It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is just around the corner! As you’ll probably know, we love creating themed recipes here at Early Start Nutrition, so we’ve decided to bring you a blog full of spook-tacular recipes (and bad Halloween puns!).
Halloween is often a time where children have a lot of sugary foods, such as sweets and chocolate. And while it’s fine for children to have a treat or two, many will have up to 7 times the amount of sugar recommended!
No doubt, things will look a little different this year, but we’ve put together some fang-tasticly healthy recipes that are great to make with children, either in their childcare setting or at home.
Ingredients (Serves One)
- 1 small pizza base or pitta bread
- 1 tsp tomato puree
- 40g grated cheese
- 1 unsalted black olive- chopped
Use a cookie cutter to stamp out the pizza base circles
Spread the tomato puree on to the top of the base
Decorate your pitta with the cheese to create a web
Place in your pre- heated oven (200°C/gas mark 6) for 8-10 minutes
Add the olive to your pizza to create the spiders body.
Freaky Frankenstein Toast
Ingredients (Serves One)
- 1 slice bread (white or wholemeal)
- 1/2 avocado- halved, pitted, peeled, and mashed
- 1-2 slices of mozzarella cheese
- 2-3 unsalted black olives- chopped
- 1 small red pepper or tomato
Toast the bread and spread on the mashed avocado
Arrange the olives to create Frankenstein’s hair and scar
Use the sliced mozzarella to make the white part of his eyes and place the chopped olive pieces on top to make the pupils
Cut a slice or red pepper or tomato and use this to make his mouth.
Perilous Pumpkin Kebabs
Children in your setting will love this fruit show-stopper! You could also make some wicked vegetable kebabs.
- Any fruit you like!
- We used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, banana and pineapple
- 1 medium sized pumpkin
- Wooden kebab sticks
- Carefully cut out the pumpkin face. We didn’t scoop out the middle, so we can use it after to make a tasty pumpkin soup!
- Cut the fruit into bite sized pieces
- Carefully thread the fruit onto the kebab sticks
- Pierce each kebab stick into the pumpkin
Terrifying Tortillas with Spooky Salsa
These toasted tortilla shapes are delicious and perfect for dipping!
- Tortilla wraps- either white or wholemeal
- Mild paprika
- Salsa dip
- Halloween cookie cutters (ours were £1! From Asda)
- Cut your chosen Halloween shape out of the tortilla wraps (or bread/pitta)
- Place on a baking try and give them a light dusting of paprika
- Place them in the oven at 180°c for a few minutes, until slightly crisp
- Place the salsa (chopped tomato, diced red onion, with your favourite herbs) in a bowl
- Arrange the tortilla shapes decoratively on a board or plate
These tasty strawberry and yoghurt ghosts will be a real winner with children in your setting. Try freezing them, to make a refreshing frozen yoghurt treat!
- Natural yoghurt
- Wash the strawberries
- Dip each strawberry into the natural yoghurt, ensuring they are coated well
- Place the strawberries on the plate, allow the excess yoghurt to drip onto the plate, forming the ghost tail
- Add the raisins to the front of the strawberries, to form the eyes
- Place in the freezer for around 20 minutes. Note: avoid leaving them in the freezer for too long as you do not want to freeze the strawberries, just the yoghurt
How cute are these little guys?! They are a great way of encouraging children to eat fruit.
- Medium to large oranges
- Any fruit of your choosing. We used mixed berries
- Carefully cut the top off each orange to form the lid
- Scoop out the orange centre
- Carefully cut or draw a scary face into each orange
- Fill with your chosen fruit mix
Children will love dipping pepper sticks and breadsticks into this haunted hummus.
- 1 small pumpkin
- Pot of hummus (1-2 depending on the size of the pumpkin)
- Pepper/s (any colour)
- Carefully cut the top off the pumpkin. If your feeling confident, cut the top like ours
- Scoop out the inside, including all the seeds
- Spoon the hummus into the empty pumpkin
- Cut up the pepper sup into sticks
- Place the pepper and breadsticks into the hummus
These bone- chilling bananas are speedy snacks to make and will go down a treat with the children in your setting!
- Stick on edible eyes
- Wooden lollipop sticks
- Cut each banana in half
- Push a lollipop stick into banana half
- Place the eye on the banana
- Roll each raisin in your hand and place on the banana to make the mouth
These scary looking peppers are a great way of encouraging children to eat different vegetables.
- Orange Peppers
- Any vegetable you can cut into sticks such as pepper, carrot, cucumber
- Carefully cut the top off each pepper to form the lid
- Remove all the seeds inside the pepper
- Cut up your vegetable sticks and place in the orange pepper
Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cake!
Looking for a healthy Halloween inspired cake? Watch our step-by-step recipe video on Youtube to find out how to make our delicious pumpkin cake!