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Top (Healthy) Halloween Treats For Babies & Toddlers

Halloween is one holiday which is enjoyed by all children, even babies and toddlers. However, you need to make sure you take precautions when it comes to Halloween treats. The majority of treats are packed full of sugar, additives and flavours which just aren’t healthy for your children. They can also pose a serious choking hazard, so make sure that your baby or toddler does not eat hard candies, taffy, popcorn, gum, small candies, pumpkin seeds, caramel apples or cookies filled with nuts. Make sure that you keep your older children’s candy away from your baby or toddler as it will reduce the risk of them eating anything you don’t want them to!

Here are our top healthy, and safe, treats for your baby or toddler…

Pumpkin Mash

Go pumpkin crazy!

For younger babies, get into the spirit of Halloween by creating some fresh pumpkin puree or baby food. Pumpkin is a brilliant source of nutrition for your baby as it is packed full with beta-carotene, vitamin A, C, Potassium, calcium and much more.

Try making a pumpkin broccoli puree. Take ½ cup of steamed fresh broccoli and blend it with ¼ cup of fresh or canned pumpkin until smooth in a food processor. If it’s a bit too thick, just add a touch of milk.

Halloween cookies

These are quick and easy to make and your little ones will love these! Make sure you don’t use too much frosting, icing or food colouring to make them as healthy as possible. Here is a good recipe for pumpkin oatmeal cookies…

Cookies

This recipe will make around 4 dozen cookies and are a crowd pleaser.

Equipment
baking sheets
2 mixing bowls

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup canned pumpkin, or cooked pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Have ready 2 greased baking sheets.

Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices.

In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, oil, molasses, pumpkin and vanilla until very well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet in 3 batches, folding to combine.

Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. They don’t spread very much so they can be placed only an inch apart. Flatten the tops of the cookies with a fork or with your fingers, to press into cookie shape. Bake for 16 minutes at 350. If you are using two sheets of cookies on 2 levels of your oven, rotate the sheets halfway through for even baking. You’ll have enough batter for 4 trays.

Pancakes!

A firm favourite in every family are pancakes, and what better way to incorporate pumpkin into everyday foods! Add pumpkin spice and puree to your normal pancake batter to make this tasty treat at any time of the day! To really make them stand out, try using a pumpkin mould instead of making them in the typical circles.

Pancakes

These are just a few ideas of how to create the perfect pumpkin inspired Halloween treats for your baby or toddler. Try adding pumpkin spice or puree to your children’s favourite treats to spice it up a bit!


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