Hello PumpUp family! Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. People seem to have a spring in their step, a smile on their faces, and are more inclined to say hello and wish you well. But it is also true that for many people, the holiday season can be stressful or lonely. Apart from the pressures of choosing the right presents or catching up with friends and family, the holidays can also be a time of disappointment, financial strain, feuds, travel problems and being alone or far away from loved ones. Instead of enduring another stressful festive season, I will share these amazing and healthy Christmas desserts to put the 'merry' back into your holiday festivities.
If you feel lonely, try to connect with your body and soul and stay healthy! Use the day to bond with people you care deeply about. Skype with them. Get together. Strengthen bonds. Laugh. Talk. Love.
Healthy Caramel Popcorn
- 1/2 cup corn, organic kernels
- ¼ cup Agave nectar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened
Mixture: Mix the agave nectar, cinnamon and the shredded coconut flakes.
Popcorn: Heat your pot over medium heat. Be careful not to go over medium heat, or you may experience a very unpleasant chewy texture where the kernels were heated too fast and did not completely pop. Add the coconut oil and let it completely melt. Once the oil is completely melted put a few kernels into the pan and wait for them to pop. This helps determine when the oil is heated enough to popping.Once the test kernels have popped, place the rest of the popcorn seeds into the pan and cover.After the kernels begin popping, begin to shake every 10 seconds or so until you hear the popping slow down. When the popping slows down to a pop every 2-3 seconds remove the pan from heat and continuously shake for another 10-20 seconds. This helps the popcorn at the bottom from burning.
After the 10-20 seconds, or you feel the popping is finished pour into a bowl, and mix it with the mixture of agave, cinnamon and coconut to taste and enjoy.
- 1 1/2 oz mixed baby kale
- 2 bananas
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup ice
Directions Blend all ingredients together for a few min. Serve and enjoy!
Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 1 Pomegranate
Line a mini cupcake pan with 12 silicone cupcake liners (this will make for easy removal).
Next, place 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about a minute and a half, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
Once your chocolate chips are melted, use a teaspoon to line the bottom of each cluster with chocolate. Then, spoon in about a teaspoon of pomegranate arils and then top with an additional 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate and about ½ teaspoon of pomegranate seeds. Allow to harden in a cool, dry place or place in freezer if you want for about 20 minutes to get the clusters harden.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 ½ cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 handful dark chocolate candies
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a fork or a had mixer. Drop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press balls flat. Bake at 180°C for 10 – 20 minutes. Cool, serve and store in fridge.