Halloween baking, sugar-free spooks

Halloween baking for kids is a great opportunity to be creative. So I do wonder, do you celebrate Halloween and what habit and sweets are you used to have. Even Halloween is not a thing in Czech republic, I love it and we are trying to enjoy the celebration with our friends across the world.

So the first Halloween with our little princess had to be special, thus we started by cutting the pumpkin as a decoration (we did this 3 times since it was fun). Then we followed by baking Halloween spooks, bon appétit and boohoo.

Halloween sweets - baking for kids
Halloween sweets – baking for kids
Photo: © Bargl M., for lileater.com / lileater.cz

Tip: My husband is a Type 1 diabetic, thus I thought: Let’s bake something for kids that is healthy. So let’s bake these super healthy spooks without additional sugar. But be aware, even we do not use any sugar, there is a glucose in the flour, milk, banana and orange. All of these contains different kinds of sugars (fructosis, lactosis, etc.) so always count your carbs.

I am using spalt flour. I like it more than wheat flour because it is easier for your stomach to process it. Also from my experience, a lot of people with gluten intolerance are okay with spalt flour (not celiacs).

The spalt flour contains a lot of nutrients and makes your stomach feel full in a good way. I baked 2 batches of spooks in silicon molds specially created for Halloween. One batch baked in the oven, the second batch steamed in the steaming pot (first time doing this). How we did like it and which version was better? Read more at the end of this article.

Tip: I used lactose-free milk and butter, it is lighter and easier for your digestion system. The taste is different, but still prett tasty. In case your neightbors will visit you, add a little extra sweet ingredient – homemade jam, fresh orange jam is great.

Note: Do not feed the baked spooks to babies and toddlers. This food is for kids of age 1 year and older.

Recipe

Preparation time:10 minutes
Cook time:25 minutes (60 minutes steamed)
Portions:16

Ingredients

  • 6.5 oz spalt flour
  • 1 oz grated coconut
  • 3 oz melted unsalted butter (lactose-free)
  • 0.3 cup of milk (lactose-free)
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp lemon peel
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 orange (juice)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

Sieve flour and baking powder through a sieve into a larger bowl. Add grated coconut, lemon peel, butter, milk and eggs. Mix everything. Crush bananas and drizzle bananas with lemon juice. Add orange juice and process the dough until smooth.

Bake in preheated oven 356 °F for 25 minutes. In case of steaming in the steaming pot, bake for 60 minuts.

Halloween baking and our experience

Emily Hana & Halloween
Emily Hana & Halloween
Photo: © Bargl M., for lileater.com / lileater.cz

We agreed the oven-baked Halloween spooks were much tastier. In any case, the difference was just a small and steamed baked spooks were more tender, so both were very tasty (you need to get used to the taste of those steamed ones – but they are better with every bite).

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