Strawberry Santas

This post was a lot of fun to put together – the strawberry Santa’s looked so cute we had to think twice about eating them!  However, taste them we did, and we really enjoyed the combination of strawberries and the thick greek yoghurt we chose to make them with.  This is a classic example of trying an alternative to the traditional, we could have used the usual whipped cream, but when thick yoghurt works just as well (and already thick and tasty with no need to prep or add sugar) we didn’t feel we were compromising on taste.

Enjoy your food this Christmas, enjoy the coming together to prepare it, and take care all you good food and nutrition lovers!

Strawberry Santas

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Thick yoghurt, Cream cheese, Whipped cream
  • 1 Date

Directions

1. Wipe your strawberries dry and remove the green stem.
2. Slice the strawberries two thirds up from it's base.
3. Either use a piping bag for accuracy, or spoon about a table spoon of thick yoghurt (or cream cheese/cream if using) onto the cut end of the largest strawberry piece. Place the other strawberry piece on top as Santa's hat.
4. Dab some yoghurt on top of Santa's hat, and along his belly to act as buttons.
5. Roll two tiny balls of date between your fingers and add to Santa's face to make his eyes.
6. Place on your serving platter, and enjoy!

Sweet Spiced Christmas Quiona salad

This is a lovely recipe to start the festive feeling! It has the sweet spiced flavours of christmas and is a fun and different take on the classic fruit salad.

Sweet Spiced Christmas Quiona salad

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 orange (juice and zest of two plus 1 whole)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 carton strawberries
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1 handful flaked almonds
  • greek yoghurt

Directions

1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water in a sieve and add along with the 3/4 cup of water to a pot.
2. Add in the spices, juice and zest of one orange and honey, then cover, and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit with the lid on for another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and then add the juice of one more orange.
3. Whilst the quinoa is cooking slice strawberries into quarters and cut up one more orange.
4. Mix together the quinoa and fruit and sprinkle over mint leaves and sliced almonds. It is delicious by itself or served with greek yoghurt.

Mini Christmas Cakes

Every time we open the tin for these little cakes the smell of Christmas is so strong and sweet! These lovely little cakes are yummy and quick to make if you haven’t prepped a Christmas cake in advance. They are a nice little treat to have by themselves, or as a yummy dessert served warm with homemade custard. Although they don’t have any added sugar remember they are still rich in dried fruit, so although a healthier Christmas treat, they are still a treat!

Mini Christmas Cakes

Ingredients

  • 300g mixture of dried apricots, sultanas and dates (or other dried fruit of you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Small eggs
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g diced walnuts

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 10 pieces of baking paper cut into squares.
2. Combine fruit, spices, vanilla extract, orange juice and zest, olive oil and eggs and then mix.
3. Stir in almonds, flour, baking powder and walnuts.
4. Spoon into muffin tray and bake for 30 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure it comes out clean.
5. These little cakes are delicious served warm with custard. They can be stored in an air tight container for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.