Healthy Christmas Snacks

Even though the holiday season is here, and stores are trying to tempt you with calorie bombs, this shouldn’t stop you from staying healthy and focused on your goals. Now, before you go ahead and throw rotten tomatoes at me, let me tell you I don’t believe in self-deprivation, so these recipes are healthy, but they preserve that Christmassy flavor we all love.


Chocolate Cookies     

The first recipe that I want to share with you is one of my favorites. I usually make this when I’m craving something sweet, but I have to stop myself from devouring a pack of Oreo. The ingredients are easy to find, and you can adjust the flavoring so that it suits your taste.

Ingredients

× 2 medium-sized eggs
× ½ cup almond flour
× 1 tbsp oat flour
× 1 tbsp walnut flour (just blend some walnuts until they resemble flour) 
× 1 tsp baking powder
× 1-2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
× 1/3 cup stevia or erythritol (or your choice of sweetener; you can use anything as long as it’s natural: honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, etc.)
× a few drops of vanilla or rum extract (I used rum)
× a pinch of salt

This is the basic recipe, but you can go ahead and customize it. You could add some cinnamon and nutmeg, or you could add some peppermint extract or even cardamom; that would taste amazing as well!

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form soft peaks. Next, gradually add the sweetener, egg yolks and, finally, the vanilla/rum extract. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (almond flour, oat flour, walnut flour, baking powder and cacao powder). Stir well and add it little by little to the egg mixture. Using a whisk, mix gently until everything is combined. Pour your batter into a lined baking sheet (I used a brownie pan) and spread it evenly. Bake at 180°C/ 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center, and if it comes out clean, your cake is done. Let it cool down completely and use a cookie cutter to create the shape you wish! :) 


Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti 

This recipe is perfect for a light brunch, and it tastes best paired with a cup of hot black coffee! 

Ingredients

× 1 cup oat flour
× ½ tsp baking powder
× 2 medium-sized eggs
× ¼ cup stevia or erythritol
× ½ cup pistachios
× ½ cup rehydrated cranberries (dried cranberries soaked in hot water for 5-10 min and drained)
× a few drops of vanilla extract

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs with your choice of sweetener and a few drops of vanilla extract. Mix until the batter is fluffy. In another bowl, combine the flour with ½ tsp baking powder and stir well. Add the dry ingredients to your egg mixture and mix thoroughly.  Next, incorporate the cranberries and the pistachios. Your dough should be sticky and hard to work with. Divide it into two parts and dust your hands with some flour. Shape the dough into loafs and place them onto a lined baking sheet. Bake at 180°C/ 350°F until golden brown.


Caramel Mocha

(yes, it’s healthy)
If you’re a fan of salty caramel mocha, you’ll fall in love with this recipe. Did I mention that it’s healthy?


Ingredients

× 1 cup brewed coffee
× 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder or 2 pieces of dark chocolate (80% or more)  
× ¼ cup unsweetened almond/ coconut milk
× ¼ cup canned coconut milk (look for one that is high-fat and high-protein)
× ¼ cup dates
× 1 tsp coconut oil (melted)
× a sprinkle of cinnamon
× a pinch of sea salt

Directions

In a bowl, mix your brewed coffee with the cacao powder or the dark chocolate. Stir until the cacao powder/chocolate is melted. Add your milk and set aside. Mix the coconut milk with an electric mixer until soft peaks form (it should resemble whipped SI cream). In a separate bowl, soak your dates in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drain well. Combine the coconut oil with your dates and 2 tbsp of water and blend until smooth. Pour your coffee in a mug and top it with some coconut whipped cream, and a drizzle of healthy caramel (hint: it’s the date mixture). Sprinkle with some cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt and enjoy your healthy mocha.


Eggnog

A Christmas without eggnog is like a world with no water. Dry and dead. So here’s a healthy recipe that will get you into the Christmas spirit, right from the first sip.

Ingredients

× 1 egg (separated)
× 2 tbsp stevia or erythritol
× 4 tbsp unsweetened almond/coconut milk
× 2 tbsp coconut whipped cream (the same you used for mocha)
× 2-4 tbsp bourbon, rum or cognac
× ½ tsp grated nutmeg

Directions

In a bowl, combine the egg yolk, sweetener, milk, whipped cream, and your choice of alcohol. Mix well until everything is combined. Your mixture should be creamy and light yellow. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form. Add it to your egg yolk mixture and stir well. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top and serve cold.


This feature was written by #TeamPumpUp member @_samsi_. See more of her delicious recipes on her blog, SAMSI EATS and Instagram @samsieats.