28 Halloween recipes to try this year

Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, is the night when ghouls and goblins come out to play (or the night you can raise the Sanderson sisters from the dead, if you're a 90's kid). Whether you're planning to throw the most petrifying party in town or celebrate the 31st of October with something a bit more low-key, we've got 28 boo-tiful recipes that will inspire you. From super-tasty, scary snacks to creepy cupcakes, devilish drinks and terrifying treats, keep reading to make this a hauntingly delicious Halloween!

Spooky sweet treats

#1. Frozen banana ghosts

Healthy and low-fat, just freeze bananas with a white chocolate and coconut 'robe' for a terrifying treat this Halloween!

#2. Chocolate bat biscuits

Great for parties or for handing out to trick or treaters, these biscuits are easy to make and the perfect way to satisfy your craving for something sweet.

#3. Toffee apple cake

Dunking for apples or making sticky toffee apples is great for the kids; this grown up version turns your favourite childhood treat into a delicious cake! With apples and pecans, it's not altogether unhealthy...

#4. Pumpkin cheesecake

Bought too many pumpkins and no time to carve them all before Halloween? Why not use up the insides of your pumpkins to make this delicious cheesecake spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and a crushed ginger nut biscuit bake. We love it!

#5. Frankenstein cupcakes

The Expertrain team are making a batch of these to eat at HQ tomorrow – they're so spooky! Easy to make cupcakes are topped off with green and black icing, with mini marshmallows for a sweet treat. Perfect with a nice cup of tea.

#6. Eerie eyeball pops

Kids of all ages will love these eerie eyeball cake pops that are sure to terrify parents! This recipe uses ready-made Madeira cake and Oreo cookies, so there isn't really much prep involved, making it a great choice for last-minute parties. You can let the kids get creative decorating the eyeballs!

#7. Haunted graveyard cake

Perfect for a kids (or adults) fancy dress party this Halloween, this cake is sure to take centre stage. It's packed with dark chocolate (a source of antioxidants) and lots of other goodies, so best make this your cheat day; remember, a little of what you fancy does you good!

#8. Spicy roasted apples and blackberries

For a totally guilt-free dessert, this baked fruit recipe ticks all the boxes. Serve with some Greek yoghurt or fromage frais and some honey. Blackberries are rich in vitamin C and bioflavanoids, whilst apples can protect against Parkinson's disease and help you avoid Alzheimer's (1).

#9. Wicked witches' fingers

Kids will love these downright creepy witches' fingers biscuits, made from just five simple ingredients – eggs, icing sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract and butter. Far better for them than buying ready-made cakes packed with artificial colours and flavourings.

#10. Cinder toffee

Cinder toffee, also known as honeycomb toffee, is a traditional treat that has been served around Halloween and Guy Fawkes' night for years. It's very sweet, so a little goes a long way, but it's easy to make with just a few ingredients, the key one being sticky golden syrup. This will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

#11. Pumpkin apple muffins

The sweet crumble topping turns these fruit and vegetable packed muffins into more of a dessert than a cake. Spice from cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger combines perfectly with pumpkin and apple to make delicious muffins that you won't want to share. We recommend you don't eat them all yourself though.

#12. Perfect pumpkin pecan muffins

We admit it, here at Expertrain HQ we're a bit mad about muffins. We can't get enough of them for breakfast, lunch and snacks – especially healthy spelt and blueberry muffins! This recipe is pretty much perfect, we think, packed with vitamin A and antioxidant rich pumpkin and pecans. Did you know that 100g of pecans provides you with 25g of vitamin E? They're also rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which could help prevent coronary artery disease (2), and B-complex vitamins.

#13. Chocolate orange spider jellies

These jellies only take 10 minutes to prepare and they're made with orange juice and gelatine – that's it! Super-simple and decorated with spooky chocolate spiders, perfect for kids and adults alike.

#14. Toffee apples

Toffee apples are the perfect treat for this time of year - sticky and delicious, you're still getting the goodness from the apple. Kids can't resist them (and neither can we!)

