Everybody loves personalised Christmas gifts, especially when they come in the form of tasty edible treats. Make it a family affair by getting the kids involved – show them the art of giving gifts, while teaching them some culinary skills in the process. You may have taken some inspiration from items such as gingerbread cookies, homemade fudge and sugared nuts from Christmas markets and food markets. These healthy vegetable recipes are actually easy to create, and you can also give them a healthy twist by reducing sugar and fat content.
These delicious spiced nuts don’t need to be coated in sugar to taste good. Nuts such as cashews and pecans are already naturally sweet and just need a few spices to add to the flavour.
- Get the kids to mix ½ tablespoon of salt, ½ tablespoon of cinnamon and ½ tablespoon of allspice in a bowl.
- Heat up 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan on a low to medium heat, before adding the spices and nuts.
- Get the kids to stir for 5-10 minutes until golden brown, before taking the coated nuts out to cool on a plate.
- Transfer to cellophane bags and let the kids decorate with ribbon before giving as gifts.
- Omitting the sugar in these will help maintain a healthy heart.
Homemade granola bars minimise excess sugar and can be given a festive twist with cranberries and nuts. Nuts are also great for maintaining a healthy heart.
- For this recipe take 450g oats, 100g peanut butter, 100g honey, and a handful of dried cranberries and almonds.
- Heat the honey in a pan until bubbling, remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter.
- Get the kids to add the oats, dried cranberries and almonds before mixing thoroughly.
- Once it has become firm, get them to flatten the mixture out onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
- Put the tray in the fridge so that the mixture can set and then take it out after a couple of hours, before cutting it into bars. You can then get the kids to think of inventive ways to present these as gifts.
Have a few empty jars you’ve been saving? These are perfect for storing homemade chutney and make the ideal Christmas gift. Chutney is full of flavour and texture and can do without the heaps of sugar. This onion chutney is easy to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan before adding 4 medium-sized sliced onions.
- Add 2 cloves of chopped garlic and get the kids to stir over a medium heat until soft and brown (around 20-25 minutes).
- Then add 80ml of balsamic vinegar and bring to the boil. Simmer the mixture for a further 10 minutes until all the vinegar has reduced.
- After that, leave the mixture to cool before carefully spooning into jars and getting the kids to decorate.
These healthy vegetable recipes are great activities to do with kids, and they’ll learn about what goes into food and how to cut out unnecessary sugar!