The following recipes are simple to prepare, fun to eat and sure to please everyone in the family.
Peel a banana and press in raisins or carob chips to make a spooky face! Use raspberries or strawberries as blood to make an extra-creepy treat.
Carve an orange as you would a pumpkin by removing a piece from the top and scooping out the insides with a spoon. Cut out a design on the front of the orange using a serrated knife. Mix the pulp with diced strawberries and place back into the orange for a fruit salad in a fun and festive bowl.
This treat puts a spin on the old classic without all the sugar and artificial candy. A small serving can be perfect as a snack, or try a larger and muddier mess for a chilling breakfast. In a bowl combine:
1/2 cup crushed bran flakes or your favorite brown whole-grain cereal
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon peanut (or other nut) butter
Cinnamon to taste
Slice a banana into 1- to 2-inch strips and hide "maggots" all around.
Slice a hard-boiled egg in half and scoop out part of the yolk. Insert half a pitted olive for a frightening snack.
These are just a few frightening ideas. Get creative with your favorite snacks and see what spooky treats you can create!
— Sarah Martin, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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