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5 Better-For-You Halloween Treats

It’s almost time for trick or treat!🎃👻🍂 If the thought of all that Halloween candy is sending shivers down your spine, today we’re sharing ideas for better-for-you Halloween treats to make with your child! 

Cooking and baking is a great way for parents and kids to connect in the kitchen and learn together. As you mix and measure, talk with your child about their food-related interests, such as: do they like to cook? Do they have questions about where their food comes from? What do they know about different careers in the culinary arts? Some possible jobs to talk about and explore could include: chef, baking & pastry chef, food scientist, caterer, restaurant manager, and nutritionist. Cooking together may even inspire your child to explore a future career in the culinary arts! 

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Fall is apple season in Maine – and apple cider doughnut season! While traditional fried doughnuts are delicious, skipping the frying oil and baking them at home means these doughnuts are both easier to make and a somewhat better-for-you option. You’ll need a doughnut baking pan, which you can find online and at most stores that sell kitchenware.

Tap here for the Baked Apple Cider Doughnut recipe

Dark Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Some parents may remember receiving popcorn balls for Halloween when they were kids! This version skips the high fructose corn syrup in favor of honey and adds flavor with chocolate and peanut butter. If your child has a peanut or other nut allergy, you can easily swap the peanut butter for sunflower butter.

Tap here for the Healthy Dark Chocolate Popcorn Balls recipe

Pumpkin Mummy Cookies

Who doesn’t love a fall pumpkin recipe? These cute pumpkin cookies are disguised as spooky mummies but contain fresh pumpkin for a dash of veggie goodness. Kids can help mix together the ingredients and have fun drizzling on the frosting. The mummy’s eyes can be found online and in the baking section of some stores.

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Image via Well Plated

Halloween Banana Popsicles

It doesn’t get much simpler than a frozen banana! These festive banana pops are super simple and economical to make, and fun for kids to “dress up” with mini chocolate chips, drizzled peanut butter, and more. 

Tap here for the Frozen Banana Pops recipe

Image via La Jolla Mom

Easy Spider Crackers

These spider crackers are anything but creepy! Easy and fun for little kids to make, they’re perfect as an afternoon or after-school snack. 

Tap here for the Easy Spider Crackers recipe

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