Halloween Real Food Makeovers!

If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, no doubt you’ve seen all of the Halloween “food” ideas floating around lately.

Yes, “food” is intentionally placed  in quotes, as many of these ideas are not really food…not even close. What is my favorite example, you ask? No problem…this one I found on Pinterest tops the list (cough, cough)…

Kitty Litter Cake

 German chocolate cake mix
White cake mix
Vanilla pudding mix
Vanilla sandwich cookies
Green food coloring
Tootsie rolls
…oh, and of course the kitty litter tray and pooper-scooper…


This brief post is meant to show you that you can still peruse blog posts and sites that share *UNreal* food and still create lovely *real* food recipes. It’s totally possible, because I do it everyday…and you can, too!

Even with the stigma of Halloween and all of the horrific refined sugars, food colorings, and other fake ingredients that surround us, you just have to think outside of the box.

…literally, put down the trashy fake food boxes, friends, and look inside your fridge, freezer, and cupboard for inspiration on how to substitute *real* food ingredients.

I’m sharing a few ideas below that will hopefully inspire you to take those nasty Pinterest recipes and turn them into *real* food recipes.

Oh…and be sure to click any picture below to learn more!

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 Instead of these…

Pretzels, Marshmallows, White chocolate.

Make these…

Click the picture to find out how Tara at We Got Real created these lovely *real* food bones & blood.

Instead of this…

Light corn syrup, Red food dye.

Use these ingredients…

*Fresh organic beet juice
*Raw honey (or organic maple syruporganic sucanatorganic sugarorganic coconut sugar, etc etc etc).

Instead of these…

Unflavored gelatin, granulated sugar, black gel food coloring.

Make these…

Grass-fed gelatin, organic cane sugar, black gel food coloring organic cocoa powder.
See how a few changes in ingredients can completely change the nutritional profile of a treat?

Instead of these…

Use these ingredients…

*100% grass-fed hotdogs (like THESE, but of course, it’s cheaper to find them locally)
*Homemade ketchup (like THIS) or at least a decent store-bought version (like THIS)
*Skip the buns and simply serve the bloody fingers.
*Oh, the almond sliver is alright with me. 😉

Instead of these…

Sugar-free Jello, Kool-Aid.

Make These…

Grass-fed gelatin, lime juice, organic raw honey, vegetable juice.
Again, see the incredible difference in nutritional value!?

Instead of these…

Corn syrup, red food coloring, yellow food coloring.

Use these ingredients…

*Organic GMO-free rice syrup
*juice from beets
*A pinch of organic turmeric + squeeze of lemon juice.

Here is another great resource…

Loriel from Healthy Roots, Happy Soul recently wrote a fantabulous post about how to avoid GMOs in Halloween candy. She gives you not only tips, but also healthier options, which you can actually purchase.

The point…

You CAN still celebrate all of the fun that can come with the upcoming holiday and you CAN do it in a healthy way. Seriously, just think outside of those boxes, friends!

Browse all of the yucky Halloween ideas out there and then get CREATIVE and make your own treats with *real* food ingredients that you likely have in your home. I know that you can do it!

Have you reworked a SAD Halloween recipe to fit your family’s needs? Please share!

Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

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This post was shared at- Tasty Thursdays.

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