Oct 23, 2014 11:45 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Looking for fun Halloween treats that are low in fat and calories? These three recipes fit the bill and are hauntingly delicious.

Freaky Fingers

These witch finger cheddar crackers are eerily delicious and better for you than the cookie version.

Ingredients

30 sliced almonds
1 large egg
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 large egg
salt

Preparation

  1. Mix cheese, flour, egg, butter and cornmeal in large bowl.
  2. Scrape dough onto a sheet of parchment paper, and cover with another sheet.
  3. Pat dough into a ½-inch-thick circle.
  4. Wrap in plastic and freeze 15 minutes.
  5. Roll dough into a rectangle about 8 inches by 10 inches.
  6. Return to freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut dough into 30 strips, each about ½-inch thick and 5 inches long.
  8. Place each strip on a large baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt.
  9. Round each strip into a fingertip shape. Use a knife to score knuckle lines in each finger, then press an almond nail into the tip.
  10. Bake at 350 until the fingers until lightly brown, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Per one-finger serving (makes 30 servings): 49 calories; 3.5 g fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 2.9 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g protein; 0.1 g fiber.

Source: myrecipes.com

Strawberry Ghosts

These adorable ghosts make a perfect after-school treat or dessert for a Halloween party. Strawberries contain vitamins and antioxidants to help keep you healthy and stave off evil illnesses.

Ingredients

30 fresh strawberries
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon shortening
⅛ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Gently wash and dry strawberries.
  2. Melt white chocolate and shortening in microwave at 50% power.
  3. Stir until smooth, then mix in almond extract.
  4. One at a time, dip strawberries in mixture, then place on parchment paper.
  5. Immediately press chocolate chip eyes into coating.
  6. Freeze for five minutes.
  7. Melt remaining chocolate chips in microwave.
  8. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate, and draw a mouth on each ghost. 

Nutrition

Per one-ghost serving (makes 30 servings): 54 calories; 3 g fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 8 mg sodium.

Source: tasteofhome.com

Ghoul Eyes

Nothing is creepier than a platter of eyes. But don’t fear: These bite-size treats contain vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
8 cherry tomatoes
8 pitted black olives, halved horizontally 

Preparation

  1. Mash together avocado, lime juice and garlic salt.
  2. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and discard seeds.
  3. Fill tomato halves with avocado mixture, and place olive on top to look like a pupil.

Nutrition

Per two-eye serving (makes eight servings): 48 calories; 4 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 41 mg sodium. 

Source: food.com

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