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3 Healthy and Delicious (and easy) Treats to Eat this Halloween!

Your laptop is propped up in front of you and this week’s lecture is playing like white noise on the screen. There’s an empty bag of flamin’ hot Cheetos next to you and your fingers are covered with the radioactive red dust. Your other hand is scrolling endlessly through TikTok or Instagram. When you finally look up from your phone, you realize that it’s suddenly one in the morning, and another day has slipped through your fingers.

Sound familiar? Me too. 

Quarantine has made me forgo the normally healthy habits I try to implement into my daily life. It’s safe to say that time management, healthy eating, and exercise has promptly gone out of the window. With autumn finally launching into full force and Halloween right around the corner, I am making a pact with myself to get it together– starting with adding more healthy eats into my life! Join me in trying these healthy but delicious Halloween treats; perfect for staying in on Halloween. 

Pumpkin Baked Oats

Yes, you heard me right. Baked oats are a thing… and they are absolutely delicious. They are reminiscent of a fudgy and gooey cake, but for breakfast. I can’t wait for you all to try it out! 

Ingredients:
– ½ cup of oats (I like to blitz mine in the blender for about 20 seconds to turn it into flour, but this is an optional step!)
– 1 cup of milk (Any type of milk works; I prefer oat or almond milk – You can also use a little less milk if you prefer your oats to be thicker.)
– 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree 
– 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or any sweetener
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice 

Optional 
– Chia, flax, and hemp seeds 
– Fruits or nut butter for topping 

Directions:
– Take all of the ingredients mentioned above and dump them into an oven-safe bowl/ramekin 
– Mix it all up
– Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes

Chocolate Mug Cake

This chocolate mug cake is the perfect accessory for a cold Halloween night, where cuddling up with a blanket and watching movies sounds like the best idea. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients:
– 1/3 cup of any flour (I used almond flour, but all-purpose, coconut, or oat works)
– 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
– 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or any sweetener 
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract + cinnamon 
– 1 tablespoon and a half of milk (any milk is fine) 
– A pinch of salt 

Directions:
– Mix all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug 
– Microwave for approximately 2 minutes, or until it is cooked to your desired consistency 

Banana pumpkin chocolate chip cookies 

I know the title of this sounds quite strange, but the banana is only there for added sweetness, and you can barely taste it. I’m obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and what better way to add a fall flair than to add some pumpkin?!

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of oats
– 1 and 1/2 mashed bananas
– 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
– Chocolate chips 

Directions:
– Mix all of the ingredients together and bake for 11-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit! (Yes, it really is that simple!)

I hope you try out these incredibly simple, healthy, and delectable recipes this Halloween. With these recipes, I am able to have a healthier diet while still enjoying desserts I normally love. 

Jasmine Yan

Waterloo '23

Hey, it's nice to meet you! I'm a student at the University of Waterloo studying SDS and psychology. When I'm not writing for HerCampus, I sing, play the piano, and spend an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through Pinterest and TikTok.
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