Medically Reviewed by Katelyn J. Mock, US-Registered Dietician (R.D.)
Some Bariatric-Friendly Halloween Treats
1) Homemade Apple Sauce
- 6 pounds of peeled, cored, and sliced apples
- 3/4 cup of Apple Juice or Apple Cider
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon (more if you like)
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg or allspice
Add all ingredients in a large pot and put over medium heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. After apples are tender, puree in a food processor or blender or use a hand-held potato masher till you get a desired texture (I like mine a little chunky.) Garnish with cinnamon. You can use the applesauce to top pancakes, waffles, and even pork chops.
2) Butternut Squash Soup
Try this fun decorating tip when serving butternut squash or pumpkin soup! Click here for the recipe.
3) Frozen “Ghost” Banana Pops Ingredients
- Popsicle sticks
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Mini Chocolate Chips
Insert popsicle sticks into bananas and then freeze for 2 hours then take out of the freezer and dip frozen bananas in vanilla Greek yogurt. Add mini chocolate chips for the eyes and freeze again. Then enjoy!
4) Witches Brooms
- String Cheese
- Skinny Pretzels
Cut string cheese in half and insert a pretzel stick in the middle. Tie a chive around the end of the string cheese where the pretzel is inserted. Then take some kitchen shears or a knife and make small cuts into the cheese to resemble the end of a broom. Click here for more.
5) Peanut Butter Pumpkins
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- Peanut butter chips for melting
- A couple of squares of chocolate
- Melt the peanut butter and honey together in a small microwavable bowl until easily stirred. Mix until well blended.
- In another bowl, combine oats and flax.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and mix together. It may seem dry at first, but just keep mixing.
- Form the now combined mixture into balls and place on a plate.
- Chill in the freezer overnight.
- The next day, melt peanut butter chips in a small bowl (I used a ramekin). If desired, thin the mixture with a bit of milk (I did this).
- Using a toothpick, fork, of your hands if you don’t mind getting a bit messy, dip the frozen peanut butter balls into the melted peanut butter chip and twist a bit to coat.
- Set back on plate.
- Repeat with each ball before returning them to freezer to let peanut butter coating harden (about an hour or so).
- Once hardened, cut chocolate pieces into rectangular chunks and place on top of balls to make pumpkins.
- You may have to melt the bottom of the chocolate a bit to get it to stick on top.
- Return balls to freezer until serving time.
6) Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This soup is a great option for a party or dinner gathering when you don’t want to spend all day cooking. You can even make it a day ahead and reheat it a couple of hours before guests show. Click here for the recipe.
7) Halloween Green Bean Salad
Click here for the recipe.