Oh hurray, it’s that wonderful time of year – loved ones, santa, holidays, wine, food….
Food plays such a massive part in the festivities, doesn’t it? And one thing I’ve discovered this past year is that healthier treats can be just as tasty (often more so) than the ones I’ve made and bought in previous years.
So here are some of my favourite recipes for the Christmas and holiday season. I’ve made almost all of these (often several times), so I can guarantee yumminess.
And I’ve thrown in a couple that I’ve not made yet but that are on my list this year because they look so darn delicious.
Happy Christmas, everyone. Eat, drink and be wonderfully merry.
1. The Best Salted Caramel Bliss Balls
So easy, so yummy, everyone loves them. These would make a great gift (just remember to keep in the fridge or freezer) too – happiness is homemade, as they say. And these are a whole heap of happiness, believe me.
2. Healthy Pumpkin Pie
This recipe by Sarah Wilson and I Quit Sugar was such a success last Christmas that it was requested again for hubby’s birthday (5 days after Christmas), and again for New Year (you do the maths – yep, we ate a lot of pumpkin pie last year).
It’s also hubby’s request again this year for his birthday cake. It’s that good. Refined sugar free and gluten free. Bit of a ginger kick. Best pumpkin pie ever, no word of a lie.
3. Grain Free Fruit Mince Pies
This recipe from Danielle Minnebo of Food to Nourish packs all the mince pie flavour punch without the nasties and mountains of sugar found in the store-bought mince pies. Yum. See if you can save some for Santa. I reckon you might need a second batch.
4. Crunchy Gingerbread Granola
The book also has Gingerbread Cookies and Gingerbread Balls. I am going to make all of these (and the Gingerbread Parfait that uses this granola, coyo and a pumpkin caramel) for Christmas Day. Yes, I love Gingerbread. Who doesn’t?
5. Chocolate Peppermint Sticks
If there was one recipe that my family could collectively not-live-without, it’s this.
I have made this sooooo many times. The children ask for it constantly. Every time an easy and huge success. Everyone who’s tried them loves them. People don’t believe that it’s healthy, actually. Brilliant to have on standby in the freezer as your ‘after dinner mints’.
Yay, well done to Adriana from Living Healthy With Chocolate, these are such a winner.
The nostalgic taste of Christmas (for grown ups) but lighter and without the sugar and other nasties. Another recipe from the brilliant Danielle from Food To Nourish.
Save these for when the kids have zonked out with all the excitement and the adults are left with a few more hours to relax. They’re gorgeously Christmas-spicey!
7. Paleo Raspberry Mousse Cheesecake
This delicious and pretty cake from Pete Evans’ Family Food cookbook was a big hit at a party we had last Christmas. It takes a little while but it’s worth it.
Cheesecake has always been a fave of mine, so how exciting to have a raw paleo version that actually has no cheese!
8. Cheese Biscuits
Not all treats are sweet treats. I love cheese biscuits, and always make a batch at Christmas time – great for when your taste buds have had too much of the sweet stuff, or with a pre-dinner glass of wine (or cup of tea).
If you want to make a bit of a statement on the table then give this a go… Again, a little more effort required but totally worth it, just look at it. I’m drooling now. It’s epic. Right?
OMG just take a look at this. If I can get mine to look half as good as this on Christmas Day, I’ll be a happy girl.
Our Holistic Kitchen has the most mouthwateringly scrumptious recipes and pics on their site, I think I want to make them all.
11. Roasted Strawberry Pavlova Pops
Pavlova has long been a Christmas go-to for me, so these sugar-free dairy free pops are on my list to cool me down when the kitchen heats up.
Another recipe from The Well Nest’s A Happy and Healthy Christmas ebook (but also available on the site), these look like a crowd pleaser to me. Yum, Valeria!
12. White Chocolate and Raspberry Slice
The Fit Foodie Blog (aka Sally O’Neill) has this amazing e-book called Chocolate Everyday. You can see why I was drawn to it, huh?
One of the prettiest looking recipes is this White Chocolate and Raspberry Slice. Great for when friends pop over for a glass of rose over the holidays. Yum yum yum, how decadent.
And that’s it. 12 Days of Clean Christmas Treats. I love this time of year. Go on, treat yo-self 😉