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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.

Press your mix firmly into your tin/container to ensure it sticks together when you set it. A large spoon or a potato masher makes the perfect tool for squishing.

 

After a few hours in the fridge or an hour in the freezer the mix should be set and ready to cut into serving sized pieces, just be careful doing that, it can be quite tough to cut up.

 

Ready to enjoy…guilt free Christmas treats. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for maximum freshness.
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Naturally Sweetened White Christmas
A healthier take on a Christmas treat that everyone can enjoy.
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 min
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces (approx)
Ingredients
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 min
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces (approx)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line a 12X24cm tin or other container with baking paper
  2. Melt the coconut oil and honey together, add the vanilla bean paste when it comes off the heat and mix through
  3. Combine all of the other ingredients in a large bowl and stir through to thoroughly combine
  4. Pour the oil and honey mixture into your dry ingredients and mix through
  5. Press firmly into your prepared tin
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour
  7. Remove from the tin & cut into 3cm pieces
  8. Store in the fridge
Recipe Notes

You can use any mix of your favourite dried fruit, dried cherries, currants, dates or even prunes will work.

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