3-Ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts (aka “Boo”-nana Ghosts for sugar-free, allergy-friendly Halloween fun!)
These 3-ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts are sugar-free, top 8 allergy-free, and can even be made Whole30. Perfect for nut-free school zones and Halloween class parties, these “Boo”-nana Ghosts are easy enough for even little kids to help make!
So… maybe you won’t be handing these out to trick-or-treaters…
But if you’re having a Halloween bash or taking treats to a classroom Halloween party, then get comfy.
Because I’m about to answer the ultimate question: What can I make that’s safe for everyone to eat that doesn’t cost a bazillion dollars and is cute to boot???
Let’s face it, Momma…
“Healthy” Halloween treats are ex.pen.sive. How about we make one that’s not expensive? And one that’s allergy-friendly, too?
I mean, let’s go crazy… Let’s make a totally SUGAR-FREE Halloween treat! (Gosh, that almost feels blasphemous, doesn’t it?)
These 3-ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts (aka “Boo”-nana Ghosts!! So cute, right?!) are just that — inexpensive, allergy-friendly, healthy, and totally sugar-free!
3-Ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts
These paleo Halloween snacks aren’t spooky at all!
They’re so easy to make, this is the perfect recipe to get the kids into the kitchen with you to make some Real Food memories together! After all, you’re the mom who turns bananas into ghosts! 😉
With food allergies on the rise and many schools being nut-free/peanut-free zones, Halloween is a scary time of year for parents whose children have allergies.
These banana ghosts are not only the perfect, cute snack for class Halloween parties, they’re also totally free of all 8 top allergens. This means that they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, shellfish-free, fish-free, and corn-free.
Need more healthy Halloween snacks? Check out my friend Carrie’s great post: 8 Healthy & Gluten-Free Halloween Snacks!
Or, if you’re hosting any sort of Halloween get-together, here’s a treat for those with food allergies or even someone who’s following a Whole30! Can you believe it… a Whole30 Halloween treat, too!
Coconut Butter — homemade or no?
I’m a big fan of taking store-bought items and recreating them at home for cheap.
In fact, I’ve already done this with coconut butter and thoroughly enjoy the process of watching shredded coconut turn into a creamy, smooth butter. (Here’s how to make your own coconut butter in 5 minutes.)
So, you can do that, and these cute Boo-Nana Ghosts will literally cost you just a few cents a piece!
However… I know that we all find ourselves in a “I can’t make everything myself” phase of life. (Um, hi. Waving over here. I’m in that phase myself.)
In that case, go for the best bought coconut butter there is — this one!
Boo-Nana Ghosts: Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial
You need bright yellow bananas. No green, but no brown either. Peel them and cut them in half.
Insert a popsicle stick roughly 2 inches into the flat end of each cut banana. Lay the bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in your freezer.
When the bananas are frozen solid, you’re ready to turn them into healthy banana ghosts!
First, start with melted coconut butter.
I like to melt mine by placing the jar into a bowl of just-boiled water, then whisking the butter until smooth after it melts.
If you use a microwave, you can also heat the coconut butter that way — just to the point of being melted NOT to cook the coconut butter. And make sure to remove the metal lid first, if you’re going to microwave!
Either way, melt the coconut butter and pour about 1 cup into a tall, narrow jar — such as a 1-1/2 pint jar.
Next, dip each frozen banana half into the coconut butter, making sure to coat the banana completely.
You might find it helpful to tilt and turn the jar slightly to coat each banana.
Once coated, lift the banana out of the jar and very gently shake to allow excess coconut butter to drip back into the jar.
In testing, I found that too much coconut butter or “double-dipping” the bananas made too thick of a coconut butter shell that cracked in the freezer.
Finally, before the coconut butter freezes to the frozen banana, add eyes.
Banana Ghosts Eyes
You have lots of yummy and nourishing options! Use the same thing for all your ghosts or make each ghost have its own personality with its own unique eyes.
Your kids will have lots of fun with this part for sure!
- unsweetened, dried cranberries (Whole30) — best price is Thrive Market
- dried currants (Whole30)
- raisins (Whole30) — best price is Thrive Market
- goji berries (Whole30)
- dried blueberries (Whole30)
Ok, are you ready to make these cute, not scary Halloween Paleo Banana Ghosts??
3-Ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts (aka Boo-Nana Ghosts for sugar-free, allergy-friendly Halloween fun!)
These 3-ingredient Paleo Banana Ghosts are sugar-free, top 8 allergy-free, and can even be made Whole30. Perfect for nut-free school zones and Halloween class parties, these "Boo"-nana Ghosts are easy enough for even little kids to help make!
- 2bananaspeeled & cut in half
- 1cuporganic coconut buttermelted & whisked smooth
- Fair Trade chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, or nutsyour choice, for eyes
Peel the bananas, cut them in half, and insert a wooden popsicle stick into each banana half.
Lay the bananas on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and transfer to the freezer to harden completely.
Add 1 cup of melted coconut butter to a tall, slender jar. A 1-1/2 pint jar works well.
When the bananas are totally frozen, remove them from the freezer.
Dip each frozen banana into the jar of melted coconut butter, tilting the jar and turning the banana as needed to completely coat it in coconut butter.
Allow excess coconut butter to drip off, then add eyes of choice. Eyes are best added before the coconut butter has had time to freeze to the banana.
Let coconut butter harden, either on the sheet or by transferring back to the freezer after the eyes are applied.
Serve immediately or store in a zip-top bag in the freezer. You may like to let the banana ghosts soften outside the freezer for 5-10 minutes before serving.