It’s the Christmas holiday season. It’s time to put a smile on the faces of family and friends through healthy homemade cooking and baking. You may have a list of recipes planned for the main Christmas feast, but what about dessert? If you haven’t thought about the Christmas dessert menu, we are here to help you out. Not only do we have delicious desserts in mind but we also have healthy recipes to share with you. Let’s get started.
What ingredients should you use to make healthy Christmas desserts?
Anytime you want to make healthy yet delicious holiday desserts, you cannot go wrong with dark chocolate and fruit. You can use dark chocolate and fruit in a variety of Christmas meals but particularly Christmas cookies.
Here are our top 3 suggestions for Christmas cookie recipes:
Chocolate Rum Balls. The recipe can make between 36-42 rum balls. It’s an adult treat. You should store your Christmas rum balls in a sealed container (can be stored for 10 days at room temperature or in the fridge). You will need 2 cups of chocolate wafer crumbs, 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 2 cups of chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/3 to ½ a cup of dark rum and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Once you have all the ingredients, toast your chopped almonds in a skillet on medium to low heat. The almonds will be golden brown. It makes for a great fiber dessert.
Cherry Macaroons. This is the perfect Christmas dessert for those that like to make all things Christmas very festive. When you use red and green candied cherries for this dessert, you can make your Macaroons resemble Christmas lights. If you want to make this dessert beyond the Christmas holiday season, you can also sub in almond and use egg white to keep the almonds on the macaroons. For this delicious macaroons dessert, canned almond paste is a must. Do not use canned almond paste that has a vast amount of sugar because the Macaroons will turn out flat. Use a big pastry bag to make the best-looking macaroons (the macaroons must air dry at room temperature for up to 2 hours before the macaroons are safe for baking). Fresh macaroons can last up to a week, but if frozen you can have delicious cherry macaroons for up to a month. You can make up to 60 macaroons when you use 8 ounces of almond paste, 1 cup of sugar, 2 large egg whites 25 candied cherries and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Spicy peanut / toasted coconut cookies. If you prefer to make no bake desserts, this spicy and delicious batch of cookies is a must for Christmas. The recipe includes toasted coconut, peanut butter cream and cayenne pepper. If you want some sweetness to this spicy cookie, use the entire peanut butter cream. For extra crunchiness, us less corn syrup, brown sugar and peanut butter. You and your holiday guests can enjoy these spicy peanut/ toasted coconut cookies for a max of 5 days at room temperature or 3 months when individually frozen.
For the spicy peanut/ toasted coconut cookies, you will need:
-1 cup of shredded coconut
-3 cups of chow mein noodles
-½ a cup of honey
-½ a cup of brown sugar
-1 cup of peanut butter
-½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon of kosher salt
-¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
With medium heat, blend the ingredients together for at least 1 minute. Put the mixture onto the coconut and noodles. Wait 10 minutes for the ingredients to settle and your spicy peanut and toasted coconut will be ready to serve.
You should also serve traditional Christmas dessert such as Granny Smith Apple pie, eggnog cups, Christmas tree cupcakes, fig rolls and pumpkin pie. See more delicious and healthy Christmas recipes on our What’s Fresh recipe page.
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