Ok, ok. I’m back with another rendition of colorfully, themed food that isn’t dyed or disgusting. I’m not great with decorations, so food is how I get into holidays and party themes. With Halloween, the options for food are endless, but I want a healthy black and orange recipe that doesn’t require food dye or anything disgusting – enter Halloween Trail Mix…
HALLOWEEN TRAIL MIX
This Halloween trail is something I could easily eat year-round, but I know not everyone has a) an obsession with trail mix and b) an obsession with dried papaya. So, obviously the dried papaya is the orange in this recipe. I really dislike fresh papaya, but its dried counterpart is DELICIOUS. I may or may not buy it in bulk – ok, I do!
The raisins are the black, but you could also do dried blueberries (they’re incredibly dark). Mix those with some pepitas (gotta have pumpkin in there somewhere, don’t we?) and some delicious salted and unsalted nuts.
You could also easily add some chocolate chunks to make it more of a sweet recipe, but I think it’s pretty perfect as-is!
And why not make a separate homemade chocolate candy like these homemade crunch bars (a great homemade candy recipe)? You can make them ahead of time and switch up the flavors for kids and adults alike!
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN RECIPES
The trick to coming up with healthy Halloween recipes is to open your mind to all the things in the world that are naturally black and orange. It isn’t just olives (gross!) and pumpkins…
For the black (or dark brown) part, get creative with forbidden rice, black bean pasta (see this pumpkin macaroni & cheese recipe!), black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dark chocolate, raisins, and blackened chicken or fish.
For the orange hue, try other kinds of squash, oranges, oodles of turmeric, dried mango (found in orange and yellow), cheddar cheese, some heirloom tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on.
HALLOWEEN TRAIL MIX
A fun and delicious treat, this Halloween Trail Mix is a healthy black and orange recipe that everyone will love. You can make it ahead of time to serve at a party, dole out as gifts, or munch on your own!
- 1 cup chopped dried papaya
- ½ cup whole almonds
- ½ cup whole salted cashews
- ½ cup raw or salted pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl and enjoy.
- You can make this ahead and store it in an airtight container for up to a week. I love these hermetic jars.