Frighteningly fun and healthy recipe ideas for seniors can make Halloween a hit for the residents of your assisted living facility, group home, nursing home or senior care center.
With this spooky holiday right around the corner, now is the time to plan some tasty themed treats. After all, many older adults have a wicked sweet tooth. Serving up healthy, homemade goodies can also help your residents stay away from the trick-or-treat candy.
Here five of our favorite easy, healthy and devilishly delightful Halloween recipe ideas for seniors.
No. 1: Strawberry Ghosts
All you need for this simple and satisfying senior recipe are fresh strawberries, white chocolate and miniature chocolate chips.
Remove the stems and hull the strawberries, using a small paring knife to make the ends flat. Dip the fruit in melted white chocolate, then add mini chocolate chips as eyes. Let chill before serving.
No. 2: Banana Mummies
If you have bananas, peanut butter and white chocolate, you can easily make this healthy Halloween recipe idea for seniors.
Cut the bananas in half and insert a skewer or popsicle stick in each. Freeze for about 30 minutes, then dip in melted peanut butter. Pop them back in the freezer until firm, then drizzle with melted white chocolate. Keep frozen until ready to serve.
No. 3: Candy Corn Fruit Cups
This tasty and nutritious Halloween snack really couldn’t be simpler.
Take clear dessert cups and place a layer of pineapple tidbits or chunks at the bottom. Add a layer of mandarin oranges, then top with a dollop of whipped cream.
The effect looks just like candy corn! Keep chilled until serving time.
No. 4: Fruity Goblin Smoothie
With a few different fruit smoothies in Halloween colors, you can easily create sweet and healthy goblin potions.
Make an orange-colored smoothie with orange juice, canned peaches and orange sherbet. For a purple drink, combine and blend mixed berries and vanilla frozen yogurt. And, blend up a green smoothie with kale, apple juice and bananas. Layer a bit of each flavor in a tall glass for a super fun and nutritious beverage. Serve immediately.
No. 5: Greek Yogurt Eyeballs
For this spooky senior recipe, you only need vanilla Greek yogurt, blueberries and miniature chocolate chips.
Blend some of the yogurt with the blueberries, then place in a plastic zipper-lock bag or pastry bag. Put the rest in a separate pastry bag. Pipe rounds of the vanilla yogurt into miniature muffin tins. Pipe a smaller round of the blueberry mixture on top for the iris, then add mini chocolate chip pupils. Freeze until solid, then remove just before serving.
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