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25 Healthy Halloween Treats for Your Spooky Soiree (Gluten-Free Edition!)

Ahhhhh spooky season’s here! 

You need to think about leaving your Halloween guests totally impressed ASAP.

But how?

Rack up the spooky cheer with cute, creative treats. 

But beware!

Traditional Halloween recipes stash silent health killers:

Refined sugar and gluten.

Don’t run in terror quite yet!  

It’s possible to serve up magical meals loaded with fun n’ frightening spirit that are not only gluten-free, but also on the healthy side.

To top it off, all of the recipes below are super kid-friendly and perfect for any spooky soiree.

No tricks- just treats!

Table of Contents: 

  • Boo! 4 Wicked Tips for a Hauntingly Healthy Evening
  • Happy Halloween! 25 Gluten-Free, Spookalicious Recipes
    • Scary Snacks or Apps? You Decide
    • Mummified n’ Monstrous Meals
    • Terrifyingly Tasty Sweet Treats 

4 Wicked Tips for a Hauntingly Healthy Evening

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you know what that means:

Healthy recipes run to the hills to make way for unwholesome foods. 

Then comes the conundrum for our gluten-free friends :

“How am I supposed to stay healthy, happy, and well when I just want to gobble every candy bar in sight?” 

I’m right there with you.

Here are 4 healthy Halloween tips to take you through the start of the season!

1. No Skimping– Keep Creepy Eating! 

Typically, you may think to skip meals throughout the day to make up for all of the extra Halloween sweets in the evening.

However, this is backwards.

Meal-skipping promotes hunger and deprivation, which makes you more likely to binge that entire plate of spooky brownies. 

Instead, stick to filling meals throughout the day.

You’re more inclined to portion control later. 

You don’t want to trick-or-treat on an empty stomach– trust me. 

Your kid’s candy will be calling your name! 

2. Avoid the Chilling, Gluten Screams

The last thing you want is to make a gluten-oopsies on Halloween and have to deal with the nasty side effects.

This doesn’t mean you have to avoid candy bars entirely though!

Just make sure you go for gluten-free options. 

 Naturally gluten-free treats:
  • Heath bars
  • Milk chocolate Hershey’s kisses
  • Payday
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (all except unwrapped minis and any seasonal shapes)
  • Reese’s Pieces (all except Reese’s Pieces eggs)
  • Rollo Caramels in Milk Chocolate (all except minis)
  • 3 Musketeers bars
  • M&Ms (all except the pretzel, crispy, and certain holiday varieties)
  • Baby Ruth
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Tootsie Rolls
Common candies to avoid:
  • 5th Avenue bars
  • Take 5 bars
  • Whoppers
  • Butterfinger Crisp or Giant
  • Crunch
  • Kit Kat
  • 100 Grand Bars
  • Nerds

This gluten-free candy list is updated for 2020, but keep in mind ingredient lists change at the manufacturer’s discretion. Always be sure to check the label, and if you have any concerns, call the manufacturer directly. They usually have phone numbers on the packaging! 

If you’re not sure what to look for, watch out for these gluten ingredients:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Durum
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer
  • Kamut
  • Spelt
  • Malt

3. Give In to Chocolate Witchcraft (Guilt-Free) 

Have you ever eaten a piece of chocolate and thought your entire healthy lifestyle went out the window?

Yep, I’ve been there too. 

The guilt comes crawling in, but here’s the thing.

One night of sweets isn’t going to derail your health goals. In fact, consuming some not-as-good-for-you deliciousness every once in a while is great for the soul. 

Why?

Because everyone needs to let loose once in a while.

And thankfully, these days, there are millions of recipes that will still satisfy any “go crazy over candy” feels without sending you down the deep, dark path of chocolate shame. (*ahem* see the recipes below.)

Balance is key!

4. Plan to Your Dark Heart’s Content

You know how important it is to map out your menu beforehand, particularly if you’re going for a gluten-free gathering.

After all, you can’t just pick up a box of devilish brownies and call it a day! Make an extra effort to plan out what kinds of recipes you’ll need, while remaining mindful of  your guests’ allergies.

The less stress, the more you can actually enjoy your horror affair!  

Happy Halloween! 25 Gluten-Free, Spookalicious Recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Ball Spiders from Diana Johnson of Eating Richly

I know you don’t want guests to leave with icky, gluten-free disappointment. You need food to taste shockingly yummy with a subtle side of good-for-you. 

Crowd-pleaser alert! 

Take an eerie peek at the healthy Halloween recipes below.

