[Blogmas] Day 1: Healthy-ish Christmas Snacks.

Obviously Christmas time is a temptation wonderland for anyone who is purposely trying to avoid over eating or consuming unhealthy foods. For some Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year Eve/Day is no exception to promoting a healthy diet. For a little bit of encouragement today’s blog is dedicated to health-ish Christmas snacks which you can happily nibble on whilst watching Christmas movies and TV specials, or present for your guests over the festive period. 

Spiced fruit bake – 

  • Apples of your choice.
  • Fresh or frozen Cranberries.
  • Raisins or sultanas.
  • Blackberries.
  • Sugar substitute.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Nutmeg.
  • Low-fat custard (optional serving suggestion).
  1. Take an oven proof dish and fill it with a 1/3 of a cup of water, apple wedges, cranberries, raisins and blackberries. 
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar substitute, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg onto the fruits. 
  3. Bake for around 20 minutes until the apples are golden and the all the fruits have softened.
  4.  Serve with low-fat custard or enjoy it on it’s own. 

Dark chocolate and rice cracker bites –

  • 200g of 70% or 80% dark chocolate.
  • Dried going berries.
  • Pumpkin seeds.
  • Plain rice cake crackers.
  • Desiccated coconut.
  1. Take small tray, dish or plastic container that can be refrigerated.
  2. Break the rice cake crackers into thumb sized pieces, scattering them into the base of the dish/tray.
  3. Melt 200g of dark chocolate using the ban Marie method is best. 
  4. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the rice cake crackers.
  5. Sprinkle the dried goji berries, pumpkin seeds and desiccated coconut onto the chocolate.
  6. Once the chocolate has cooled at room temperature place it in a refrigerator for 4 hours.
  7. Cut the chocolate into bite sized cubes or break it into randomly shaped pieces for serving.

Strawberry and Banana Father Christmases – 

  • Strawberries.
  • Bananas.
  • A spray can of whipped cream.
  • Black icing pen.
  • Icing sugar.
  1. Unsymestrically slice the strawberries in ‘halves’. One half should be a circle, the other a dome.
  2. On a presenting plate place the flat halves of each strawberry; this will resemble Santa’s scarlet jacket.
  3. Squirt a small amount of whipped cream onto each strawberry circle to create the white fur collar of Santa’s jacket.
  4. Cut the bananas into 2cm thick pieces, lay these onto the cream layer; these will be his face.
  5. Dispense another tiny amount of whipped cream, this time onto the banana layer as this will be Santa’s hair. 
  6. Top the cream with the pointed end of the strawberries for his hat.
  7. Make a pom pom for Santa’s hat out of more whipped cream.
  8. Use the black icing pen to paint on shiny beaded eyes.
  9. Dust with icing sugar for snow.

Chocolate bark – 

  • Unsalted cashew nuts.
  • Unsalted pistachio nuts.
  • 200g of dark chocolate.
  • 100g of white chocolate.
  • Dried cranberries or dehydrated raspberries.
  1. In a bowl or zip lock bag, smash the nuts. Not too finely, good sized chunks will make the chocolate decorative. Leave aside for later use.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate, folding in a handful of dried cranberries. Convert the chocolate and cranberries into a container which will be the mold. 
  3. Scatter the crushed nuts on top of the chocolate. Leave to cool before refrigerating for 4-5 hours. 
  4. When the chocolate bark has hardened, melt the white chocolate. Stand for cooling and thickening for 10 minutes.
  5. Drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate bark.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for a further 2-3 hours.
  7. If you want to give the chocolate as a gift, present it in a transparent plastic bag fastened with a ribbon. Otherwise hit the chocolate with one strike of a hammer or rolling pin so that it really looks like pieces of bark from a Christmas tree.

Trail mix – 

In a bowl simply mix together any unsalted nuts of your choice, small cubes of dark chocolate, all sorted seeds and lighty salted or plain popcorn.  

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