No-bake holiday treats

Monday, December 5, 2016 10:27 am
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Sue Joy | 98five blogger

In my last blog, Preparing for a Healthy Christmas, I mentioned sharing the load. You may not be the one hosting the Christmas celebration in your family but someone you love will be and I’m sure you would love to help so that it’s not just one or two people doing all of the preparation.

We often hear sayings like ‘sharing is caring’ or ‘many hands make light work’ and I totally agree but it’s not always that easy.

Not everyone is a whiz in the kitchen or even likes baking and cooking. Sometimes we compare our cooking with others. Their dish looks like it’s come from a fancy restaurant and the plate is so beautifully garnished (just think how clever you are at all those other things, cooking is their forte and maybe not yours).

If this is you, and you’re wondering how you can help, I’ve created a few easy no-bake, no-fuss, quick-to-make healthy treats — perfect for you to take along when visiting family or friends over the holiday season.

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For two of the recipes I’ve used a food process to grind down the nuts, seeds and coconut or you can also use a variable speed blender or a Thermomix. The other is as simple as melting some good-quality chocolate and decorating with your choice of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

All of the recipes can be made up to two weeks beforehand and stored in airtight containers in the fridge or they can be frozen for up to eight weeks.

Christmas Balls

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These yummy Christmas Balls are flavoured with tangy and sweet dried cranberries and a hint of festive spices. They deliver a big healthy dose of antioxidants. Dried organic cranberries contain the same nutrients as fresh, however, commercially dried cranberries with sugar added reduces the vitamins.

Christmas Balls full recipe

Lemon Bliss Balls

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Lemon zest makes these protein dense balls a refreshing, not-too-sweet snack. They aren’t just for the festive season, eat them any time of the year. Perfect to keep blood sugar levels balanced and prevent those sweet cravings we sometimes get.

Lemon Bliss Balls full recipe

Festive Chocolate Buttons

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These Chocolate Buttons are a perfect no-bake, no-fuss healthy treat. They can be made in minutes and then put aside to set in the fridge or freezer. No stress here, just a colourful simple treat to share over the holiday season.

Festive Chocolate Buttons

Some more Christmassy no-bake recipes:

Nut-Free Choc Chip Balls
Raw Mint and Chocolate Squares
Chocolate Bark
White Christmas Fudge
Raspberry Chocolates

ONLINE USE_Susan Joy profile photoSue is Perth born and bred, married to her soulmate Bryan (40+ years) and together they have three adult sons, three daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren, with more on the way. Family is one of Sue’s greatest pleasures in life. For the last 15 years of her working life, Sue has managed Chiropractic clinics. She is a member of her local independent Baptist church, enjoys teaching Sunday School to young children and is the author of THE JOYful TABLE cookbook. Sue has battled with Chronic Fatty Liver Disease, arthritis and digestive issues and decided to conduct her own research on what food choices could help her conditions. These choices culminate under what is termed a ‘paleo lifestyle’. | Follow Sue on Facebook | Instagram

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