Christmas Baking

In the midst of the holiday season, we can find ourselves indulging in traditional sugar filled treats. While these sweet delights are holiday staples, add some fresh fruit in these fun and creative ways! A perfect activity to do as a family, and great to serve as festive appetizers.

Strawberry Santa

Strawberry Santa

Ingredients:

  • 1 package fresh strawberries
  • 1 tub frozen sugar free whipped cream (thaw according to package)
  • 1 bag mini dark chocolate chips and/or sprinkles

Directions:

Wash strawberries and cut off stems.

Flip them upside down and cut the strawberry nearly in half. Use the whipped cream as the filling between the strawberry top and bottom. (Make sure there is enough whipped cream in the middle, as this is the Santa face.) Then use the whipped cream and chocolate chips/sprinkles for buttons and Santa eyes.

Holly, jolly Santa will keep you on his “nice” list for making these little tributes!

Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Kabobs

Ingredients:

  • 1 package green grapes
  • 1 package strawberries
  • 1 bunch ripe bananas (about 6)
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 package of toothpicks

Directions:

Wash the grapes and strawberries, then cut off strawberry stems.

Peel bananas and slice them into ½ to 1-inch pieces. Use the toothpicks to layer the fruit in this order: marshmallow, strawberry, banana, grape.

With Mr. Grinch looking so adorable, maybe he didn’t steal Christmas after all?

Oatmeal Bake

With all the cooking you’ll be doing, worrying about breakfast is the last thing on your mind. This oatmeal bake is light yet filling – perfect on days of long holiday cooking. Make it ahead of time and serve it with some yogurt or milk!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1½ cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 oz vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup low sugar applesauce
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup skim milk

Crunchy topping:

  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (warm or room temperature)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecan/almonds)
  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all wet ingredients in medium bowl and all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Once well mixed, pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix together. Then pour oatmeal mixture into a greased or sprayed 8” x 8” pan.

For crunchy topping:

Mix all ingredients together, then sprinkle on top of oatmeal mixture and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean when poked in the center.

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