Where ever the tradition of Halloween started, it has now become a festival of sugar consumption and another excuse for the mindless marketing of themed plastic ‘things’ that have often broken or been discarded before the peak of the sugar high has been reached.
Keeping Halloween manageable without being a complete killjoy would be one of the more difficult tasks faced by any parent – throw in the ghoul-like scorn that is zapped at you by your offspring’s cohorts, and you might as well be dead!
The Family Beast however, has risen to the challenge of trying to create a sugar free Halloween:
1) 100% Organic Ghost Poo (salted with the tears of terrified children)
This one is a tried and true winner. It has all the ingredients to make it attractive – it’s on theme, it has (toilet) humour, and it contains 0% sugar. Simply make up a big batch of pop corn, lightly salt using traditional salt, and portion into brown paper bags. Place in a big basket to hand out to trick or treaters. They are surprisingly popular, as the salt is a welcome relief after all the sugar – even for the most enthusiastic sugar-sucking vampires.
2) Mouldy Eyeballs
Eyeballs always look good for Halloween. They are gross and fascinating at the same time. These can be prepared ahead of time, and served up as needed.
- 1 cup of mashed sweet potato
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon stevia or rice malt syrup
- pinch of salt
- dessicated coconut, coloured green with a drop of food dye, to coat
Mix all ingredients together well. Refrigerate for at least an two hours. Roll into teaspoon sized balls and coat with the green dessicated coconut. Carefully roll in one sultana for the pupil. Arrange on a tray with all the pupils looking up. Gruesome!
(The original recipe comes from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Cookbook and has been adapted for the Halloween theme. Sarah’s are delicious looking and tasting! She has more sugar-free Halloween treats here )
3) A shot of vampire blood
Juice a selection of warm coloured vegetables and fruit (carrots and beetroot) and some raspberries, to make the Vampire Blood. Serve in small paper cups to drunk in one short gulp. Ghost blood can be made the same way with green coloured fruit and vegetables.
4) Maiden’s Hearts in slime
Using the same mixture as the Vampire Blood, and using gelatin, make a tray of jelly about 3cm thick. Make sure the jelly is very firm. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the hearts and arrange them on a tray lined with lettuce leaves (the slime).
That’s the food done, now WHAT are you going to wear???
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