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Healthy Happy Halloween treats

Author: Melanie Hering

As trick or treating will be limited this year. We thought cooking together could be a fun alternative activity for parents and little ones alike. If you're looking for healthy treats instead of buying sweets..why not try these recipes! All of them can me made to be vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free. (For you kids who are reading this, always ask an adult to help when using the oven or sharp instruments to chop things !)

  1. Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern peppers
You'll need Method
  • STEP 1

    Cut the tops off the peppers (keeping the tops to one side) and remove the seeds and any white flesh from inside. Use a small sharp knife to carve spooky Halloween faces into the sides. Chop any offcuts into small pieces and set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan for a few mins until golden, and set aside. Heat the oil in the pan, and heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cook the onion in the oil for 8-10 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic, pepper offcuts and aubergine and cook for another 10 mins, until the veggies are soft. Add a splash of water if the pan looks dry. Season. 

  • STEP 3

    Squeeze the pouch of grains to break them up, then tip into the pan with the tomato paste. Stir for a minute or two to warm through, then remove from the heat and add the lemon zest, basil and pine nuts. 

  • STEP 4

    Fill each pepper with the grain mixture. Replace the lids, using cocktail sticks to secure them in place, and put the peppers in a deep roasting tin with the carved faces facing upwards. Cover with foil and bake for 35 mins, uncovered for the final 10. The peppers should be soft and the filling piping hot. 

2. Instead of peppers, why not trying to make Jack-O-Lantern’s with oranges and filling them with your favourite fruit or some berries? (You can also use the inside of the oranges to make some juice!)


3. Try making ghosts out of banana halves! Cut the banana in two, and use raisins for the eyes and mouth (or for an extra treat, you could also use a chocolate button!) If you fancy it pop the bananas on lolly sticks and put them in the freezer. And there you have it, frozen banana lollies!


4. Why not Halloween-i-fy your vegetables? Cut sweet potato, carrots, beets, potato, pumpkin into Halloween shapes and pop them in the oven (ghosts, witches hats, jack-o-lanterns)