3 Reduced-Sugar Treats for Halloween

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 31, 2014

It's near impossible to get in the Halloween spirit when you're on a low-sugar diet, as much of the holiday revolves around candy and other sweets. However, with the right recipe, you can join in on the festivities without feeling any guilt. Whip up one of these low- or no-sugar treats to bring along to your retirement community's Halloween party so that you and other dieters can indulge.

1. Sugar-free pumpkin mousse
This dessert requires just a few ingredients and won't take more than 20 minutes to whip up . It's sure to be a hit with everyone, and you might end up making it again on Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 package sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sugar-free whipped topping

Directions
In a large bowl, combine milk, pudding mix and spices. Whisk ingredients for two minutes, then let stand until the pudding is soft-set, around two minutes. Whisk in the pumpkin puree. Finally, fold in the whipped topping, then transfer the mixture into individual serving dishes. Refrigerate the pudding until you're ready to serve.

2. Healthier apple crumble
Apple crumble might be the ultimate autumn dessert, but the traditional version uses a lot of sugar. This recipe enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit and uses other healthy ingredients to boost the flavor. It definitely rivals the real thing!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium apples, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • Zest from 1/2 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled quinoa
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chopped apples, vanilla, spices and orange zest. Toss until the apples are well coated, then transfer into a baking dish. Place remaining ingredients in a blender and process until mixture is combined. Spread the quinoa mixture evenly over the apples, then place the dish in the oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until crumble is golden brown.

3. Boo-nana pops
These snacks are sure to thrill your friends and relatives. They're the perfect no-guilt Halloween treat because they're packed with nutrients and they're adorably festive.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 16 raisins
  • 8 popsicle sticks

Directions
Peel each banana then cut it in half. Slice each half lengthwise so each banana is cut into fourths. Gently insert a popsicle stick into the flat end of each slice. Dip the banana pops into the yogurt, turning to coat. Place the dipped popsicle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then add two raisins for eyes. When all the slices have been dipped, place the baking sheet in the freezer for one to two hours. Keep the ghostly pops chilled until you're ready to serve.