Top 3 Healthy Halloween Treats For The Whole Family
Halloween is a holiday that both kids and adults love for its unique atmosphere. However, even during the holidays, you should never forget about your health, so we offer you to treat your beloved ones with some delicious, simple but healthy Halloween treats from our recipes.
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
- 3 (3.5-ounce) bags natural microwave popcorn
- 2 cups pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for forming
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl.
- Toast the pumpkin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until browned and popping, tossing and stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. (Do this in batches, if needed.) Add to the popcorn.
- Make caramel: Warm the cream over low heat and keep warm while you cook the sugar. Put the sugar and corn syrup and in a deep, heavy-bottomed large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and simmer until the sugar reaches the hard crack stage, or 305 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.
- Whisk the butter and salt into the sugar mixture. Gradually pour in the cream and vanilla taking care since the mixture will bubble up. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F on the thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and cayenne. Cool for about a minute. Pour caramel over the popcorn and stir to evenly coat.
Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls
For the Bowls:
- 4 small baking pumpkins (such as hooligan or sugar pie), acorn squash or sweet dumpling squash
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Kosher salt
For the Soup:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- Kosher salt
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 medium butternut or kuri squash (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- Freshly ground pepper
For the Toppings:
- Pepitas (hulled green pumpkin seeds)
- Sourdough and/or pumpernickel croutons
- Paprika, chili powder or Spanish pimenton
- Crisp prosciutto, serrano ham or bacon
- Fried onions
- Fried sage or parsley leaves
- Make the bowls: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Use a paring knife to cut a large circle around the stem of each pumpkin (make a zigzag cut, if desired). Remove the lid and scoop out the seeds and fibers. Sprinkle the inside of each with 1/2 teaspoon each sugar and salt. Place the pumpkins and lids on a baking sheet; roast until tender, 20 to 35 minutes, depending on their size.
- Meanwhile, make the soup: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Strip the thyme leaves into the pot, increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and sugar and cook, stirring, until glazed, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender, crack the lid to let steam escape and puree until smooth; return to the saucepan (or puree directly in the pan with an immersion blender). Stir in the heavy cream, if desired. Season with salt and pepper, and top as desired.
- When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.
Mexican Pumpkin Punch
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks, preferably Mexican
- 1 29-ounce can pure pumpkin (about 3 1/2 cups)
- 2 limes
- Splash of rum (optional)
- Pineapple chunks and/or pecans, for serving (optional)
- Combine 12 cups water, the brown sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the pumpkin and return to a simmer. Meanwhile, remove the zest from the limes in wide strips using a vegetable peeler; add the zest to the pot and simmer 15 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate until the liquid is cold and the pumpkin pulp settles to the bottom, 2 to 3 hours.
- Working in batches, ladle the liquid into a fine-mesh strainer set over a pitcher (repeat if necessary to strain out all the pumpkin pulp). Discard the pulp and lime zest. Return the cinnamon sticks to the punch and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Add rum, pineapple and/or pecans, if desired. Serve with the cinnamon sticks.