Scary Snacks or Apps? You Decide

Ahhh it’s a snack attack!

Scare all of your guests (in a good way) right away with these 7 snack recipes. You can even use them as appetizers if you want; they double as both!

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Ball Spiders

Take your healthy chocolate peanut butter protein balls and Halloweenify them! 

That’s exactly what these spider balls are about, using chocolate and candy eyes to turn these guys into creepy crawlers.

You’ve got the protein, healthy fats, and chocolate, so what more could you need? 

2. Peanut Butter Apple Monster Mouths

What a way to turn a classic, healthy snack into grim-looking monsters!

That’s right– the base of this snack is just apples and peanut butter, then you load up the “mouths” with either candy corn or almonds. 

While the kids gobble them up, you can rest easy knowing no sugar craze is coming. 

3. Spooky Black Bean Hummus

Even though this recipe looks like it’s full of purple artificial food coloring, there’s really none at all! 

Instead, the black beans give the hummus its sinister color, while the yogurt tops off as a fearsome spider web.

It’ll be a hit! 

To keep it gluten-free, serve this with veggie sticks or rice crackers. 

4. Veggie Tray with Pumpkin and Ghosts

Normal veggie trays just won’t do it. 

Halloween it up by placing eyes on your mini peppers for “ghosts” and arrange your carrot and cucumber platter to look exactly like a pumpkin. 

Maybe now the kids will eat their veggies, right?

There’s only one way to find out! 

5. Monster Cookie Dough 

Okay, but is there anything better than edible cookie dough?

Yup!

This monster cookie dough takes it to another level with no flour or eggs but loads of peanut butter and chocolate deliciousness.

You’ll use canned chickpeas, peanut butter, oats, and butter to thicken up the dough. 

Guests won’t even know the difference!  

6. Eyeball Deviled Eggs

Ever eaten an eyeball?

Well, get ready! 

These eyeball deviled eggs are total show-stoppers and only take ten minutes to make. 

Whip up deviled eggs like you normally would, then use pesto, red food coloring, and candy eyes to create these gory eyeballs. 

7. Chocolate Pretzel Spider Webs

Three ingredients and one freaky treat! 

Both the kids and adults will chow down on these chocolate pretzel spider webs since they’re the perfect medium of sweet, salty, and crunch.

Plus, how can you go wrong with chocolate?

If you’d like, you can totally serve these up for dessert, too.  

Mummified n’ Monstrous Meals

Gluten-Free Mummy Dogs from Willow Moon of Create Mindfully

If you’re hosting an extravagant fright fest, high-quality meals need to be on your menu. 

But what goes into a dish that ticks all the gluten-free, healthy, and scary-themed boxes?

These 7 Halloween meals spill the beans. 

8. Spooky Spaghetti and Eyeball Meatballs

Who says spaghetti and meatballs can’t be gluten-free and festive?

With black bean spaghetti, delicious pasta sauce, and a cute mozzarella-olive combo to bring out the eyeballs, every guest will be raving over the creative effort.

But between you and me?

There was barely any effort. 

9. Graveyard Taco Cups

Halloween dishes can be complex.

After all, it’s basically an art trying to create perfect little jack o’ lanterns, ghosts, and skeletons.

However, these graveyard taco cups are the simplest spooky recipe ever made– just two easy layers of black beans and guac, topped with a fun, RIP chip!  

10. Creamy Pumpkin Cauliflower Alfredo (AKA the Smashed Spider)

Black noodles strike again! 

This recipe is all about black rice pasta noodles loaded with a crazy, creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce. 

Sound weird?

Believe me; it’s probably the most delicious alfredo sauce you’ve ever tried.

To top it off, the end result looks like a mashed spider– totally Halloween worthy!

11. Halloween Chicken Nuggets

Who are we kidding; this recipe isn’t just for the kids! 

Everyone loves chicken nuggets, and these have a special twist. 

With a little mashing, coating, and frying, you’ll have nuggets shaped as ghosts or bats.

Don’t worry– it’s not as hard as it sounds. 

12. Vegan Gluten-Free Mummy Dogs

Mummy dog, anyone?

These adorable little frankfurters are vegan hot dogs wrapped in rice paper for that mummified look.

You can even put your mummy dogs in a bun, and pretend the bread is a casket! Or, carefully place ketchup around the hot dog for an extra bloody effect.

Wait...

Do mummies even have blood?   

13. Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pepper Jack O’Lanterns

Say hello to ground beef, veggies, and cheesy mashed potatoes all deliciously placed in a gorgeous jack o’ lantern– sans the pumpkin!

