Healthy Halloween alternatives

Halloween is almost here, but if you’re fearing an influx of teeth-decaying, sugary treats in your kids’ bellies, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. This holiday doesn’t have to be all about the candy — swap the no-nos for some deliciously healthy alternatives your kids will love. From oat ghost cookies to bat biccies, this year’s Halloween treats will be a hit!

Bat cookie

Kids love the sense of excitement that comes with the “new”, so surprise them with a range of creative Halloween treat ideas and they won’t even realise the lollies are missing. Swap artificial flavourings for healthier, home-baked treats that will still make them feel part of the trick-or-treat fun. Remember, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring — think up small ways you can add a bit of colour or fun to the recipe, like sealing two biccies together with fruit jam to make a cookie sandwich, or adding a yoghurt frosting to a healthy fruit and nut slice. Try out the recipes below and keep your kids happy AND healthy this Halloween!

Basic bat biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/4 cups of plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla

Icing:

  • 1 cup of icing sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water
  • Black food colouring

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and grease a large baking tray.
  2. Pour the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
  3. In a large, separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and beat well.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Pour in the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Roll the dough out and use the bat cookie cutters to create fun Halloween-themed shapes. Place the biscuits on the greased tray, leaving enough room for the cookies to expand.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. To make the icing, pour the icing sugar into a small bowl and add a tiny amount of water at intervals, stirring between each new addition, until smooth.
  9. Keep a small amount of white icing separate and add a drop or two of black icing to the remaining mixture.
  10. When the biscuits are cool, spread the black icing onto the bats with a knife, then add two drops of white icing for eyes with the tip of a skewer.
  11. Allow the icing to harden (place in the fridge if required) and pop into a small black takeaway container to surprise the kids!

Oaty ghost cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • Dried fruit and nuts of your choice, sliced (apricots, dates and walnuts all work well)
  • Ghost-shaped cookie cutter
  • Raisins
  • Cellophane, bag tie, gift tags and pens

Directions:

  1. Grease a large baking tray and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Mix the oats, flour and sugar together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, honey and milk together.
  4. Pour the butter mixture in with the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Use a Halloween-shaped cookie cutter to create dough ghosts, or simply place spoonfuls of the mixture on the greased baking tray, allowing the cookies room to spread. Place two raisins on each ghost shape for eyes.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on top.
  7. Place on a wire rack to cool, then store in an airtight container until Halloween rolls around.
  8. Present the Halloween cookies in small cellophane bags, sealed with spooky ghost-shaped gift tags!

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