The holidays are here! And so is the temptation of eating all the junk filled cookies, cakes, bars and more. Here are some classic holiday treats with a healthy spin. Give them as gifts, bring them to parties, or leave them out for Santa! Everyone will enjoy something on this 'nice' list.
These are definitely my all-time favorite! These are a guilt free holiday treat and HEALTHY. Candied pecans make the easiest and BEST gift for teachers, secretaries, parents, friends or whoever you'd like to gift something to.
2 TBSP Unrefined coconut oil
3 TBSP Organic maple syrup
1/2 TSP vanilla extract
1/4 TSP sea salt
2 Cups raw pecans
Melt coconut oil over medium/low heat. Add maple syrup, vanilla, & salt and stir well. When mixture is bubbling add pecans. Stir pecans well, so they're completely coated. Cook & stir constantly about 5 minutes. Being careful they don't burn, take the pan off the heat and transfer pecans onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to cool.
2 Cups All-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts
1 Cup of buttery spread (such as EarthBalance)
1/2 Cup of powder Sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the buttery spread with the powder sugar, and beat in a medium bowl or stand mixer. Stir together flour and nuts in separate bowl. Then mix all ingredients to form a dough. Shape into balls, place on a cookie sheet & bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. Ready an extra bowl of powder sugar and roll the warm cookies in the bowl to coat
1 Can coconut milk
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 TBSP honey or sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 TSP vanilla
Combine coconut milk, vanilla, cocoa & salt in sauce pan and whisk together until combined. Over low-medium heat warm the milk, whisking continuously until it starts to bubble gently. Remove from heat and stir in sugar or honey. Top with coconut flakes or whipped cream.
1 Can organic coconut milk
1 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP vanilla extract
Chill the can of coconut milk over night (or even 24 hours). The fatty coconut cream will separate from the water in coconut milk, It will accumulate at the top and harden. Scoop out ONLY the hard coconut cream that settled on the top. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut cream with maple syrup and vanilla extract until fluffy. If not serving right away, store in fridge. Thai Kitchen seems to be the best brand to deliver great results.
You can always keep it simple and buy organic hot chocolate that are free of the junk-filled ingredients. The famous Swiss Hot Chocolate contains GMO's and the ingredients are disturbing; sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa(processed with alkali), hydrogenated cocnut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor.
Check out Trader Joe's Organic Hot Chocolate to keep life simple & healthy.
These adorable little snacks are so easy to assemble and kids get a kick out of it! Instead of bringing treats to school parties that are filled with artificial coloring or overly sugar-filled cookies and cupcakes, just serve these cute little kabobs!
Gingerbread Houses Made in Cleveland
I'm over buying gingerbread houses in the stores that are filled with dyes, artificial flavors, and other junk I don't want my kids consuming. This local business right here in Cleveland, Ohio offers gingerbread houses (un)decorated or decorated. The houses & decorations are just simple real food ingredients! Order yours here.
**Another cute treat to do at home is make candy canes with strawberries and bananas. Just slice the bananas and strawberries and alternate 1 strawberry slice & 1 banana slice and make into a candy cane.
**Remember to buy candy canes that are not loaded with corn syrup & artificial dyes. Earthfare, Whole Foods, Mustard Seed & Amazon carry organic candy canes.
Other healthy holiday treats
Strawberry Santas are super cute & taste delicious!
2. Snowman Popcorn Cups makes for a fun family movie night at home!
3. Watermelon Christmas Trees is the perfect raw, healthy treat to bring to any function.
4. 2 Ingredient Almond Cookies are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soft and yummy!
5. String Cheese Snowmen are a fun snack for school parties that your kids can help with.