The holidays are here and I have to say I love every minute of it. I especially love making and sharing food with the people I love. I wanted to share three of my favourite holiday recipes with you- they’re delicious and yes, healthy too. Bring these along to your holiday parties and family dinners and before you tell them that your nutritionist gave you the recipe, let them taste it first, then tell them they’re dairy, soy, refined sugar and gluten free or skip that part and just enjoy!
I hope you like these recipes and include them in your festivities. Wishing you a beautiful and healthy holiday season.
Ingredients: (serves 6)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 can organic coconut milk (chilled in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, Native Forest is my favourite brand)
- 2 cups of almond or coconut milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup (the real stuff, harvested in Canada, loaded with minerals and delicious)
- 1 tsp. organic cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. organic ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 5 pitted Medjool dates
- ½ cup pecans
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute. If you prefer a thicker consistency, add another 2 dates to the recipe. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Caramel Bites
Ingredients: (makes 24)
- 6 large Medjool dates, pitted and cut into squares
- 1 ½ cup of raw cacao powder
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped (pecans work well too)
- 2 Tbsp. raw honey
- Sea salt
- Remove the pit from the Medjool dates, cut into quarters and set aside.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers.
- Using the double boiler method, add ½ cup of coconut oil to the bowl and slowly add cacao powder, stirring continuously. Once melted, pour about 1 Tbsp. of melted chocolate on the bottom on each paper cup to cover the bottom.
- Place a piece of date into each cup of melted chocolate, drizzle with honey and add 1 to 1 ½ tsp. of macadamia nuts.
- Cover the top of each cup with the remaining melted cacao to cover the date and macadamia nuts. Sprinkle sea salt on top.
- Place in the freezer for 20 minutes or until hardened and Enjoy!
Healthy Hot Chocolate
Nothing goes together like a cold, Canadian, snowy afternoon and a hot chocolate.
Ingredients (makes 2 large cups):
- 2 ½ tbsp. of raw cacao (you can use a melted chocolate bar if you prefer, but choose a high quality one like Endangered Species or Giddy Yoyo)
- 2 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 2 majool dates
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla powder or liquid
- 1/2 -1 tsp. cinnamon
Add all ingredients to your high-speed blender. Bring 2 ½ cups of water to boil (you can simply warm the water to the desired temperature if you prefer keeping the cacao raw and the enzymes in tack). Blend and pour into your favourite cup. Enjoy!