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Healthy Christmas Desserts

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This post is part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

Cold weather makes me mad  (well, not really mad) but suffice it to say, I am not a fan of cold weather. Nevertheless, I am keenly aware of how happy this time of year makes me.  I am a Christmas maniac. Seriously, I am. I love Christmas. I am 23 years old, I do not have any children, I hate the cold, and yet, I am downright excited for this time of year. I am one of those people who constantly annoy others by reminding them how many days are left until Christmas. I believe it is the little things and the traditions about this season that keep me excited. 

People sometimes think that my winter wardrobe only consists of red and green. What’s more, I am unable to control my emotions every time I see my Christmas tree lit up for the first time.  I believe that, while I unpack mistletoe and tangled Christmas lights, I also unpack the feelings of years gone by. There also isn’t anything more heart-breaking that the day after Christmas.

I will not make a list about the things I love about Christmas because there are too many things, but one of my favourite parts of the year are the food and drinks we enjoy.  I search for healthy alternatives this year to continue  my journey toward a healthier life and chose the ones I liked the most. Enjoy these 4 healthy Christmas treats!

'Raw' Christmas Snowball Bites

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans

  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 1/2 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

  • (For rolling) 1/4 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)

Directions: Process the pecans in a food processor to break up into little pieces. Empty these little pieces into a small mixing bowl to mix in later. Process the macadamia nuts, cashews, and coconut in a food processor until they resemble a coarse meal. Add in the honey and process until the mixture starts to form a sticky ball of dough. Transfer this mixture to the small mixing bowl with the chopped pecans. Incorporate the pecans in the dough mixture. Scoop rounded spoonfuls (either with a cookie scoop or with a spoon and then roll into balls in your hands) and roll each ball in the coconut. Quickly chill them for more immediate consumption in the freezer, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. Serve and enjoy!

Healthy Eggnog


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions
Blend all ingredients together for a few minutes. Pour mixture into a pot (don’t let it boil). Simmer for about 15 min. Then chill mixture in fridge overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Almond Protein Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of vanilla or unflavored whey
  • 2 tbsps (15g each) cashew nut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Freedom, agave, or honey
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp orange extract (optional)

Directions

Get a bowl out and chuck all the above ingredients in there. (Feel free to also add any walnuts, chocolate chips, or if you want your cookies to be even higher in protein, add a couple of tbsps of protein crispies.)  Mix everything together until you get a soft cookie dough you can roll into balls with your hands.  Place on a cookie tray and flatten each ball using your fingers, a fork, or a cookie stamp like I did. Bake at 170 C (320 F) for 6-10 minutes or until they’re cooked through but not rock hard.

Grinch Treats

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Ingredients

  • Strawberry
  • Grape
  • Banana slice
  • Lemon juice
  • Toothpicks

Directions

Slice the banana and add a little bit of lemon juice to the slices to coat them and keep them from turning brown. Cut the top off the strawberry. On the toothpick, stack a green grape, a banana slice, and a strawberry (put it top side down on the banana slice).Push another toothpick down through the tip of the strawberry through the banana slice and into the grape leaving ¼” of the toothpick at the top. Add a mini slice of banana on the top (I saw this recipe with a small marshmallow on the top but I am not a fan of marshmallow so I put a mini banana silces on the top) boil.  Serve and Enjoy!

With Love,

Valentina

 

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Caramelized fruit crumble

Post by Anna M (eatforyourpeace) . Follow her on PumpUp @annaaa_, on Instagram @a.maria9, and check out her blog.

I adore Christmas. I adore carols, winter fun, snow, and especially all of the cookies that my mom and I used to make. I’m trying to incorporate more fruit into my baking and wanted to create something that tasted scrumptious and smelled as aromatic as a holiday dessert should. I’m pleased to share this cake recipe of caramelized fruits with a crispy crust. Needless to say, the result was amazing

Exact quantities aren’t specified here because it depends on how many fruits you plan on caramelizing. You should make enough “crust” to cover the fruit with a thin to medium layer. Use equal parts flour and oats, half the amount of sugar, and add a bit more butter (or earth balance if you are vegan). 

Ingredients

  • 125g (1/2 cup) butter (Can substitute with earth balance)
  • 125 (1/2 cup) sugar
  • Orange juice + zest from 1 orange 
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Figs

For the crust:

  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Rolled oats 
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Flour (Can substitute with almond flour or oat flour)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Melted Butter  (Can substitute with earth balance)

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Slice the pears, apples, the dates and the figs and set aside. If the dates and the figs are a bit hard, let them soak in water for a couple of minutes!

2. In a saucepan, let butter melt, then add the sugar. Add the orange juice and some orange zest. Wait until the butter is completely melted (you should stir with a wooden spoon slowly) and then add all the fruits. Stir slowly on occasion. Cook until all the fruits are nice and soft.

3. Take ceramic loaf pan, grease it with a little bit of butter and pour in fruit mixture. 

4. Take a bowl and add flour, oatmeal and brown sugar, and melted butter. 

5. Sprinkle “crust” over the fruit and bake for about 15-20 minutes

6. Let cool and enjoy!