Healthy Holiday Treats

Healthy Holiday Treats

By Razan Rousan

Holidays don’t have to mean sugar filled and processed treats. Here, Masa and Faisal prepare festive treats that thrill and delight children without the refined sugar.

Healthy Choco Cupcake Tree

(Makes 8-9 cupcakes)

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil

4 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon

2 whole eggs (lightly beaten)

1 cup almond flour

1/3 cup cocoa (sifted)

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ cup milk

For the avocado icing

2 avocado

2 tsp honey

½ cup milk

½ cup sprinkles

Directions

1. Ask an adult to preheat oven to 180°C

2. Using a mixer, add oil, honey and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add eggs and mix

3. Combine almond flour, cocoa and bicarbonate soda, sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg

4. Add to creamed mixture with milk and beat

5. Spoon mixture into liners until each case is one-third full

6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes

7. To make the icing, beat avocados and honey until light and fluffy, then mix in the milk until the mixture is fluffy. Optional: you can add a few drops of green food colouring to get it more greenish

8. Once the cupcakes have cooled, cover them with icing and sprinkles

9. Place the cupcake and shape a tree – four at the bottom, then three, two and one on top

10. For the star, we cut out a star shape from toast and spread on it honey and sprinkles

Santa Strawberries

Ingredients

Strawberries

3 tbsp lebaneh

1 tbsp honey

Chocolate sprinkles for the eyes

Coconut flakes

Directions

1. Using a knife, slice the leafy end off of each strawberry so they stand up evenly. Then slice the tip off to make a little hat

2. Mix lebaneh and honey to get a fluffy icing

3. Spoon icing onto the strawberry base

4. Plop the little hat on top

5. Place two chocolate sprinkles on the Santa’s “face” for the eyes

6. Let it snow – sprinkle the coconuts flakes all over the plate