Healthy-ish Holiday Treats! Fun & Easy Christmas Recipes!
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– Hey Munchies, the holidays are here
and we couldn't let the season come and go
without some fun holiday treats.
These are lighter, healthy-ish I would say.
We're not compromising flavor or goodness,
but we're keeping them more nutritionally sound
than they would be otherwise.
Make these for friends or family at get togethers, parties,
or just because 'tis the season.
All of these recipes
are also in my new compilation holiday eBook from this year,
including all types of fall and winter recipes
over 150 total in the eBook.
You can get it this week with a discount code
that I'll share at the end of the video.
We're getting started with some pumpkin pie wontons.
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I'm starting with the filling.
Pumpkin puree, softened cream cheese,
coconut sugar, or you could use brown sugar
or any other sweetener that you prefer,
pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.
Mix that together and then we can fill.
Wonton wrappers can be found in the refrigerated section
at your grocery store, often near produce.
I add about a teaspoon of filling
and then use water to wet the edges and fold over,
pressing to seal.
Repeat until all of the filling is gone.
Be sure to keep them under plastic until you're done filling
so they don't dry out.
Whisk together an egg with a bit of water for your egg wash.
Then transfer filled wontons to a baking sheet
and brush with egg wash, which will help them to brown.
Bake them up in the oven.
And then sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Oh my gosh,
these are like fun little bite sized pumpkin pies.
And that powdered sugar adds a perfect bit of sweetness
to go with the savory wrapper.
Crispy on the outside with a soft pumpkin pie filling
and that cream cheese adds a nice salty bite.
These are adorable, easy to make,
and sure to please your guests.
Next we're making sweet tortilla crisps and apple pie salsa.
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First I get my salsa going.
To a pot I add diced Granny Smith apples, lemon juice,
coconut sugar, or whatever sweetener you prefer,
cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt.
Cover and cook over medium heat until softened and fragrant.
In the meantime, make your crisps.
Simply use your favorite holiday cookie cutters
to get festive shapes out of tortillas,
whole wheat or gluten-free if preferred.
Separately mix together sugar and cinnamon.
Add the tortillas to a baking pan with a rack on top
and spray down with cooking spray.
Sprinkle on that cinnamon sugar mixture
and into the oven they go.
You may recognize these from Halloween.
I'm just switching up holidays.
They come out sweet and crispy,
but what pushes these over the top is that salsa.
After it's simmered, add vanilla extract, stir,
and you have a delicious apple pie filling
that's dippable and delicious.
You could of course cut tortillas into chips
if you don't wanna do the cookie cutters,
but it's a fun way to get an extra festive appetizer.
Cinnamon sugar and apple pie, how can you go wrong?
It wouldn't be the holidays without some spiced nuts.
What about churro flavored pecans?
These actually don't need an oven or any oil.
I combine coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water,
in a skillet over medium heat
and mix until the sugar has dissolved.
Then stir in the roasted pecans and coat completely.
Continue to cook, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes,
until that mixture is thick and syrupy,
beginning to dry and becoming tacky.
Transfer it to a parchment lined baking sheet
and allow to set at room temperature until firm.
Then you can break up the pieces and enjoy
or store for later.
Holy moly, these are sweet and crunchy!
Yes they are essentially cinnamon sugar pecans
but why not call 'em churro flavored?
It's more fun and you won't believe the crunch you get
without any added oil.
I love it and I know you will too.
We've got another holiday snack food that's hard to resist,
chocolate peanut butter puppy chow, aka muddy buddies.
First I'm going to make some coconut powdered sugar.
You can use regular powdered sugar,
but here's an option if you want it a little cleaner
or you could totally do a sugar-free powdered sugar too.
Simply take your sugar or sweetener
and add either arrowroot or cornstarch
and blend until super fine.
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Add powdered peanut butter and some of that powdered sugar
to a bowl and mix to combine.
Now to the good stuff.
Over a double boiler melt down chocolate until smooth.
Stir in peanut butter and then remove from heat.
You can totally do this in a microwave if you prefer.
Then I add my favorite Chex cereal and coat completely.
Add the powdered mix and toss to coat.
Whoa, are you kidding me?
You actually won't wanna make this
unless you're ready to eat the entire batch,
because it is extremely hard to resist.
A few simple swaps keep it cleaner than the original recipe.
Feel free to use sugar-free
or stevia sweetened chocolate chips, natural peanut butter,
and coconut sugar or sugar-free powdered sugar,
any gluten-free Chex cereal will work too.
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Okay, last but definitely not least,
I've got these chocolate peppermint shortbread squares.
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I add softened butter and sugar, or granulated sweetener,
to a bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
Add vanilla extract and salt and mix again,
followed by almond flour adding in three batches.
The dough will be crumbly,
but it should hold together when pressed.
You can add a little bit of coconut oil or butter
if it isn't holding together.
Press into a baking dish lined parchment
and bake until it's a light, golden brown.
Allow that to cool completely
and then make your chocolate topping.
Melt down chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler,
or in the microwave,
and then stir in some peppermint extract.
Spread that on top of the cooled shortbread
and then sprinkle
with crushed candy canes or Starlight Mints.
Refrigerate until set and then cut into delicious squares.
Seriously, this might be my favorite recipe of the season.
I love shortbread.
It's salty and a bit sweet, but that chocolate peppermint
is what really gives it a festive indulgence and flavor,
plus they're so beautiful to serve to family or friends.
I hope you can give them a try.
All of these recipes are in my holiday compilation eBook
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I'll see you next week with a brand new festive episode.
And remember, especially when it comes to holiday treats,
it's all a matter of mind over munch.