Well, it’s another round of Halloween season, and your taste buds would be ready to relish the guilt-free sugary delights. However, sweets are not always an answer to your sweet tooth, especially if you have diabetes or want to control your sugar levels. So, as a respite for you, here are the top treats to prepare at home. Though they do not mean zero sugar/ salt, they do mean a lot less sugar/salt with no chemical additives and a lot of love!
- Raspberries 1 cup
- Water 1 cup
- Honey 3 tbsp
- Gelatin powder/ agar-agar 0.5 cup
- Blend the first two ingredients until you obtain a consistent puree. If you are not an avid fan of raspberries, swap it up with a berry of your choice. But you’ll have to bear the color in mind, as the berries are responsible for the color.
- To the puree, add the remaining ingredients and whisk until thick.
- Heat the mixture in low heat for 10 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into molds and refrigerate till they set.
- Demold and enjoy!
- Chocolates (baking ones or go for drinking chocolates) 1 bar/ as desired
- Butter 100 grams
- Sugar 1 cup
- Cream 1 cup
- Eggs 3
- Mint leaves garnishing
- Beat the egg white and sugar until they give a soft foamy paste.
- Add the cream and whisk to ensure proper mixing.
- Add egg yolk to the mixture and continue whisking.
- Add liquid chocolate and whisk, followed by egg whites.
- The batter should be of even consistency, more or less like a foam.
- Scoop the mousse cake into Halloween-themed containers and garnish it with mint leaves or two! Add a bit of quirk by putting the mousse into a scooped-out mandarin skin. Decorate the mandarin skin similar to Jack O’ lanterns.
- Dark chocolate
- Melt the dark chocolate to get the liquid form of the same. You can melt the chocolate by keeping it over boiling water to melt quickly without adding moisture.
- Dip a clean berry into the melted chocolate.
- Scratch out space for the eye.
- Place them on parchment paper and stick chocolate legs on them.
- Refrigerate till the chocolate is dry.
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
- Dates 1 cup
- Almonds 1 cup
- Cooking oil 4 tsp
- Vanilla/ vanilla essence 2 tsp
- Cinnamon 2 tsp
- Cashew 2 cup
- Maple syrup 0.5 cup
- Ginger 0.25 tsp; ground
- Allspice 0.25 tsp
- Cloves 0.25 tsp
- Pumpkin 1 cup
- Process the dates, almonds, vanilla, and cinnamon with the cooking oil. Once they break down to become powder, press the mixture against the container to form a uniform layer of equal thickness. Refrigerate to set.
- Process the cashews with maple syrup and the rest of the spices into a powdered mixture. Use half of this mixture to set the second layer.
- Cut the pumpkins into small pieces and boil until soft. Then blend them to obtain a smooth puree. Next, add the remaining second layer mixture to the puree and again blend. Finally, add the layer to the top of the other layers.
- Refrigerate till the layers are set. Then, slice them into Halloween-themed goodies!
- Banana 1
- Unsweetened milk 200 mL
- Dark chocolate 40 grams
- Raw cocoa powder 1 cup
- Almond flour 1.5 cup
- Chickpea flour .75 cup
- Maple syrup 150 mL
- Vanilla extract 2 tsp
- Cooking oil 2 cup
- Baking powder 2 tsp
- Prepare the oil mixture by melting oil, vanilla, and maple syrup together over low heat.
- Meantime, mix the flours, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- Add to the above the oil mixture and mix in a circular motion in one direction.
- Add to it, mashed banana in milk, and continue the mixing.
- Add melted chocolates/ chips into the batter and mix till an even mixture is obtained.
- Bake the cakes till a toothpick comes out clean.
- Add icing on the top and Halloween figurines for garnishing.
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Face
- Sweet potato 1 large-medium sized
- Cooking oil 2 tbsp
- Salt according to preference
- Cinnamon 1 tbsp; ground
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Cut the sweet potato into thin slices. Using a sharp-pointed object, carve out Halloween-themed designs. Jack O’ lanterns are the most straightforward bets, but if you want to try the spooky skulls, no stopping!
- Mix cooking oil, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and put the sliced potatoes in. Toss them to coat all the pieces evenly.
- Bake the potatoes until they turn light brown. Alternatively, you can fry them up too.
Smoothie (Candy Corn Style)
- Mango 1 cup; sliced
- Banana 1 cup; sliced
- Pineapple 1 cup; sliced
- Turmeric a pinch
- Coconut milk .5 cup
- Blend the bananas and milk to create a smooth smoothie. Add these to the cup as the base layer and refrigerate to set.
- Add mango and a pinch of turmeric and blend till it gives a smooth texture. Add this to the cup and cool to set.
- Blend pineapple to get an even mixture. And add it to the top
- Refrigerate and enjoy.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Slice a thin layer of tomato so that it sits on a flat surface.
- Slice the top end and scoop out the contents to leave behind hallow tomato.
- Boil the eggs and mash them to form the filling. Add avocados and yogurt to the filling and mix to get a uniform consistency.
- Add the seasoning to the filling to get the right taste.
- Scoop the mixture and fill them into the tomato shells.
- Sprinkle the paprika on top, and you are ready to serve.
Homemade goodies enhance the festive spirit in the air! Rather than risking your children’s (and you are) health, bake some tasty treats at home itself. With taste and goodness guaranteed, there are no worries. So, what are you waiting for? Set the festive spirit fast!