Instead, you’ll use orange bell peppers; just cut out little triangle eyes, noses, and mouths.

Voila! 

Easy as shepherd’s pie. 

14. Candy Corn Chicken Quesadillas

Screaming and shuddering at the mere thought of candy corn?

These chicken quesadillas don’t include real candy corn. Rather, they mimic that classic orange and white look with cheddar cheese melted on the outside.

Totally genius, flipping delicious, and of course, gluten-free! 

Make sure you double or triple the recipe for a crowd. 

Terrifyingly Tasty Sweet Treats

Coconut Praline Caramel Corn from Danielle Walkers of Against All Grain

Let’s be honest. 

The real reason everyone loves Halloween is for the treats. 

So to round this list off, here are 11 boo-tiful treats to knock your party dead! 

15. Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Dirt Cups

Picture creamy chocolate pudding with crushed chocolate cookies and worms. 

Mmm grossly sweet! 

These dirt cups work for both kids and adults, which means you’ll definitely want to make enough for everyone. 

To amp up the fun, make it a kid-friendly activity by having them crush up the cookies! 

16. Gluten-Free & Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies

It wouldn’t be a holiday party without sugar cookies.

These gluten-free and vegan Halloween-themed cookies bring all the fang-tastic vibes you need, and they’re just as easy as typical sugar cookies!

You can even play around with the shapes too, depending on what cookie cutters you want to use.  

17. Coconut Praline Caramel Corn

Crunchy, nutty, and full of caramel:

This coconut praline caramel corn recipe just screams October and Halloween! 

Instead of using corn syrup or white sugar, you’ll use coconut sugar and maple syrup, which just takes the fall factor up a notch.

Be prepared for the entire bowl to be gone in less than an hour!  

18. Witches’ Brew Cupcakes

A nasty bubbly cauldron anyone can enjoy.

These cupcakes are made from devil’s food chocolate (naturally) then topped with fluffy green cream cheese frosting. 

You can even adjust the cupcakes to look like fizzy green potion is boiling over the sides! 

Note: of course, you’ll have to use a gluten-free cake mix.

Totally wicked!  

19. No-Bake Homemade Snickers Bars

Get ready to turn your favorite candy bar into a magically healthy treat that’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan!

Too good to be true?

Just wait until you try the melt-in-your-mouth nougat and peanut butter caramel combo dunked in smooth chocolate!

To-die-for.

20. Homemade Twix Bars

Normal twix bars have gluten, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the candy!

Try these homemade vegan twix bars that will keep you coming back for more.

With a coconut flour base, easy caramel filling, and deep chocolate coating, you’ll never pine for regular twix again!

Now that’s a Halloween win. 

21. Paleo Almond Joys

Yes, almond joys don’t have gluten in them, but you know what they do have?

A lot of scream-worthy sugar! 

However, these paleo almond joys skip the refined sugar and go for maple syrup instead– not to mention the vegan chocolate chips and nutritious coconut oil!

No chocolate guilt here!  

22. 3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Can you believe these peanut butter cups only have 3 ingredients?

Watch out!

They’re so small and simple it’s too easy to pop 5 in your mouth at a time. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

They’re healthy so it’s cool, right? 

23. Gluten-Free Tombstone Brownies

Creepy creativity at its finest! 

Your guests will not only be surprised that these brownies are gluten-free, but they’ll be dying to know how you pulled off such extravagantly eerie treats! 

But guess what?

This recipe is only 5 steps.

24. Frankenstein Krispies

Allergy-friendly, jaw-droppingly cute, and frightfully fun! 

Frankenstein krispies are almost too adorable to eat– perfect for kiddos and way healthier than store-bought rice krispies. 

P.S. Regular rice krispie cereal brands aren’t gluten-free, so go for gluten-free brands like Erewhon cereal

25. Candy Skull Crushers

Got any skull candy molds lying around?

Now’s the time to grab some!

These candy skull crushers are super spine-chilling with a mimic white chocolate coating around a red berry filling. 

Bones and blood! 

*cue the screams*

Looking for more gluten-free, gruesome goodness? Check out these 41 Spooktacular Gluten-Free Halloween Recipes!

Magically Morbid & Dreadfully Delicious: A Shockingly Healthy Halloween!

Who knew Halloween could be so healthy?

I certainly didn’t! 

Now you can cruise through your spooktacular planning with ease, knowing you have all the recipes you need for a bewitching Halloween!

Best. Host. Ever.

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