We love Christmas!

Christmas is a time of not only joyous celebration and thankfulness, but also of pure decadence and enjoyment of all the tasty flavors and treats prepared by loved ones.

I especially love Christmas, as I huddle around a warm fire sipping hot cocoa while listening to holiday tunes in a relaxed state of mind.

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It is truly a wonderful time to reflect on the present year and set positive goals for the coming year, as plenty of new adventures await!

Sticking to your health goal

However, many are setting goals that relate to weight loss or reaching a certain waist size or number on the scale. While others are looking to embark upon a new or another adventure in regards to fitness competitions.

Whatever the health goal may be, diet and the types and amounts of foods we eat truly make a difference in whether we will reach our desired goal.

Often, when looking at health goals, we try to bite off too much, too soon, which just leaves us feeling desperate, hopeless and defeated.

Healthy Christmas treats

However, this Christmas, why not plan to succeed at your goals and start on them a bit early, as you plan to bring healthier Christmas treats to your next get-together, or better yet, make healthier versions of the treats you love so much for your own personal guilt-free enjoyment at home!

I’m going to let you in on a few of my favorite Christmas treats recipes, which are not only easy to make, but absolutely delicious!

I think they’re all even tastier than the original higher calorie recipes. But, I’ll let you try the recipes out and taste them for yourself….just try not to eat all of them in one sitting!

Healthy No-Bake Eggnog Bites

Ingredients:

– 1 ¾ cup oat bran [can sub quick oats, rolled oats, or gluten-free oat flour]
– ¼ cup coconut flour [can sub almond or extra oat flour]
– 1 scoop protein powder
– 2 Tbsp granulated sweetener of choice
– Pinch sea salt
– Pinch cloves
– Pinch nutmeg
– ¼ cup nut butter [can use almond, cashew, sunflower]
– ¼ cup brown rice syrup [sub any sticky sweetener of choice]
– ¼ cup Silk Eggnog of choice
Optional: Granulated sweetener to coat

christmas treats recipes_3Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sweetener, sea salt and cloves and mix well.

2. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, heat your nut butter with your sticky sweetener until combined. Pour your wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. Add the Silk Eggnog until a thick batter is formed. If batter is too thin, add a dash more coconut flour.

3. Using your hands, form into small bite sized balls. Roll balls in optional gingerbread/sugar mixture and place on a baking tray or plate. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up.

Hazelnut Gingerbread Protein Strongman Cookie

Ingredients:

– ½ cup Hazelnuts
– ½ cup Dates
– ¼ cup Protein Powder of choice [I used PES GOurmet Vanilla]
– 2 Whole Eggs
– ½ Tbsp Mixed Spice
– 1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Using a mixer, food processor, or handheld blender, mix all ingredients together and shape the dough into several small cookies or into two big gingerbread strongman cookies!

2. Once shaped, bake at 355 degrees F or (180 C) for 15 minutes or until nicely browned.

Optional: Try making these cookies in different shapes with cookie cutters for some festive looking cookies!

Makes 12 cookies [or 2 large cookies!]

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