Healthy & Easy Christmas Treats

As your reading this your probably elbow deep in a tin of Quality Street, sorry if I am a tad late!

The festive season is all about eating, drinking and being merry! Family gatherings make it extremely hard to diet or stick to only healthy food, although its not impossible nobody wants to be that awkward person at the dinner table filled with amazing food eating their smelly (if you’ve ever meal prepped you’ll agree) prepped meal from their lunchbox.

So I have complied some of my favorite yummy healthy treats which are perfect for staying healthy(ish) this holiday season, plus they are also easy to make which is always a winner in my book!

  • Gluten Free Gingerbread 

Having a child that is gluten intolerant, I have tried heaps of different recipes for breads and the majority of them turn out heavy and hard to eat, this Gingerbread recipe is one of my favorites! The bread always turns out moist, soft and spicy, perfect for Christmas!

Gingerbread-Cake

½ c millet flour
½ c brown rice flour
1 tbsp tapioca flour
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 egg (Can substitute for 1 tbsp of soy protein powder & 1 tbsp of water)
3 tbsp molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ c milk of your choice
¼ c plain low sugar Greek yogurt
1/3 c brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and coat an 8”x4” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the millet flour and next 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil and egg. Stir in the molasses, vanilla, milk, and yogurt. Mix in the brown sugar. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake at 325°F for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.Best served warm, it’s even better the second day!

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Love Gingerbread but have no room in the oven over Christmas? Why not try these bake free Gingerbread Bites!

  • Bake Free Gingerbread Bites

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1 c all-purpose flour
1 + ½ tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
½ tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Whisk together the flour, ginger, and salt in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, molasses, applesauce, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Mix in the brown sugar, smearing any clumps along the side of the bowl. Add in the dry flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Line a baking sheet or large plate with wax paper. Roll the cookie dough into 32 little balls, using between 1 – 1½ teaspoons of dough in each ball. Place on the wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Now Fudge for me is a holiday favorite, and coffee is a daily necessity if your the same why not try this Skinny Mocha Fudge!

  • Skinny Mocha Fudge 

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½ c hot water
2 tbsp instant coffee crystals
½ c milk of your choice
2 c granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter
3 oz dark chocolate (or ½ c dark chocolate chips)
  1. Line an 8”-square baking pan with foil, and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine the hot water and instant coffee crystals. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the coffee crystals dissolve. Add the milk, sugar, butter, and dark chocolate, and continue stirring over medium-low heat until the butter and chocolate have melted. Bring to a boil, and cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until a small amount becomes mold-able when dropped in a glass of cold water. (It may take longer, depending on your pot and stove. If using a candy thermometer, cook until it reaches 234°F.)
  3. Remove from the heat and the burner, and allow the hot mixture to sit undisturbed for 6 minutes (or until it reaches 110°F on a candy thermometer). After 6 minutes, stir vigorously until the mixture becomes thick and creamy and lightens slightly in color. Spread into the prepared pan, and allow the fudge to cool to room temperature before slicing into 1” squares.
  • Watermelon Trees & Pizza’s

For me there is no fruit more refreshing than watermelon, and living in Australia it’s going to be a picnic on the beach for us this Christmas so for some sweet little treats I am going to pack some watermelon, but hey it’s not very christmassy on it’s own, but it is easily decorated!

Check out these cute Watermelon Christmas Trees!

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The recipe is simple all you need is a sharp knife and some imagination!

Or step your fruit bowl up a notch an try this Watermelon Fruit Pizza!

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Add some oats, muesli, or nuts for some nice textures along with some of your favorite fruits!

What are some of your favorite healthy Christmas deserts?

As always love & positivity

Nicole X Cautious 2 Confident Fitness