Healthy Halloween Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Halloween dessert recipes including cakes and cupcake Halloween recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Marshmallow Frosting

Rating: 5 stars
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Shredded apple replaces some of the oil and keeps the cake moist in these cinnamon-spiked cupcakes. There is a generous amount of fluffy marshmallow frosting to mound or pipe on top for a festive look. Be sure to frost them right after you make the frosting--it stiffens as it stands and becomes more difficult to spread.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Rating: 5 stars
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These doughnut-shaped cakes are flavored with apple cider and glazed with maple syrup. If you do not have a mini Bundt pan, you can use a regular Bundt pan and make a coffee cake; bake it in a 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 3.71 stars
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This lighter pumpkin pie has the rich, subtle spices of the classic and a delicate, faintly sweet crust.

Chile-Cocoa Graham Crackers

These crunchy and crispy chocolate graham crackers have a tiny bit of spicy ancho chile on top. Oat flour makes them extra tender and tasty. Eat them plain or drizzled with a little melted chocolate. Depending on how thin you roll the dough, the crispness of the baked graham crackers will vary. If yours are not as crunchy as you like after they are completely cooled (especially the ones in the center that might be a little thicker), place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes. Let cool and check again for crunch.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 4.27 stars
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Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream. Our version has all the richness you'll need but about 90 fewer calories than store-bought premium ice cream and a whopping 15 grams less total fat and 10 grams less saturated fat per serving.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Apple Dippers

Caramel apples are a delicious treat but can contain up to 60 grams of carbs. Satisfy your sweet craving with these lower-carb apple slices, dipped in peanut butter and sprinkled with chocolate pieces.

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Rating: 4.55 stars
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In this healthy take on apple pie, wonton wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Rating: 4.73 stars
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Kids will love dipping bananas in melted chocolate and rolling them in coconut to make this tasty frozen treat.

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars

Rating: 3.57 stars
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These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

Sweet Potato Pudding Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This cake was inspired by the one of the most popular Jamaican desserts, sweet potato pudding. Traditionally, raw shredded sweet potatoes are used, but we found that sweet potatoes sold in the U.S. don't provide the same texture as those in Jamaica. Instead, we mix mashed sweet potato with eggs and flour to get a slightly different, but equally delicious, cheesecake-like result.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Rating: 4.11 stars
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Here's a simple recipe for low-fat chocolate ice cream. Our version has all the richness you'll need but about 90 fewer calories than store-bought premium ice cream and a whopping 15 grams less total fat and 10 grams less saturated fat per serving.

EatingWell Chocolate Chip Cookies

This awesome lacy chocolate chip cookie is given a healthful makeover with oats and whole-wheat flour, and canola oil to replace some of the butter.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sweet Potato Pie with Cream Cheese Swirl

This creamy sweet potato pie recipe is seasoned like a pumpkin pie with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg and gets nice ginger flavor from the gingersnap crust.

Ginger Baked Apples with Oats & Pecans

Try serving it with a splash of dark rum and a dollop of fat-free Greek-style yogurt.

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Rating: 4.72 stars
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Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover--reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.