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.

Petrifying Pizzas

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Ingredients (Serves One)

  • 1 small pizza base or pitta bread
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 40g grated cheese
  • 1 unsalted black olive- chopped

Method

  • 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

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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

Method

  • 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

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Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog Fruit PumpkinChildren in your setting will love this fruit show-stopper! You could also make some wicked vegetable kebabs.

Ingredients

  • Any fruit you like!
  • We used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, banana and pineapple
  • 1 medium sized pumpkin
  • Wooden kebab sticks

Method

  • 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

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Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog Bat tortillaThese toasted tortilla shapes are delicious and perfect for dipping!

Ingredients

  • Tortilla wraps- either white or wholemeal
  • Mild paprika
  • Salsa dip
  • Halloween cookie cutters (ours were £1! From Asda)

Method

  • 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

Ghastly Ghosts

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Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog strawberry ghostsThese 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!

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Raisins

Method

  • 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

Ominous Oranges

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Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog ominous orangesHow cute are these little guys?! They are a great way of encouraging children to eat fruit.

Ingredients

  • Medium to large oranges
  • Any fruit of your choosing. We used mixed berries

Method

  • 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

Haunted Hummus

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Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog hummus peppersChildren will love dipping pepper sticks and breadsticks into this haunted hummus.

Ingredients

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • Pot of hummus (1-2 depending on the size of the pumpkin)
  • Breadsticks
  • Pepper/s (any colour)

Method

  • 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

BOO-tiful Bananas

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog ghost bananaThese bone- chilling bananas are speedy snacks to make and will go down a treat with the children in your setting!

Ingredients

  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Stick on edible eyes
  • Wooden lollipop sticks

Method

  • 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

Petrifying peppers

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Halloween Blog scary peppersThese scary looking peppers are a great way of encouraging children to eat different vegetables.

Ingredients

  • Orange Peppers
  • Any vegetable you can cut into sticks such as pepper, carrot, cucumber

Method

  • 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!

Wishing you all a horrifying Halloween!

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