Dole’s Fruits and Vegetables Don’t Have to Be Scary campaign is designed to help children and their families have the healthiest Halloween ever without sacrificing the fun.
“One of our endeavors at Dole is to prove that vacation dining can be healthy, delicious, and fun at the same time,” said Melanie Marcus, RD, MA, director of nutrition and health communications at Dole. âFrom classic Dole recipes like our Sparkling Ghouls and Ghost Bananas to dishes created as part of our collaboration with ‘Monsters, Inc.’ we invite pandemic-tired families to make this Halloween the tastiest and healthiest of all time. “
Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and / or gluten-free – and all of them are fun – including Dole’s Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern fruit salad that challenges families to carve a pineapple instead of the traditional pumpkin with downloadable carving templates.
Here are the Dole Halloween recipes:
- Sparkling ghouls (vegetarian, low-sodium, low-fat and gluten-free) – This delicious themed drink combines honey, water, ginger, pineapple and seltzer. Add cranberry “blood” if you dare.
- Crustless Pumpkin Banana Pie (vegetarian and gluten-free) – Bananas, eggs, pumpkin, low-fat milk, sugar, cornstarch, and pumpkin pie seasoning combine for this crustless favorite.
- Orange and Green Meanies (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free) – These centerpiece salads use organic spring mix, hand-carved oranges, papaya, lentils, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, and an orange vinaigrette. Top with alfalfa sprouts to complete the creepy look.
- Crazy eyes (Vegetarian, Vegan, and Low Sodium) – Look no further for a frighteningly simple snack than this recipe with almond butter-coated bananas, blueberries, and natural strawberry jams for that healthy Halloween snack with a sense of proportion.
- Oodles of Monster Swoodles – Sweet potatoes or broccoli stalks are much more fun when spiraled and tossed with garlic, olive oil, and cherry tomatoes for this original Dole recipe inspired by Monsters, Inc.
- Ghost bananas (vegetarian, low-sodium and gluten-free) – Bananas are the scariest when rolled in coconut chips and topped with chocolate chips. Adding strips of fruit leather creates mummies for an edible monster mashup.
- Banana and pumpkin spice bread – Dole’s version of the popular autumn treat combines bananas, pumpkin and apple puree and pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, whole wheat flour and baking powder.
- Pumpkin, spice and plantain chips & curry apple dip (vegetarian and gluten-free) – Baked plantains with oil, pumpkin pie seasoning and salt are even tastier when they are served with a dip made from apples, red onions, curry powder and Neufchatel cheese.
- Little Boo Brussels sprouts canapes – Even Mike and Sully’s buddy Boo won’t be scared of this healthy side dish of air-fried Brussels sprouts dipped in a mixture of non-fat Greek yogurt, garlic, olive oil, and lemon.
- Spider pile (vegetarian, vegan, low-sodium and gluten-free) – Single-serving salads made from spring mix, figs and pears are garnished with a dressing of spring onions, cranberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and rosemary and served in mini pumpkins with pipe-cleaner spider legs.
These Halloween recipes are among hundreds of starters, side dishes, salads, soups, sandwiches, desserts, drinks and smoothies created by Dole to help families eat healthier. Click here to view Dole’s entire online recipe library.