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Thriller Halloween Treats

The scariest part about Halloween is not the ghost or goblins rather the abundance of candy lurking everywhere you go. Halloween seems to have everyone craving holiday treats. We are going to share some healthier options that will still satisfy your sweet tooth so you can thoroughly enjoy the spooky festivities.

Boo-Berry Pie


  • 4 cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 5 Tbs Tapioca Flour
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Splenda or Truvia
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Crust: Choose your favorite ready-made pie crust or you can make one from scratch. The healthiest option we found that should be readily available is Pillsbury: Pet–Ritz Regular Pie crust. Another option that can be used for both bottom and top crust is Pillsbury: Refrigerated Pie Crust.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Monster Mash 2 cups of the blueberries and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl; whisk together: tapioca flour, sugar, Splenda or Stevia, and salt
  4. To the dry mixture, add the mashed and whole blueberries, water, and cinnamon. Stir gently until combine and let sit for 15 minutes
  5. Prepare crust as directed and be sure use a fork to dot some light holes in the bottom
  6. Add mixture to crust
  7. Add top crust and poke holes (or use your favorite crumble topping recipe if you like)
  8. Make an egg wash with 1 whole egg and 2 Tbs of water and brush over top crust (skip this step if using a crumble topping)
  9. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  10. If top crust is not as brown as you like; put oven on low broil and cook for 1-3 minutes or until satisfied with color
  11. Cool for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours to allow the filling to gel
  12. Eat and enjoy ?

Ghostly Strawberries and Hissing Cherries



  • 30 fresh strawberries (keep leaves on)
  • 8 oz white baking chocolate
  • 1 tsp shortening
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 40 Fresh Cherries (keep stems on)
  • 8 oz dark baking chocolate
  • 1 tsp shortening
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup white baking chocolate

Directions (Ghostly Strawberries)*:

  1. Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and shortening at 50% power; stir until smooth. Then stir in almond extract
  3. Dip each strawberry in chocolate mixture and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess chocolate to form the ghosts' tails. Immediately press on the semisweet chocolate chips to make eyes. Then freeze for 5 minutes
  4. In a different microwave-safe bowl: melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth on each face

*To make Cherry Cats: follow as directed below but using the cherries and dark chocolate for coating. Decorate with white chocolate to make eyes, nose, and whiskers.

This year you don’t have to be scared to indulge in some Halloween treats. Try out these recipes and enjoy!

Eat healthy, live long, live strong

Your University Housing Nutrition Team,
University Residence Hall Dining

Michele Stoeppelman
Dietetics Graduate Assistant

Stephanie Nehrt
Undergraduate Nutrition Intern