By Fredrica Syren:
Oh, Christmas and how much I love you! The lights, the mood, getting together with friends and family, And eating.. a lot. I love it, but I hate how all the indulging makes me feel, so this year my resolution is to make lots of goodies for Christmas but make them healthy. Impossible, you say? I promise. Since I try to live by the rule that, whatever I put into my mouth should have some sort of nutrition AND taste good, these recipes really have all that. So here’s to a holiday of guilt free sweets!
Raw Walnut Fudge — Traditional fudge is loaded with dairy, sugar and butter. This walnut fudge makes me happy because it not only tastes good BUT also is good for my body.
- ½ cup melted cocoa butter
- ¼ cup creamy cashew butter
- ½ cup raw cocoa powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ vanilla bean, split in half and seeds scraped out and used
- ½ cup agave, maple syrup or honey
- ¾ cup raw walnuts, chopped
Use an electric beater to beat together the cocoa butter and cashew butter.
Add everything except the walnuts and blend well. Stir in the walnuts. Pour batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer until fudge is solid (about an hour). Cut into bite size squares.
Raw Truffles — I’ve always had a sweet spot for truffles but not for how bad they are for you. Here is a much better option of raw truffles that taste amazing. No one will know these are healthy, raw truffles.
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 10 pitted dates
- 2 tsp gingerbread or pumpkin pie spice
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 tbs melted cacao butter
- 1 tbs raw cacao powder
Place nuts in a food processor and mix until it’s course flour. Add everything else and mix until it’s sticky and formable dough. Roll them into 1-inch balls. Store in fridge in a container with lid and place in room temperature before serving.
Healthy Gingerbread Chocolate Mousse — This “raw” recipe for an amazing and guilt free mousse that is perfect for Christmas. It’s also my kids’ favorite. How can you not love feeding your kids a chocolate treat and vegetables at the same time?
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 large ripe banana
- 3 Tbsp. raw cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs
- ½ vanilla bean
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey
- 2 tsp. gingerbread or pumpkin pie spice
Homemade and healthy nog — No Christmas should go without eggnog, in my opinion. My mom would always make homemade nog, and it was delicious and actually easy. If you prefer eggless eggnog, here is a great vegan recipe.
- 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 4 Tbsp. agave nectar
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla
- Dash of salt
- 1 Tbsp. rum extract
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Rum or Brandy (optional)
In a medium saucepan (medium/low heat), place all ingredients and stir until completely warm. Pour into a glass and add rum or brandy if desired. Ho-Ho-Ho!Happy Holiday!
Love Fredrica a.k a Green Mom