With the scary season coming up quick, it can be so easy just to run to the store and buy a pack of sweets, chocolates or the like. I get it, it's easier, quicker and most people will probably love you for it! It might become a problem when you have leftovers and still try to look after your own health. Temptations, temptations!
Here are some healthier ideas that are quick, simple, and they can function as snacks when the main event is over!
1. Sliced apple with healthy toffee sauce dip.
Soak the dates in the hot water for 15 minutes, then drain but make sure to save the water! Blend the dates with the coconut butter and add the soaking water bit by bit until you have the right consistency to your liking. (you probably don't need all of the water)
Serve with apple wedges. (if you want to cut them a while before serving. store in a bowl with water and a dash of lemon juice to prevent them turning brown)
2. Sweet potato energy bites
Scoop the flesh out of the sweet potato. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.
Wet your hands with a little bit of coconut oil. Shape the mixture into balls with your hands, store in the fridge until using.
3. 'Witches' green dip with veg sticks.
Blend all ingredients apart from the vegetable sticks until you have a smooth, bright green mass. You might need to add a little more water. Serve with the veg sticks in a scary bowl. (draw a skull on a hollowed out pepper)
4. Mandarin pumpkins
This is super easy and they look absolutely lovely. If you're using celery in the recipe above, save the thinnest most centre sticks, and some of the tops.
Peel a bunch of mandarins, making sure they stay whole. Stick a little celery stick in the top for the 'crown'. Have some humus or the pea/pesto mix for dipping the celery in.
5. Spider deviled eggs
Cut the eggs in half and gently lift out the yolks. Mash the yolks with the hummus and fill back in the cavities of the eggs.
Put half an olive in the middle, gently pressing down.
Cut the rest of the olives into thin strips, making sure you have enough for 4 legs on each side of the bodies.
Press the legs in and arrange the eggs on a plate.
6. Sweet potato scary wedges
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Scrub the sweet potato clean and slice in 1/2 cm thick slices.
Using cookie cutters, cut out stars, scary pumpkin faces or ghosts. You can also free cut with a sharp knife.
Rub all the slices with the olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, mixed spice and garlic.
Arrange on a lined baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes. Serve with a garlic yoghurt dip if you wish.