Halloween is less than a week away — where does the time go?! — which means it’s time for healthy and spooky treats! This end-of-October holiday brings lots of indulgent sweets, snacks, and of course, candy. While all of the less healthy dishes appeal to us around this season, the main reason behind the attraction is pretty clear: they’re festive foods. It’s entirely possible to eat cute, holiday-inspired bites that are also good for you, and as Bri Healthy, it’s my mission to prove it!
I sat down brainstorming healthy Halloween treat ideas and I realized that what comes to mind first is sweet treats. Since I’m still chugging through my Month-Long No Refined Sugar Challenge, I put a pause to the sweeter ideas. I work for ABC’s The Chew, and I thought about a Pumpkin Grilled Cheese recipe we featured on the show. I was considering recreating a lightened-up version of that, but it dawned on me that I can make it much more simple this time: a Jack-O-Lantern shaped grilled cheese!
It’s best to use a firm bread, like Food For Life’s Ezekiel bread, so when you cut the bread into its shapes, it stays firm and holds together without any pieces breaking off. You can use any kind of cheese that you desire, but I suggest a yellow and orange cheddar blend to make the eyes and mouth appear to glow like a real Jack-O-Lantern.
The calorie count for this recipe is not scary, so you can enjoy it free of fright. These are so cute and perfect for any Halloween party, or even just as a festive lunch or snack. They’re extremely simple to make and they look creative and adorable too! You can get creative with these too! I made mine look like a standard Jack-O-Lantern design, but you can change the design if you’re talented in bread cutting. The best part is that this recipe is as healthy as it is delicious and adorable. Get cracking on your sand-witchcraft and give these a try!
- 2 slices Ezekiel bread (or any firm 100% whole wheat bread)
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (yellow and orange mix preferably)
- Carefully cut corners off of each slice of bread to make circle shapes.
- Using a knife, carefully cut the eyes and mouth out on one slice (and any other decorations desired) until one piece of bread has a Jack-O-Lantern face. I cut out triangular eyes and a mouth with two teeth. (Tip: I cut vertically in the pattern that I wanted and then gently pushed out the center with my fingers. The bread is a bit delicate, so be very gentle at this stage.)
- Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium-low heat.
- Lay slices of bread on pan until toasted (about 3-5 minutes).
- When toasted, remove the Jack-O-Lantern slice from the pan and flip the other one on the pan. Top with the cheese.
- Once the cheese is melted (after about 3-5 minutes), remove from the pan and put it on a plate.
- Quickly press the Jack-O-Lantern slice on top of the melted cheese. Enjoy!
- Calories: about 230