Three Healthy Treats

Want to stay on track during the festive season? Find out how to make your own tasty treats with all of the goodness and none of the guilt. Try our yummy recipes and enjoy a healthier you this Christmas.

Each recipe is developed by our nutritionist Jennifer to help you eat well, feel great, without piling on the pounds this Xmas. So go on enjoy yourself and have a very merry Christmas.

 

1. Hot Chocolate

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Preparation time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup or agave syrup)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/8 tsp peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredient in a pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until all the ingredients are dissolved (do not allow your milk to boil!).
  2. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and enjoy!

2. Apple Crumble

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Preparation time: 45 min.

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 6 medium apples (~ 2 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest from 1 organic orange
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts (~ 1 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Crumble:

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (~ 3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (~ 2 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • optional: 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup or agave syrup)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C).
  2. Wash the apples. Cut into wedges and remove the core.
  3. Put the apples into a baking dish and spread them evenly. Add the nuts.
  4. Grate the zest of the orange. Squeeze the orange. Mix both with cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  5. Combine the apples with orange zest and half of the orange juice mixture.
  6. To make the crumble: Combine the dry ingredients (rolled oats, shredded coconut, ground almonds, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla extract). Melt the coconut oil in a microwave or pot (no need to melt canola oil). Add the coconut oil with honey and the rest of the orange juice. Combine well until crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble on top of the apples.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until the apple crumble looks golden and delicious.
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3. Coconut Balls

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Preparation time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried dates (~ 5 oz)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (~ 3 oz)
  • 1 cup cashews or almonds (~ 2 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 organic orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • shredded coconut for rolling

Directions:

  1. Grate zest of orange and set aside.
  2. Add the dates in a blender or food processor and process until they are finely chopped.
  3. Add the shredded coconut, cashews, orange zest and vanilla extract and process for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
  4. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the other ingredients. Combine well for about 30 seconds. If you think the mixture is not easy to roll and too dry, add a little bit of squeezed orange juice.
  5. Place the shredded coconut in a small dish to coat balls.
  6. Form a ball out of about one tablespoon of mixture between your hands.
  7. Gently roll in the shredded coconut to cover entire surface.
  8. Optional: Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy or keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Love and health,

Jennifer