Scary savouries

#15. Hubble bubble pumpkin pot

Hubble bubble, toil and trouble are right around the corner with this tasty savoury dish that the whole family will love. Pumpkin (or you can use butternut squash) is super-healthy and packed with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, for healthy skin and eyesight. Tell the kids it will help them see in the dark! This is a great way to get them to eat more vegetables.

#16. Eek! Eyeball pasta

Get into the Halloween spirit by turning mozzarella balls into...eyeballs! Gory yet great for your health, this hearty pasta dish is packed with basil, tomatoes and fresh pesto for a tasty dinner.

#17. Cheesy brains

Mmmm, brains! Bring out your inner zombie and chow down on some brains this Halloween. Cheesy popcorn brains, that is. These snacks are easy to make and have none of the additives you'll find in flavoured supermarket popcorn, just Dijon mustard and grated cheddar cheese – this recipe's another Expertrain office favourite!

#18. Garlic pumpkin risotto

Don't become one of the Lost Boys – keep the creatures of the night at bay with this immune-boosting garlicky pumpkin risotto that makes great use of your leftover pumpkin. Great if you're throwing a more sophisticated Halloween celebration, with heart-healthy olive oil and vitamin packed pumpkin, plus crispy shallots – yum!

#19. Witches brew

Get imaginative with your recipe titles this Halloween and you'll find you can get the kids to eat even more vegetables! This healthy, smoky pea and bacon chowder is packed with flavour and good fats from the olive oil – plus it uses frozen peas, full of vitamins and a freezer staple.

#20. Monstrous meatballs and tomato sauce

Sometimes, you need a healthy dinner that's quick to prepare, and these beef meatballs are perfect. Whip them up before a Halloween party or on bonfire night and serve with the antioxidant packed vine tomato sauce and some fresh pasta or even quinoa – delicious!

#21. Petrifying pumpkin soup

We can't think of a better way to use up all that pumpkin than by making a healthy, warming pumpkin soup. Pumpkin has a naturally sweet flavour, similar to sweet potatoes, and it's packed with vitamin A and B-complex vitamins. Why not enjoy this after an evening of trick or treating – it all counts towards your daily exercise, just don't steal the kids sweets!

#22. Terrifying Thai pumpkin soup

Add a spicy Thai twist to a classic pumpkin soup with this recipe, which uses lemongrass, red Thai curry paste and coconut milk, a source of monounsaturated fat, to create heat.

#23. Maggoty dustbin pasta

We know, we weren't too sure about the name either, but luckily this recipe tastes much better than it sounds! Use orzo pasta for the 'maggots' (kids will love this), fibre packed black bean sauce and sweetcorn and peppers to up your vegetable intake.

#24. Sausage mummy dippers

This is Halloween food at its best – sausages 'mummified' in croissant dough (you'll find this in the fridges near the pastry at your local supermarket) and baked until puffed and golden. Use high-quality chipolata sausages with a good meat content for the healthiest option.

#25. Garlic eyeballs with creamy chive dip

Making your own dips is a healthier way to enjoy a treat at home, without relying on additive-packed supermarket versions. We love this creamy dip (we use Greek yoghurt) served with garlic 'eyeballs' (doughballs) made with ready-made pizza dough. If you have time, you could even make your own dough.

Devilish drinks

#26. Spiced autumn punch

Packed with natural ingredients, this spiced punch is alcohol-free, so great for adults and children. Apple juice, natural honey, pineapple juice and oranges are teamed with spiced cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious drink that's served hot. Great for bonfire night too!

#27. Pumpkin shake

Looking for easy ways to eat more vegetables (or get the kids to eat more)? This pumpkin shake is pretty much perfect! It uses vanilla ice cream, but you could use a dairy-free alternative or even yoghurt for a healthier option.

#28. Ghostly punch

If you're looking for a fun punch to serve at your Halloween party, try this one. Packed with potassium-rich bananas, it also includes orange juice, cream and ice cream, although you could use dairy-free alternatives. Use whipped cream to pipe a ghost shape on top of each glass of punch.


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Works cited:

  1. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples

  2. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pecans.html

 

Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 30th Oct 2014 at 11:27
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