Christmas is that time of year that consists of Food, Alcohol and more Food! Most people overindulge and end up feeling sorry for themselves and a few kilos heavier on the scales (I know I used to anyway). So, I have recreated a few favourite Christmas Recipes for you all to enjoy so that you can stay healthy and motivated over the silly season and not have to wait until after the New Year to start those resolutions of eating healthy.

 

Christmas Cake

Ingredients:

200g fresh blueberries

100g pitted dates, chopped roughly

50g dried cranberries

50g dried raisins

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

½ grapefruit, zest and juice

2 eggs, lightly whisked

½ cup almond meal

½ cup buckwheat or gluten free flour

2 tbsps. coconut oil

½ cup coconut water

1 tsp. baking powder

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F.

Line the base and the sides of a 20-25cm cake tin with baking paper. (If you are using a silicone cake mould, you won’t need to do this).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dates, cranberries, currants, vanilla extract, the zest and juice from the grapefruit and the coconut oil.

Add in the whisked eggs, almond meal, flour, baking powder and coconut water and mix thoroughly until well combined.

Carefully fold in your blueberries.

Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin and place into the oven for 35-40 minutes. (You will know the cake is ready by placing a skewer through the centre and the skewer is clean).

Remove from the tin once cooled and then serve.

Tip: If you don’t like cranberries or currants you can swap these for your favourite dried fruits.

 

 

Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

1 cup almond meal

1 cup buckwheat or gluten free flour

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tsp. baking powder

1 egg, lightly whisked

2 tbsps. agave/rice malt syrup

¼ cup coconut oil

6 pitted dates

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F.

In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the almond meal, buckwheat flour, cacao powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, dates and vanilla extract to create a ‘crumb like’ consistency.

Add your whisked egg, oil and syrup to the mixture. Process again until a ‘dough like’ consistency.

Roll your mixture into a large ball with your hands.

Lay out a large sheet of baking paper and sprinkle with some flour.

Place your gingerbread ball in the centre of the baking paper.

Using a rolling pin or an extra sheet of baking paper, flatten out the mixture (about 3-4mm thick).

Cut the gingerbread with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Continue to knead the excess scraps to roll and cut more men. We made around 20 small men.

Indent the faces with a fork or spoon.

Place the baking tray into the oven for 7-10 minutes or until firm to touch.

Cool the gingerbread men completely before serving.

 

 

Mango & Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:

1 whole pomegranate

2 small mangoes, diced

100g rocket leaves

1 medium cucumber, diced

¼ cup slivered almonds

1 fresh lime, squeezed

Method:

Arrange the rocket in a large salad bowl.

Add the pomegranate seeds, mango, cucumber and slivered almonds to the bowl.

Squeeze the lime juice over the salad.

Combine and serve.

Tip: You can serve this with a Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette that can be made with 2 tsps. dijion mustard, 6 tsps. olive oil and 4 tsps. apple cider vinegar.

 

If you are after some more healthy Christmas recipes you can find a Cherry & Almond Smoothie, Prawn Skewers, Stuffed Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry Balls, Cherry Dips and Chocolate Almond Pieces by downloading the Clean & Green Eating App on your Apple or Android device.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

B x

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  1. georvie 3 years ago

    Thanks. I love the g/men and ur Pim and mango salad! Thanks for inspiration!