We’re certainly not opposed to a little candy, but this time of year it can be hard to keep things balanced when there’s a bowl of it everywhere you look… especially when there’s sugar-obsessed children involved. So, we tested out a few kid-approved sweet treats that bring in all the fun, along with a few fruits and veggies.    

Apple Smiles

Grocery list: Red apples, nut butter, marshmallows

  1. Slice a red apple into wedges. Try to make them no thicker than your pointer finger
  2. Take two wedges and spread a thin layer of your favorite nut butter onto one side of each
  3. Stick at least four marshmallows in a row to one of your apple wedges (Tip: place them on their side, so that the long side is stuck to the nut butter)
  4. Sandwich the other wedge on top nut butter side down
  5. Don’t worry about being too perfect. Your smiles will look cuter with crooked teeth

Strawberry Monsters

Grocery list: Green apples, nut butter, marshmallows, strawberries, chocolate chips

  1. Remove the stem of a strawberry and slice it a into very thin pieces from the point to the base. You should have as many slices as you want monsters
  2. Slice a green apple into wedges. Try to make them no thicker than your pointer finger
  3. Take two wedges and spread a thin layer of your favorite nut butter onto one side of each
  4. Stick a strawberry slice into the nut butter on one slice
  5. Layer at least 3 marshmallows on top using the same method as the apple smiles
  6. Sandwich the other wedge on top nut butter side down
  7. Smoosh one a marshmallow between your pointer and thumb finger. Swipe one side with nut butter and stick it to your top apple
  8. Press a chocolate chip into the marshmallow
  9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 if you want your monster to have two eyes
  10. Again, you don’t need to be too perfect here. Monsters are cuter when they’re a little crazy lookin’

Pumpkin Clementines
(AKA the easiest one)

Grocery list: Clementines, celery

  1. Chop a piece of celery into pieces that are about a half an inch long
  2. Peal as many clementines as you have celery pieces
  3. Stick your celery stem in the top of a clementine