HO HO HO, it’s that time of year again. Now don’t get us wrong, we LOVE Christmas but the temptation of sugary snacks can be overwhelming! We’re all for having an indulgent time but finding the balance becomes harder to maintain.
Everywhere you turn, there’s always a delicious treat on offer. Mince pies, mulled wine, chocolate biscuits…. we just can’t say no!
That’s why this year, we’ve decided to look at how to make these festive treats that little bit healthier (to reduce any guilt whilst satisfying those sweet cravings).
- Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Fed up of Santa not eating those cookies you left for him which meant you had to eat them? This year, why not opt for a healthier homemade option? Instead of using white sugar, opt for brown sugar and swap butter for coconut oil! Only two alternatives to guilt-free heaven (you can thank us later). Check out Oh Lady Cakes perfect recipe to achieve the perfect cookies http://www.ohladycakes.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-chunk-cookies/
- Healthy Mince Pies
How can I make my mince pies healthy we hear you ask? Well it’s simple, for your filling, leave out the mincemeat and opt for a fruity filling including: apples, currants and raisins. For the pastry, use wholemeal plain flour opposed to plain flour and add in some oats for that extra goodness! Deliciously Ella once again saves the day with her healthy recipe https://deliciouslyella.com/mince-pies/
Like the yummy chocolate chunk cookies, making your gingerbread a little healthier is quite easy to do. Follow the simple steps of swapping butter with coconut oil, white sugar with brown sugar and use whole wheat pastry flour. These will make your gingerbread lighter in taste! Credit goes to Cookie and Kate for this healthy alternative, check out their recipe http://cookieandkate.com/2015/healthy-gingerbread-cookies/
- Healthy Santa Claus
Want to indulge in a Christmas themed snack? Avoid the chocolate Santa’s and create your own healthy versions! All you’ll need are a box of strawberries, light whipped cream and mini chocolate drops. Slice the top of the strawberry off, squirt some cream on, place two chocolate drops on for eyes and then place the top of the strawberry back on. Add a bobble-hat dot of cream at the top two blob buttons and you’re good to go! http://www.leannebakes.com/2012/11/santa-strawberries.html
- Gluten Free Yule Log
Both gluten and nut free, this festive favourite hits the spot! Perfect to make if you’re hosting your very own Christmas party and perfect to serve as dessert on Christmas Day. Surprise all your guests with this healthy alternative – they won’t be able to tell the difference we promise! We take our hats off to Nigella, she’s done it again with this tasty recipe https://www.nigella.com/recipes/yule-log
Feature image - photo credit: Deliciously Ella