One of my readers’ favourite Healthy Halloween Recipes, this Pumpkin Dip is naturally gluten & dairy free, vegan, clean and utterly delicious. It’s also the perfect savoury balance for all the usual sugary Halloween treats.
This recipe originally published in 2017
A quick search for Halloween recipes and you’ll appreciate how much this is the season for eating sugar in a myriad of forms! This healthy pumpkin dip recipe combines vegetables, tahini and a pinch of salt. It makes for the most delicious dip EVER! And whilst it won’t stop anyone from devouring their own body weight in sweeties, hopefully it’ll help balance out those blood sugar levels. If only a little! ;)
I don’t really go in for themed holiday recipes, but there’s something about Halloween that brings out my inner 12 year old!
This bad haired, stroppy 12 year old wants to decorate!
Long-time readers may remember these Halloween biscuits I made a couple of years back. Oh boy, they were fun. And yes there is a cookie that is actually as big as my head!
However this year, as my Pinterest feed fills up with recipe after recipe for sickly sweet bakes, I’ve been turned in the opposite direction. I wanted to celebrate in a more wholesome, healthy but no less fun way.
Healthy Halloween Recipes: Pumpkin Dip
When you come to make your own healthy Halloween pumpkin dip, you have a couple of options.
Firstly, you could buy an extra pumpkin or butternut squash to make the dip. Just remove the skin and seeds from your sacrificial pumpkin, dice up the flesh and roast.
However, if you’re in need of a shortcut, you can buy bags of frozen butternut squash or pumpkin, and chuck it straight into the roasting pan. You don’t even need to let it defrost first.
You can also add in chilli, smoked paprika or fresh herbs like coriander or parsley for a different flavour profile. But the first time you make this dip, I recommend you stick to the basic recipe. It is utterly delightful in its simplicity.
Disguise your healthy Pumpkin Dip as pumpkin brains!
Halloween recipes are best dished up with spooky decorative effects! This healthy Halloween recipe is no exception! Your scooped out pumpkin can be used to display your pumpkin dip as pumpkin brains!
If you’re going for the whole Pumpkin Brains look (and honestly, why wouldn’t you?!), slice the top 1/3 off your fresh pumpkin. Pop it on a plate or place an upturned bowl on top. Use this to pipe your pumpkin dip onto – it’ll save you time and a LOT of dip if you had to fill the whole cavity up! Swirl the dip round and round until you have a faux brain. Perfect!
Cut out little tombstone shapes from card and label them ‘Pumpkin brains’, decorating around the border with a permanent marker. Do the same for all the other Halloween party food treats you dish up!
Savoury Halloween food ideas
And if you’re after a fun spread of Halloween party food then there are some tasty bits in various frozen food ranges (this post was originally sponsored by Iceland and so that’s where I found these goodies). Sometimes, if you’ve a big spread to put on, decorating the house as well as needing to get your costume and make up on point, I think you can forgive yourself for using a bit of a helping hand!
The ‘Mummy Prawns’ above were dead quick & easy to prepare and tasted superb when dunked into some Zombie Blood (just simple sweet chilli sauce).
The Jalepeno Roulette came on its own spinning platter. Each player (aka victim) spins the wheel, with the hope that it doesn’t land on the ones containing the extra hot Carolina Reaper chillis! Of course, you could mix up some super spicy snacks with some regular savoury party food and create your own roulette game along similar lines! Mwaaahahaha!
Spicy Spare Parts
A platter of Indian savoury finger foods take on a whole new meaning when they are labelled ‘Spicy Spare Parts’!
I was kind of proud of myself for this healthy halloween snack. See below a bowl of fresh radishes labelled ‘bloody eyeballs’! Sometimes it is the simplest things which are the most effective!
I also popped some Macarons on a plate and, using an icing pen kit, had everyone decorate their own with spooky messages.
So, what are your horrible plans this Halloween? Do let me know if the comments below!
And if you give this Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Dip or any of my other Halloween recipes or ideas a go, please be sure to share pics with me on social media! It gives me the biggest buzz when I see my recipes made all around the world!
- 500 g pumpkin or butternut squash
- 10 cloves garlic cloves separated and peeled
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp tahini
Preheat the oven to 180/350/Gas 4.
Toss the pumpkin and garlic together in the oil in a baking tray, then sprinkle with salt.
Gently roast for 20- 30 minutes, or until the flesh is soft and lightly golden around the edges. Do not let the garlic burn, remove it from the pan sooner if necessary.
Remove from oven and let cool a little.
Tip the pumpkin and garlic into a food processor. Add in the tahini and lemon juice and whizz until smooth and creamy.
When smooth, taste and adjust the seasoning. If it tastes very sweet, add a little salt.
If it tastes flat, add a little more lemon juice.
Whizz again, then taste again.
When you are happy, tip into a serving bowl, or continue below if you'd like to make the 'Pumpkin Brains'.
Scrape into a piping bag with no nozzle. I used a disposable bag so I had control over how large the piping hole could be. If you only have a fabric piping bag you may prefer to make a disposable one from baking paper.
Pop the dip filled piping bag into the fridge, and let cool for about 20 minutes. This will firm the dip up, making it much easier to work with.
Meanwhile, slice the top 1/3 off of a small to medium sized pumpkin. If there is a large gaping cavity, you may wish to lay a small plate or bowl across the gap and pipe directly onto that as I have done in the photos.
When the dip is nice and firm, pipe onto the pumpkin ‘head’ in long, smooth coils.
Feel free to practise first and scoop any dip back into the bag to pipe properly.
Serve with your favourite crudites, crackers or chips.
Huge thanks to Iceland for sponsoring this frighteningly ghoulish recipe, thereby allowing me to continue bringing you tasty recipes, for free! As always all thoughts (and leftovers!) are my own.