Halloween is about a month away. Brace yourself: the avalanche of sweets is coming, ready to tempt you into falling off your health-and-wellness bandwagon. We're here to help you make smarter food choices with the following sweet and savory treats.
From: Leite's Culinaria
Taken from Stefan Gates' The Extraordinary Cookbook, this fun and simple recipe for a gin and tonic Jell-O shot glows under a UV fluorescent light. Get one at your local hardware store or online. The bigger the bulb, the better the glow, says Leite's Culinaria. If you're wondering about the effect, it's the quinine in the tonic water that helps to produce the spooky effect. That's good news for those of you who need or would prefer to skip the gin and keep this a kid-friendly, alcohol-free treat.
From: Fork & Beans
These sweet treats are made with gluten-free pretzels. To keep sodium levels down, use unsalted pretzels instead. Dip them in melted dark chocolate and complete the look with some homemade vegan googly eyes. They are too adorable to be creepy, really, but best of all, they are super easy to make!
From: Cincy Shopper
We can't resist a good witch's broom. This fun and healthy Halloween snack is so easy to make. All you need is string cheese, pretzel sticks and chives. The flavor combination is absolutely addictive, and the snack really hits the spot.
From: A Spicy Perspective
These cute and creepy spider cookies are made on a peanut butter cookie base filled with a chocolate truffle. They may not be a diet food, but you can enjoy anything, including these sweet treats, in moderation. Making smarter food choices means you never have to deprive yourself!
From: The Hopeless Housewife
How awesome are these little mummies? And they are also easy to make! It's basically Crescent Roll dough wrapped around a jalapeño popper. The most time-consuming part is wrapping the mummies, but once you get into a groove it should take about 30 seconds to wrap each one.
From: Eat Good 4 Life
The secret to this chocolate graveyard is — are you ready? — tofu. And tofu haters need not worry. You really can't taste it at all. It lends the dip a creamy, dense consistency. For smoother and non-tofu-y results, try using avocado.
If you're looking for a fun project to make with the kids, then check out these cute ghost-shaped frozen white chocolate banana treats. The recipe yields four pops but you will have plenty of extra chocolate leftover should you want to make more. Just be sure you're using about half an ounce of chocolate per banana.
From: Family Fresh Meals
Halloween isn't complete with some candy corn. But, of course, candy corn is pure sugar, which spells trouble for your teeth and waistline. Therefore, here's a fantastic compromise. This fun and healthier-for-you candy corn fruit cocktail promises to satiate your sweet tooth. It's made with fresh pineapple, oranges and whipped cream, and topped with only a couple of pieces of candy corn.
From: Oh She Glows
This is a great Halloween snack: it's healthy, it's easy to make, it requires only three or four ingredients and it looks creeptastic. These apple bites will make those of you who aren't exactly the craftiest look like the next Martha Stewart.
From: Smarty Had a Party
We couldn't resist this gorgeous haunted gingerbread house. It's modeled after the historic and allegedly haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis. If you find the idea of tackling a gingerbread house daunting, don't worry. Smarty Had a Party hooks you up with this haunted gingerbread house template so all you Smarties can make your own. They also offer a few tips to ensure you nail it. Best of all, they share a faster, easier gingerbread dough recipe you can use when you don't have all the time required to whip up traditional gingerbread dough (which takes a lot of time to prepare and then must be refrigerated for a couple of hours, if not overnight).