Vegan Halloween Treats
Before we get to the vegan treats, let’s talk Halloween. Halloween itself has always been a struggle for adult me. Kid me of course was the best night ever – group costumes with my besties and running around with a pillow case and filling it with candy. But now, I’m lucky if I’m still awake by the time the sun goes down, and I don’t quite have creativity when it comes to picking a costume. I do, however, make sure my dogs are outfitted in adorable costumes.
But what about the food?
I make sure my food is fun and festive! Yes, candy may reign supreme on Halloween, but it should be about more than just candy! Why not cook up some spooktacular treats to please a crowd? Whether you’re having a neighborhood block party, or just want to make food more fun at the dinner table, I set out to create a few fun Halloween foods to wow your friends and family!
Why vegan Halloween treats?
We see patients for many different reasons. Whether you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, have dairy intolerances, or just want to increase the amount of plants in your diet, these fun vegan halloween treats are for you!
A hot dog wrapped in crescent roll is nothing new. Instead of getting a faux meat “hot dog”, how about roasted carrots wrapped in strips of crescent dough? The carrots are roasted with chipotle chili, cumin, and paprika, then wrapped in crescent dough and baked until golden brown. Once cooled slightly, dot mustard on for eyes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
2. Pumpkin Dip
Halloween usually results in eating something sweet. It doesn’t have to be candy though! Pumpkin mixed with yogurt alternative, whipped coconut cream, pumpkin spice, sugar, and vanilla. Served in a pumpkin because it’s just so darn cute. Ginger snaps are the perfect dipper for this tasty vegan Halloween treat!
I took two of our favorite recipes and turned it into the perfect Halloween appetizer! Cups layered with black bean hummus and guacamole (with a little pico de gallo in the center) make for a tasty taco dip! Top with cilantro and black olives, and decorate with crispy tortillas cut into spooky shapes.
Remember those little saws in your pumpkin carving kit? Don’t throw them away just yet! They will come in handy for carving adorable faces into your bell peppers before you stuff them full of turkey, rice, and veggies! The kids will love to create their own Jack-O-Lantern peppers! You can of course use a paring knife instead. The peppers are stuffed with a lentil mixture with tomato, mushroom, and southwest seasonings. Serve with cashew queso for a tasty twist.
5. Cups of Dirt
Who doesn’t love this classic dessert? A cup of dirt is traditionally chocolate pudding topped with oreo crumbs and gummy worms. We’ve switched it up to make a high protein vegan pudding (thank you, silken tofu) and topped it with crumbled dairy-free sandwich cookies. Tortillas cut out into shapes and sprinkled with sugar are baked until crispy. You can also leave off the sugar and write “RIP” on the tombstones with edible marker or icing gel.
Updated December 2019
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.