She may be evil-looking, but this witch is totally low-carb
Halloween is here this week along with all that sugar, sugar, and more sugar (aka "rat poison"). It really disgusts me that we have a national day for children to load up on one of the most damaging things they could possibly put inside their body. But the candy companies love it because their sales projections depend on this deeply-entrench annual tradition that shows no sign of ever going away.
Call me a party pooper, but at some point we need to wake up to reality and realize that our condoning of passing out gobs and gobs of candy on Halloween sends mixed messages to children about health. If all the adults are giving out candy to children, then it can't be that bad, right? WRONG! Those of us who are livin' la vida low-carb should take the lead and refuse to pass out sugary treats. Instead, we can buy small toys or some other non-sugary treat.
We'll keep talking about this problem year after year until people realize it is all that sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and excessive refined carbohydrates behind the childhood obesity and Type II diabetes epidemic we face. Either we figure that out now while we still can or we are forced to come to grips with it when these conditions are expected to overtake ALL our children by the year 2044.
So what can we do? Well, we can at least try to find ways to cut the sugar content of the "treats" we serve for days like Halloween. That's why I'm happy to tell you about a really awesome cake recipe that is shaped like a wicked witch. COOL! Special thanks to SheKnows.com for this outstanding sugar-free/low-carb recipe.
LOW-CARB WICKED WITCH HALLOWEEN CAKE
For the cakes:
4 cups almond flour
2 cups unsalted butter (room temperature) (plus 1 tablespoon for greasing)
6 tablespoons Splenda
10 large eggs
2 generous teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the frosting:
2 (8-oz ) packages cream cheese
1/2 cup Splenda (sucralose)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk*
Green food coloring (for the face)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon whole milk*
1 tablespoon Splenda (for the hat)
17 Sugar-free Gummi Worms, plus your choice of any other sugar-free Halloween candy shapes for decoration only.
*Use low-carb milk if desired. This will change the nutritional analysis below.
Nutritional info per serving:
Click here for the baking directions on this deliciously evil low-carb Halloween dessert.