Makes: 12 Balls
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Nourishing Christmas Goodies
Christmas certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. In my household, the day usually begins with a delicious gourmet family breakfast, followed by lunch celebrations, and then another festive dinner...where the food coma well and truly sets in.
Being a huge foodie, I don’t like to miss out on anything. I always want a little of everything... especially when it comes to dessert! Whilst I’m all for indulging and enjoying food in moderation, it can be hard to find the balance between the two - particularly when there are so many events to attend! I find making nourishing alternatives of Christmas classics, and swapping ingredients in recipes helps me stay balanced, whilst still enjoying all the food. Sometimes these alternatives turn out to be more delicious than the originals too! Try making some of your own nourishing Christmas goodies this festive season with my go-to recipe hacks.
1. Use nuts and seeds to satisfy cravings and help fill you up for longer (see my Mint Choc Bites recipe below)
2. Swap white flour for wholemeal flour or almond meal
3. Reduce the amount of sugar in recipes by a quarter or half (this won’t compromise the
chemistry of cooking or the taste!)
4. Bake goodies into bite size pieces for smaller portions
5. Use Greek Yoghurt as icing on cakes or instead of ice cream
If you’re a chocolate lover like me, then these Mint Choc Bites are perfect to serve up on a grazing board, as dessert, or even to gift.
1 cup raw almonds (or a combo with walnuts)
1⁄2 cup raw walnuts (or cashews/ pecans/ macadamias)
1⁄4 cup shredded coconut
1⁄2 cup pitted dates
2 Tbs cacao powder
1 Tbs sweetener (maple syrup/honey/agave)
Peppermint Essential oil (few drops) or 20mL Peppermint syrup
2-3 Tbs water
1. Soak dates for 10 mins in hot water.
2. In food processor/ blender, blitz nuts and coconut until fine.
3. Rinse dates and add to blender with cacao powder, maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend well.
4. Check if mixture is sticky and easy to roll into balls, if not, add another tablespoon of
5. Once mixture is ready, taste test and alter if needed. Roll into 12 balls.
6. If you are serving as a treat or dessert, drizzle or lightly roll balls in melted dark or white chocolate. Refrigerate for one week.