~ These adorable Apple Mummies are such an easy, healthy Halloween treat! Your little ghosties will gobble them up! A perfect fruit snack for Halloween parties, spook-tacular fruit trays, or a fun October after-school nibble! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Vegetarian (and Vegan Option) • Gluten Free • Paleo Option •
The other day, my son was at the kitchen sink, peeling apples for a recipe he was making (we’ll talk about that later, wink wink). I was sitting at the breakfast bar, trying hard to seem as though I wasn’t watching over him (although … ahem … I might have been watching just a little).
As he worked, the strips of brightly colored apple peel fell into the sink.
“You know, this kinda looks like …” he suddenly said.
And actually, I did know! I knew exactly what he was thinking, before he’d even finished his sentence!
The apple he was peeling (in the messy, haphazard way only a 12-year-old boy could possibly manage to peel an apple) looked kinda like … a mummy!
It was so obvious!
“You should …” he began again.
But I was right there with him! Yes, I should! I should totally share this idea on THK!
So that’s what I’m doing!
When I tried this little project myself a couple of days later, I wanted to be sure that it really was easy … and that someone who is completely lacking in art skills (notice that I am not mentioning my own name here!) could actually use a veggie peeler to make an apple look like a mummy.
The very first Apple Mummy I tried to make was adorable … and so was the second! I texted Gretchen a picture, and she was thrilled with how cute they were, and absolutely agreed these Apple Mummies would be just perfect for THK! (Score! I guess we hit the “Easy Button” on this one!)
This definitely is THK-easy! If I can do it (on my first try!), you for sure can, too!
And just imagine how excited your kids will be when these spook-tacular mummies show up as their after-school snack this Halloween season! Or on a fruit tray for the Halloween party! Or as the healthy treat at an October playgroup! Or …
Ok, I think you get the picture! They’re cute no matter what you do with them! And so nutritious, too!
A couple little hints before you get started making mummies faster than an ancient Egyptian:
- Some apples turn brown (due to oxidation) much more quickly than others after they’ve been peeled. Sure, there are various tricks (soaking in an acidic liquid like water with lemon juice, etc.) to keep apples looking fresh longer, but we’re generally in too much of a hurry for that! We just recommend that if you’re going to use these Apple Mummies to decorate a fruit tray or as a snack at a party, choose apples that don’t turn brown quite as quickly. Granny Smiths, for example, generally start to brown almost immediately, while Pink Ladies and Honeycrisps can sit out for hours and still look pretty fresh.
- We love serving our Apple Mummies with a healthy fruit dip! Try noshing on mummies with both our Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip and our Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip with Greek Yogurt. Both dips require only four super-common ingredients and take about five minutes (tops!) to whip up … but they’ll make you look like mom of the year when served with your perfectly sculpted mummies!
Want more really great inspiration for a healthier Halloween? You’ve gotta check out our surprisingly easy, monstrously cute Franken-kiwis, our super-simple Ghostly Halloween Fruit Dip, our totally non-scary Apple Monsters, and our post on 17 Spook-tacular, Healthy Halloween Treats, Snacks and Beverages …
Oh – and one more thing. About that recipe my son was making with his peeled apples at the beginning of this post? Mmmmhmmm … stay tuned … ’cause it’s a really good one that even a kid can make! 😀
- Mini chocolate chips or dried blueberries
- Cut each apple in half vertically and carefully remove the core.
- Starting at one edge, use a vegetable peeler to remove haphazard strips of apple peel.
- Lay each apple half on a plate or serving tray and press two eyes into the apple in an area where the peel has been removed. If you're using mini chocolate chips, push the pointy end in first. If you're using dried blueberries, it may help to use a paring knife to make a tiny divot in the apple where you want each eye to go, and then gently press the blueberry eyes in.
Some apples (such as Granny Smith) tend to turn brown more quickly than others after they've been cut. If you need your apples to look fresh for a while (on a fruit tray for a Halloween party, for example), you may want to choose apples that don't turn brown quite as quickly (such as Pink Ladies and Honeycrisps).