Healthy Halloween Treats!

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The weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to change, and pumpkin patches are open for business – Halloween is just around the corner! Whether it is your little one’s first Halloween or you’re a veteran of this night of pumpkins, glitter, and masks, there’s sure to be plenty of treats.

While the occasional Halloween treat never hurt anyone, the standard packaged candy can actually be a bit of a trick, piling on sugar and processed ingredients. If you are looking to throw a Halloween party or play date for your children and their friends, it’s easy to make healthy treats that are just the right amount of sweet and spooky. Kids can also jump in the kitchen to help create these yummy snacks, extending the Halloween fun!

Healthy Halloween Recipe: Spooky Strawberry Banana Ghost Pops

4 ripe bananas
½ cup unsweetened strawberry jam
1 cup unsweetened coconut
16 semisweet chocolate chips
8 dried cranberries
8 popsicle sticks

1. Peel your bananas and cut each in half

2. Cut a slit in the bottom of each banana piece and insert a popsicle stick

3. Wrap the bananas in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about an hour, or until firm

4. As bananas are freezing, heat your jam on medium heat until it reaches a syrupy consistency

5. Dip the banana in the jam to coat it in a thin layer

6. Roll the banana in coconut or sprinkle it on by hand

7. Decorate your banana ghost with chocolate chips for eyes and a dried cranberry mouth

8. Repeat for all eight banana pieces

9. Place your bananas back in the freezer for fifteen or twenty minutes to firm back up – then your healthy ghosts are ready to go!

For some more fun recipes like “Snack-o-lanterns” and pretzel bones, check out this list from Spoonful (http://spoonful.com/halloween/best-halloween-recipes-gallery)

Written by: Amanda Dunham

Sources:
Ghost Banana Pop recipe – Tom’s of Maine blog (http://blog.tomsofmaine.com/index.php/healthy-halloween-treats-spooky-strawberry-banana-ghost-pops/)

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