White Xmas Recipe

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Christmas is upon us….what a fantastic time of year. It’s the time of year we set aside to celebrate good times with friends and family over food….glorious festive food. And I’m here to help with some delicious Chrissie inspired treats we can fill our tables with.

I am sharing with you the best tasting White Xmas recipe which is jam packed full of nutritional goodness combining good quality dried fruit with raw nuts, coconut and coconut oil with a little added white chocolate for some sweet crunch. It tastes so much better than the traditional sugar and trans fats laden version and won’t cause havoc to your health. And let’s face it, at this festive time of the year, the less damage we can do to our health the better.

Traditional ‘White Christmas’ is a mixture of raisins, glacé cherries, desiccated coconut, icing sugar, milk powder and rice bubbles mixed together with hydrogenated oil (such as Copha) as the binding ingredient.

For this recipe I have replaced the raisins with cranberries (although you could use both if you wish), the artificial glace cherries with organic goji berries and the processed rice bubbles with a mixture of raw pistachios, macadamias and almonds. The hydrogenated copha has been replaced with organic coconut oil and the icing sugar and milk powder replaced with organic white chocolate (I used Black’s). Most of these ingredients, if not all, you can find in the Co-op!

The end result is a very pretty, very festive looking wholefood treat bursting with Chrissie colours and packed with healthy nuts, dried fruits and oils, so it is not too sinful to take that second piece. It is a cinch to put together, and can be made in advance and frozen until the big day, so it’s one less thing you need to worry about.

What you’ll need (ingredients):

2/3 cup raw almonds

1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts

1 cup pistachio nuts (shelled)

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup goji berries

200g coconut oil (gently melted)

250g organic white chocolate

2 tsp vanilla essence

What you need to do (method):

Line a standard size square cake tin with baking paper and set aside.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Melt the white chocolate over low heat on the stove (or microwave) for a few minutes until smooth and creamy. At the same time gently melt the coconut oil with vanilla essence.

Add the chocolate and oil to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Pour mixture into the prepared tin and place in the fridge to set.

Note: Keep this treat in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 4 weeks, and make sure you serve it straight from the fridge as the combination of coconut oil and chocolate will melt at room temperature if left out for too long….resulting in a small puddle of coconut, fruit and nuts instead of your pretty White Christmas bites.

Happy Christmas!

About the author: Stephanie Meades is a co-op volunteer/member and Holistic Health Coach. You can find more information and recipes at www.lifewellnessco.com.