Naturally Sweetened White Christmas
Who loves White Christmas? This recipe is perfect for when you want to join in the christmas cheer but don’t want to go crazy on sugar. I wouldn’t necessarily call this health food but it certainly does provide a much healthier option and contains some nutritional value as opposed to the traditional intensely sweet and oily recipe.
The standard recipe contains copha, sugar and glace cherries…
If you’ve ever seen how glace cherries are made you may think twice about putting them in your body, and this is coming from someone that isn’t even a health ‘nut’. Basically the cherry is soaked in a chemical to strip out all of the colour, firm up the texture and remove any nutritional value (i.e. the goodness). It is then rinsed and placed in a sugar syrup/dye solution. It’s actually pretty revolting and not something I’ll knowingly consume ever again.
…I’ve replaced the nasties with more natural ingredients and even popped in some extra protein for good measure (find a good protein powder that is low in sugar). Using unsweetened dried fruits instead of glace cherries, coconut oil instead of copha and maple or honey to replace the sugar this snack looks and tastes even better than the original.
Now just because this is naturally sweetened does not mean it is calorie free. Please resist eating it all yourself! It is a perfect recipe to make & share so everyone can join in the Christmas cheer.