December brings with it so many fun, festive celebrations and lots of yummy food, but unfortunately it’s not all that healthy. So, to help you get through this silly season we’ve put together a list of our top five picks for treats that will indulge your taste buds, without indulging your waistline.
Chocolate and Peppermint Slice: Packed full of mint and cacao, this raw Chocolate and Peppermint Slice by Lydia Bakes is our idea of healthy, delicious indulgence. The recipe is quick and easy to follow, making this the ultimate last-minute dinner party dessert.
Sprouted Barley Pancakes with Chai-Poached Pears: There’s no better treat to serve on Christmas morning than pancakes – and there’s no better choice than these Sprouted Barley Pancakes with Chai-Poached Pears by To Her Core.
“Unlike traditional pancakes, these ones obviously have more of a ‘wholegrain’ flavour and texture, but they are still quite light and, the best part – they’re a lot healthier than traditional pancakes,” she says.
Whilst this recipe does take a little longer to prepare, we promise you that it’s well worth the wait.
Healthy Christmas Cake: If it’s tradition that you’re after then look no further than this Healthy Christmas Cake by The Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter. “I love the combination of vanilla, orange and cinnamon in recipes and my Christmas Cake is the perfect recipe to marry the flavours together,” says Teresa.
Packed with so much fruit, this cake needs no extra sugar, and the addition of almond meal in place of flour gives a lovely nutty flavour and texture.
Teresa recommends serving this in small portions after Christmas lunch or dinner, or warmed up and served as a pudding, with vanilla bean custard or thick natural yoghurt and orange blossom honey.
Chick Choc Brownies: Nothing says indulgence quite like the combination of chocolate and raspberries, which is why we are so enraptured by these Chick Choc Brownies from Elsa’s Wholesome Life. You’d never even guess from the look of them that they’re dairy and gluten-free, and low in saturated fat.
“These brownies are pretty damn tasty,” says Elsa. “And, just between you and me, if you don’t tell your boyfriend, he will never know they’re made from pumpkin and chickpeas.”
Made from pumpkin, chickpeas and teff, a small African grain not too different from quinoa, these brownies are deceptively healthy but obviously delicious. Try whipping up a batch for your office Christmas party or school bake day.
Strawberry Chia Jam: Ever since this recipe landed in the Vitamix kitchen, we have been making this jam by the truckload. Created by New Zealand chef Megan May, this Strawberry Chia Jam is chock full of freshly picked berries, wholesome chia seeds and smooth honey.
According to Megan herself, “this jam is a great way to use up fresh berries when they are abundant. It’s very quick and easy to make and importantly kids love it!”
For an added twist, serve it on bread with almond butter or on top of your bircher muesli or breakfast granola. “This also makes for a great Christmas gift,” Megan says. “Just make up a few batches and recycle some cute old jars and spread the goodness with your loved ones.”