I went trick-or-treating right up until the age at which it was no longer socially acceptable. The last time I donned a Halloween costume and collected copious amounts of candy was with the neighborhood gang, back when we were freshmen and sophomores in high school.
We got some questioning looks and ribbing from our neighbors, but those good people dropped fistfuls of candy into our pillow cases just the same.
Notice how that picture is a scanned photo. Facebook didn’t have us in its inescapable clutches till three years later. Do you remember what life was like before Facebook? *twilight zone music*
For the little ghouls and goblins roaming the neighborhood this week on Halloween, I created a party setup full of creepy, crawly fun!
To find the festive decor and treats for the sugar-free goodie bags shown here, I hit up the local Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores:
Pictured below is a flip frog, a fake insect (for mischievous pranks… sorry, moms!), bubbles, a glow stick, and a scary eraser. I purchased everything at a Dollar Tree store in Florida.
These treat bags are lookin’ kinda sparse. What else can we add to them?
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Do you want to upgrade your current brownie recipe for the occasion? It’s easier than it looks! You basically follow King Arthur Flour’s instructions for making their spider brownies, except you create a connected spiral with the swirl mixture, instead of circles within circles. The other change is using my Dairy-Free, Paleo cream cheese substitute to create the spiderweb design. The brownie recipe is the Simple Cocoa Brownie recipe, tweaked to be grain-free and paleo. You can still make the brownies gluten-free with oat flour if you like. Happy Halloween, everyone!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar OR 7 Tablespoons erythritol*
- 1/4 teaspoon Mood & Mind pure stevia extract powder
- pure stevia extract
- 2 large organic eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup almond flour, gently packed
- 1/4 cup flour*
- Big pinch of pure stevia powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line an 8 inch cake pan with a cut out circle of parchment paper. I like to trace around the bottom of the cake pan and cut out the circle to create the perfect sized piece!
- Melt butter and cocoa together, whisking until smooth.
- Beat in coconut sugar or erythritol, and sea salt, until mixture doesn’t contain any lumps of sweetener.
- Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
- Add vanilla.
- Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring them together just until combined. You don’t want to overmix these, or else the texture will end up too dense.
- Scrape the batter into the cake pan.
- Whisk together the dairy-free swirl ingredients, and add contents to a plastic zip top bag.
- Snip the corner of the bag a tiny bit to create a small opening.
- Pipe a dime-sized blob of swirl mixture in the center of the brownie batter, and pipe a spiral design on to the surface of the brownie batter, working outward from the center. If you mess up, you can go over the swirl again to even things out.
- Tap the cake pan down on to a hard surface multiple times, to get the topping to sink into the batter.
- Take a toothpick and drag it from the center blob to the edge of the pan in a straight line. Rotate the pan and repeat, spacing your drag lines a couple of inches apart.
- Pipe the swirl mixture over the straight lines you just created with the toothpick. You can use a small spoon and spatula to scoop out and smooth over any mistakes in the topping. You should have more than enough topping to create the swirl. You should have 1/3 of the swirl mixture left over.
- Again, tap the cake pan down on to a hard surface multiple times, to get the topping to sink down into the batter, and to pop any bubbles in the batter.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until brownie is firm to the touch.
- Cool the pan on a wire rack.
- Run a knife around the edge of the cake pan to ensure a clean separation of the brownie.
- Invert cake pan on to a cookie sheet or plastic plate.
- Invert cookie sheet on to a serving platter to transfer brownie.
- *For the best sugar-free sweetening option, use 6 Tablespoons erythritol and 1 Tablespoon xylitol. Using a combination of sweeteners is a technique that I discuss in the Healthy Indulgences Cookbook.
- **You can use a gluten-free flour like oat flour or quinoa flour if you eat gluten-free grains. To make these brownies paleo and grain-free, you can use tapioca or arrowroot starch in place of 1/4 cup flour.