with each ball before returning them to the freezer to let the peanut butter coating harden.

  8. Once hardened, cut chocolate pieces into rectangular chunks and place on top of balls to make pumpkins.

  9. You may have to melt the bottom of the chocolate a bit to get it to stick on top of each peanut butter ball.

  10. Return balls to freezer/refrigerator until serving time.

  11. Enjoy (one of my favorite healthy Halloween treats)!

Chef Note: You can substitute the honey with agave nectar if you prefer. Chef Note: You may also use another nut butter in place of peanut butter (or a nut butter alternative if there is an allergy concern). Chef Note: If desired, you may thin the peanut butter chips mixture with a bit of milk (or milk substitute such as almond milk).



Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Ingredients:

  • 4 orange bell peppers

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ Tbsp oil

  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder

  • ½ tsp cumin

  • 1 ½ cup cooked brown rice

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cans tomato sauce

  • 2/3 Tbsp shredded sharp cheddar

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Slice the stem off of each pepper, and remove the seeds and center from the peppers.

  3. Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of the side. 😊

  4. Season the inside of the peppers with salt and pepper, then place in a baking dish and set aside.

  5. Add oil to a large skillet, followed by ground beef, and cook until browned.

  6. Add onions, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes more.

  7. Add black beans and tomato sauce to the ground beef. Cook for 3 minutes, then fold in the rice.

  8. Gently stuff the peppers, being sure to add extra so the filling is coming out of the top.

  9. Place the stem side of the pepper on top of the stuffing, and then arrange in the baking dish.

  10. Add ¼ cup of water to the baking dish and cover with foil.

  11. Bake the peppers roughly 15 minutes—until they become t