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Healthy Christmas Treat Recipes

Forget the Fererro’s. Walk away from the Quality Street. No Minature Heroes required. Not with these wholesome, tasty, healthier christmas treat recipes anyway!

Ready to unleash my inner Martha Stewart, I headed to St John’s Shopping Centre to pick up my supplies. For the recipes below, all ingredients were bought from Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Aldi and Home Bargains.

Here are four Christmassy twists on some classic nibbles so, you can still feel like you are indulging minus the guilt!

All the recipes are below..

 

Hot Cacao. 

If you love the film Polar Express you will be more than familiar with the ‘Hot Chocolate’ song. Christmas begins with a good old cup of Coco. Or in this case, Cacao.

Raw Cacao hot drink. Fantastic alternative to Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

(All of the below ingredients were purchased at Sainsbury’s in St John’s Shopping centre)
1 Cup of your choice of milk
1 Tbsp of Organic Raw Cacao
1 Tbsp of Honey
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Method:
Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to a boil whilst continuously stirring. Lower to a simmer. When consistency thickens drink is ready. Pour & enjoy!

May also add Stevia for a sweeter tasting drink or even a dash of peppermint extract for that extra Christmassy twist.

 

Cinnamon Apple Crisps.
With Walkers Crisps bringing out their own range of Christmas flavour crisps (what do we all think of the Brussel Sprout flavour by the way?), I decided to do my own take. Crisped up apple sprinkle with Cinnamon. So moreish. Like you are eating crisps but a much healthier version! Winner.

Apple Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:

(For this recipe, I got the ingredients from Aldi at St John’s Shopping Centre – it always has the best price for fruit!)

2 Apples
Cinnamon.

Method:
Thinly slice apples – tip try to make all the slices the same size.
Place spaced out on a baking paper lined tray.
Sprinkle with Cinnamon.
Pop into the oven at 100 degrees for 1 hour. Flip the apples over then place back into the oven for a further hour.

 

Giant Chocolate Macaroons.
Giant Macaroons always remind me of the Christmas Markets. It’s about the only time of year you can get them.

Giant Macaroons!

Ingredients:

(These ingredients were all purchased from Home Bargains – they have great deals on Protein Powders!)
2 cups of desiccated Coconut
2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
2 egg whites
1 cup Chocolate Protein Powder (can use Cacao powder as a substitute)
1/2 cup of Honey
1 tsp of Vanilla extract

Method:
Mix all ingredients together.  Using palms of hands, mold a handful of the mixture into a dome shape. Place the dome on a baking paper lined backing tray. Place the baking tray into the oven at 175 degrees for 30 mins.

Chocolate Cherry Protein balls. 
Truffle schmuffle. It’s all about the protein balls this winter. They taste just as good!

Ingredients:

(For this recipe, the ingredients were purchased between Aldi, Iceland, Home Bargains and Sainsbury’s at St John’s)
1 cup of glace cherries.
1 cup of chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut (plus some to coat in)
1/2 cup of Honey
2tbsp of Coconut Oil
2 tbsp of chia seeds

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Using a tea soon, scoop some of the mixture into your hand to form a ball. Roll the ball in desiccated coconut. You can either place them in the fridge or eat them right away. If mixture is to wet, add more protein powder or desiccate coconut. If mixture is to dry and a touch of water. 

This blog was written in collaboration with St. John’s Shopping Centre.

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