3 Healthy Holiday Treats to Enjoy This Christmas

Christmas holidays are almost here. It’s time to slow down the pace and enjoy time with family and friends … and of course this comes with eating delicious Christmas food. Probably your biggest temptation will be the holiday treats and desserts. Who can blame you, when all you will see around you are gingerbread men, chocolate cakes and other naughty treats. 


But what if I tell you that there is a healthy way to enjoy Christmas treats. In this article, I will share with you my recipes for healthy and quick to make holiday treats, to indulge when you feel like craving for something sweet. The great thing about these recipes is that you can have some fun and creativity and you can play with healthy ingredients and make these recipes your own.

Healthy Chocolate Truffles 

Chocolate truffles are possibly the most decadent treat you can enjoy during Christmas time. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Here’s my healthy and vegan recipe for 12 chocolate truffles … also guilt free.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup of dark good quality chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened raw cocoa powder, plus some for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Directions
Soak the medjool dates into water for 10 to 15 minutes, to soften them. Add into a blender / food processor the dates, the finely chopped dark chocolate, the coconut oil, the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, the salt, cinnamon and cayenne. Blend everything well until you get a paste.
From this paste you can form small balls using your hands. Make sure your hands are lightly oiled so the paste doesn’t stick to your palms. Lastly you can roll the balls in the remaining cocoa powder and place these in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. You can store these in the fridge for up to a week, preferably in a container.

The best thing about this truffles recipe is that you can get creative by adding nuts, desiccated coconut or even freeze-dried raspberry.

Chocolate Dipped Oranges


For me the smell of oranges is what makes me think about Holidays, especially Christmas. And what can be more delicious than slices of oranges dipped in chocolate … hmmm … nothing. Here’s how you can turn the simple orange in a fun and healthy dessert

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges 
  • 1/2 cup of dark good quality chocolate (finely chopped)
  • Shredded coconut, crushed pistachio or sea salt for decoration 

Directions
Line a baking sheet with parchment / baking sheet and leave it aside. Peel the oranges and break these in segments. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, in a safe bowl. Every 10 seconds take the bowl out of the microwave and stir. Repeat the process until the chocolate is melted.
Dip each slice of orange halfway in the melted chocolate and place it on the parchment. Sprinkle with the coconut. crushed pistachio or salt. Place it in the fridge for an hour so the chocolate sets. You can store these in the fridge for up to 3 days, preferably in a container.

If you don’t have oranges, you can create this recipe by using mandarins or clementines. Also, you can add half of teaspoon of coconut oil in the melted chocolate to get a nice shine and coconut taste.

Cinnamon Christmas Biscuits


This is a healthy alternative to the Christmas biscuits or the gingerbread biscuit. Best of all these biscuits are gluten free and as delicious as the traditional ones.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour (you can use nuts based flour or a gluten free flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons of cloves (powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoons of nutmeg (powder)
  • 4 tablespoons of mashed ripped banana
  • 1/2 cup of honey 


Directions

Preheat the oven at 175° C and line a baking sheet with baking sheet.
Mix the flour, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg in a bowl. In a different bowl mix the egg with the banana and then add the honey and mix. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until combined.

Flour the surface on which you will roll the dough, so it doesn’t stick. Roll the dough on the surface using a rolling pin. The thickness of the dough should be 3 to 4 mm. Cut the dough using cookie cutters. You can get festive and use Christmas themed ones. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake these for approx. 8 minutes. Once baked, take these out of the oven and leave them to cool completely before serving. You can store these in a container at room temperature.

The great thing about these recipes is that you can have some fun and creativity and you can play with healthy ingredients and make these recipes your own. Just make sure you don’t over-indulge and keep up the good work by having balanced healthy meals. Enjoy!!


Happy Holidays!!
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